Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photoshop mobile

This weekend Shelby and I packed up the dogs and headed to Tomball, Tx.  Home of Meemaw.  Callie (Shelby's sister) is having a bridal shower thrown by all her aunt's/cousins/family/etc.   So while the girls were out I had the house all to myself.  We started the afternoon off with Casey, Parker, and Abby (Meemaw's lab) going for some nice running in their back pasture.  Sorry no pics, but my shorts didn't have pockets.

Anyways, when we got back the dogs were wasted and I wanted to try out the photoshop mobile app for my iphone.  I read about it and downloaded it to give it a try because I can't tell you how many times my photos are underexposed or where I just want to add another "umph" to the shot.  (Not that I'm a photographer of any sort).  So here's a pic I took of Abby cooling off under the swing (the original).

And now after using the photoshop mobile app.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Earth Hour

Everybody, tomorrow @ 8:30pm local time "Earth hour" will begin where we are asked to join with the world and turn off our lights for 1 hour.  To not bore you here's a snippet from the movements website about what they are/do and a video.--------

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.
Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights on March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. View the toolkits, to find out what else you can do to get involved including leading the Earth Hour movement in your community.


On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii


Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.
Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including:
  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Broadway Theater Marquees
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Seattle’s Space Needle
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
  • Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
  • St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
  • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
  • Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
  • Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
  • Sydney’s Opera House"

Roxy's Back in Black

She's good.  Roxy officially has a new transmission and is running just fine.  With the help of Jeff last night, I was able to put the transmission and transfer case back in and hook everything up.  At a little over 5 hours, she was purring like an African lion!

A special thanks to all those that gave a helping hand with this job.  Luke for his truck, Jonny for his beastly strength, Pat for following us 3 hours from Houston, Travis for his Nascar like driving skills, Mark for his tow strap, Oliver Bros Transmission for their service (although we paid them), and Shelby for her patience. (If anybody was left out, thanks!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Roxy sleeps, for a little while

To make a long story short, this past weekend on our way home from Galveston, Roxy's transmission gave  up the ghost.  We ended up driving about 30 mph from Houston for a total trip time of 6 hours from Galveston.  Fun.  

Last night I had the pleasure of dropping the transmission with the help of Jonny and Luke.  Hopefully it won't be too long before they rebuild it and we can get it back in and running.  

That's Jonny ^ with his chicken legs. 

Poor Roxy.

The final transmission in Luke's truck.

Random funny pics of Parker ^ and Casey with the new couch. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Break

So what could possibly be better than spending spring break relaxing and chilling around. . . relaxing and chilling around at the beach, in Galveston.  Shelby, Callie, Andrew, and I headed down here this morning. . and afternoon (long trip) and set up camp with Shelby's parents at Galveston State Park.  The weather is somewhat chilly, but the skies are blue and there is hardly any clouds in the sky.

This is what you get in Galveston (+ photoshop)

For lunch on the way down we ate at a local place called Kelley's, which is a country kitchen type of place.  Sadly we didn't eat at the right "Kelley's" where Shelby's family always eats.  The food was alright and we got along on our way.  Dinner on the other hand was great.  With a name like "Shrimp and Stuff" you know the place had to be hoppin', and it was!  Tons of people and a dysfunctional ladies room provided all the enjoyment and pleasure of Galveston homebodies at this locale.  

Story goes that Pawpaw really liked to eat at this place so it was nice to remember him in a happy way.  Tomorrow has lots of relaxing and hopefully some reading to pass the time.  Oh and btw, Parker and Casey are having a blast.  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Blogger templates = awesomeness

Hey all you blogger peoples, it appears that google has just released (might be old news, but new to me) Blogger in Draft.  It's really sweet and it's something that has been sorely needed for a long time. Basically you can truly customize your blog and see in real time the changes etc.  Go to to sign in and try it yourself.

 Ps.  My new blog was made by it. 


So here are my picks.  I wouldn't by any means say I'm a bracketologist but if you don't try, how can you win?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Born to Run

So I've just finished the book Born to Run and I absolutely loved it.  Here's my short review.

The book follows the story of the author McDougall who is a writer, and his athletic journeys followed by continual injuries that repeatedly put him on the sidelines.  Without giving away the good details he's able to find the story of how one man recruits "the worlds greatest runners," the Tarahumara indians from the Copper Canyons of Mexico to run in a famous 100 mile run in Leadville, Colorado.  After dominating the race for a few years wearing only homemade sandals and practically no clothes they retreat to their wilderness to never return.
McDougall continues his story as he tries to track down this "hidden" tribe to learn their secrets, no just for himself, but for all the world.  On the trail he meets a gringo that has left American society to live like these natives adopting all their cultural habits and especially their running!  The story develops as this gringo, Caballo Blanco (white horse) and McDougall recruit top notch ultrarunners to compete against the legendary Tarahumara indians and a 50 mile race.  The only catch is that it's going to be held on their turf (or dirt) in the infamous Copper Canyons Mexico.

This book has really motivated me not just to run but to get in better shape.  I just crossed 200 lbs yesterday for the 1st time in 3-4 years and I'm hoping to continue to improve my fitness.  With a kid on the way I don't want anything (especially physical) to hold me back.   I started training around Christmas weighing in at 218 (my highest EVER).

Here's one of the Tarahumara runners (on the right obviously).