Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gotta get to Vegas

The National Finals Rodeo is being held in Vegas next week. Same week we are trying to go to Vegas with friends. Could be very tricky. This could test our non-rev travel skills like never before.

Seventeen more days until I am off work for two months. Kelli is eager to get back to work. I am eager to spend more time with Natali.

The new Windows Phone 7 series of phones is very interesting.

The Hyundai Sonata Turbo comes out soon. Very interesting.

Commuting across the country is rough. I woke up at 4:30AM Eastern on Wednesday. Headed to the airport at 5AM. Flew to Minneapolis and then back to New York finishing at 12:20PM. I then ate lunch and hopped on a 2:30PM flight to Dallas. Went to bed at 10:30PM....been up for 19 hours at that point. I might have to head back to New York tonight....or early tomorrow morning. I normally would have the weekend off but I picked up 12 hours of overtime.

Kelli and Natali are planning on coming up to New York Sunday. I am going to take her suitcase with me when I go back so that all she has to bring is Natali, stroller, car seat and diaper bag.

But first....gotta get to Vegas.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kelli doesn't like it so big anymore

Great time at Disneyland. Photos to follow...sometime this week. I have them all on my Macbook Pro...which is in Texas. I am in New York with my netbook.

Great time in Disneyland. We met up with my Sister in law Jami, her girlfriend Kelly and my niece Haley. Lots of walking but we had fun. My niece Haley has finally warmed up to me. Just took 3 years. Likely helps that she see's me every few months.

We all shared a hotel room. Close enough to walk to Disneyland. We ate really fatty foods the entire time. My sister in law Jami did her normal "I'm going to eat healthy" routine. She starts well...and means well. Jami exercises regularly and likely eats healthy most of the time. She's way more fit than I am. Every vacation though her dieting last just a few hours. I always laugh at her. Maybe next time she will stick to her guns.....nah.

Disneyland has a great system in place for parents with kids who aren't able to ride certain rides. One parent waits in line or uses a fast pass and rides the ride. The other parent hangs out with the kid. Then the parents swap. The parent who waited enters the fast pass lane and goes to the front of the line. Simple and fast.

Natali had her own seat on the flight there. Not so lucky on the way back as I held her in my arms. We can hold her until she's 2. After that she needs her own seat. Could get tricky traveling on fuller flights when she is older than 2.

Reading on the Kindle is 10X more enjoyable than the Ipad. Kelli is slightly jealous of my Kindle. Mine is the "small" Kindle which fits in my pants pocket....or her purse. Kelli has the "big" Kindle DX. I mentioned she could give her Kindle DX to her mom and buy a new one (I bought the base $139 version). Of course her mom might not want the big Kindle DX either. Hmmm.

Next trip is Vegas. Until then I'm going to see Minneapolis a few times, Atlanta Georgia, Toronto, Canada and Raliegh Durham.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Alarm companies are shisters

We visited the State Fair of Texas last week. Fried food goodness.

Kelli and like to walk around and look at all the vendors selling stuff. One of our favorite jokes is to say, "Wow they have a  Kitchencraft booth here!" Why? Because there are at least 5 Kitchencraft booths at the fair.

I did stop at Pinnacle Alarm Systems. They had a fancy alarm system on display. The rep was knowledgeable and stated that the inital install was only $99 and then $49 a month for 3 years for monitoring. So $1764 over 3 years!

When I came home I looked up the alarm system they were selling. I can buy the exact same alarm for under $300 ( I can then get monitoring for $8 a month. The alarm can be set up to send alerts to ME and the monitoring company. Major savings. The entire system is wireless. Interesting. I am looking into trying to upgrade our existing wired system. Stuff to do while I am out on FMLA.

Bought a Kindle. Just the base $139 model. Reading books on the Ipad is not enjoyable. Glare. I really think my friend Angela should get a Kindle. $'s practically free. Fits in your purse. Battery last forever. Heck it will even feed your child....with knowledge.