5 years in America.

Posted on April 24th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

It wasn’t until Wednesday when someone asked me where I was from and how long I had been here (within about 3 seconds of me speaking on the phone) that I realised that Tuesday was our 5 year anniversary of moving over to the States. Time has flown by really quickly (as opposed to flying by slowly) . Ton’s of things have changed over the past few years but three things remain constant – death, (more) taxes and Winston sitting on my lap.

Sometimes Daylight Savings Time can be useful

Posted on March 14th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

This morning is about the only time I’ve been relieved we have the Spring Forward version of Daylight Savings Time. I woke up at about half past three this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I eventually got up – the great thing about DST is that it was really half past four so it wasn’t such a bad time to get up (keep thinking positive)…

Due to the lack of sleep, I found it especially funny when Frankie decides to join me in the shower – the crazy thing is that I’m sure he’d have stayed in there if I hadn’t shouted at him to get out. He also protested a little bit too much when I went to towel him down and get him dry, but after a couple of attempts at chasing him around the kitchen he eventually settled down and purred like crazy whilst I petted him with the towel. Unfortunately I don’t think Basil would be as keen to get in the shower which is a shame as of all the cats, he is the one who needs a shower the most. However, he’s also the least likely to be able to jump out of a slippery bath tub.

Another sneezing weekend.

Posted on February 7th, 2010 in RealLife by Andy

Today is the last day of a long weekend (I had Friday off) and it’s felt like a looong weekend. As usual I’ve ended up with a cold for my time off. I’m pretty sure the body relaxes when I get a break and so does the immune system 🙁
With the amount of snow we had on Friday, I spent the morning shovelling the driveway on Saturday and spent the rest of the day coughing and sneezing. The annoying thing is that this cold has been around since about Tuesday – I could feel the symptoms coming on but couldn’t get rid of it. I felt better Wednesday afternoon and Thursday but not yesterday or today. I’ll be sitting curled up in a blanket with a Winston keeping my lap warm this afternoon watching the game. Hope your weekend went better than mine.

A Geek Christmas carol is now available for download.

Posted on December 21st, 2009 in socialnetworks by Andy

Our FriendsInTech production of A Geek Christmas Carol is now available for listening – enjoy and let us know what you think of it. Previous productions are also available to listen to.

Machine guns in Helsby – over a bird?

Posted on November 7th, 2009 in funny by Andy

I have a google alert that keeps track of the mention Helsby – partly to see if I’m mentioned somewhere on the web and also to keep track of other Helsby’s and also the town Helsby in the UK.

There was a recent article the other day where police were called, with machine guns, to help capture an escaped rhea (similar to an ostrich). I can’t believe that birds are that dangerous that armed police were needed. I think someone was watching too much Jurassic Park.  The full article “Escaped Rhea causes chaos at Helsby High School” is online for more amusement..

Chihuly pictures posted online

Posted on October 17th, 2009 in photos,RealLife by Andy

Last Sunday afternoon I took Kristen out on a surprise trip to the Columbus Museum of Art Chihuly Illuminated exhibit as it was a family day and had extra events going on. What I didn’t know what that the family day meant the $10 entrance fee was waived which was excellent as it the exhibit area is pretty small and the rest of the museum was not very  impressive. The exhibit itself was good although I don’t think it was as good as the one at Franklin conservatory. Although the big pieces were pretty amazing and made your mind boggle as to how they would have been made. Photos online in my Chihuly flickr set don’t really do it justice – especially as the forest of spikes seems to have come out in black and white for some weird reason.

Happy Anniversary Luv!

Posted on August 14th, 2009 in Events,OurNews,RealLife by Andy

It’s our tenth wedding anniversary today – time flies by so fast. We’re off to a nice restaurant tonight to celebrate. Thought I’d add one of my favourite photos from our wedding all those years ago.

Andy and Kristen leaving the reception through bubbles

Kristen is no longer in quarantine!

Posted on August 5th, 2009 in OurNews,RealLife by Andy

HalfLife 2 Ep.2 Borealis Ship is a product of Aperture Science (by The_Roc)

Kristen was due to go into quarantine for the next 10 days as she undergoes tests to ensure that the cancer in her thyroid has completely gone. They give her some radioactive iodine to swallow which means she is not allowed to be near people.

It now turns out that the isotope she is going to be given is type 123 which does not need the quarantine as opposed to type 132 (I think) that does, so all those changes to her schedule that she made were not necessary, but at least she doesn’t have to lock herself away in her room for 10 days.

On the downside, she has no reason to play half life anymore (hahaha). I mentioned this to Kristen whilst she was taking a drink last night and she almost snorted it out of her nose – it’s great to be married to a geek girl who got the joke 😉

Funny Maru video

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 in RealLife by Andy

Kristen forwarded me a link to a new Maru video -very funny and worth 3 minutes of your time to watch – I think we might be purchasing some new bins for our cats soon…..

Swine bugs….

Posted on July 7th, 2009 in RealLife,shopping,summer by Andy

It’s been hot in the house the past couple of nights and last night it was really difficult to get to sleep. Kristen called the AC man out today and he arrived this afternoon which was nice. After looking at the unit inside and the thermostat he went outside to the unit that was not working (it was the other day). Taking the side off the electric work he quickly said “There’s your problem” – a bug had wedged itself between the contacts and shorted it out. A quick trip to turn the power off and as we were walking back to the house I said “Hope the bug died a slow and painful death” – especially as the stupid thing cost us $134 – about $90 of that was a call out charge and then “labour” for the 30 minutes he was here – would have been nice if the labour was included in the callout – hmmph…I guess I’m a little grumpy as it’s not quite called down enough yet.

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