I/We are officially moving. We’re moving houses as well, but I was talking about my blog.  It has been hosted with Newtek (formerly Crystaltech, and running on BlogEngine.NET ( for years and it seems like I spent more time updating it then posting.  I know that’s mostly my fault since I enjoy the technical side of it as much or more than the writing.

My work has slowly got me dabbling in WordPress, so I figured it was time to dive in and play with it more.  I’ve officially made the move and it caused me to clean things up some in a good way.  Though I’m not completely satisfied with the move yet, I’m glad I’m going through it.

For the most part WordPress is a huge upgrade from BlogEngine.NET.  I did the whole .net thing because I worked with it and thought it would get me a good introduction into what was going on in the back end.  Well it didn’t directly apply to what I was working with so it helped a little, but not a ton.  The technical part of the blog should be a good adjustment for me to get used to php & Apache.  Its the design part of WordPress I’d love to learn more about.  I know enough CSS to cause problems and fix most of them, but I know I’m not doing it the “right” way.  So the next big step for me is finding a theme I like and can play with, then to eventually try to build my own.

By the way the family is moving from Omaha, north a few miles to Bennington.  I’m ecstatic about the move and our house should be completed by October.  Maybe in the future I should write more about the specifics of both moves, that would be fun.

Videos of @goldengage

Gage is our beloved golden retriever that we got on August 8th, 2008 (08-08-08), which was exactly a year before our wedding date.  Many of you have heard this story, but the reason we got him was as a gift of our engagement.  That’s a whole different video, but I told Amy that we could get a dog for me losing the bet and in the process asked her to marry me.  We named the dog Gage, short for En-Gage-ment.  

Now the dog has his own twitter account and website.  He thinks he runs the relationship.  Just kidding, but we love him a lot and here’s a couple experiences we’ve had with him recently.  The first video is of him meeting my sisters new chihuahua / miniture pinscher puppy named Bandit.  Bandit took control of the relationship real fast.

The second video is of Gage swimming for the first time.  He’s been around water a lot, but never deep enough he had to swim.  Of course golden retrievers are bred to swim, but the first time can be a doozy.  He acted like a pro and wanted more.  It’s too bad we don’t have somewhere like this a little closer to home than southern Iowa (Roberts Creek).  He’s had a couple good stories about water.  One time we took him for a walk by a little lake in our area and decided there weren’t many people around we’d see what he did if he got wet.  So with the leash on we let him in to the water.  We, as in Amy, decided he had enough and tried to get him to come out.  There was a pretty good size bank he was afraid to jump up and I couldn’t pull him up by the leash, then it pulled the colar off of him and he just thought he’d start heading towards the middle of the lake.   We were able to call him before he got very far away, but it was far enough away that Amy had a canary.   I put the collar back on him and tightened it up, before we pulled him out.  I thought it was kinda fun, but Amy hasn’t wanted him around water since.  This video just shows how much he loves it.

ps, I’m also embeding these videos with the new youtube HTML5 embed api to be a geek.

Everlater – Seattle

I decided to try the site to layout our recent trip to Seattle.  I wish I had done this for our trips to Mexico and Jamaica, but I figured this is a good start.  Maybe, I’ll go back and fill those others in sometime.  The site is really neat, you can write journal entries from the trip and add pictures, or make notes on the places you stayed, ate, & ways you traveled.  It’s basically telling the story of your trip, a memory book, and a review for the location all at the same time.  The site will even take your entry and turn it into a printed book for a keepsake.  Here’s our trip, it’s missing a few pictures since I lost my camera, and I still need to add a few videos to it, but it’s mostly done.


I’m visiting Seattle with Amy and my mom.  We flew in late last night and so far have had a pretty busy day.  We went to Pike Place Market this morning and checked out the Riverfront along with the Seattle Aquarium.  We rounded out the after noon,so far, with a trip to Westlake Center.  Sounds like we are heading to the Experience Music Project tonight and looking around the Seattle Center a little.  We also bought tickets for the Mariners vs Padres game on Friday night and got our gear to wear, we both got throwback t’s.  I’m sure there will be more pictures to come, but I’ve been posting a little to Twitter and Foursquare.

UPDATED with pictures: