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Geeking Out For Christmas

It should come as a surprise to no one that I’m a geek. It should also be no surprise that I love Christmas. Well, I have been slowly combining those 2 facets. This year I made a monumental jump. I changed the lights on my Christmas tree.

Are they LED ones? Well, yes, but they have been for a couple years now, so that’s not that interesting. So what could make them geekier than LED? Are they all shaped like monkeys? I wish, but alas not. Are they fully automated in control to music? That’d be interesting, but no.

So, what is it? They’re all solar powered! Menards has sets of solar powered LEDs this year. After the holidays, we’ll probably use them to light our deck and accent our garden, but for now they’re for Christmas. I’m sure we’ll be posting pics of the tree and mini solar array soon (gotta finish decorating the tree first).

Now to fully geek out and drop some solar panels on the roof =)

Reunion Part 2

Okay, so this took a little bit longer than expected to get back to and I don’t know that I have much to say. On the all in all it looks like we turned out to be a fairly well-adjusted group… even Dale! It was very interesting to have long conversations with people I had classes with and hung out with only in large group settings.

As I said not really much to say. We in general just look older, balder, fatter, and much more fertile than before. Everyone’s face looked familiar, just their name slipped my mind.

Oh wait. There is something else to say. I think I may talk to/hang out with the most people from high school yet. I’m not exactly sure what that says about me. Just an observation.

First About Reunion

I’m doing this on my Nokia 770 in Panera, so it’ll be short. Expect a longer one.

I saw Nathan Georgenson Friday night. I got an early call Saturday that there was a new Georgenson.

Talked to a bunch of people during the reunion. Everyone looked pretty much the same, except the female contingent seemed much more pregnant than I remember.

I also got the final idea for what I want to make for a reunion webapp (keep checking back).

Well back to work.

New Recipe: Caramel Corn

I’ve gotten a couple requests for my caramel corn recipe this week, so I just added it to the recipe book .

I’ve also been asked about my pumpkin fruit dip: a can of pumpkin, 8oz cream cheese, and sweeten (powdered sugar or your favorite sugar substitute) and spice (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg… pumpkin pie spices) to taste. The official recipe calls for a cup of powdered sugar, but it really doesn’t need that much. I have a bunch left over from the party, and I’m thinking about adding a couple eggs and baking it as a cheesecake. Should work.

Reunion This Weekend

Well, it’s official… I’m old. I’m going to my 10 year class reunion this weekend. I went to Anne’s reunion, and Daniel (Anne’s friend since high school’s husband… aka a friend) and I couldn’t help but notice that there were adults at her reunion. This has us very concerned that people may think that we were adults. We’re pretty certain he wasn’t (tall slender guy in tie-dyed t-shirt and jeans), but we were uncertain about me. SHRUG

Anyways, I only hope there will be no adults at my reunion.

Christmas Cartoon Party 2007

The party came and went. We had ~30 people come. As usual, it was a great time with new people coming. It’s always interesting to see who came.

The was great fun paint balling. I should grab some pictures from the guy at work that took them.

Anne’s stamping party was stampy, I suppose.

Hmmm… there doesn’t seem to be a clear winner for the furthest traveled this year. It’s a horse-a-piece between Sean and Bre and Anne’s parents.

Closest was Marlann who came from all the way across the street.

Again, we need to get more people to come next year.

C'mon Spammers

I just made it so anyone that creates an account can post comments automatically (may need e-mail verification). All comments are being run through akismet, so it should take care of itself.

Christmas List

Okay, I know it’s a bit early to be talking about what people want for Christmas, but I think I have my complete list.

Firstly, I want an XO Laptop (aka the $100 Laptop or OLPC). First, let me start by saying that the first batch will not be $100. The manufacturing cost is ~$189, but they are working to eventually bring down the cost. These are only going to be made available to the general public for a short time starting November 12th, 2007. They are going to cost $400, and 1/2 the money will go to getting a child in a 3rd world country one as well.

Secondly, I want to go to LugRadio Live USA. It’s going to be March 22nd and 23rd at the Google campus in San Francisco. Time to hit Priceline early to try to get a good deal.

Finally, I’d like for world peace. I personally believe that US Americans… some people out there don’t have maps. Our educational system … oh God it hurts.

Bills are finally paid!

I finally paid the last of the medical bills today! And to think it only took 5 months (well, tomorrow would be 5 months) It’s a relief to not have that hanging over our heads anymore. Now we can allocate our money toward fun things like finishing the roof and fixing the car.

Rant: bitter envelope paste

Okay, so we have stacks of medical bills piling up from my pregnancy and miscarriage. I’m finally paying a few of them today, and I have a bone to pick with the medical billing people: can’t you please purchase return envelopes with decent tasting paste? I’m not asking for anything gourmet, but paying the bills is painful enough without exacerbating the situation with nasty bitter paste. I’ve just sealed three envelopes (Southwest Health Center, Madison Radiologists and Associated Pathologists - yeah, I’m naming names!) and they all had the same foul taste, and I’m left with that charming taste in my mouth! I know there are tasty envelopes out there, so if anybody out there is in a position to supply such things, please give it a little more consideration.

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