Archive for January 2009

We’re Now an iPod Family

I got Nancy an iPod for Christmas. It was the first iPod or other portable MP3 player in our houshold. I know, I know – iPods have been around forever and you can’t believe a technical guy like me has never owned an iPod before. It turns out that I’m really not all that into music. I don’t listen to the radio much. I don’t own many CDs. I’ve never really been into books on tape or anything like that. I’m just not a big music guy. All the guys at work have iPods and are constantly yapping on about CDs and bands and ripping and DRM and iTunes and blah blah blah. Frankly, I just didn’t see what the fuss was all about.

Over the last few months I’ve noticed that Nancy has been checking a lot of books on tapes out at the library and that she listens to her CDs a lot and her old trusty CD player (bought before we got married so it’s going on 15+ years now) is starting to show its age. She had been asking for an under-cabinet mounted CD player but I decided instead to get her an iPod. I researched it all out and got her a shiny new 16GB 4th gen iPod nano:


Of course, I had to help her learn how to rip CDs, learn about DRM and iTunes and all of that stuff. I had so much fun playing with her iPod that for my birthday I broke down and got myself the same thing only mine is in shiny BYU blue (of course):


I spent tonight ripping my meager CD collection; a grand total of 8 CDs: 6 classical CDs, the aforementioned Samuel Holly, and a Thai pop band called Asanee Wasan that I picked up about 12 years ago when I was in Bangkok on business. I also rummaged around down in the basement and found several sets of speakers and audio jacks and put together a little speaker system in the kitchen so Nancy doesn’t have to use her headphones all the time. We’re officially an iPod family now! Of course the kids are asking for iPods as well (Emily wants a cell phone to boot – not gonna happen) and Nancy has informed me that just because she likes her iPod doesn’t mean I’m free from the obligation to get her an under-cabinet mounted stereo system. I suppose she’ll have to wait for her birthday for that.

Texas’ birthday

Since we have five kids, early on I decided that everyone would have a friend birthday party every other year instead of every year. So this year Texas had a family party and got to go out to whichever restaurant she chose. Usually when our family goes out to dinner the kids each have a different idea of where they want to go. Some like Chuck-e-Cheese’s, Wendy’s or McDonald’s others would rather go to Sweet tomatoes, Chili’s, or Applebees. So the other kids wouldn’t sway Texas, BYUFan kept her inside while the other kids got in the car and she told him where she wanted to go. In the end she chose to go to Chili’s and she had lots of good food and I didn’t have to cook dinner, that was a present that I got to share in.


When we got home we had birthday cake and ice cream. Next year she will be able to invite her friends and have a nice party.

Texas – the cutest 9 year old in the world!

For Want of a Nail…

Anne has been bugging me to post more. I suppose I did get pretty lazy during the Holiday season so last night I finally decided to get off my duff and write up a post.

But I wanted to write the post on my laptop in my bedroom…
But all the pictures were on my desktop PC so I needed to set up Remote Desktop…
But the firewall is configured to block Remote Desktop so I needed to change the router setup…
But the wireless router was filling in for my real Internet router so I needed to swap the two…
But the real Internet router wasn’t getting a link light from my PC so I needed to check the connection…
But the test tool failed the connection so I needed to rewire the jack…
But the jack was behind the credenza so I needed Nancy’s help to move the credenza…

After Nancy helped me move the credenza I crawled in behind it and proceeded to rewire the jack. As I was sitting there with the wires and my tools Nancy asked me “What made you decided to do this right now?” I answered sheepishly, “Uhhh, because I wanted to post on our website?”

It reminds me of that old poem:

For want of a nail
the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe
the horse was lost.
For want of a horse
the rider was lost.
For want of a rider
the battle was lost.
For want of a battle
the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want
of a horseshoe nail.

Fortunately I was able to wire the jack so that it passed the connection test which meant I could switch the routers which meant that I could configure Remote Desktop through the firewall which meant I could then post from my bedroom and still access the pictures from the desktop PC downstairs. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked again after I switched the routers because I decided to finally get wireless printing working from Nancy’s laptop which she has been bugging me to do for some time. By the time I got the wireless printing working it was time for bed. Maybe tonight I’ll post something. Of course, I could also get sidetracked and end up on a ladder in the kitchen replacing light bulbs.