Texans End Season with Win

The Houston Texans won their season finale today 14-6 over the Cleveland Browns. They end the season 6-10, which is four victories better than last year. I can’t say it was a very good season. It started going down hill once their running back Domanick Davis was injured in the pre-season and that’s pretty early to start going down hill. Their first round draft pick, Mario Williams, was pretty ineffective this season, while the two people they passed on in the draft, Reggie Bush and Vince Young, did well on their new teams. I can only hope that Williams will be good in the long run. I think the Texans need to look to the running back position and the defensive back position next year. I think Carr is a solid quarterback, he just needs a good running game to release the pressure. Here’s to next year.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

At the suggestion of a couple of people at work, I borrowed the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. It wasn’t very entertaining, but was interesting. It’s amazing how crooked a company can get and then even in the end try and pin it on other people. The documentary covers the rise and the fall of Enron. For example, I never knew that the rolling blackouts that were happening in California had ties to Enron. If you are curious about what happened to Enron, then I recommend it. It gets you a little scared about corporate America. Are there more Enrons out there right now?

Longhorns win Alamo Bowl

The Longhorns pulled off a victory in their last game of the season. They were pitted against unranked 6-6 Iowa in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The pictures of the River Walk got me hungry for Mexican food and fresh tortillas, but oh well. It should have been a blow out by Texas, but it didn’t turn out that way. The Longhorns looked pretty poor in the first half. McCoy was throwing passes too short and was generally looking pretty confused, but not as confused as the Texas defense. They let Iowa get an early lead, which was very very similar to their earlier games in the season. A few calls and plays go their way and all of a sudden they are back in the game and pull off a 2 point victory: 26-24. All I have to say is that I’m glad this season is over and I’m looking forward to the next.

Empty Traps on the Roof

On Wednesday we tried to find out how much money we could spend by bringing people to our house. First we called someone to take a look in our attic and find out what was doing all the scratching. He did his inspection and found two entrances in the roof. He suspected that it could be one of three creatures: a raccoon, a rat, or a squirrel. He put traps on the roof at each of the entrances and then put some rat traps in the attic. He’s going to come back next week to check it out. That night we heard the creature in the attic again, but that was the last time. We haven’t heard it again, but the traps are still empty…

That night was also the first night it had gotten cold enough to put on the heater, but guess what. It didn’t come on. So, after I messed around with it for a while, we decided to go ahead and call some else out for that. They came out that day and found a blown fuse and a control box which was burned out. He said that the control box had been burned out for quite some time, so he didn’t even know how the air condition unit was even operating. So we got that all fixed up and in total spent $650 split almost equally between the wildlife guy and the heater guy. Isn’t home ownership wonderful? There’s nothing like unwanted, unaccounted for expenses to brighten up your day.

Today we met our new neighbors. They moved in today to discover that our former neighbor had left his house a complete mess. We predicted this and felt sorry for them. Good news for us: they have two chidren, a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. The kids will be arriving tomorrow and I’m sure Abby and Emily will be ready to greet new friends.

Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

As you may have predicted, I just went ahead and picked up the last book of The Dark Tower series. The last 1050 pages of my quest to re-read the part of the series I had read back in college and finish out the new last three books. Needless to say Song of Susannah finished with a bit of a cliff hanger, so I really had no choice in the matter.





Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

I finished the sixth book of the Dark Tower series today. It was a shorter book and I felt it didn’t progress the story all that much, but did have some good twists and turns. It seems to be more of a bridge between the last book and the final book in the series. I recommend this book and series, especially if you are a Stephen King fan. It binds all his books together. I don’t want to go too much into what happens in the book because I don’t want to give away anything.




Up on the Roof Top…Scratch…Scratch…Scratch

As I write this there is something trashing around in the ceiling. It all started on Christmas Eve and we though it might be Santa’s reindeer on the ceiling, but then we noticed the noise was coming from within the house. A critter has gotten into our attic once again. This morning we called a person to come out and set traps and seal any holes in the roof.

Today was a day of chores around the house. Jennifer took the tree down, which proceeded to drop the rest of the needles. It had been raining down needles for weeks. We learned our lesson: no more live trees. We like fake ones. Less up keep. I installed a soap dish in our shower and a rack for the brooms in the laundry room.

On a completely different note, we’ve been playing Fantasy Football up at work for the game I’m currently working on. Last night was the final game and my team had made it to the Championship against my boss, Jeremy Strauser. My team had finished with a 29 point lead and he had the Dolphins Special Teams/Defense. I finally had an excuse to watch a Monday Night Football game. It wasn’t looking good as the Jets-Dolphins entered half time tied 0-0, but the Jets came back and ended up winning and thus giving me the Championship in our league.

Today’s pictures were taken by Abby of their new playroom upstairs. They took over my office, which was upstairs so that Jennifer could set up her photography studio in their old playroom. My desk has been moved in our bed room.

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a safe Christmas out there. This was the first time in two years we didn’t drive back to Texas for Christmas. Having visited twice in the last year, we were tired of making the long 16 hour drive and it’s just too expensive for five plane tickets.

The morning started out with Abby coming into our room to inform us that Santa had come and given them gifts. Abby received a Lite Bright Cube. She was very happy and was amazed that Santa had written “To: Abby; From: Santa” and had drawn a picture of himself on side of the cube. Emily received a toy train set, which she just loves controlling the train and rearranging the tracks. Finally, Isabelle received a little car she can ride around on and a grocery cart with fake bread and fruit to push around.

Most of the afternoon was spent cooking for our Christmas dinner. We invited our neighbor Jane and her two sons, Lucas and Connor, over for dinner. Jennifer cooked a spiral ham, mashed potatoes, and rolls. Jane brought over some corn, carrots, and a desert cake. We had dinner and then the kids ran around and had fun.

Office Space

Okay. I admit it. I hadn’t seen Office Space until tonight. There’s so many references to this movie at work I had to see it. It’s a requirement if you work in the software industry. Very funny movie, although I would have to say that I was a little disappointed. I thought there was going to be more since there was so much hype going into it. The scene where they beat up the fax machine reminded me of an idea I had back when I worked on Madden PC. I always wanted to get the most problematic PC down in QA and beat the hell out of it.



Night at the Museum

Abby has been excited about Night at the Museum ever since she saw the commercial with the dinosaur which plays fetch. So, me, Abby, and Emily went out to see it today. It’s always an adventure going to the movies with the two of them. We have to get candy and juice even though we had just eaten lunch. Ben Stiller plays a kind of loser divorced dad who is having trouble holding down a job. In order to stay in New York, where his son is living, he takes a job as the night watchman at the Natural History Museum. It turns out that the night watchman has more duties that you would expect. At night all the exhibits come to life and he must keep them from leaving the museum. Overall the movie was cute. Abby liked it and though the ending was the best part.