Wow, where does all the time go? Before you know it, it’ll be 2010!
It’s been busy as usual around our place. We helped Nancy’s sister get a place. Just about everything is done except for the dryer vent and the electrical circuit for the dryer. Will need to pull a permit for the electrical work and will need to renew the one for our house too.
Nan put the “tree” up last night. It looks good. Mindy and Jordan helped her with a tiny bit of help from me. We even put the 22 year old candy canes on it. We’ve been putting candy canes on the tree since the first year we were married. Over the years we’ve had to replace a few of them, but for the most part, we still have some from back in 1987, and the DO look old. I’m out on the road, when I get home I’ll put some lights up outside. and maybe make some outside decorations.
I’m most of the way through the term of classes towards my Masters degree… two classes at a time is way to much for someone to handle and keep any kind of regular life. I have a final on Friday and the other final will be on next Tuesday. I’m going to either take one or no classes next term… haven’t made my mind up yet.
One of the classes I have has an interesting project for a final project. It’s a security audit of your personal information. I did some of the research over the weekend including the “empty your wallet on the table” and inventory it to see exactly what a thief has if they steal it. All I can say is SCARY. If you carry your Social Security card… don’t. If you carry something else with your social security number on it… don’t. Same goes for you ladies if you carry a purse. The checklist my professor has us go through is quite exhaustive. I was pretty good in most areas he had us look at, but there were a couple of things that I never thought about being possible sources of ID theft.
The driveway at the house looks vacant. Rob only has one car now and Chris’ truck is parked around the corner at a friend’s house for a short time. We’re going to get the driveway replaced to fix the growing sink hole that seems to be developing under it.
Here is a link to a YouTube playlist of a Dateline MSNBC series on Identity Theft that I watched as part of my research for class. The first is scary, if you sit through all of them you’ll have seen the entire series. All of the videos should play one after the other from the magic of YouTube.
Well it’s been a little over a month since our last post and it’s been pretty busy around here. We’ve changed out and finished the garage door and changed out all of the drywall on that end of the garage. We’ve cased the new windows (3 years since I put them in) with casings and window sills and molding too. The walls in the room don’t have holes anymore and the HUGE crack in the ceiling in the living room is gone too. The last thing of consequence is I got a new electrical permit and I started working on the power upgrade in the house… the inside box is nice and tidy now… will post a pic of that when it’s finished.
Nan’s sister Linda and her family moved down from New York. They’re staying with us for a short time until we can help them get a place… We’ve almost gotten all of the details worked out, and they will be moving into their own place in a week and a half.
On top of all of this, I’m back in school… Like a dummy I decided to try and take TWO graduate courses this term… With all or the other stuff going on I should have waited one more term… Remind me to only take one class per term from now on… these classes are kicking my butt.
I haven’t had ANY time to fix my amateur radio antenna; My 2 meter J-Pole antenna broke a couple of weeks ago, I have some soldering to do. All of the HF wire antennas are down for now as well… I took them down before Tropical Depression IDA moved through here last week… It was NOT a hurricane OR a Tropical Storm when it came through here… we got 34 knot winds and that’s it.
One of my friends from my AF days and his wife had a baby this morning (Nov 15th at 3:05AM). News I have is mother and baby are fine. Why do babies come in the wee hours… Daniel and Chris were both born before first light. Looking forward to going over to see the new arrival in a couple of days.
Some other news, Chris got a haircut just before Halloween. He and Natalie went to a masquerade party dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
The only other thing new is I’ve joined the Facebook revolution. I’ve been a member for a little over a week and I’ve made contact with friends and family that I haven’t seen in years. The Internet is an amazing tool… but it can be used against us if we’re not careful. I can’t believe how far back and how long it’s been since I’ve talked to some of the people I’ve already made contact with.
Here are a couple of pics I’ve shot in the past week or so…
|Nancy showing family how to make sushi
||Nancy showing family how to make sushi
|| Our Niece
| Chris got some UFC gear
|| Nancy’s Scion xB (Replaced the Van)
| Fixed Termite Damage (Left)
|| Fixed Termite Damage (Right)