June 30, 2003

Baby gap

I realized this weekend that if MB and I are not careful there could be a "Baby gap". This is exactly what the Nelson's want. If they are allowed to proliferate at the current rate they could quickly outnumber us 2 to 1. With this in mind we must launch project... What am I thinking? Instead I will just create a Doomsday devise. The Doomsday devise will be devised of white carpets, breakable decorations, and other small objects. It will provide a real and terrifying deterrent from further proliferation

Posted by Jeff at 03:52 PM

Mmm Cookies

We received a basket full of cookies on a stick today. They were all in a picnic theme. I'm currently eating a hamburger with an ant on it. These cookies always have the best frosting and the cookies are always soft. Mmmmm.

Posted by Jeff at 02:30 PM

Icky smell

There is some kind of icky smell wafting through the cubes at work. It smells like rotten food. I can't figure out where it's coming from.

Posted by Jeff at 11:23 AM

June 26, 2003

Raining Tuesday

It rained a lot Tuesday night. At 11:30 last night there was a lightning strike near our apartment that set off the fire alarm. It went off for about four or five minutes before it sounded like someone was attempting to shut it off. After that point every one to two minutes it would go of for about 2 seconds stop and then go off again for about a second. It was pretty annoying. This continued from at least 11:30 to 2:30. I fell asleep for a while but kept waking up due to the stupid ringing. We also had rain coming in through our bedroom air conditioner. It just kept dripping. We had to put down a bowl to collect the rain.

In the morning the potted plants on the deck were under water. The main intersection that I drive through every day was also under water, as was the golf course across the highway. I decided to take a drive past our new house to make sure that everything in that area wasnít under water. It was actually pretty dry in that neighbor hood considering they received four to six inches of rain.

After checking out the house I attempted to drive using back roads to work. I got lost a few times and it ended up taking me three times as long to get to work.

Posted by Jeff at 02:01 PM

June 22, 2003

Birthday present and Burple thoughts

Brett sent me the DVD of the first season of The Osbournes for my birthday. He had originally tried to send me a CD named Cloudy Cloud Calculator by Takako Minekawa. Thatís Corneliusís wife. Supposedly the CD is hard to get. Amazon kept saying that it is a special order item.

Do you remember Burple? Brett used to have a purple Burple container. I remember him drinking out of it and then trying to keep it only at the height of the drink. Every time he shortened the container it would splash up and out of the container. Stupid giant flexy straw design.

Posted by Jeff at 07:10 PM

June 19, 2003

Free food

Earlier this week we had clients in. Whenever they order food and there is leftover they are placed in the employee kitchens for the employees to eat. One of the leftovers earlier this week was frosted M&M cookies. What do M&M cookies need frosting for? Are they not sweet enough already? Just looking at them made me cringe.

Posted by Jeff at 01:10 PM

Spirited Away

I watched Spirited Away on Tuesday night. It's kind of like a Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland, mainly in the treatment of the main character. It was an interesting film that kept me occupied but is not quite as good as Princess Mononoke, the only other Hayao Miyazaki film I've seen.

Last night I tasted Mountain Sew Live Wire. It tastes like Mountain Dew with Tang poured in it. It's actually pretty good. We bought it last night when we were doing our Cub Foods coupon shopping. Almost all of the coupons were buy one get one free. So, we ended up saving almost 50% on our groceries.

Posted by Jeff at 01:05 PM

June 18, 2003

Can not, can't, cannot

So, a couple of word issues have been brought to my attention. One is the use of the phrase "can not". Since it is not acceptable in formal writing to use contractions, can't, the space between "can" and "not" should be removed to make "cannot". This looks even worse than "can't". What are people thinking?

The other is the use of one of my favorite words "funner". You know, fun, funner, funnest. If some thing is fun the something else could be funner.

Posted by Jeff at 01:42 PM

June 17, 2003

About Schmidt

Watched About Schmidt on Saturday. Itís an interesting movie. It was a lot slower then I had expected. It was an interesting work for Jack Nicholson. Overall though it was a pretty bleak film.

MB bumped her rear passenger side door into a post yesterday. Weíll have to see if itís worth having it fixed. Itís not as pretty as it use to be but it still works.

Posted by Jeff at 02:43 PM

June 13, 2003

Home inspection

The home inspection went well. He pointed out a few small things that need to be changed but none of them were a big deal. He also gave us a home repair book that he helped write for Reader's Digest. So, just over a month and a half until the final papers are signed. We're still trying to decide if we should end our lease the same day or keep it for another month. It would be nice not to have to pay for an extra month of rent. However, it would also be nice not to have to move everything out the night before we close on the house.

Posted by Jeff at 05:29 PM

June 10, 2003


In the last week I have seen two movies in the theater, X-Men 2 and Dr. Strange Love. X-Men was a fairly good movie. It was about what I expected. A fairly good summer movie but not much else.

I also saw Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It was the first time I've seen it on the big screen. It's a great movie. It always amazes me how many people have never seen it.

Posted by Jeff at 11:46 PM

We have a house

We now have a house. We put together a bid last Friday. It was delivered Saturday morning. They countered Saturday afternoon and we accepted. After that we met and signed more documents. We have an inspector looking at the house on Wednesday afternoon.

Posted by Jeff at 10:43 AM

June 06, 2003

Found a home

We found a home we like and prepared an offer that will be presented in the morning. So, we'll see how it goes. It's the fourteenth house that we actually went inside and the fifteenth that we drove up to.

Posted by Jeff at 11:20 PM

June 05, 2003

Still looking

We haven't placed a bid on any homes yet. We are going to see three more tonight. They don't appear to be the greatest houses but you never know, they each had something that made them stand out (house size, lot size, price). Also, this will allow us to finally concentrate on homes that are just coming on the market, instead of still trying to see everything that has just appeared and following up on houses that have been available for a while.

Posted by Jeff at 02:10 PM

What a heist

So, I pulled off the heist of the century a few minutes ago. I used a Canadian dime at the drive through window. Why is it that I feel like I pulled one over on the cashier? I obviously received the dime from some other cashier who had the same thing done to him. It's just a horrible circle.

Posted by Jeff at 01:21 PM

June 04, 2003


I may have just dropped a black bean from my Chipotle burrito. However, I can't find it in the stupid textured office carpet at work. Found it. Crisis averted.

Posted by Jeff at 02:49 PM

June 02, 2003

Lots to keep track of

So much to jot down.

Spent Friday night researching houses, mortgages, and other relevant topics. It gets hard to sleep when you have so much to think about. However, on Friday I actually went to bed just after 9. That's odd for me. I woke up early in the morning and did a little more research on houses. At one we were picked up by our realtor and when on a whirlwind tour of ten, almost eleven, houses. After a while they all start to blur together.

Some of the houses were interesting, some were in need of drastic repairs, and a few seemed to have most of the things we were looking for.

Some of the bad houses were exceptionally bad. One had neon colored graffiti in the basement. It was a neon spray paint mural of an alien and a dragon. That would be fun to paint over. Plus the layout of the home was very odd. The whole building was set up in the shape of a spiral. It was a multiple split-level where you had to run around the outer edge of the house to make it from top to bottom. Another one of the bad houses had train tracks that ran straight through the backyard. Well, actually just past the fence. Supposedly trains only pass twice a day, they didn't mention when.

Probably the worst house was the one where all of the carpets needed to be replaced. But the most surprising part was the new extension to the house that was added last year still did not have siding. It appeared that they put it up and then couldn't afford to finish the bottom half or the outside. Plus the backyard still looked like a construction site, no grass and construction debris everywhere.

Posted by Jeff at 01:29 PM