Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is what we picked for the master bathroom. Corian counter tops, tile floor (18x18) and tile in the tub and shower (12x12). And then we'll be using the deco strip as the sink back splash and randomly at a 45 degree, 3" square randomly around the room.
For the guest bath we are going for a 'French/European theme'. We'll use the tile for the shower, the formica for the countertop and the accent piece for the backsplash and in the shower.
This is the vinyl we are going to use in the laundry room, the guest bath and in the bar area downstairs. The lighting in the picture is really bad, it is not quite this yellow.For the kitchen we are having oak floors, HiMac countertops (like Corian), black Bosch appliances, and browish glass subway tiles for the backsplash. The cabinets are also oak in a natural finish.
Finally, for the bathroom that Jody's parent will be using we picked this. Again, we'll use the accent piece randomly on the walls and for the backsplash.
So we went with a lot of neutral, earth tones.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After a fun 4 hour event...and we left very tired and hungry. So we decided to go get a late lunch at the Olive Garden. It was Yummy! It was Kevin and I, and my parents. We decided to order 3 meals and then the 4 of us would share them all. It was A LOT of food, we all ate, and still had enough left over for my parents to have at lunch today. Anyway, just for April....here are the picks....
April....how did I do?
Friday, April 25, 2008
So off to the post office. Now that was easy, in and out of there in 10 mins including drive time. I'm thinking ok, I can get home by noon for lunch.
Then over to the DMV. I know what you are thinking "ha, the DMV that will take forever". Well, you're sorta right. First, this DMV office is only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I've had good luck in the past getting my license here. In fact, last time I renewed it I got it out here cause usually they are quick, I think I was there 15 mins total. Well, today I figured I was in trouble when the sign on the door said "This office will be closed from 12:00 to 1:30". Who gets 1 hour and 30 mins for lunch? I sure don't. I go in and it is about 20 mins til noon and there are 3 people ahead of me. I have to wait in a waiting area and there is no one to talk to. Anyway, 12 o'clock comes around and they start locking the doors to keep anyone else from coming in. The guys behind me are told to come back later since they were doing tests and those take to long. As for me, they ask what I need and I just tell them I need to change my address. Since I have the form already filled out, they take it and say unless I want a new license I can go. Well, I don't want a new license so I leave. Now, I got the form online, why could I have not filled it out online and not had to go in or even when I got there why wasn't there a drop box? However, I think that it is more government efficiency, more than it being a small town.
So a little over two hours later, I'm all done with that. So not to bad, I guess I'll just have to turn it down a notch or 5!
I check in frequently, but here are a couple of older ones:
This one is about writing your thesis title. What is funny is while I have a title for my dissertation, it was approved only as a "tentative" title...so I have no idea what my title is when I get done.....assuming I get done.
This one is about making an outline. This is very true, and just this week when I sent in my chapter 4 to my advisor, I had a plan for my chapter 5....ok, well I had some random thoughts...I hope he goes for it.
Speaking of my advisor...I don't have any news on that front...I haven't contacted him yet....it is one of those things, I am hoping goes away...I guess I will need to face it eventually.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Today one of my yellow cichlid fish died. :( These are the fish that I raised from birth. Yes I had their momma and so I raised them from the time they were the size of a grain of rice. I think that the tank was a little too high in the nitrates. I am hoping the other two cichlids and the rainbow fish make it. I have put in some chemicals to help the situations, so I will keep an eye out. I knew this rental house was bad…
So on Sunday after church, my parents went to Greeley with some friends of theirs to go out for lunch. Since Greeley is the big city compared to Ft. Morgan, they also did a little shopping. So we babysat Shadow for them.
Shadow is a black lab that is about 10 years old. She is a very sweet puppy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well my talks with Qwest and Bresnan have basically failed. The cost to put the in equipment is too much (Qwest is about $20K and Bresan is way more than that) and we don't have enough people to warrant putting it in (less than 100 residents in the area). So on to plan B (or S in this case). After talking with the Qwest guy it seems that even if we could get DSL the best we could get would be about 1.5MB speed. Well, that is disappointing. So we have a Sprint Broadband card that we have been using for our travels with the laptops. It looks like the picture on the right.
This is a great little device but one little problem. How do I hook it up to my network and share it since it is a PCI Expresscard? So I did a little research and found a USB to Expresscard adapter by SIIG. So with that I can hook up the Sprint card to a desktop PC and then with the magic of Internet Connection Sharing and a tool called Firestarter and Linux I can turn a PC into a router/webserver. So progress there. I then found out that I can take two of these Sprint cards and run them in parallel as basically one card and get almost twice the bandwidth. That should put us at about 2.5 to 3MB speed. Which is better than I can get from anywhere else at this point. Think of it as you have two tanks of water and need to move the water from one tank to another but all you have is 1" pipe. So one 1" pipe will move so much water, but if you put in two 1" pipes you can move twice as much water between the two tanks. Theoretically, this could scale out to as many cards as you want. However, the monthly cost is the only real limitation here.
So I think my highspeed internet problem is solved for now. The next project is to see if I can take the Zonbu machine that I have and turn that into the router. The advantage of using that is, that it has no moving parts (harddrives or fans) and so the chance of failure should be lower. Also it uses much less electricity than a normal PC (12W vs 200W) and so it should help with the energy bills. The tricky part is going to be getting an OS on it. Since it doesn't have any drives, I think I'll have use another machine to set up the flash drive.
For all of you who have made it to the bottom of this post and have not fallen asleep, you must be almost as nerdy as me.
Monday, April 21, 2008
So this weekend, I finished a draft (just a draft) of my chapter 4...all 60 pages of it. I was very pleased and so today I send it off to my advisor. I get an email back that says "Jody, can you call me?" So I immediately panic...I really worked hard on this and now he is going to say it is all wrong. So I email back, and say "Sure I would be happy to call you when and at what number?"
Within 10 min I get a message that says "How about now at xxx-xxx-xxxx" Sigh....Ok, so I give him a call. What do I learn...it is worse than I can imagine.....First of all he says he hasn't looked at my work yet, but that it seems pretty substantial. At which point I already start making excuses at how I know I probably really need to rework areas and how unsure of myself I am. Now he is just the best so he compliments me, encourages me says chapters 4 and 5 are hard for everyone, and he knows I will do well etc...etc...then he says "Item number 2, that I need to talk to you about is a little more delicate"
So I start racking my brain thinking "what have I done?" Well it turns out that he has been offered a position in Wyoming. So he will be leaving in June, and he is trying to finish up a few people with their dissertations that he knows will be done. To be done in June, means you have a final write up by May, and have your defense with your committee scheduled by mid May.....so that is almost impossible for me right now, since I haven't started on Chapter 5.
What does that mean for me? I have to find a new advisor. I am really heartbroken. My advisor has been with me for the last 4.5 years, he was the one who interviewed me to accept me into the program. He was my professor for 4-5 of my courses. He has been a true mentor and guide to me all along the way. I carefully selected him to be my advisor for my dissertation committee and then picked the rest of my committee who I thought would work well with me and with my advisor.
So now what? Well he gave me the name of someone he suggests I consider for my advisor. I know this other person (he was also a past teacher), and to be honest he may be a good fit, because of his background and research interests....but there is a reason I didn't pick him to be on my committee or be my advisor to start with. So I don't know. I guess I don't really have another choice, and I just want to finish.....
I am so upset...I am actually crying right now. :(
I finally got all the pictures off the camera and so I can now write about how we took the dogs (Deogi and Stormy) to the house and let them play in the yard. Now Spring hasn't quite made it to Colorado yet, a couple of more weeks and things should start turning green we hope.
We have about 100yds in the back yard to throw the ball and so we got the Chuck-It (if you have a dog and don't have one of these, get one) and just started letting it loose. Deogi was in heaven as playing fetch for her is the best thing ever. However, in this picture Stormy actually got the ball.
More pictures of them acting crazy can be found where we keep our pictures.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
So I think I'll stick with my day job of programming, moving firewood is not my idea of a fun time.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Ok, I didn't really leave the living room. I attended an online conference called Technology, Colleges, and Community World Wide Online conference . It is done with the University of Hawaii.
Then today I went to Second Life (see Kevin's earlier post). I went to Vassar College's island in second life. The real Vassar College is in Poughkeepsie, NY. However in 2nd life, they have recreated the Sistine Chapel. I can't tell you how great it is. If you have an avatar in 2nd life, I suggest that you take the time to tour the chapel. The detail is amazing...and since it may be years before Kevin will take me to the real thing.....this was about as close as you can get. And in 2nd life you can fly up to the ceiling and zoom in on the paintings and really examine them. I think you may get a better view here.
So now I am home again in 1st life and it is finally the weekend. That just means more dissertation writing......
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So since Jody is learning about it, I feel I should know something about it as well. I've had a lot of issues running the Second Life client on my Linux machines, but I think I'm getting close to making it work well. Mainly the problems have been with the video drivers on my machine.
Anyway, SecondLife is interesting, but I'm not really sure what to do with it yet. So far all I have been doing is flying around and looking at what people have built. We have not committed to it, by buying land and all that, but that might be in the future. Maybe the family reunion in 2020 will be in SecondLife. I have a feeling that something important could be done with it, but so far it looks to me like a graphical chat room. So while I'm not sold on it, I don't think I'm ready to give up on it yet either.
We went to Memories. It is nothing fancy...but not a bad little restaurant here in Ft. Morgan.
When I got to the restaurant, I ran into an old colleague/teacher of mine and his wife. He was my English teacher when I went to HS, then I worked with him when I was teaching at the HS. It was really great to see him, he was a true mentor for me when I began in education.
Darline and I had a good time laughing and catching up. The food and company were both good. Darline also gave me a yummy candle. It is Lilac Blossoms. I love Lilac, and this rental could use some good smells, so I went home and lit it right away. Now it sits next to me here by the love seat and I can smell flowers all day!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
From what I can tell it comes down to the cost to put the equipment out there at 4 miles out of town. I know the neighbors out there would like Qwest to come in and put in DSL. So we'll see. Maybe Sprint will get it in gear and get Xohm running out there and get WiMax going...
I guess I need to talk to someone about Satillite too.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
My dissertation will be 5 chapters total...so I am hoping to finish chapter 4 next week, and then send it off to my advisor. I am sure he will have good advice for me, and have me rewriting many sections :)
I just keep thinking "I can do this" and "Just do it already and finish up". That is my goal that by the end of 2008, I am Dr. Jody!
Friday, April 11, 2008
After the appliance appointment, we went to dinner with friends at our favorite Chinese place "Wonderful Dragon". It was sooo yummy. I hardly ate all day so that I could eat a big dinner LoL.
Well we took our camera with us, because when our blog grows up it wants to be like Cousin April's Blog, but we forgot to take it into the restaurant...so no pictures of dinner (sorry April), maybe next time.
Who ever invented the rain gutter was a genius.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The weather guy is saying 70s again by Sunday. Welcome to Spring in Colorado. It is nice to see all the moisture out here since lawns were starting to get a little crispy and it is right on the edge of the time to turn on sprinklers or not. Last week the weather was nice and I thought we were about done with the heavy coats.
For those of you in warmer areas, we have to turn off our sprinklers in Oct and leave them off until about Apri/May otherwise they freeze and you end up with a real mess. That is actually something I had to learn when I bought my first house out here. Since we didn't have problems with freezing where I grew up in California.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Kyburz is hiding in a corner and Stormy just sits and watches the cat. Any time Kyburz moves, Stormy gets up and kisses the kitty. Kyburz doesn't really like it, sometimes he takes it, and sometimes he hisses and swats at Stormy. This just makes her bark. It is so funny.
The other thing that I think is funny, is when Stormy goes outside. Then Kyburz walks around the house. When Stormy comes in, she runs from room to room frantically looking for the cat. When she finally finds him, she kisses him and walks away. Sometimes she barks too.
It is really funny how she must know where the cat is at all times and never lose track of him. She doesn't ever hurt the kitty, just gives him a big slobber kiss.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I even got my change to the covenants in that I wanted so I'm already making trouble. So I guess that is good at least they were willing to accept the change. (I wanted vinyl fencing to be an approved material for fencing).
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Kevin and I did go out for breakfast with some friends on Friday morning. Then we went and signed all the paper work for the sale of our house in Longmont. So while technically the closing isn't until Monday, we are all done with that part.
Then it was all work and no play for the rest of the day. Kevin and I packed and packed, loaded the cars and all the pets.....Deogi, Stormy, Kyburz and all the fish. We brought them here to the rental. We unloaded our cars, got the fish and Kyburz all settled. Then I took the dogs to Grandma's (my mom's) for the night. Kevin and I then drove both cars back to Longmont. When we got home, we packed some more and got ready for the final move today. Sounds like a great birthday right?
As of right now the house in Longmont is basically empty. We have a few odds and ends, and some cleaning supplies. Tomorrow it is back to Longmont, to clean the house and the yard and then we are officially Ft. Morgan residents.
Now it is time to put my feet up and relax for the evening....well I may unpack a little :)
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
We decided with moving we would surely have moving expenses so we put it all into savings. Then on the way home we thought of all the fun ways we could of spent the money. But alas, our responsible sides won out and it is still in savings.......for now :)
Let this be advice for you all....save those coins!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
This did allow me to spend 4 hours of the day on the phone doing interviews. I also monitored about 25 courses today. That doesn't seem like a lot, but each one takes about 10 min....that alone is 4 hours! No wonder I work 10 hour days...by the time I do meetings, email and course monitoring! Ugh.
So tomorrow what is in store? Well, I have interviews, meetings (my first meeting is at 7 am ouch!), and more course monitoring....I think tomorrow my goal is another 25 - 30 courses....that should only leave me with 25-30 to do on Thursday! This is extreme...that is what happens when you get behind. :(
It is weeks like this that I miss spring break! :)