Archive for November 2007

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What does “the drumline looks good Danny!” mean?

One of my neighbors coaches the drumline for the BYU marching band. Although I don’t suppose that he reads this blog, he is aware of it’s existence. Thus, I thought I would give him a shout out just in case he is bored enough some day to start reading our blog.

What does “covering the spread” mean?
Covering the spread is a term used frequently in sports betting. In college football, it’s not enough usually to bet on who will win – you have to bet on how much they will win by. Thus, when BYU fails to “cover the spread” it can mean one of two things – they won but didn’t win by a large enough margin to win the bet, or they lost but lost by too great a margin to win the bet. This wikipedia article will give you a good idea about sports betting. Read it and you too can start throwing around phrases such as “Dang! The Cougs didn’t cover the spread but at least I got the over-under. I didn’t break even though because of the bookie’s vig.”

Have we eaten our Halloween Candy?
Yup – it’s all gone. Nancy helped the kids (forced them) to conserve candy and it lasted for several days. Kelly’s method of letting them eat all they can hold in one night and then tossing the rest sounds interesting – we might try that next year.

Did Nancy make Anne’s costume?
Nope – that was a Walmart special. When I was watching Diana after she was done trick-or-treating I noticed that she was wearing the princess dress that Nancy made years ago for Emily. That dress is actually quite a good piece of work – the lower sleeves have a zigzag patter stitched into them that is really nice – you just can’t see it on photos. I think Nancy has a talent for sewing and I try to encourage her to sew more. I think maybe she should start up a custom costume business or something like that. She said she wanted to take more classes first so I went online and found out the SLCC has a “Fashion Institute” that has lots of different intermediate and advanced sewing classes. I told Nancy she could register for class and I would tend the kids while she was in class but so far she hasn’t really investigated it yet.

Meeting The Demands Of Our Loyal Readers

I’m glad that our audience, while limited, is devoted. Whenever we don’t post for a while we get comments like these:

Dudes, I’m sure you guys are still trying to get back into a routine after your big vacation and are blogged out from your fabulous disney posts, but….

When are we going to get some halloween pictures and commentary???

The problem is that we’ve been busy and lazy. Busy and lazy is a bad combination. It means you have tons of things to do but aren’t doing anything and the old task list really starts to grow.

You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve added some new posts. Of course, I’ve filed them chronologically so you’ll need to backtrack in order to see them.

A Thursday Night Game

I don’t like Thursday night games as a general practice but it’s fun to have one every once in a while. The main problem with weekday games is traffic. On a Saturday game I leave 1.5 hours before kickoff and usually have plenty of time to spare – time to see the band march up the street, watch warm-ups, national anthem, etc. Tonight the plan was to leave 2 hours early but I was late getting home from work and that put us 20 minutes behind schedule. Traffic was horrible all the way down to the stadium and we found our seats just before kickoff.

Other than the bad traffic, it was a perfect night for a game. The weather was beautiful- chilly but not too cold, the crowd was spirited, the teams were energetic, and my beloved Cougars came away with a win. How could it get better than that? Well, it could get better if the Cougars covered the spread. Last year BYU covered the spread in nearly every game. This year it seems like they’re winning but not covering the spread in nearly every game.

What is that thing?

I think TCU is a pretty good addition to the conference. The TCU fans aren’t completly crass and vulgar (Wyoming), they don’t have an annoying chant (UNLV), and well, let’s just say they don’t bug me as bad as the Utes. The only drawback to TCU is that they have the world’s ugliest mascot. That horned frog costume has got to be the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.

Enjoying the halftime show (the drumline looks good Danny!)

I convinced Nancy to go (she only goes to one or two games a season and only if it’s good weather) and thus we took Sam and Diana (Diana gets bored easily and has to go potty frequently so I don’t like to take her by myself). The kids had a good time and Sam is starting to enjoy the game a bit more – but still not as much as he enjoys hot dogs and nachos.

The other day Samuel saw a BYU hat in Macey’s and told Nancy he wanted it. She got him the hat and purposely got it several sizes too big “so he can grow into it”. I didn’t think Samuel would last very long with the hat but he surprised me. He wore it the entire time and didn’t take it off to play with it or annoy me with it. He still had it on in the car on the way home.

Driving home after the big game

We’re Puzzled

Nancy and I have been working on a 5000 piece puzzle for a couple of months now. We worked on it here and there whenever we got a little free time. Unfortunately, small kids and 5000 piece puzzles don’t mix together very well. We would often catch Samuel and Diana playing with the puzzle pieces or find puzzle pieces in various rooms of the house. Nancy even found some pieces in the toybox in Samuel’s bedroom. As we got closer and closer to the end of the puzzle we knew we would be missing a few pieces.

Can you spot the three missing pieces?

I’ve always enjoyed doing puzzles. I especially like doing them with Nancy. We can do the puzzle while we talk or listen to the radio. Most stores don’t carry 5000 piece puzzles. They generally only have 500 – 1000 piece puzzles which aren’t really much of a challenge for us. Thus, I had to order this particular puzzle over the Internet. I also had to measure our dining room table before I ordered the puzzle to make sure it would fit. As I was looking for puzzles that 5000 or more pieces I came across several cool puzzles I want to try. This 18,000+ piece puzzle was the worlds largest for a couple of years until Educa came out with this 24,000 piece monster.

At over 14 feet long, the world’s biggest puzzle is longer than our entire dining room. Fortunately, it comes in sections so you can do it on a table. My only problem with doing the biggest puzzle in the world is that it’s not worth the time/effort if we end up missing pieces. Thus, we’ll probably have to wait a few years until the kids are older before we tackle it. Who knows, maybe by that time there will be an even bigger one to try!