Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Colder weather

This is the 1st time in months that I've worn a jacket to work in the morning. The forecast is for more of this cooler, wetter weather.

Today, after work, I'm going to work on a friend, Keri's computer. It has been running slower and slower, so I suspect some type of spyware. Les runs the antispyware suite every week, so this makes me concerned that something is slipping by Spybot, Ad-Aware, and Anti-Malware. We will see.

My digital photoframe is showing some of the pictures from Disneyland, Sea World, etc., this summer. I'm already ready for another vacation! :-)

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Great September Weekend

On Saturday, Joy & I drove up the Columbia River Gorge. It was a beautiful, sunny day. We stopped at several spots off of the normal tourist route. We stopped at a waterfall hidden in a little canyon. We hiked a few minutes through the woods to a very scenic overlook near Crown Point, with a sheer drop off of hundreds of feet only a couple of feet from our feet.

Yesterday, we spent most of the day doing work around the house. I did quite a bit of cleanup and organizing of our office, while Joy worked on our bedroom. Last evening, we took James to Applebee's to celebrate his 21st birthday.

The weather forecast is a decided change from the sparkly sunshine of the last couple of weeks. Rain and clouds are coming in. Oh well, we had a nice summer, and I know that we'll make it through the autumn and winter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Funny movie!

Last evening, we went with several friends to see The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock. It was a very funny movie; all of us were laughing so much that we missed some of the dialog. It is one of the few that I've seen this year that I'd like to buy sometime.

The week is half gone, now, and the weekend is that much closer.

Tomorrow evening, I'm going to PVC to do some multimedia chores--replacing projector lamp, etc.

Yesterday, Portland broke an all time (or at least back to the 1880s...) record for the most days with 90 degrees or above temperatures. Today is supposed to be warm again, then back to more seasonable weather starting tomorrow.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Painting is finished

On Saturday, the Oregon Ducks won and the Oregon State Beavers lost, a good day for a Ducks fan; but of course my friends who are Beaver fans would disagree with me.

Yesterday, Joy finished painting our bedroom and bathroom. It will be nice to get our room organized again.

We had a good weekend, watching movies, doing yard work, and eating a great Sunday breakfast at Sweet Tomatoes.

Portland is in for another stretch of hot weather. It is supposed to get up to about 90 today and even warmer tomorrow.

Tomorrow evening, we're planning to go see The Proposal with a bunch of our friends at The Academy Theater.

College is starting for many of my Facebook friends. Study hard, kids!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another week ends

Joy's painting of our bedroom is almost finished. It should be done over the weekend.

John has Fondue Friday tonight, so I'll take him and Cyrus to the meeting and Bjorn will bring John home afterwords.

Driving to Ochoa's yesterday for lunch with Brian, we saw some trees starting to change color. I guess that it's to be expected, since Autumn officially starts early next week--but it doesn't mean that I have to like it! Hah! Oh well, next thing you know it'll be spring again.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September is half over

Time continues to fly by. We've had some nice, warm weather. They are forecasting some showers on Saturday, but other than that, it is all sunny and warm in the ten day forecast.

I've been experimenting with using vbscript to enable the scheduling of the defragmentation of my XP computers. Vista has scheduled defrag built in.

Our Logitech universal remote control at home died; I'm going to have to find a replacement. Otherwise, we need 4 different remotes to control the TV, cable box, etc. in our living room.

Joy has been painting our bedroom. That should be finished soon.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Fun September Weekend

On Saturday afternoon, we went to Sellwood Park to have a picnic with a bunch of our friends. We ate too much, laughed and visited, and enjoyed the shade trees. Brian and I showed off our phones (my G1, his Palm Pre) to the other guys, playing Youtube videos, etc. The ladies visited about school, work, etc. Les and I figured out how to set up his Nikon camera for continuous shooting and he got some good pictures of some of the middle school football games being played in front of us.

Yesterday morning, I put up some curtain rods in the living room while Joy did more painting of our bedroom. In the afternoon, we went to a wedding reception for some friends.

Last evening, we went to ComedySportz for a improvisational comedy show. John's Spanish I class is using some improv in the learning process and his teacher wanted the students -- and parents -- to be able to see it in use. We were all laughing, enjoying the show. We want to go back soon!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Eight years have passed since the tragic happenings on 9/11/2001. Our world has changed. America has much less freedom--to give us a sense of security. I was hoping that President Obama would restore some of the freedoms that were taken away by President Bush, but so far he is moving very slowly that direction, unfortunately.

The trillions of dollars that were spent in Iraq would have come in handy, here at home, with the recession that we're struggling with. I was definitely not a fan of Saddam Hussein, but felt then--and still feel now--that the economic boycott, etc., were working and should have been given more time. Also the "connection" between Iraq and the 9/11 terrorists has never been proven to my satisfaction, so that premise to invade still seems ludicrous. Oh well, I'll get off of my soap box.

Tomorrow, we're planning to go to the Oregon Zoo to see the new Predators of the Serengeti exhibit. On Sunday, we have a wedding reception to attend and then on Sunday evening, we're going to ComedySportz with John's Spanish I class.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A good Labor Day weekend

We had a good weekend, despite the rainy weather. Joy started to paint our bedroom. I did some computer upgrades, including buying Joy a new Acer X223W 22" LCD monitor; it's big enough to display two letter sized pages side by side.

Last evening, we went out with our friends to see Up at a local theater. It was a funny, but thoughtful movie. Pixar just makes great movies.

Friday, September 04, 2009

More computer repairs

Yesterday, I went over and helped a friend with his computer. It was going very slow. Checking into it, I found that it only has 512mb of RAM, but is typically using 1gb of virtual memory, thus very slow. He's going to add a 1gb memory module and that should help.

We got some work done on our old Subaru--new tires, etc., but it is paid for, so paying a few hundred dollars once a year or so is better than paying several hundred dollars every month.

I'm looking forward to the three day weekend. Naturally, Joy already has plans for us to do some work around the house, but there'll still be time for fun, too.