Archive for December, 2006

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Hope your new year is happy, prosperous and healthy. 2006 was a great year for me and my family. We bought our first house, we added another member to our family, everyone in the family stayed healthy and we’re looking forward to 2007!

Super Villain

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Darn, so close – I was hoping to get Catwoman, instead I ended up as Lex Luther. WTH? Which Super Villain are you?? Take this test to find out.

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Lex Luthor
Dr. Doom
Poison Ivy
Dark Phoenix
The Joker
Green Goblin
Mr. Freeze
A brilliant businessman on a quest for world domination and the self-proclaimed greatest criminal mind of our time!

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006

There was a story about Anosmia that came across MetaFilter earlier this week that caught my eye. What is Anosmia? It’s the lack of ability to smell. The story immediately took me back to a story of my own…

I used to have a friend who couldn’t smell. I thought that was the weirdest thing. I didn’t know it was possible to not smell, but I guess it makes sense since some people don’t have other senses like hearing and sight. For some reason, I never believed her, so I decided to put it to the test one night. I was hanging out at her house and she left to run to the store for a few minutes. While she was gone, I sparked up a joint and smoked it a bit right before she came back to see if she smelled the pot when she came home. She was a fellow “head”, so I knew if she smelled it, she’d be all over getting some herself, but when she walked in – she didn’t notice a thing and went about her business as usual. Imagine my surprise! Of course I then had to come clean and share some of the doobage with her. Heh.

Ahhhh, good times, good times. That was a lifetime ago.

AllofMP3 to Stay Open in 2007

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Man, I thought All of MP3 was being shut down for sure, but it seems like they are not giving up easy! Their parent company released an announcement stating is going to stay open through 2007 and that the U.S. lawsuits are not of particular concern to them and not only are they staying open, but they’re going to lower prices. Love it! Take that RIAA!!

Crying it Out

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

With the new infant on our hands, we’ve taken to employing a technique we never tried with our kids: crying it out. It’s been working well for us at night so far. When it’s time for bed, we all go into the bedroom and I get Grace settled in her crate and pet her a little bit before closing the gate and getting in bed. She usually cries for about 5 minutes, sometimes loudly complete with howling, but she always settles down and falls asleep and all is well. The nights have been reasonably good for us, all things considered.

Tonight, before it was bed time, Grace was really getting out of control – just running around and getting into everything we didn’t want her to get into, getting on everyone’s nerves and even nipping at all of us. I finally couldn’t stand it any more and brought her travel crate into the family room to put her in it so she’d settle down. I didn’t do it “the right way” though, because I was so frustrated with her by that point. I took one of her favorite toys, threw it in the crate and after she chased it in, I zipped up the opening so she couldn’t get out. Basically, I tricked her. Pretty mean, huh? She cried for about 5 minutes and then settled down so it wasn’t a catastrophe, but I feel bad for the way it happened. I also hate that the night felt a bit out of control with her. I guess it’s to be expected – she’ll be 9 weeks old tomorrow, but I want to have the perfect Dog Whisperer experience here!

Oh and I need to get an audio of her cry – she sounds like a seal or something. I’ve never heard a dog make a noise like this before. It is bizarre and annoying. LOL