Wednesday, June 23, 2010

USA scores, John forgets he's at work

Donovan scores at the end of the match breaking the scoreless match. It was a surprise since a moment earlier I was worried they were going to put one in. John I think was even more surprised since he yelled Goaaaaaa! It was so loud, our HR lady came by to see what was the matter. lol, good times.

So, US and England move on with England facing the "tougher" opponent. Although you never know how a game will go, England was the favored team in our group. Then again, a lot said the US will surprise you and they were right.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Green Peppers

Our green peppers are about ready! Just a few more days and we'll snag this guy. There is one on the other side that will be ready not too much after this one.

Also, we planted some garlic also. I read that garlic is a natural pesticide so we planted them between each plant. I need to figure out when I can pull those.

Monday, June 21, 2010

What's the story morning glory

Our morning glory is growing and getting big but just doesn't want to bloom. We like that its growing fast and want it to attach itself to our wall. Who knows what it'll do from here. Its our first year growing anything so its all new.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

imposters spotted

I don't know if we look anything like this but it was at least what we were wearing that day. How do you like my muscles Marcie?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Staying Snug(gie)

These two beautiful ladies really know how to get comfortable when watching a movie. Stacy looks like she's trying to shrug it off but she was just as wrapped up as Marcie a moment before the picture was taken.

Produce Run

Here is the picture of our first farmers market produce run. The total was $18.40. We were actually kind of disappointed with the price but not with the quality. The Peaches were around $1.50/lb to $2/lb but were on sale at Kroger for $.99/lb. Corn is also cheaper there now. Its $.29/lb as apposed to 6 ears for $4. Squash and Zucchini was the same price at the grocery store as was the tomatoes. Green beans were cheaper at one of the grocery stores but I can't remember which one. In any case, while we could have gotten a better deal shopping at Kroger we're helping support local farmers and we know everything was picked fresh. Most grocery stores pick green so that it has time to ripen as it is shipped.

We haven't talked about if we'll make this a weekly thing yet. We've eaten about half of what is shown and it was all delicious. I guess we'll make that decision later based on grocery deals and time. It was kind of fun looking at all the different vendors so we may go just for that aspect of it.

Spider

Look what we found in our front yard! The picture doesn't do it justice though. That thing was huge. Its butt was about the size of a dime. Luckily we were in the process of spraying for bugs so I soaked her and her entire web area. Then I squashed her with a stick.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Why to avoid big banks

If you were thinking about opening a bank account or were looking at getting more from your savings account, don't look at Bank of America, Citibank, or other larger institutions. Big banks are paying large sums of advertising so they can attract customers with out offering them anything.

So why are the big banks, many of which are once again generating big profits, relative cheapskates when it comes to CDs and other interest-bearing accounts? The answer is simple: because they don't have to." says CNN Money.

If you aren't one to go to the ATM a lot (I use check card for everything) then I would suggest looking into smaller banks with less branches. They offer better rates and have better customer satisfaction according to another CNN Money article. Is now a good time to switch banks? Maybe.

Bankrate.com is a great site to compare rates of all the local banks.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

E-Book Readers

Marcie and I were considering purchasing an ebook reader at some point. While there are hundreds of options out there, a few stand above the rest. If you're looking for functionality other then reading, you'll want to consider a tablet or a smaller laptop however if the main purpose is to read, you'll want to go with the kindle or the nook. What stands out about these is their display. A computer screen refreshes constantly which isn't as easy to read. Both the kindle and the nook use a new technology called e-ink which acts like printed word. Once the screen displays, the e-ink stays on the screen till it is cleared. That is much better for your eyes and uses no battery life extending reading ability to 10+ days. Limitations of this technology seem to restrict the color to black and white but when reading, that is what you want.

Right now, the kindle seems to be the better reader. It has a crisper image, a little longer battery life, and turns pages faster then the nook. Consumer reports named this the best reader available however there are other things to consider. The nook may fall behind in some areas however I've seen the screen and it is as sharp as an LCD screen but doesn't refresh (since it uses e-ink). I can wait the extra half a second between pages if it has other features I want.

The nook does in fact have those other features that are nice. For one, it has a larger library. The kindle is restricted to the amazon proprietary books but the nook pulls from but is not limited to the Barnes and Noble library. The nook can also pull from other free libraries and other sites which will eventually lower the price of books and make more free books available. It also has a touch screen that since the most recent update has become much more intuitive. They've got some work to do to perfect it but updates are free and automatic. The two other things that stand out about the nook are battery and storage. Unlike many of the other readers, the nook's back cover comes off to reveal a replaceable battery and extra memory slot. You are not required to ship your reader off to Amazon or Apple to replace the battery. You also don't have to pay $300 more to get the extra memory. Not that you would have more then 1500 books on your reader but the memory slot makes sharing books easy. This is something the kindle and ipad can not do.

As of right now, the kindle is the better reader but the nook has more desirable features and has the ability to surpass the kindle in all areas but resolution. Since the resolution was acceptable when I was using it, I think I would go with the nook based on potential.

One thing to consider though is both the kindle and nook have AT&T wireless data that allow you to download and surf the web anywhere. Since the kindle does not support wifi, it has to do that. The nook has wifi so at some point, it may remove the wireless capability in an attempt to cut operating costs.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tough Bus Ride

While we'll do it again in a heartbeat, the bus ride from Chinatown back to Cary was a rough one. We got a flat tire on the way back and the tow guy didn't have a jack strong enough to lift the bus as high as was needed to change the tire. Three tow guys later, they finally got it up and we were back on the road after the 3.5 hour detour. It was a long trip and my hope that everyone would sleep was not realized since everyone was so worked up. It was cheap so the money we saved outweighed in my opinion the hassle of the ignorant passengers.

Summer Heat starts!

Our first game is tonight. I wonder what color the shirts will be. Its a late game tonight but if you find yourself in N Raleigh on a Monday or Wednesday night, we would love to have your support. We should have a pretty good team this year assuming we have someone who can shoot. The best team in the world will never win if they don't have someone always hitting shots. That's a problem that plagued the Mc'Ds All-Americans at UNC last year. I've not seen everyone on the team play so I guess we'll find out soon enough if we have what it takes.