Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blizzard of Ahh's

What a day for snow lovers!  Woke up to see the snow coming down, and it's still coming down as I write this.  It's very powdery, though, so it's not very thick.  I went out in it with the kids twice (the first time with Adrian, second time without), and both times were relatively short.  It's pretty darned cold out there!  So the rest of the day was spent inside, organizing all my digital photos.  I've been playing with the new version of Google's Picasa image viewer program (3.6) which has facial recognition abilities.  It's kind of neat watching it guess who each person is as it scans all my photos.  The accuracy seems to get better as you "teach" it who's who.

Almost time for dinner...  Heating up a couple of Shop-Rite pizzas in the oven tonight.  Woo-hoo!  :-)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Washing Machine


After looking around in stores and on the web for the past few weeks, we decided to finally bite the bullet and buy a replacement washing machine for our old house (our "rental property").  I'm sure that Don is tired of taking his laundry to his parents' house every weekend!

So the final verdict is: you really can't go wrong with buying an appliance from Lowe's.  I mean, Free Delivery, Free Removal, and Free Installation!  Anywhere else we went, those were extra.  Or worse, some places would only give you "Free Placement" which means that they'll put the washer where you want it, but then you have to hook it up yourself.  The winning washer is a Maytag (to match the dryer) that we got for about $429, plus tax and hoses (about $50 combined).  So for under $500, they'll deliver it, disconnect & remove the old washer completely, and install the new one for you.

The only problem was that the doorway into our "laundry room" in the basement is about the size of a Hobbit's door.  We always assumed that the previous owners must have installed the washer and dryer, and then built the walls around them.  So I met my father at the house last night, and with Don's help we dismantled the entire doorway so the delivery guys have total access to the area.  Delivery is Saturday (they are supposed to call me today to confirm the time), so we'll see how it goes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Basketball Practice

Dillon and Jason at b-ball practice (in white t-shirts).