I can’t claim to have accomplished much this weekend.

It’s been a while since Alli and I have had a weekend to ourselves. It was a really busy summer and it seemed like we were always doing something. This weekend, we were fortunate enough to not have anything on the docket, so we did woke up early-ish and made some awesome french toast, complete with Vanilla Almond Special K baked into it. It was [COUSIN EDDIE] “gooooo-oooood.”

After that, we sat on the couch and watched Alias ALL DAY LONG. We had 2 discs of season 2 to finish and we had bought season 3 a while back and we were anxious to watch it. During the year, it was disappointing to watch because it was a new episode here, a rerun there, a missed week here…it felt disjointed. BUT, we got three discs into season 3, and I have to say…totally better than I remembered it. I’m holding out hope that I was disappointed with last season only because it was so disjointed, not because the story was all that bad. So far, my assessment is holding up, but time will tell.

We also saw Shark Tale on Sunday. I don’t know if I was in a bad mood or what, but the movie was really disappointing. Not really funny, not a great story. As far as animated fish movies go…Finding Nemo was exponentially better. That’s not just my opinion. Alli, my brother, Jake…we all agreed…disappointing movie.


This is my dog Dreyfuss. I know I know. Cutest dog ever. He’s a complete mutt…mom was part-Husky, dad was…well…we don’t know for sure. Vet said maybe a lab or Great Dane. He’s gray, but really doesn’t have much hair because he has color dilutional alopecia.

I’m going to post pictures when there are pictures to post.

What’s with all the boxes?

Just wondering…if we consider that software companies are taking over the world (isn’t that right, Bill?), why in the world is it that they can’t seem to fit their product into a normal sized box?

I just got Panther and iLife ’04 for the PowerMac G4 that my brother was kind enough to donate to me. As I was sitting here surfing, I stared into the pile of empty boxes that sits in the recliner in my office and wondered to myself, Is it really that difficult to put all of the stuff into a smaller box?

I can’t figure it out. Apple can fit an entire computer into this, but for some reason, they can’t manage to make a piece of software that fits in something smaller than a Volkswagen.

People might argue that the documentation won’t fit. For the money that they spend on these expensive booklets, they could include an extra (much smaller) disc that contains a massive PDF of all of their manuals, documentation, warranties, etc.

You might ask me, “why is it, Shane, that you keep all of these boxes that you so despise?” And that would be a good question, one that really has no answer. You never know when you’ll need them I guess. Plus, I always know where to look for the serial numbers. Maybe I should throw them away…

But they’re so pretty…

Firefocks Rocks

I have to say, I used to think that my friend Kevin was crazy. I never understood the whole “other browser” idea until about 2 months ago. I’ve always been an IE guy (*GASP*) and I’ve been exposed to Safari through my recent home conversion to a Mac, but I never really got on board with all the other browsers. Couple reasons:

  1. There are too many choices. How is one to differentiate?
  2. IE is built in and isn’t completely horrible. Why hassle with switching?
  3. I don’t like ads, but I also don’t want to pay for my browser (see: Opera).
  4. Did I mention that I’m lazy? If not, I’m lazy.
  5. I have having to move bookmarks, cookies, etc.

However, my friend Kevin (of graphicpush.com fame) introduced me to a little browser called Firefox recently. He had spoken of it before, but when I saw that little number after the release (I believe it was 0.87 at the time), I immediately turned it off. While I like being an early adopter of new technology and stuff…I like to at least know that it works.

Well, Mozilla’s new preview release of Firefox 1.0…it works. And, it’s totally sweet. Not only is it fast and does it have tabbed browsing (which is awesome…totally new to me…like I said…IE guy), but it also has a built in RSS Feed parser so you can subscribe to sites that have an RSS feed and read them without actually going to the site, which is, by definition, awesome. You can browse the headlines of your favorite blogs, news sites, etc. and pick and choose the actual stories you want to read (not that you would skim on this site, considering it is totally sweet).

Not only that, but it will also import all of your existing IE data, including your bookmarks and all of your cookies and stuff, which is great, overcoming the above listed #4 and #5.

That being said…if you are in an office environment like me, IE has engorged itself so much into so many things that it becomes really difficult to permanently make the switch. But I’m trying…

Burritos = Good.

Today I profess my love for burritos. Those that know me (you know who you are) know my feelings on the issue, but I want to make sure that people understand the genius that is the Chipotle Burrito.

First, you start with a shell or a bowl. Lately, I’ve been eating it in a bowl…less carbs and less calories. Then you add some of the scrumptious rice that could be described as manna from heaven, a hint of lime and cilantro accents the ricey goodness. Sometimes I feel like peppers and onions, others I don’t, and other times, I’ll have a splash of their pinto beans.

Next, the good stuff…steak that has been marinated in some spicy concoction that only a true genius could have created. The secret is next…the green tomatillo sauce. It’s like the shirt says…”Shhhh…don’t tell anyone about the green tomatillo salsa…” You almost feel like you’re getting away with something…it’s that good. Top it off with some cheese and guacamole and you are good to go.

Sure, it’s about 800 calories, but it’s totally worth it for 2 reasons:

  1. You get a ton of food.
  2. It has healthy stuff in it so it can’t be that bad.

My wife and I are addicts. I only bring this up because until two nights ago, it had been about 2 weeks since my last feeding at Burrito Heaven. When you eat it once a week, your body becomes acclimated to the burrito. Mine yesterday and today….not so much.