Monday, February 28, 2005

Microsoft Money 2005

Bought Microsoft Money 2005 this past Friday. Bought it online at Best Buy online, paid for it online and opted for the pickup from the store the next day...couldn't wait to get my grubby little hands on it. Have had some good reviews from people at work about it, so I thought I would take stab with it. Try and get those bills in check. Plus it was on sale at BB for $39, and plus MS is offering a $20 mail in rebate...so I might get it for $20 total, if that rebate goes through. But who knows, they might see I bought it onsale and not give me the credit.

Anyways, I've tried it out some and its nice. I like how it connects up to your bank and credit card accounts nicely. And I am going to try and start paying some bills with it. But overall the interface is very slick and intuitive. As I become more affluent with it, I will post my thoughts about it on here.

But one thing that rubs me the wrong way is my bank charges for the ability to have MS Money connect up to it and download account information. And even with that, I can only 'sync' up 15 times a month. Crap I tell ya! I'll be letting them know I don't like that, and that I will begin researching other banks for perks such as free MS Money connectivity. I mean, they have my money and make money on it, the least they can do is let my computer connect up and download.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Busy Week

Whew its been a busy week, haven't been able to get on here to post anything. Our sons love snails, so we bought them a snail for the acquarium this week and it died when we got it home. I took it back today to get it replaced and this one also died before I even got it into the tank it seemed. I think its the place we are getting them from. I am sure I won't be going back there.

We put in a new kitchen floor this weekend. Went out and bought some peel and stick flooring, not going too expensive as we may remodel the entire kitchen in a few years, so why waste the money now. But boy was it a pain in the ass. We had carpeting in our eating area, and tile in the main kitchen area. Due to the differing types of flooring, we had to rip everything out to the sub floor. What "fun" what was. But we got it all out, and had my mother and father (aka
MacGyver;
boy I loved that show). My dad is so knowledgable and helpful, I don't know what I would do with out him. I learn so much from him. Thanks mom & dad for your help, if you're reading this. But now its done, the kitchen looks wonderful. We even put in some colonial molding and base cap and it looks purrty darn sharp. Quite happy with the turn out.

Well, its on to another fun week. Maybe I can post more on here...

Monday, February 21, 2005

Presidents Day

Just relaxing here on this presidents day after a long weekend. Took a half day on Friday and as I walked out, thank goodness I said "see ya Monday" to someone and they were so kind to inform me that we had Monday off. I'm such a dunce, I would have gone into work today too and not realized my mistake until I saw the parking lot.

So as I said, I took a hald day on Friday and headed into Buffalo for a fun filled weekend. We generally stay with my parents when we go in. Did some running around to drop off some baby stuff for my cousin, who was having a baby shower on Sunday. Saw my grandma who just got out of the hospital. She's now recouping after some back surgery. She's such a tough lady, I think shes 85 or something, has a replacement hip and knee, and has had countless surgeries the past few years, and yet she still keeps on tickin'. I hope I am as tough as her when I get to be her age. She's just been getting down on her self about everything and we just have to help keep her hopes up.
Got our taxes done this weekend...turned out very well. I purposely try and contribute just a bit more than I have to so I can always get something back. Sort of like a little reward every year at tax time.
We went skiing on Saturday as well. Went out to Bristol Mountain in Rochester with some friends and met some co-workers up there too. Had a great time...what a nice night. Thought we weren't going to be able to get out this season, but we did. Oh how I love skiing, what a wonderful sport.
And then Sunday the boys and I just chilled with my dad while my wife and mother went to the baby shower. They sounded like they had a good time. And then we did what we ALWAYS do on Sunday evenings, watch Extreme Home Makeover and Desperate Housewives. Two good shows in my opinion, I suggest watching them.

Well, thats my weekend, now its on to a short work week.

Haven't heard from my sister in Iraq since last Monday or Tuesday. Hope shes ok.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bonus Week!

Got a bonus from my work this week. Yea hoo. Gonna pay off some debt and sock alittle away. Giddy up. I love my job, I really do. :0) Not many people can say that.

Buffalo Bills release Drew Bledsoe

Well, the bills finally did it. I think this is a good first step for the Bills in their preparation for next season. Don't get me wrong, I don't think Bledsoe is a bad quarterback by any means. I just think (1) his non-mobile style of play wasn't helping (1) he doesn't fit with what the bills coaching staff wants to do (2) J.P. Losman deserves a chance to step up, and I think he will. Go Bills!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Microsoft announces IE 7

Looks like Microsoft will in fact update their browser. Whoopie I say. If it wasn't for Firefox, Microsoft wouldn't even be doing this. I'm happy with my new browser and I plan to stick with it. But on the flip side, I still would be interested to see what Microsoft pulls out of their hat.

Monday, February 14, 2005

My sis

Just missing my sis on this Valentine's Day. The boys were talking about her today. Maybe she'll read this blog and post a comment! *hint* *hint* :0)

Love ya Sis!

Sports

Just watching the news...ugh, looks like they are cancelling the NHL season. Man, what a waste, first time since 1919 I guess. That really sucks, I like watching hockey...especially my Sabres! I don't claim to be an expert on the issues concerned with the lockout, but I would think it has to do with alot of money and somebody not wanted to budge.

Also hear Eric Moulds is resigning with the Buffalo Bills for 3 more years. Thats great. He also restructured such that his contract is lighter upfront and heavier on the back end to free up some salary cap room for this coming season. I think if we have any shot at the big show, its sooner rather than later. So anything to get some good talent in here now is worth it. Thanks Eric!

Speaking of sports, I gotta start doing something. Damn office job is killing me. There should be a freshman 15 and a graduate 15. I ran around college for 4 years keeping slim and trim, and then I go and graduate and get an office job that works my head muscle and I start gaining. Friend of mine mentioned an Ultimate Frisbee league in the area. Hopefully that will pan out and I can start doing something active. Joining a local lacrosse league wouldn't be a bad idea either....

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all! Today was a nice day. Came home from work today, the wife made a wonderful dinner. We exchanged our valentine's day cards, and the boys and I got out theres. A couple days ago, mommy went out shopping, so the boys and I made her Valentine's Day cards. It really was alot of fun. Me and my annoying perfectionism made for some stressful moments, but all in all the boys did their own work. I cut out hearts and other shapes and helped them glue everything together. Sticky and fun! But they really turned out well and their mommy loved them. My wife and I are trying to keep things simple and save money, so we just exchanged cards. But I broke down and got her a CD. :) I was supposed to to her the CD from Kassie DePaiva, who is a soap star who has an album. But I could not find it, so I ended up getting her the new Alicia Keys CD. We had just been discussing it the night before while watching the grammys. What an amazing artist she is, I mean really, shes really talented!
So another successful and enjoyable Valentine's Day. I am thankful for my Valentine, as I hope she is happy with me. ;)

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Blogging inspiration

I must say I do enjoy reading Robert Scoble's blog. Seeing his high profile blog in some news articles and what not got me into reading blogs, mainly his and the ones he talked about. And now I find myself exploring and surfing many other blogs. There is so much information and knowledge out ther to be shared being written by thousands of interesting people. So I just wanted to point that out to anyone reading my squeeky new blog, and to give credit where credit due. Thanks Rob.

Old Friends

Just got an email from an old friend from my high school and early college days. She has moved far away since those days and started her life. That just got me thinking about all the old friends I've had and how its funny how you're so close with people, but indefinitely you grow up, grow apart and make your own lives. After college you persue your careers and start your families and it gets difficult to keep as close and as in touch as you once were and hoped to be forever. Guess thats just how it goes. But you have to make an effort to keep some friends close.

I've found that the friends I've made in my final year of college and first year out of it are the ones I will keep in touch with for a long long time. Hopefully thats really how it will go, and not just because they are the most recent. Now that I am establishing myself, settling down, I think I am in for the long run with most of them.

But its also nice to keep in touch with old friends, see how they are doing and how life is treating them too.

Friday, February 11, 2005

I'm onboard

Ok, I've finally succumbed to the blogging phenomenon. After seeing all the hype on the internet about blogging, it definitely seems like the next big thing. And plus it just seems like a really neat idea to be able to put my thoughts out there, let people read them and see what they think. I've found it extremely interesting to read some of the high profile blogs out there, as well as some of the lesser known ones. So I've said "what the hell", I'll give it shot. See if I can keep up on this thing and post some interesting bits and pieces of my life.

Lets see if I can list out the things that I might talk about on here in the future and then I can look back at this post as see how wrong or right I was.
  • I'll probably talk about my wonderful family. I really have to say I have been absolutely blessed with a great family. Not just with the one I grew up in, but with the family I've married into and the one I've created with my wife.
  • My sister; shes in Iraq right now serving her duty for our country. Shes been there for maybe 5 months and she'll be there probably over 6 months from now so she's always on our minds. We support her and all our troops 100%.
  • My job and the work I'm doing; I've been again blessed to have a great job at an even greater company. I may divulge more information on that as I get more comfortable online, but due to all the recent hoop-la about people getting fired for blogging about their jobs, I'll tread lightly.
  • Things I read about online or in my day to day activities. I read Slashdot regularly so there are always some good things to talk about.
  • Programming, Java, Computers in general. I am a tech guy, so that sort of stuff always amuses me.
So I guess we'll see how well I know myself a couple months from now. So with that; my first post if finished and I am off to bed.