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I still love my roomba vacuum. My wife loves it too and
she's been telling all her friends and family about how much
she loves it! Wow! I thought I'd have to be the one to
extol the greatness of this device but she's totally sold on
it. We joke about when dividing up the house cleaning work
that, "I'll do the vacumming!" I highly recommend it!
We now have two albino hedgehogs at our house. I bought the
first one (a male) and my daughter bought the second one (a
female). We've been going pet crazy and buying pet stuff
for them. My daughters are so happy. The only thing, is
they mostly sleep during the day so they don't really do
anything until about 10pm at night. That's about when the
kids have to go to bed so they don't get to play with them
much. They are interesting and cute and we wake them up and
play with them anyway. Last night we put about 1/2" of
water in the bathtub and let the girl romp around in it.
She seems to like playing in the water for a little while
then she gets board and wants out.
The hedgehogs love mealworms and they're about $4 at the pet
store for about 35 large ones. I found on ebay a mealworm
farm kit for $10 that's supposed to supply endless mealworms
for next to nothing so I took the plunge. Mealworms are
really the larval stage of the darkling beatle. So the
process goes that the mealworms grow to the pupae state then
to the beatle state, they lay gobs of eggs then die and the
eggs hatch as the cycle goes. You put some bran or oat
flakes in the bottom of a tub with a apple or potato slice
every so often and that's about all there is to it. My
wife's already wanting me to count all the worms to make
sure non get out. Yeah right. I've been joking that I will
be keeping the farm under her side of the bed.
So anyway, this pet stuff is what mostly has been keeping my
I saw that RobotsAustralia was going to Pololu.com for some of his
supplies and body plastic. I checked it out and what really
took my notice was the laser acrylic
cutting he was using. That seems very useful. Looks
like a $50 minimum, tho, but could be cool for lots of
exact, intricate, or many parts that need to reproduce exactly.
My truck broke down. I think it's the starter. I went to a
few auto parts places and no one had it. My wife went to a
place near her work, and they didn't have it either. I
finally found one but wow, I didn't think it should have
been such a problem to get a starter for a GMC pickup. I
thought that was strange.
Our washing machine broke down. I've been trying to figure
out the best one to get that will last the longest and be
the most efficient. After talking with a bunch of people we
decided to go with a front loader model. Uses less water &
less electricity, the clothes come out dryer so the dryer
machine doesn't have to dry as much saving electricity there
too. The clothes are supposed to produce less lint since
side loaders are supposed to be easier on your clothes, so
your clothes last longer. Since it uses less water, we're
hoping we won't have as many plumbing troubles as we've had
in the past with clogs and slow draining. So it's more
expensive but we're hoping that all those positives will
make it worth while. I'll probably break down in a week! :-)
I still have a job but I'm wondering how long this company
will hold on. Actually, the company has a military side
that is doing well but our civilian side is doing poorly.
We've had another layoff and this time it really hit close
to home. I'm hoping they will move us to the military side
or my time here doesn't seem to have a future. It's the
best I have for now but I have my feelers out. There
doesn't seem to be a lot of jobs out there so I'll probably
go down with the ship. That's adding a lot of stress.
I'm wanting to work on stirling engines again. At work, me
and another guy watched a bunch of youtube videos about them
and I just keep getting the bug to play with them. It seems
like they would make great little electric generators.
Anyway, they are still on the back of my mind even though I
don't seem to have time for them.
I'm still hoping that we can do the 3d vbs. I'll probably
do a presentation of what I have come up with at our
February church business meeting. I'm still hopeful it will
work out. I've got a lot to do.
My mother in law got married. We filmed her wedding and I
have to edit her wedding video. It's just another thing on
the plate but I want to do it. I had a person call our
house last night asking if we'd do their wedding video.
Alas we turned them down and told them we are not doing it
anymore because there's just no money in it. I really
enjoyed doing wedding videos but it seemed we were making
less than minimum wage so what's the point. Plus every once
in a while there was always some weirdo bride-zilla bad
apple that reared their ugly heads that really made you
think it wasn't worth it. I'm glad I told the lady no, but
I still have those fond memories and wish it could have
worked out because most times I really enjoyed it.
I keep wanting to make electronic or robotic stuff but I
just don't seem to have the time for it. Plus, after it has
been a few weeks or months, all my good stuff seems to have
been cleaned out of existence. It takes me so much time to
locate it all again that by the time I have everything I
need again (parts, pic burner, breadboard, etc) I no longer
have the time for it again. It's like at one time I was
wanting to build another grandfater clock rolling ball
sculpture. I had the 6 foot frame built and the starting of
the clock parts. I had the cpu board, electronics and even
the software with multitasking and rf remote controller and
i2c networking all all working. But then, life got in the
way. Now it's just seems about impossible to get back to as
everything has been moved around and I'm not sure where
everything is anymore. Distractions are a killer of projects!
Some days I feel so smart and on the bleeding edge and other
days I feel stupid and worthless. Is that normal? I may
not impress anyone else, but some days I manage to do things
that impress myself so I guess that's good enough.