Why we went broke

We like to try to point the finger at the current and previous President for the financial troubles our economy is in. But the reality is that the ball started rolling on this debacle decades ago. Here’s an interesting opinion piece on exactly when this started. I tend to agree with the author… We weren’t…

Guarding the Stuff

For most of this month we’ve been holding our collective breath. We were asked to consider going on a two week missions trip to Jamaica in August — and the suggestion came with the offer of two free weeks of babysitting while we were gone. It was an offer too good to refuse. The only…

Do/Say Ratio

When building a team for a project, one of my old bosses used to refer to potential team members by their “do/say ratio” — meaning (in case its not obvious) that the reliability and usefulness of an employee could be determined by this measure. If someone has a poor do/say ratio, it means they don’t…

Hands

I think I must be having a delayed reaction to events of today, because I’m laying in bed and I can’t for the life of me fall asleep. I’m hoping that maybe writing it down will help me process it and go to sleep. Abi could have died today. That statement is full of such…

The System Is Down

We’re dealing with some problems with both our website host and our Internet provider, so things aren’t working exactly the way they should. Hopefully it’ll all be sorted out by next week. Until then, you can follow our lives on our Twitter page — ha ha ha, just kidding… I’m not that desperate for attention…

And you may ask yourself: well… how did I get this beautiful house?

Nic, her parent’s and her sister worked hard on Phase 2 of the backyard garden yesterday. I begged out due to continuing back problems, and instead was the chef/waiter/babysitter for the day. They got the second two boxes done, so the bulk of the heavy work is finished. The stairs need to be done, and…

When Green Isn't, and Star Trek Isn't

So I’ve been sick for the past couple days — hit me on the weekend, had me lying fevered in a puddle of cold sweat all day Sunday. I did manage to load up on Advil by Sunday evening, and donning a winter hat and blanket, shuffle zombie-like into a movie theater to spread my…

Kinds of Back Pain

I’ve now discovered three unique kinds of back pain (so far!) Being able to identify them is useful, as the kind of pain indicates the kind of treatment you can do at home to pretend you’re actually relieving it… Note: I am not a doctor. Or a yogi. Or a massage therapist. This is just…

Backyard Vegetable Garden – Phase 1

Someone once made fun of me for breaking everything I do into phases. I do this because it makes it easier to actually finish something. For example, I was certain that building a vegetable garden in our backyard would take most of the summer. Other people, however, thought they could do the whole thing in…

New Printer Incites Samsung Fanboy Rant…

We have an inkjet multi-function printer, that we figure is nearly 5 years old. Its an HP, and although their quality has declined recently, we have been happy with it. Its been limping along on its last legs for a couple years now, and yesterday it ran out of ink. We also have a Samsung…