What did I get for my birthday? Half a foot of snow, and it wasn’t even on my wishlist. Actually we only have about 4 inches right now but we are forecasted for another 2 inches yet today. Good times.
We actually had a brown christmas for the first time I can remember, but it seems to be making up for it now. I’m sure the kids will enjoy it though. We are gonna try and get out and do some sledding on Monday since we have the day off. By then the streets will be clean enough to actually drive through town too.
Even though I long fought it, I have resigned to the fact that digital photos are going to replace film. I was kind of a purist when it came to photography for the longest time mostly due the fact that I’m stubborn and wanted it to not be true. Fact is, it’s just way to easy and convenient for it not to happen especially with the quality gap closing so quickly. I still prefer film, but it’s a losing cause.
And now for my point. For christmas and our birthdays, there were quite a few people who just got us (us being Amy and I) gift certificates or muney. We deliberated on how we should put this to use. The typical, just pay bills came up, but what fun is that? Amy has been complaining about the quality of the pictures our digital camera takes lately and I have been motivated by some of the pictures a few of my friends have been taking and I brought up the idea of buying a decent digital camera. I took some photography classes in college that were required for my commercial art degree I was taking at the time, so I have a good basis of photography concepts. We have an old Sears (rebranded Pentax camera) SLR that was my parents that we traded them for my old point and shoot I got when I was in high school. It’s semi manual with things like focus that are manual but has some automated features. Amy hated it, but I liked the control (once I learned how to use it). Basically it just sits there unless Amy wants prints made and we normally take the digital cause it’s convenient.
Seriously, my point is coming… really.
Amy’s goal for the camera is to take better pics and be easy enough to use. Check. That’s pretty easy to accomplish. I hate the way our current camera eats up batteries like a 15 year old at a seafood buffet. But I would also like to be able to replace the old sears SLR, so that brings up new requirements.
Here’s the list:
- Good quality – atleast 5-6 MP.
- Rechargeable battery source – no more AA’s
- SLR – I gotsta have me some bellz and whistles
- Easy to use – all those bellz and whistles gotsta be automated too
So yesterday I did some poking around just to figure out what the damage would be. I really didn’t have a clue, but didn’t want to be needing a loan for a freakin camera. I came across this Olympus E-500 camera. It seems to fit the bill and from some of the reviews I read, seems to be a decent camera for the price. It’s definitely on the list. I haven’t done any real serious searching yet, but will have to decide something shortly. I want to have a camera in my hands before the kids’ next testing for taekwondo which will be the beginning of February. I may have to post some pictures of the last testing, but they pretty much sucked ballz. The digital zoom on the camera made them almost indistinguishable and blurry beyond recognition.
So, there is my goal, and my timeline. Any one have any help or suggestions, I’m all ears.
Last night we went to Space Aliens, a local family restaurant chain with games kinda like Chuck E. Cheese but only with good food. Of course wednesdays would need to be Rib Riot day which is an all you can eat festival of barbecuey rib goodness. So I do my best to try and channel Kobayashi and dig in. It was a pathetic attempt, I must say, but at least the effort was a tasty one. The kids also had fun and I think my wife was just happy not to have to cook. We actually went with my mom, my sister and her 3 kids and my mom was watching my other nephew so a total of 12 people. Space Aliens was really the only option.
If I had been 10 years younger, I would have punished their foolishness of having an all you can eat option though, much like I used to for the all you can eat shrimp back when we used to have a skippers. I very likely single handedly forced them to close their doors when I was younger. I used to go back so many times, they would start giving me like 4 shrimp in my basket and shoot glaring looks like I was somehow milking the system. All you can eat specials vs a teen aged boy’s metabolism? Advantage metabolism.
To sum up, hurray BBQ ribs, boo no more skippers.
Well, I haven’t been on top of keeping up with this as I would have liked, but it’s not due to losing interest. In fact, I have had several items I had started but never completed due to time restraints and then realizing the posts relevance or timeliness just didn’t seem appropriate. I am going to work on finishing the posts I start and then we should all be kosher.
Christmas went through quickly and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. We had my inlaws in for the weekend and the kids most definitely had a good time. Everyone seemed to make out pretty well or at least I didn’t notice any one who was unhappy. We still have one more christmas session to go through when we go to my parents this weekend. I am eagerly waiting for the holiday season to be over and getting back to some semblance of normalcy.
The Broncos surprised me this weekend by actually pulling off a victory over the Bengals. I had all but given up hope on the thoughts of the playoffs. Now, they are firmly in control of their playoff hopes with a win this week guaranteeing a spot and even if they lose, they can get in with some help. That will have to be my one shining spot for football this year. I was concentrating on my poker game quite a bit this year, so I haven’t spent the time I normally do watching/following football. That could be either be seen as a bad thing or a good thing. This has, however, shown up in my fantasy football skillz. I had 3 teams this year with one being a money league. The one money league from a group of people from btp I ended up tieing my final two games to squeak into the playoffs. 3 out of the 4 teams in the playoffs got paid. Where did I finish? Ugh… I took 4th when the two games I played featured my opponents having tremendous games. Both games, there was no hope in me winning the games. Well played by them all and hopefully I fair better next year.
Speaking of poker, I did end up signing up at PokerStars once my bonus expired at FTP. I had some shaky results early on there since at that time they only had full ring PLO and PLO8 games running. I decided to play PLO8 then since I was doing better at that game and the players seemed to be pretty horrible. I still missed the short handed play I had gotten used to at FTP though. Then I sign on last night and download the stars update and what’s this??? Short handed games!!! Hurray for box! So I played some last night, again with mixed results (I broke even due to one hand that I’m debating on if I played it correct). But for the most part, I felt good about my play and was definitely more comfortable. I will post something a little more in depth on my poker month later.
So what does that leave out? Oh, Zoe’s surgery. She was fine and seemed to recover quickly from the tubes she had put in. It hasn’t seemed to help her sleeping much yet but she does seem to be doing much better with her hearing. She had a follow up appointment and passed the hearing tests. Now that she seems to be feeling better, she has also been getting a lot more mobile. She has started to scoot on the hardwood floor and it won’t be long before she is really getting around.
Seriously, what tech guy doesn’t need one of these?
Zoe is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow to put tubes in here ear. She has been enduring ear infections for pretty much the last 2-3 months which is half her life. It really hasn’t affected her disposition for the most part, but Amy feels that is a good reason why she likely hasn’t been sleeping much. This isn’t the first time we are having to go through this though. Clayton went through the same surgery as a toddler and he had issues with ear infections as well.
Since he was older, though, it affected his hearing in an important part of his early speech development. He still has slight issues and this year it was recommended that he go into speech therapy. That actually makes it sound worse than it is. He has a slight lisp and can correct it when it is brought to his attention. We don’t want Zoe to have the same issues though so we were not hesitant at all to do what we can to correct the issue. With luck, this will be the last time we will need to deal with this issue.