Monday, February 17, 2014

An update of sorts

While I am not giving up this blog entirely (I know, like you could even tell!), I am going be hanging out at: for a while. Come check out what's happening over there.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Game 1

I don't know if I will do a post for every game, but it is hard not to do something for the first one. The game didn't go quite as planned - we got beat 24-6 - but I am proud of the team and especially proud of this first-game-ever player. He didn't get as many snaps as I am sure he would of liked, but was always ready and hustled when he was in. Looking forward to the next one!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Family Vacation in 124 Seconds

Technically, we are still on vacation, we are just finishing it off at home. Here's what we did so far...


Sites on the video include:

Centennial Park, Amarillo, TX
XIT Ranch Office, Channing, TX
Dairy Queen, Raton, NM
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
US Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Manitou Springs, CO
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO
Seven Falls, Colorado Springs, CO
Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin, NM 

A larger version of the video can be found here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

For the Birds

Hi there. Remember me? No apologies or promises to post more often ... just pictures of a bird who appears to have taken up residence in a birdhouse in the backyard. A House Sparrow, I believe.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bicycle Commuting

I am a bicycle commuter.

Well, I guess that is not entirely true. I am a commuter in the same way that someone who fell into the pool qualifies as a swimmer.

But, all things considered, I have commuted to work, on my bike, twice this week.

It wasn’t necessarily by choice, although I have been thinking that as close as I live (around 2 miles), riding my bike was a viable option. When you have multiple cars on paper, but only one that is currently usable … and that one is out of town, then you have no choice but to commute. Or walk. Walking did not sound fun, so commute it was.

Now that I am an “expert,” I will share some thoughts on “commuting.”

Having a fancy bicycle messenger bag does not mean you have a “light” bicycle messenger bag. It can be a plastic bag—if you put a ton of stuff in it, it will still weigh a ton and you will feel it all the way to work. And then all the way home.

A fancy messenger bag that weighs a ton will cause you to lean one direction or the other. Or, it will cause you to feel like you are being strangled to death. None of these options are optimum riding conditions.

Commuting through one of the busiest intersections in town is not nearly as scary as one might think. I will admit I used the crosswalks (When people stop driving like idiots on the streets, I will stop riding like one on the sidewalk.), but I did not have to wait long at any intersection, nor did I feel like I was playing Frogger.

It pays to have air conditioning at your work as well as a fan and to be able to sit for a few minutes in hopes that your sweat dries before making marks on your shirt or more importantly, the back of your pants. Something about the thought of that just really bothers me.

For me, bike commuting actually takes about the same amount of time as driving my vehicle. Perhaps it is because I live so close, but I can be at work in about 10 minutes in the car with perhaps a few more minutes during 5:00 traffic home. After two round trips, I managed a total time of 22:00 and 23:00 minutes. Not too bad. (This does not, however, include changing time or sitting in front of the fan drying off time.)

Commuting to work makes you feel like you are “doing your part.” You know, being green, saving the planet, earth first!, and all that great stuff.

Even if it is just a couple of miles.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


While Mom and Dad were here, we went to an exhibit of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart pop-up books at the Texas Tech Museum. After checking Sabuda's website, we discovered he had some do-it-yourself ideas. Grace chose a tiger, Luke a shark, and I went for a ship.

Here is the before...

And the after...

Check it out - he has plenty of designs to try out.