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Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It's been a couple weeks since Zorro, our very own vacuum-cleaning robot joined our family. He arrived while I was gone, so Johnny plugged him in and let him charge up for the entire day. When I got home, we gave him a whirl.
Inside the package was Zorro (a ROOMBA 550), a docking station, two virtual walls/lighthouses, some extra filters, and a cleaning brush. All I had to do was press the center "CLEAN" button, and he sang a quick little song and off he went! For the first try, we quarantined him to just our living room. He slid right under our sofa and went crazy. His little blue "SPOT" light lit up every couple of feet and he would spin around and clean that spot even better.
I had read a ton of reviews of the iRobot Roomba before I made the purchase, so I knew to keep a close eye on him for the first few cleanings. Even though I used to make every effort to vacuum on a semi-regular basis, Zorro's dirt tray filled up quickly, and we had to empty him at least 5x on the first night (oh the horror and embarrassment I am sharing...). The hardest part of cleaning him is getting all the hair out. Who knew I shed so much? It is pretty fun to clean out though because you get the satisfaction of knowing just how gross your floors are without a good cleaning. Seriously made me reconsider the "5 second rule"...
Zorro cleaned up underneath our bed, which had tons of dust and feathers that he was able to eat up with no problem! He's picked up change, bobby pins, and other fairly large items that get misplaced from day to day.
The best thing about Zorro is that I can schedule him to clean whenever I want, even if we're not home. He can clean every day if I want him to, so he has less and less to pick up as time goes on. When we went to Vegas a few weeks ago, he cleaned up while we were gone. He did, however, get stuck on a stray cord and sucked it up around his brushes. The cord was fine, I just needed to pop out the brush and unwind it. Zorro is so smart that when he senses a problem, he'll make some noises to alert you, and if you don't come to help within 30 seconds or so, he'll just shut off and wait patiently, even while we're 300 miles away for a couple of days. Sometimes this will require a system reset, which is done in a cinch by simply holding down the DOCK and SCHEDULE buttons until you hear a beep.
John was skeptical about this until he saw him in action. Now he's impressed and so am I!
** Note on video: Zorro is not actually as loud as he sounds in this video, we actually let him zoom around while we watch TV sometimes.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
- Big Brother is back!
- Due to recent developments, I'm no longer enchanted by Jon & Kate + 8, but I continue to watch the new episodes.
- I'm still dieting, but finding way too many excuses to cheat/celebrate.
- My brother's wedding is in less than 2 months! I am the best man.
- Summer is moving way too fast, not that it really matters when you have a full-time job and live in sunny California.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Sister Act - "I Will Follow Him"
John showed me all these videos of people in a Filipino prison doing amazing choreographed dances. They do Thriller, MC Hammer, and bunch of other ones. I thought the Sister Act one was amazing and that Sara in particular might enjoy it.
Prison looks so much fun!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I've started uploading some of my home movies to YouTube. I try to pick only the really entertaining portions... but I find it all funny so I guess I'm not a good judge. Above is a video featuring me and my brother (I'm the one freaking out in the beginning), and some kids I don't remember. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
- Go grocery shopping (Sara and I used to do this at Iseminger all the time) because the frozen food aisles are like Antarctica! Or go anywhere with free A/C. Movie theaters are an option, but at $12 a ticket, that's hardly a bargain.
- Eat ice pops! When I was little they were called Mr. Freezies or whatever, but out here they are called Otter Pops. I grab about 5 at a time and go at 'em... they're about 15 calories a piece, which can add up quick. But if you turn your A/C off you'll probably sweat it out anyway.
- Freeze your pillowcases. This feels great but only has an effect for 3-5 minutes.
- Aloe. Even if you're not sunburned, if you slather aloe on your skin and lay in front of a fan, it instantly cools you down.
- Drink cold H2O... sometimes I drink so much ice water that it hurts my head a little, but it will definitely bring your core temperature down. I've heard that cold water can actually heat up your body because your body works harder to heat it up... or something like that? But I think it works pretty well!
- Cool/cold showers.
- Try not to move at all.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I have gotten into this game again because Johnny downloaded it for me. 1 more case and I get another promotion (that picture is outdated). I'm not sure what my next rank is because I don't think I ever got through this many cases before. The game is much easier now that I'm older (too old?) and don't have to work alongside some idiot from my 5th grade class. Some of the information is outdated though, which makes for some interesting guesswork.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
We also used our new BBQ set his parent's got us and grilled some steaks and shish kabobs. What is shish? They had chicken and Sara's least favorite vegetables: peppers and onions!
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Rice Pudding With Raisins