New stuff testing

Posted in Family, Photos on April 14th, 2010 by Giraffe Hunter

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Comments are turned back on, I’m trying out a new captcha setup to get rid of some of the annoying spam bots. your comments will not appear immediately, but feel free to leave comments and let me know if the process is easy.

Photo Gallery update

I’m going to revamp the entire gallery to a new style that allows me to post an image here in the blog as well as link to specific galleries and pages. No more sending people to the gallery and saying click here, then here and then click here and here… The test post and gallery can be found by clicking here.

Olivia’s Pre Bath Show

Posted in Olivia, Videos on March 23rd, 2010 by Giraffe Hunter

Microwave finally died

Posted in Our House on January 8th, 2010 by Giraffe Hunter

The trusty cheap microwave from my bachelor pad finally died, so we found one that does just about everything.  I was disappointed when I tried to connect my DROID and play MP3s and it didn’t have a USB port :/


Fireplace finished

Posted in Our House on December 15th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

We finished the fireplace in the beginning of December and it didn’t turn out too bad.  It’s great that we now have lighting in the living room as well.


More Fireplace work

Posted in Our House on November 16th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

We finished installing and grouting the slate last weekend and this Sunday I started building the surround.  Here is a before and in progress shot for you to enjoy.  If you want to see the work in progress go to the Photo Gallery and check out “Work on the new house > Living Room”


Motorola Droid

Posted in DROID, Gaming and Gadgets on November 16th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

I’m loving the Droid, this is the first time I have left the Blackberry home and trusted a push device since the iPhone debacle.  One of my favorite features is the built in GPS.  I put the address in my meeting notifications, when my reminders pop up I simply press the address, it opens Google maps, I press navigate and I’m getting turn by turn directions with spoken street names and real-time traffic info within seconds.


Here is a photo of the Droid and I out for a stroll


The amazon. com application is pretty nuts too.  I can check pricing on items just by taking a photo of the box or scanning the bar code.  The app reports back the pricing on amazon and saves the item on my page.  I could also buy it from the phone if I want.  I’m going to give her a few more days them probably give up the blackberry, yes I said “Give up the Blackberry”

Working hard on the fireplace this weekend

Posted in Our House on November 8th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

It’s nice to get back in the swing of a good project and have Ayoe free to help out.  So far we have enlarged the hearth to make room for the mantle pillars and set all the tiles in place with thin-set mortar.  Today I hope finish cutting the tiles into little pieces and arrange them to cover up the bricks.

Check out the photo gallery in the links at the right >>Go to Work on the new house> Living Room


Got Fire?

Posted in Our House on October 31st, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

While dishing out candy to the 6 Trick or treaters we had, my uncle Sal and I wet to work on installing the gasline and getting the fireplace fired up.  After 2 trips to home depot to buy 3 of every size and length of gas nipples and elbows “heh I said nipples and elbows”.  It took only 2 hours to get the lines installed and tested.



Bleieve it or not it took almost 3 more hours just to arrange the logs just right.  The guy at the store was right this was the hardest part.  We can now relax in front of a cozy fire, without having to hunt and chop wood.  It takes longer to open the glass doors than it does to start up the fire.  Still not done getting the fire “just right” but here is a photo for now.


Haloween Fun

Posted in Family on October 31st, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

The week before we enjoyed a fun haunted hayride over at Jenny and Jeff’s house, they had Haloween Oreos, I ate so many it made me ill.  Olivia Jack and I went on the maiden voyage in the hay mobile.


On Haloween, Jack and Olivia went out in the umbrella modified Radio Flyer to do some Trick or Treating in the rain.  For more Haloween fun check out the Photo Gallery link to the right of this page.  2009 photos > October


Another Fireplace Update

Posted in Our House on October 26th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

The chimney sweep took a few weeks due to the bad condition of our Chimney.  After removing 5 1/2 dead squirrels and cleaning out countless buckets of debris they needed to re-line the furnace side of the chimney.  We had them install a stainless steel liner and cap.


The Fireplace side flue stopped 5 feet below the top, apparently it’s common for builders to do this when they run out of material.  Last week we had them finish the liner and fix all the mortar on the outside.  We are now officially ready for a fireplace.


I picked up a door from Lowes and installed it this weekend.  It was a pain in the @55 because our damper needed an “alternate install”  involving drilling through the lentil.  After 2 hours it turned out well.