Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Idaho, it's a girl, and other updates from the last couple weeks

Sorry about the blogging drought. While I've been slacking in the blogging area, I've been more than picking up for it in all the other stuff I've got going on. Let me explain. No. There is too much. Let me sum up.

The Bun II

Most importantly, we're having a girl! We went to Fetal Foto last night (shudder) and had another ultrasound. It turns out the experience wasn't nearly as creepy as I thought it would be. And they sent us home with a DVD of the entire ultrasound set to music. So a bit cheesy perhaps, but not creepy.

Speaking Engagement

Last week I went and spoke at Brigham Young University Idaho on "social media and its impact on business and advertising". (Sounds boring doesn't it?) I was spending all my free time into the wee hours of the morning (literally) preparing the presentation. So no blogging for me.

Ironic since I was speaking on social media.

I presented a "one hour" version and a 15 minute version. I asked the students in the first presentation to fill out surveys afterward and overall the feedback was good.

My little family was able to come with me and the faculty members were very gracious hosts. Overall, I think it went pretty well and I really enjoyed hanging out for a bit up on my old stomping grounds.

If you're interested (or sadistic) you can view the Keynote slides by clicking the links in the sidebar. (Update: now removed. Email me if you want to see them.)

Brazil by way of Provo

Oh yeah. My sister in-law left for her mission to Brazil. Her visa didn't come through in time so instead of going straight to Brazil she had to make a slight detour to the Provo MTC. She just left today. Knowing that she'll be gone for 18 months doesn't seem like a HUGE deal until I think about it this way:

When she gets back my son will be twice as old as he is now.
Our little girl will be my son's age.


Txt me

Saturday we merged our cell phone plan with my in-law's. We now have more minutes and unlimited text messaging for less than we were paying before. Good deal.

As an aside, I had no idea how disciplined I was by limiting my texting to a paltry 1,000 messages per month. Being on an unlimited plan for a little over three days now I've already used over 300 texts. It feels good to not have to worry about that anymore.


Three random things I've noticed within the last two weeks:

1. We need more AA batteries in our place. I am at the point I'm pulling the rechargeable batteries out of the computer mouse to put in the remote to watch movies.

2. Singing multiple verses of "Old McDonad" is really funny when you start making up noises for non-barnyard animals. You should hear my bald eagle. Top notch.

3. If you see a house like this, and it's listed for $159,000, don't get your hopes up.