Friday, October 30, 2009


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Going for a walk

It is such a nice day today, we decided to take a stroll thru the woods and then back thru the neighborhood. The kids wanted to walk together for a stretch so I grabbed a pic...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In-ground statue

Near the hotel I'm staying at in National Harbor...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gaylord National Convention Center MD

Part of the HUGE, MASSIVE convention center here in National Harbor, MD. They should have called it "The Monstrosity" or "Metropolis." You could get lost inside...

National Harbor MD

View from the convention center...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Stinkin' Mouse

For the longest time, I've been using a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse (MX700) setup on my home computer. Recently (maybe within the past 3-4 months or so), the mouse has been going completely haywire on me whenever I've using it. If I leave the mouse pointer hovering over a web browser window, for instance, it will start scrolling the page down even when I'm not touching the mouse! And it's not affecting just web browsers (both Firefox and IE), but also Windows Explorer, Adobe Reader, etc.; anything that can scroll down, will do it and I have to fight with it to keep the page steady. Or I can move the pointer elsewhere on the screen.

I've found other people on the Internet with similar complaints, but everything I've tried has failed to fix the problem. I've uninstalled the stupid Logitech Mouseware software and reinstalled it about 10 times (currently it's removed), and I've switched out the rechargeable batteries with new ones. I've mucked with the settings in the Control Panel, too, but nothing fixes it. The wireless keyboard is fine (I'm typing on it right now).

I have an old Dell wireless mouse that I just hooked up a few minutes ago. The downside to using it is that I have to plug its receiver into yet another USB port on the computer, so I had to add a USB hub into the mix just to accommodate it. [USB devices: MagicJack, Epson scanner, Canon printer, Logitech wireless dock for keyboard/mouse, Western Digital MyBook, Dell wireless receiver, iPod, and the occasional thumb drive.]

Anyone else have this problem with the Logitech MX700 mouse? I had to throw it into a drawer because it was getting too annoying to keep using it.

House & Yard work today

Working around the house today. Need to clean the filter in the furnace. The previous owners had this Sears electronic air filtering gizmo installed, and it calls for periodic cleaning rather than replacing the filters (like I'm used to from our old house). Seems easy enough, just a bit more time consuming than sliding out a used filter and inserting a clean, new one.

The leaves are starting to fall again, so that means it's time to break out the leaf blower, mulcher, bags, etc. This will be a 2-month-long battle: me vs. tons of trees. Along the way, I will break down and pay a lawn service to blast through and do the yard because they're in and out in about 30 minutes. But we'll see.

I also need to schedule the sprinkler system guy to come out and shut everything down. Again, this seems easy enough, but since I don't have an air compressor (yet), I don't know how I would be able to "blow the lines" so all of the water is cleared out for the winter. Last year, this cost about $60-$70, so I'm hoping it's the same this year.

I guess I'll run my new edger out front again. Probably for the last time until next spring.

Well, gotta go pull the filter device out of the wash basin sink. It's been soaking for about 30 minutes now (using hot water and 2 ounces of dishwashing liquid).