Sep 30

Well, for a night, anyway. Leann’s going to our church’s retreat this weekend. She’ll leave sometime tonight and get back around 2pm on Saturday. So the kiddo and I will be hanging out without her for a bit. Not sure yet what we’ll be doing. I know I have a lot of DVDs from Warner Brothers I need to review over on And Josh sure does like popcorn…

Although I may go to bed shortly after Josh does. Steve and I had a rush job that had a deadline of today, and we were up late working on it. I’m not sure about Steve, but I only got about 3 hours of sleep last night. So little that I just typed in slpee before correcting it.

Oh, I started another blog. This one is for web advice for small business owners. You can check it out at No real posts yet, but they’re forthcoming, along with a new design.

Well, I’m off to drink some serious coffee.

Sep 26

Garage Door Woes

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Yesterday, Leann and I cleaned, unpacked, and organized the garage until I was finally able to park my car in there. It’s great to finally not park on the driveway all the time.

However, last night around 4:50 I was leaving to go to a class planning meeting at the church building, and the garage door wouldn’t close. One side of the door was obviously snagging. I got out of the van and took a look, and the spool of wire on the tension rod (I’m not sure if that’s what it is called) was all tangled.

Naturally, we’re still under warranty on everything. I called our builder, Stephen, to see what to do, and he said to call ProHomes, the company they use for this sort of thing. So when I called ProHomes, they said no one could come out until Monday morning. But our garage door was wide open! So I told the ProHomes lady I was going to call Heartland Homes back.

I called Stephen back, and he said to call his construction guy, Greg, to see if he had any pull with ProHomes. I called Greg, and he told me he would see what he could do. He ended up calling his main boss, the president of Heartland Homes. The president, Mike, said that if it was all the way up, that constituted an emergency, and ProHomes should send someone out. Greg called ProHomes, and they told him they would have someone out in about an hour.

Two and a half hours later, someone finally showed up. He fixed the garage door in about 15 minutes, but could offer no explanation for why the wire had become tangled. That, and he obviously didn’t want to be there. He wasn’t obviously rude, but he hardly said a word, and his mannerisms made it apparent. I’ve had occassions where as a part of T&S, I had to go meet with someone and I really didn’t want to. But I went in with a good attitude, despite my personal reservations. I gaurantee they never knew I didn’t want to be there.

Well, at least I didn’t have to sit out in the garage, guarding it all night.

On an unrelated note, we currently can’t add any pictures to the website. I’m having it looked into, but there’s really no estimated time it will be fixed.

And on a sad unrelated note, I drank my last Red Fusion Friday night. Rest in peace, Red Fusion. You will be missed.

Sep 22

Well, Steve and I did our last night at the fair Wednesday evening. It was a long, long day. I went to work at the normal time, 6:30 pm or so, and didn’t get home until 8:30 pm, after church. Luckily, Leann and Josh came downtown and ate lunch with me.

We ate at Ricky’s Mexican cafe, which we always like. We hadn’t eaten there since Josh stopped eating baby food. This time we had to order something for him to eat! He downed a whole quesidilla, minus the chicken, which I gladly removed and ate. However, he would have nothing to do with beans or rice. The rice I did shove in his mouth he let fall out into his bib’s pocket.

After work, Steve and I went to deliver a website proposal to the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, which turned into an impromptu meeting and basically an acceptance of the proposal. It’s going to be a rush job, with a website delivered in 10 days. We’ll be very glad to have a website that doesn’t get dragged out, but it will be a lot of work in a short period of time.

Then Steve and I went to the fair to go through the last two vendor booth buildings. We passed out a number of cards to several interested people, and some not-so-interested people. We even ran into someone who also owns their own website design company, and gave her our card for possible sub-contracting work.

I just barely made it to church in time last night, though I ate my Wendy’s hamburger in the back row of the classroom. I used a coupon from a little coupon booklet Steve and I were given on the way out of the fair, and got a free drink with my sandwich. Cheap dinner.

I left church about 10 minutes after Leann, and Josh was already asleep by the time I got home. I was glad I had at least gotten to see him at lunch. Leann also wasn’t feeling well, so after being home for about 5 minutes since I’d left 14 hours earlier, I ran to Wal Mart to buy some Pepto Bismol. Luckily, by the time I got back, Leann was already feeling much better.

I then did a small amount of web work, and ended up having a 40 minute phone meeting with Tamie Ross, our Christian Chronicle contact. We’re having weekly meetings until their new site launches, and we ended up cancelling next week’s meeting. Which is good, because tonight (Thursday night) is the last night I was going to work on any web stuff until the weekend is over. Now I don’t have to cram all Christian Chronicle’s setup into one night.

I’m looking forward to a web-free weekend. Not that I don’t enjoy my work. I love it! But I love spending time with my family, too. I think Leann and I will probably go to the fair again on Saturday, which will make use one last time of the fair season pass that T&S purchased for me.

Sep 19

Feeling better

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For some reason, I was feeling pretty crummy last night. Not sure why. I slept in a couple of hours today and went to work late, and I feel much better now.

It may be the 20 or so hours I put into web work last week, plus the time I know I have to put into it this week. Steve and I have been really busy with some current projects as well as some possible future projects. Then, to make time even tighter, we’ve been going around to all the booths at the fair and passing out business cards for T&S. There’s been a lot of positive response, but it’s been taxing.

Maybe sometime next month I can take a week or so off of web stuff. We’ll have to wait and see.

Sep 12

We’re Back!

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Disney World was great, but tiring. Especially for Josh. He had one day last week where it all caught up with him, and he became pretty grumpy there for awhile.

All in all, though, we had a ball. One of the coolest things was Disney Quest. It was an arcade at Downtown Disney where all the games are set to free play! You had to have a specific Disney ticket that would let you in, but thankfully that’s the kind that Leann bought.