Monday, May 29, 2017

A Weekend Of Projects

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One of the joys of owning a house is being able to add some touches to make it your own. This weekend started off with a few of those little projects that really started to make our place, ours. From the screen door we added to the front to the beginnings of the office upstairs, the house is slowly, maybe even room by room, starting to become ours. Obviously, the changes for the weekend started out front. The new screen door will allow us a nice breeze in the evenings and quite a dose of sunshine during the daytime. It’s a needed and welcome addition to the entry.

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Moving on to the first room redo that we have going on, or as we like to call it, the office. Gone are the closet sliding doors, having been replaced by Evie’s art nook. A perfect little area for all of her creativity to come out and be put on paper, canvas or whatever medium she wants to work on. We will get to getting some cubbies and cabinets for her to hide all her work away soon, but this is part one of the art area for her.

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Moving around the room, the primary walls are now a dark blue color, which will be accented by a white desktop with a computer and sewing area. It will also have plenty of room for crafting as well, but we’ll make sure we make every effort to keep in clean and organized. I’ll post some additional images of the desk top once we convert the closet doors to the tops of the L-shaped desk and anchor it to the wall. then we will need to find a few drawers and some wall cabinets to really create a usable space.

For now, this was the weekend project, and things are coming together nicely.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Most Amazing Trip To… Part One

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A funny thing happened last week, and I really couldn’t talk about it until yesterday, but that’s besides the point – because yesterday – well two days ago – this is about to get weird… I left Seattle yesterday (Saturday, May 13th) and arrived in my destination 16 hours later – or almost Monday. Yeah, this international dateline thing is very strange. Anyways, sorry to ramble, but here I am, in humid and hot Taipei, Taiwan. I was fortunate enough to be placed on an HTC Elevate promotional trip to view the launch of the next new HTC device, LIVE FROM TAIWAN!

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I’ll be honest with you and say that yesterday is not something I am going to highlight too much, since 15 hours were spent in the luxurious Boeing 767’s that I was travelling on, and frankly, there’s only so many ways to present the back of a seat, so I won’t bore you with that. Of course, I do have to mention the staff on the plane – with a special shout out to the “PDX to NRT” leg – You were amazing! Never before have I been trapped next to Captain Elbow for 10 hours and felt so well taken care of. I don’t know how such a small person can take up so much room, but he did – and you still made the flight enjoyable.

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From there, I cleared through customs as quickly as possible and moved along to the hotel, the Regent Taipei. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend this hotel. City views, shopping, food, everything you need is here and the rooms are AMAZING. Today (day 2) we have a pretty busy morning, followed by a pretty lazy afternoon – which means some sight seeing time! Then we have a dinner tonight before we get some “rest” for the launch of the new device tomorrow! Anyways, if you want to catch the live stream, it will be at www.htc.com/launch on May16th at 2:00 PM Taiwan time, or 11PM (May 15th) in Seattle. Should be fun.

I’ll make sure to post some additionally fun photos as soon as we are out and about today. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@waazzupppp) and the hashtags #ElevateU and #HTCLaunch to see all our adventures!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Did 10,000 People Really Read This?

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Back in May of 2010, I started this little blog as a bit of a diary, and a bit of a reminder of what goes on in my life. My daughter was almost one and I was in the middle of my 3rd year of being married to my amazing wife. I never really thought that I would keep this up as long as I did, and honestly, with how many huge breaks there have been, I’m not sure it counts as ‘consistent’ updates, but I’m trying to get better. Today, I checked my unique reader stats for the first time in a long, long, long time and saw something very amazing – 10,033 unique visitors have hit this site. That means, somewhere on this planet, over 10,000 people have read something about me and my family and that’s pretty cool.

So, whether you are one of my tech friends, a dance dad or anything in between, thanks for reading and I’ll try and keep the fresher content coming.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

So, We Bought A House…

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It usually takes awhile for things like this to set in, but we really just did something crazy, yet amazingly cool… We bought a house. It wasn’t like we came into a ton of money suddenly and went out and found a dream home, but we are no longer letting someone else make money on the place that we live. Instead, we are building our future, together, inside our own four walls. Sure, one of them is shared, but still, we own this land – or at least we will once the bank is paid off. I’ll sign off on this for now, but I’ll definitely post more about the little projects that we are doing inside to make this great place all ours!

Monday, March 13, 2017

So, I Played A Round Of Golf This Weekend...


Yeah, so the rains, winds and snows have made it next to impossible to get out and play some golf over the winter. Fortunately, it seems we caught a break yesterday and I was able to sneak out to Riverbend for a round. What started out as a bit of a guessing game based on my range session about 15 minutes before teeing off, turned out to be one of the better rounds I've played in quite some time. While it wasn't perfect, my driving was pretty decent, short irons and wedges were sharp and my putting was pretty much on fire.


From the opening tee shot to the end of the round, I was able to hit good shots from just about everything in my bag that was a 6 iron or under. I had a few "issues" with the longer irons, but overall, they were small in comparison to how well I played. The round ended with a +4, 76 on a rather wet and soggy course. I'll take that all day long and be very happy with it. With all the stresses from the outside world right now, it was good to kick back and relax for a great round.

PS - I'm shooting these with a new mobile from HTC, the HTC U Ultra. You can trade up here if you want images as good as these - Trade Up to the HTC U Ultra!