Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Dog is Happy

cute animals - Reader Squee: happy dog is happy 

“My pet samoyed went for a walk, and by the end of it she was covered in mud and couldn’t have been happier.”

Monday, May 28, 2012


There is a new countdown. *grumble*

Hotlanta (Mug #31)

My co-worker Mirjana went to HOTLANTA for a conference - Atlanta for anyone who doesn't speak the language. :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Extreme (For Us) Home Makeover

This weekend we "had" to go to Home Depot for some mulch. One thing led to another and our house looks completely different now. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

The biggest change as you can see is the black paint on the doors. It's actually a very dark blue called Obsidian Stone. It's a little more subtle than in the picture. We decided to change the colour because the brown was the standard paint for most of the garage doors in the area. I hated it. Now our house stands out.. and hopefully in a good way!

We also changed the light fixtures of the crappy faded black fixtures to this:

Our "Commemoration Sugar Maple" was planted last week and I got some red geraniums that I hopefully won't kill (I've had some bad luck lately). Anyway, hope you like the changes... we certainly do!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bar Of Soap Shipment (Mug #30)

My awesome friend from high school went on a trip to the Midwest recently. She got in engaged in Chicago... but more importantly (haha!) she got us a mug! Yay for Indianapolis~

Ian was the one who grabbed the box from the mail. He came into the house yelling "Someone shipped you a bar of soap!". Huh? On the contents list it said 1 - Mug and 1 - Bar of Soap. I thought maybe Kelly had sent me a nice smelling bar of soap... but no, she sent me something much more awesome. A TRICERATOPS DUCKY SOAP!!

Thank you Kelly! Congratulations again on your engagement! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Getting My Lawn Water On

I Want To Go!!

Link: Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit to open as Seattle Center spectacle

Elaine Thompson / AP 

Kay Solberg takes photos of the "Persian Ceiling" during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at the Seattle Center on Thursday, May 17 in Seattle.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Dale Chihuly is seen silhouetted in the entryway to the "Mille Fiori" during a preview of his show at the Seattle Center.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Dale, left, and Leslie Chihuly walk into the garden area and past the Glasshouse during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.


Elaine Thompson / AP 

A chandelier is seen from underneath during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.

KING5-TV reports: It promises to be one of the most spectacular art displays Seattle has ever seen. The 12,000-square-foot gallery includes a café housing Chihuly's own quirky collections of accordions and vintage radios. Outdoor works include the "Icicle Tower" and "Sun," along with plants and trees that create a luminous living landscape that will grow on the grounds of the old Fun Forest. "This is going to change, not just by day and night, but over the next 15-20 years," said Executive Director Michelle Bufano.

Elaine Thompson / AP

The "Macchia Forest" is seen during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit.

Elaine Thompson / AP

The Space Needle is seen through the walls and ceiling of the "Glasshouse," featuring a 100-foot suspended, 1,340-piece sculpture.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Star Wars Characters Make Terrible Disney Parks Employees

R2, we asked you to shut down all the trash compactors on the detention level. 

General Grievous was actually the most popular vendor in Hollywood Studios, until it was discovered that all of his lightsabers were illicitly acquired.

Yoda’s passion for topiary arrangements was eventually revealed to come out of an unprofessional level of OCD.

And every thing was going great with the young Queen Amidala until she had to be treated for heatstroke due to improper workplace attire.

Link: Star Wars Characters Make Terrible Disney Parks Employees

Monday, May 14, 2012

Say Cheese!

My mom did some GMa babysitting this weekend. Apparently, she has no problem getting them to say CHEESE!

All the Snuggles

cute animals - All the Snuggles

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Looks Like The Simpsons Are Just As Pumped About Diablo III As We Are

Absolutely True

Dining Room Upgrades

Along with a new faucet, Ian and I picked out a piece of art we had been eyeing... and installed a new chandelier in the dining room. Here is what the room looks like now.

The glass on the chandelier is a bit yellowed and almost perfectly matches the room. It looks fantastic when dimmed too.

View from inside the dining room...

While living at the apartment, I found this artist on Etsy that I fell in love with. She happened to live in Cambridge too! Ian and I picked out this piece. It's called 365 Days of Happiness and represents the seasons. I absolutely love it. It makes me so happy. I love the seasons and the weather and colors it brings. I couldn't get a good picture in the dining room of it so here is one from the artist.

It's even prettier close up. It's made with acrylic on canvas and the circles have some texture. Again, it makes soooooo happy.

All in all it was a very productive weekend!

Plumbing Project

Ian woke up last Saturday and he had the plumbing bug. We had planned all along to switch out the kitchen faucet for a pull down one. But Ian wanted to go a bit fancier. Enter the Delta Touch Faucet. :)


Beginning today we are celebrating the birth of the baby Ian! The last few years we haven't done much for his birthday so I decided to make this one a little special. He turns 26 and can't be more thrilled. (Please picture Ian's grump face now). Anyway, this balloon marked the start of IAN'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND OF FUN!

Max Quacks: Surgery Time!

I think he's already done.. but he got ear tubes put back in.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Well Ian Sure Did!

OMFG: Tom Brady Hair

Link: Tom Brady Debuts New Do at the Met Gala

Tom Brady

33 Geeky Insults You Can Use Almost Anywhere

I love this post. I think my favorite is the Sheldon one about your momma's bowling.

Link: 33 Geeky Insults You Can Use Almost Anywhere

In general, geeks prefer to use brains rather than brawn to get themselves out of a situation. As a result, their insults are often witty, literary and highly intelligent. But not always.
Here are a few of our favorites. (Note to parents: you may want to preview these first before your kids pick them up.)

You know, you are a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.
— The Doctor, Doctor Who

Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking… Nerf herder! — Princess Leia, The Empire Strikes Back

If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.
— William Shakespeare, The Two Gentelman of Verona

[You're] a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a polar-bears-only club.
— Black Adder, Black Adder

You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk!
— The Wizard, The Wizard of Oz

You’re about as much use as a condom machine in the Vatican.
— Rimmer, Red Dwarf

[He] may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
— Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly, Duck Soup

I’ll explain and I’ll use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon.
— Westley (The Dread Pirate Roberts), The Princess Bride

Don’t look now, but there’s one man too many in this room and I think it’s you.
— Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly, Duck Soup

I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
— French Guard, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Well if it isn’t fat stinking billygoat billyboy. How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip-oil? Come get some in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou!
— Alex Delarge, A Clockwork Orange

You are a sad strange little man, and you have my pity.
— Buzz Light Year, Toy Story

To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I’ve known sheep that could outwit you. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs.
— Wanda, A Fish Called Wanda

Your heart is full of unwashed socks. Your soul is full of gunk …The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote, “Stink, stank, stunk!”
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
— Oscar Wilde

Freaking idiot.
— Napoleon, Napoleon Dynamite

You bowl like your momma. Unless of course she bowls well, in which case you bowl nothing like her.
— Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory

Shut up, Big-booty, you coward. You are the weakest individual I ever know.
— Doctor Emilio Lizardo/Lord John Whorfin, Buckaroo Banzai, Across the 8th Dimension

Well, I’ll tell you something that should be of vital interest to you. That you, sir, are a NITWIT!
— The Doctor, Doctor Who

I didn’t mean to say that the Enterprise [or your car/van/truck/RV] should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away as garbage!
— Korax, Star Trek

Don’t get uncool and heavy on me now.
— Neil, The Young Ones

Your brain’s so minute that if a hungry cannibal cracked your head open, there wouldn’t be enough to cover a small water biscuit.
— Black Adder, Black Adder

I’m trying to thank you, you pointed-eared hobgoblin!
— Dr. Leonard McCoy, Star Trek

I think… no, I am positive… that you are the most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. In the short time we’ve been together, you have demonstrated every loathsome characteristic of the male personality and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you’re morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and you smell. You’re not even interesting enough to make me sick.
— Alexandra Medford, The Witches of Eastwick

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
— Oscar Wilde

You would bore the leggings off a village idiot.
— Black Adder, Black Adder

Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, toffee-nosed, malodorous pervert!
Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Smeg head.
— Lister, Red Dwarf

Well, of course, this is just the sort of blinkered philistine ignorance I’ve come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker’s cuss for the struggling artist. You excrement, you whining hypocritical toadies with your colour TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic secret handshakes. You wouldn’t let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards. Well I wouldn’t become a Freemason if you went down on your stinking knees and begged me.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus

You are a fart factory, slug-slimed sack of rat guts in cat vomit. A cheesy scab picked pimple squeezing finger bandage. A week old maggot burger with everything on it and flies on the side.
— Rufio, Hook

What are you, a captain in the innuendo squad?
— Micky, Doctor Who

Out. For. A. Walk… Bitch.
— Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You are about one bit short of a byte.

I desire that we be better strangers.
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It

 Thanks to Matt Blum, Ken Denmead, Michael Harrison, Jonathan Liu, Jim MacQuarrie, Curtis Silver, and Nathan Barry for help with this list. 

...or the Buzzlight year one. I'm going to try to use that today........... :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

First Solo Project

Ian is flying solo with the faucet switch. I think it's his first non-computer/technology related house project.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ian's Future Desktop

Ian and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Diablo III... It comes out on May 15th. But the title of this article says it all.

Link: No One is More Prepared to Play Diablo III Than This Guy [Diablo]

It's less than two weeks before the release of the most eagerly anticipated PC (and Mac!) game of the year. Some of us are pretty excited about it. This guy is way beyond that. Read More »

Lego Storage Bricks

I think these are so cool. Stackable Lego Storage Bricks.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

House Flippers

When purchasing the new house, we signed an agreement that said we couldn't sell the house until a year after closing. This didn't bother us since we have no intention of ever moving! As time goes on, it becomes completely clear which neighbors bought a house just to flip it. For Sale signs are popping up all over the place (4 just in our little section). I'm sure there are one or two people who are selling because they aren't happy. But today we stumbled on a few real estate sites with pictures. It's clear the ones who didn't intend to stay long.

I decided something after viewing the pictures. I love my house. I have excellent taste. Other people.. not so much. =P

Take for instance this living room.... yeah....

As Ian asked... why put down a fuzzy rug the same color as the carpet??

This entertainment center isn't bad... but ours is amazing compared to it. I find it kind of boring.

I'm not sure about this room. Black curtains, brown floor, multi-colored rug.. and brown baby puke couch. Nice.

Yup... I love my house. <3

May 3, 2000: Geocaching Gets Geeks Going in Great Outdoors

Twelve years ago today, Geocaching got its start. I'm hoping that this spring/summer Ian and I will be able to hunt down some Geocaches... Last year was spent eagerly anticipating our move into the new house. This year I'm ready to do some hunting! There seem to be a couple caches within walking distance. Can't wait!

Link: May 3, 2000: Geocaching Gets Geeks Going in Great Outdoors

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Patriots In Lego Form = Awesome

Link: Pats fan shows off Legos tattoo

Patriots tattoo


The first bird in our yard. Yes, we are strange people but this was super exciting this morning. We haven't had much wildlife near our property yet. We've seen a skunk... but that's about it. There are geese, ducks, and heron down by the pond... but nothing close to our house. Ian spotted the plump little robin after breakfast this morning... hopping around our backyard. It was a momentous occasion. :)

We hope... very soon... we will have trees or maybe even a bird feeder for us to attract more birds to our yard. My milkshake doesn't bring all the birds to the yard. (Bad Joke)

We've Got Mail!

We received the most awesome card of awesomeness yesterday. You're welcome Maxie!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012