Tim Wasson - web nerd guy.

Blog

More dogs in the snow

 

There's not many things in this world cuter than my dogs playing in the snow if you ask me. So here's more video of Winnie and Lizzie in the field near our house having a grand-old time. And, yes, unfortunately that will be the entire purpose of this post. Deal with it.

 

Vacation, Part 2

Yeah, I know, I haven't updated in a while, as per usual. And the worst part about infrequent updates, especially having to do with things like vacations, is that I almost instantly forget stuff that we do so I can't type about anything as accurately as I would have if I would have just sat down and done it earlier.

But hey, whatever's clever, as they say. I'll just have to be brief about the last few days of vacation and leave it at that.

We ate some really nice dinners at places like The Cheesecake Factory and Houston's. Mark and I got totally lost in a huge shopping mall after stopping at the Apple Store there. We ate at Houstons. We saw Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day at the largest theater I've ever been to. We played Rock Band. We drank margarita's at a traditional Mexican restaurant followed by beers at a traditional Texas bar. We drank beers out of a huge 100 ounce beer tap thingie at some Hooters-esque bar I can't remember the name of.

The drive home was fine, but long. We stopped for lunch in Dallas where I met with a long-time client of mine, and it was nice to meet him face-to-face for the first time. We did get stuck in a little more snow on the way home, but not nearly as bad as the drive down.

Video is coming eventually, as soon as I have time to capture and edit it. 

Vacation, Part 1

 

A Rocky Start

Our little vacation got off to a rocky start unfortunately. I had a client meeting on Monday and mentioned leaving early the next day for Texas. My clients were horrified and suggested I leave right away due to a bad snow storm coming our way. I texted Hill and told her to pack up early, we were leaving right when I got home.

We were in the car and on our way about 18 hours earlier than we'd expected, hoping to avoid all the snow and ice. For the most part, we totally avoided it although there were some stretches of very bad conditions. We saw several ditched cars, but made it through alive. Our night ended in Jackson Mississippi, at the world's dumpiest motel. It was dirty, gross, and outdated, but at least it was a place to sleep. 

Finally, in Houston

We finally made it! While passing though Beaumont Texas, we got a call from Mark who, coincidentally, was just a couple miles behind us. We slowed down so we could follow him and have a guide into the big city. After a quick stop in Winnie Texas, we made our way into the city. We hit some traffic, but made it to Courtney and Mark's much, much earlier than planned.

Mark cooked some various Italian food while Hill complained about our previous night's hotel. Our change in plans also meant we were able to see the latest episode of Lost live, which was good for us. 

Heading to Mexico

Courtney and Mark both worked on Wednesday, so Hill and I left the mutts and made our way to Mexico. It was quite an experience, I'll tell ya that. On the trip we saw the truck whose posted at the top of this post. Google Maps and our GPS unit both steered us wrong in getting to our hotel and ended up getting us totally lost in both Texas and Mexico. Thankfully Hill's amazing navigational skills got us relatively close, and then I had the bright idea of stopping a cab and simply following him to our destination. 

Our hotel was gorgeous. We didn't stick around too long though, since we both wanted to see the marketplace in the city center. Hill bought some lawn-chair bag-thingies, a shot glass and strange figurine that the woman tried to tell us was a dog, but I'm not sure I believe her. I bought a sweet Texas hat since Hillary wouldn't let me buy a Mexico hat, saying they were all gang related. 

Once it started getting dark and cold, we headed back to our hotel for some Mexican food, Margaritas, and good times. We also had our first Vampiros, which was basically a Bloody Mary with tequila instead of vodka. It was interesting I guess, but it will be my last.

Back to Texas

We only spent one night in Mexico. I wouldn't had minded spending a little more time, but I was totally fine heading back to Texas too. Border Patrol searched our car pretty thoroughly, which was totally expected, then we were stopped again a little while later having to simply answer to "Are you a citizen?". We were, so we were allowed to make our merry way. We were also stopped for my expired tags (I know, but the DMV was closed on Monday and we left so frantically due to weather I just didn't have time!). We got a warning, which was nice, although while stopped we were asked very seriously if we brought back any marijuana or cocaine. Uh, no officer, we didn't.

That night we met Mark's kids and had a nice pizza buffet dinner at CiCi's. I know, CiCi's isn't necessarily a traditional Texas restaurant, but ours shut down and we missed it. So there ya go. It was delicious.

Outer Space

On Friday, Courtney took Hill and I to Souper Salad for lunch, since one can never have too many buffets in my opinion. It was a great lunch. Mark was at work, and the plan was to hit up the Space Center without him and meet up with him later. Courtney is a bad influence though, so she talked him into ditching work a little early to join us. 

We headed over to pick him up, then it was on to Johnson Space Center. It was a lot of fun seeing all the space shuttle mock ups and old space suits. The tram rde was a bit frigid, but still a lot of fun and I'm glad we went on it. We saw the old Command Center used to launch the old space flights, the mockups of the space station, and a rocket that was never put into space but should have been.

After all that fun and excitement, we headed to Houston's for dinner. I had the ribs, but Hill was boring and had a cheeseburger. 

We made our way back to their apartment and rocked out with some Rock Band for Wii. I don't think I was very good, especially at the drums, but it was still fun. 

Part Two Coming Soon

And now I'm awake and typing this while everyone else is asleep. The mutts are also sleeping. I'm not used to being the early riser, but I guess I could get used to this.

Winnie in the Snow

I just don't want to ruin my streak of YouTube videos in my posts, so I present a really worthless video of Winnie running around a snowy field. Amazing, right? 

Life barrels on and on, things are going splendidly. I had to fire my first and only employee ever, Hillary, on account of her getting me way too much work to handle it all. I know the life of a freelancer means feast and famine, but I've been blessed this year that I have had way more feast. 

Next month we're going to Houston to visit Hill's family, and a month later going to Gulf Shores to spend time with mine. We're very much looking forward to it.

In the meantime, we are in hard-core money-saving mode and living like hermits, barely leaving the house. I don't mind it though.

Jack's Birthday Day

Instead of buying Jack a bunch of toys he'd use once and never again, Hillary and I took a different approach to his 8th birthday gift. We promised him a day full of whatever he wanted including a fancy dinner at Red Lobster and roller skating at the Peoria Palace.

We had a great time, even though he woke me up in the middle of the night to calm him down after a nightmare, and then wake us up again at the crack of dawn for breakfast. 

I put the video from our day above, so you can watch Hillary knock over some random girl at the skating rink and see Jack fall over a handful of times. Overall it was a great day, and I think we've found a new tradition for our niece's and nephews' birthday parties.

New Year's Eve 2009

I know I have done a pretty poor job of keeping up with my resolution to type in this here blog more often. But I'll remedy that with this post which has a video AND a photo gallery!

New Year's Eve this year was spent watching the Dualing Pianos show with my lovely wife, Keith, Missy, Amy, Sandy, Dino, Nick and Diane. Some of us were split at different tables and different groups, but we all met up at different times of the night when the pianos weren't playing.

Anyway, it was a fun night full of free drinks, expensive songs, fireworks and good friends. Enjoy the video and the photo gallery.