Weekend Update

First off, I’m reposting the search box now that my last one has moved off the page:

   

Hopefully I won’t have to do that forever.  Yet another LJ annoyance!

Okay, so now to what has actually been going on in our lives lately!

Two weekends ago we went to Purdue for the Alpha Phi Omega 75th anniversary.  We had a good time, it was a good weekend.  Unfortunately not many people turned up from our “era.”  Most of the people who came were recent graduates or from a really long time ago.  I was hoping to see some of the people I was friends with while I was there.  The weather was a little crappy…okay it was a lot crappy!  So we didn’t go around Bug Bowl very much.  We did a couple of service projects and went to a dedication ceremony for Professor Teaford.  That was one of my favorite parts, it was really good to see him again.  I would have trouble believing there could be any individual that could be more devoted to an organization or be a better adviser, not to mention the most entertaining professor that could possibly exist.  The highlight of the weekend was the banquet at the renovated stadium.  Some of the highlights included a past national president speaking, a presentation about our chapter (Alpha Gamma) through the decades including research on some of our traditions and how they started, and a short speech by a guy who pledged in the ’40s and talked about keeping the chapter alive through WWII.  So anyway, it was a good time and too bad for all you guys who didn’t show up because you missed out!

During the week after that I was supposed to go to a conference in Detroit, but that fell through.  So Sara had invited her sister to come and stay here in the meantime.  It was a pretty low key visit, we didn’t really do much.  It was nice to have her here, but unfortunately she got sick towards the end.  That weekend we visited a friend of Sara’s from grad school who recently moved to Chicago.  The highlight of that trip was playing with the parachute!  Remember like when you were in grade school and you played with the parachute?  Well, they have one to play with their son and it was good time. 

We also spent money like it was going out of style!  Behr paint was on sale, so we spent $400 on paint and paint supplies!  On Sunday we went to a store to look at chairs and we ended up buying a chair AND a crib!  We had been looking for a crib for a long time and hadn’t found anything, so we just stumbled onto the perfect one.  For the chair, we were looking for a rocker/glider for the baby’s room, but we ended up buying a little more substantial one that we can use in the living room one day.

Sunday night my mom and brother showed up.  Nathan was just there to borrow the car to continue on to WI for job interviews.  Mom got her passport fixed on Monday (after many trials and tribulations) and then left for Japan on Tuesday!  She’s there now.  Unfortunately I had to wake up at 5 a.m. to take her!

So this weekend, we had the final walk-through on the condo today.  There was nothing really to report about that, it went pretty smoothly.  Tuesday is the big day!  After that we will be a couple of homeowners.  Today I watched the NFL draft for about 8 hours and tomorrow we will go visit Dabu and play games.

Aaaaaand I think that actually brings us up to the present!  I expect that updates are going to start being few and far between since we are going to be this busy for the foreseeable future.

More stuff

Okay, I came across this and it is hilarious:

I assumed it was a photoshop or something, but I still got a chuckle out of it.  Obviously we go to Snopes and check it out.  Turns out that it is real…sort of.  It really was in the newspaper, but the person who wrote it is a lawyer and obviously wrote it to be humorous.  There are some pretty good responses to the newspaper listed on the snopes page.  The best part is at the bottom:

Evidently Mr. Meskimen has been receiving a number of direct inquiries about his bit of satire, as the voicemail at his office phone presents callers with the following message:  “If you are calling about the Daylight Savings Time letter and wish to explain global warming or daylight savings time to me, I would urge you to get a sense of humor and/or a life, in that order.  Unless, of course, you want to pay me for an interview; if so, please leave your telephone number and I will expediently return your call.”

Now this is sort of interesting, have you checked out Alexa?  It’s been around for a while obviously, but it is still an interesting site to check out.  Basically it tracks the popularity of all the websites on the Internet.  So it is interesting to see which sites are popular or moving up or dropping.  You can also search for any site and receive a ranking of how popular that site is.  Unfortunately it doesn’t rank LiveJournal pages individually, so I can’t see where I am at.  It just shows the statistics for www.livejournal.com.  If only livejournal didn’t block me from using google analytics…

Didn’t I already type this?

Okay, first things first, here is the rest of the post that I typed up and lost last night.  LJ has really been pissing me off lately with their java-script removing.  Perhaps it is time to look elsewhere.

So you’ve probably already seen this since it was national news, but these people just attended their school’s first integrated prom.  When I saw that title, I thought it was going to be a retrospective on some old people who attended their first integrated prom in the 60s.  Nope, 2007!  I just can’t believe such a thing was still going on.

Speaking of things that are crazy, there is actually a political party in India extolling the rights of the undead.  I’m not kidding, go read the article!  “We are using elections to highlight the problems of living dead,” said Bihari. “We know we cannot win elections but through election we can sensitize people and officials about this problem.” Remind me not to go to any country that has enough Zombies to have them qualify as a voting block (40,000 according to the article).  And who would be crazy enough to lead up the Zombie party? “His reasons for pursuing the cause stem from his own experience.  He was declared dead in 1976…”

I don’t know how this works exactly, but according to Peter King on MMQB if you go here and watch the video “What kind of world do you want” by Five for Fighting, $0.49 will be donated to autism research.  Not a bad deal, considering it is actually a good song!

A new look! (sort of)

Well, you will (maybe) notice some changes around here at ShaneBlog.  Actually, you might not since I am striving to keep the old look as much as possible.  I thought about changing it, but I still like it after all this time.  Anyway, anybody who has tried to do custom styles with LJ (probably none of you since nobody uses LJ anymore) knows that it is fairly frustrating.  Switching templates but trying to keep the same look took me about 3 hours. 

I think the biggest feature missing in LJ is the search capacity. Supposedly they are working on it. I would like to add a search section in the sidebar, but aparently that is for paid customers only, so until I figure out some way around the LJ restrictions…

   

Ho hum

Nothing much to say tonight.  I want to give some props to MegDesk today.  It’s a great look into life in Beijing (although she’s moving to Oslo soon).  Two good long posts about Beijing traffic today and I think they really give good insight into how different things are there.  Plus, she actually has like a website, not some free LiveJournal like a chump.  That impresses me more than anything else!

You know what?  Maybe that’s all I had to say.  Good job Meg!