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Suck It, Internet

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on the old blog.  When your wife becomes better than you at something in the tech world, which was previously your undisputed domain, it’s somewhat emasculating but not the end of the world.  However, once your mother starts blogging, too, it may be a sign that it’s time to find a new hobby.

I’m not sure if anyone is still subscribed here or still visits, but just in case, here’s an update on what I’ve been doing for the past 6 months:

Now that my masterpiece of time wasting is complete, I can finally move on to bigger and better things (I’m thinking of taking up knitting).

Bald and Beautiful

So, I got a new haircut this week.  I’ve always wanted to shave my head, so here is the result.  What do you think?  Can I pull it off?

All I needed was a good excuse.  For me that excuse came in the form of the youth halloween party, for which, I was told, costumes were mandatory.

Only sad part is that none of the youth have ever heard of the Blue Man Group.  Oh well.  I guess I’m already old and out of touch.

Update on Introverts

A few months ago, I posted an interesting article I found on introverts, of which I am definitely one.  That post has had a lot of traffic and I thought I would post a follow up to it.  I just ran across this list recently, titled “How to Care for Introverts.”  So, if you have an introvert in your life, you might follow these guidelines in dealing with him/her, or, inversely, at least you will now know how to piss him/her off by doing the opposite. 🙂

• Respect their need for privacy.
• Never embarrass them in public.
• Let them observe first in new situations.
• Give them time to think. Don’t demand instant answers.
• Don’t interrupt them.
• Give them advanced notice of expected changes in their lives.
• Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing before calling them to dinner or moving on to the next activity.
• Reprimand them privately.
• Teach them new skills privately rather than in public.
• Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests and abilities; encourage this relationship even if the friend moves.
• Do not push them to make lots of friends.
• Respect their introversion. Don’t try to remake them into extroverts.

Come on Home to Green River

Well, we just got back from our trip to Utah.  I have lots to write about, as it was a great, adventure-filled trip.  But, first I wanted to post these photos that Jeremy sent me.

Porter and Walker went on their first rafting trip, while we were in Utah.  We went with Grandma and Grandpa Hurren, Jeremy & Jesse down the Green River from Nefertiti to Swazeys.  They had a great time swimming in the river and rodeo-riding the rapids in Grandpa’s raft, but the highlight of the trip was playing in the mud with uncle Jesse.

When we finally made it home, this was the result:

Toilet Training

So, it seems Luke is learning to use the toilet at only 18 months old.  Don’t get me wrong.  He isn’t actually peeing in the toilet, but he has figured out how to flush.  Unfortunately, he’s also learned how to throw random things from around the bathroom into the toilet before flushing it.

Which leads me to how I spent my last Saturday.  The toilet was plugged up all week, and I finally had some free time to try to fix it.  So I went to the hardware store to pick up a good plunger and auger.  After an hour of trying those useless tools, I finally had to drain the toilet, take it off the floor and turn it upside down.  There I was able to spot the problem: a stick of deodorant stuck in the pipes.  Lousy little twerp.  It took me an hour to break it apart and wrench it out, but I finally got it.  I put the toilet all back together, hooked the water back up and got everything cleaned up; only to find that there was, yes, another stick of deodorant stuck in the toilet.  Freaking little punk!

So, another hour or two later, I got the second stick out and everything put back together again.  All this while Luke was busy tearing the rest of the house to pieces, but at least we can use our own bathroom again.  At least until he flushes something else.  What a crappy way to spend my Saturday.

Baby Pics

On our recent trip to Seattle, my Mom brought along my childhood photo album and gave it to me. I was flipping through it with the boys today and noticing how much Porter and Luke look like me when I was a kid. At least I think so. Walker, not so much. Tell me what you think.

This is me about 8 months old.




This is me at 1 year


Apparently my drinking habit started early.


This is me at 2 years.




This is me at 5 years.




Don’t be sad Walker, you look more like your Mom, and she’s definitely cuter than me.  Sorry, Luke & Porter, you’re stuck with it.