Before & After: The Living & Dining Room

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So this past weekend, we have had the pleasure of having Doug of House Calls By Design paint our living room for us. I am designing a new logo and stationery in exchange for him! Gotta love trades!

Anyway, these are some before and after shots of the living and dining room. A MAJOR difference!!! I was a little nervous with our decision to go with red at first, but I am very happy with the results! The hardwood floors are in ok shape, need a major case of refinishing, but hey, they could of been worse!

I would like to thank Doug for all his hard work, and (Howard, Ad Alert!) would like to recommend him to any of you out there needing any painting, or help with decorating ideas! If you are interested, his phone number is 303-832-7172.

I hope you enjoy the pictures! Better yet, stop by and see it for yourself sometime. 🙂 We do love company!

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Before & After: The Living & Dining Room

livingroom_red.png
So this past weekend, we have had the pleasure of having Doug of House Calls By Design paint our living room for us. I am designing a new logo and stationery in exchange for him! Gotta love trades!

Anyway, these are some before and after shots of the living and dining room. A MAJOR difference!!! I was a little nervous with our decision to go with red at first, but I am very happy with the results! The hardwood floors are in ok shape, need a major case of refinishing, but hey, they could of been worse!

I would like to thank Doug for all his hard work, and (Howard, Ad Alert!) would like to recommend him to any of you out there needing any painting, or help with decorating ideas! If you are interested, his phone number is 303-832-7172.

I hope you enjoy the pictures! Better yet, stop by and see it for yourself sometime. 🙂 We do love company!

Pluto is Dwarfed

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Who knew when I erased Pluto from the walls of my office, that I was erasing it as a planet from our solar system! A leading Astronomer from the Czech Republic held a press release today to announce that Pluto is no longer considered one of the planets of our solar system. It has been re-classified as a Dwarf Planet.

I guess we can throw out all those old text books now. Can we get along now as an 8 planet solar system? What will become of the other supposed new planet discoveries? Will they fall in the dwarf category? Or will they help make up for the loss of Pluto?

By qphayes Posted in News

Kiss and Make-Up

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Some of you may remember my first post a few months back about the dispute between Apple and Creative over various posts. Well, it looks like both sides have conceded to the issue in a very amicable agreement. The agreement has Apple paying 100 million to Creative to license the use of this patent, in return Creative has joined Apple’s “Made for iPod” program and will be releasing a line of iPod accessories later this year.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO had this to say about the situation: “Creative is very fortunate to have been granted this early patent. This settlement resolves all of our differences with Creative, including the five lawsuits currently pending between the companies, and removes the uncertainty and distraction of prolonged litigation.”

I want to applaud both companies for coming to a resolution on their disagreements over the past year or so! Settling without having to bring the courts into the picture is a win win situation for everyone. I mean, while 100 million may sound like a lot of money to you and me, in the scope of things, that is a little more than 250,000 60 gig iPod videos. When you consider how many millions of the iPod they have sold over the years, that is a drop in the bucket, and will likely be recovered in probably six months of sales I would bet.

I guess the old adage is true, if you can’t beat em, join em!

It’s Like Ra-e-ain On Your Wedding Day

This past Saturday was my brothers wedding. I woke up Saturday morning, and it was pouring and not a spec of blue in the sky. It was like a page out of Alanis Morissette’s Song “Ironic.” Being that I was already nervous to be going to the wedding as it would be the first time I introduced Dan to my relatives, and at the same time acknowledging with them that I was indeed gay, adding rain into the mix was not giving me a lot of confidence to make it through the day.

I told my mom many years ago, when I was 21 that I was gay, and she was fully supportive (my parents got divorced when I was 12 so I didn’t have them both around to tell). I had a hard time with my dad’s family though as I wasn’t sure exactly how they would react. Worrying too much has always been difficult for me. Far too often, I try to make sure that I do what I think is best for the other person and not myself. Not being real close to my dad’s family over the years, not feeling like I had much in common with them, I just chose not to discuss my sexuality with them. Ultimately, it was my own fears of being discovered that has caused this rift.

Incidents brought to light with my dad in January that I was gay, and I introduced him to Dan and things went very well. But I still had the hurdle of telling my Dad’s family (mind you, I know that they probably have all figured it out anyway), but still my worrisome nature still cropped up with the uncertainty of how they would react.

Well, as Dan and I left the grocery store around 11:30 am, the rain was stopping, and the clouds were breaking. That was putting me a little more at ease. So we made the long trek out to my brother’s house in LaSalle, CO. Knowing that many of the people that were going to be there were “Good Óle boys” I was nervous about being around them and OUT! I had been assured by my mom, that there would be another gay couple there, so I was going to be welcomed with open arms.

We got there, and there were a lot of people there, nobody I really knew but my mom and dad… My brother and his fiance were off getting ready. Shortly one of my Aunt and Uncles showed up. When Aunt Carolyn walked up, I got cold feet and introduced Dan as my friend (boy was that a mistake!). Dan was visibly upset with me, and I felt like an ass at that point! I have always been intimidated by her, and if it had been anyone else it would probably have gone better. Well, it was clear that I needed to get myself back on that horse and try again. Next my godmother and her two daughters showed up, and Dan was reluctant, and I assured him it would go better… I went up and introduced him as my boyfriend, and it was like I was suddenly liberated, no fire and brimstone occurred.

From that point on, I was able to be honest with myself and the rest of my relatives. Everything went well, and like the clouds breaking apart, everything started going right for my brother’s wedding and me alike. Only got a little awkwardness from one cousin, whom, I knew would probably be the case, but you know, at this point, I don’t care, it’s his problem at this point! The rest of my relatives were great, most of them made an effort to get to know Dan, and my second cousins, came and chatted up a storm with us!

The wedding was beautiful, and my day was fantastic, and a day that I had been dreading for months ended up being a lot of fun. I really hope this is the beginning of being able to finally show my family who I am all about and not have to worry about what I say anymore! 35 years is a long to to hold a secret from family, and I only regret not being strong enough to have done it sooner! I feel like I grew leaps and bounds yesterday! And it was nice to see my whole family all interacting with one another peacefully!

I wish my brother and Kris all the happiness in their marriage and many years of joy and love to come!

It’s Like Ra-e-ain On Your Wedding Day

This past Saturday was my brothers wedding. I woke up Saturday morning, and it was pouring and not a spec of blue in the sky. It was like a page out of Alanis Morissette’s Song “Ironic.” Being that I was already nervous to be going to the wedding as it would be the first time I introduced Dan to my relatives, and at the same time acknowledging with them that I was indeed gay, adding rain into the mix was not giving me a lot of confidence to make it through the day.

I told my mom many years ago, when I was 21 that I was gay, and she was fully supportive (my parents got divorced when I was 12 so I didn’t have them both around to tell). I had a hard time with my dad’s family though as I wasn’t sure exactly how they would react. Worrying too much has always been difficult for me. Far too often, I try to make sure that I do what I think is best for the other person and not myself. Not being real close to my dad’s family over the years, not feeling like I had much in common with them, I just chose not to discuss my sexuality with them. Ultimately, it was my own fears of being discovered that has caused this rift.

Incidents brought to light with my dad in January that I was gay, and I introduced him to Dan and things went very well. But I still had the hurdle of telling my Dad’s family (mind you, I know that they probably have all figured it out anyway), but still my worrisome nature still cropped up with the uncertainty of how they would react.

Well, as Dan and I left the grocery store around 11:30 am, the rain was stopping, and the clouds were breaking. That was putting me a little more at ease. So we made the long trek out to my brother’s house in LaSalle, CO. Knowing that many of the people that were going to be there were “Good Óle boys” I was nervous about being around them and OUT! I had been assured by my mom, that there would be another gay couple there, so I was going to be welcomed with open arms.

We got there, and there were a lot of people there, nobody I really knew but my mom and dad… My brother and his fiance were off getting ready. Shortly one of my Aunt and Uncles showed up. When Aunt Carolyn walked up, I got cold feet and introduced Dan as my friend (boy was that a mistake!). Dan was visibly upset with me, and I felt like an ass at that point! I have always been intimidated by her, and if it had been anyone else it would probably have gone better. Well, it was clear that I needed to get myself back on that horse and try again. Next my godmother and her two daughters showed up, and Dan was reluctant, and I assured him it would go better… I went up and introduced him as my boyfriend, and it was like I was suddenly liberated, no fire and brimstone occurred.

From that point on, I was able to be honest with myself and the rest of my relatives. Everything went well, and like the clouds breaking apart, everything started going right for my brother’s wedding and me alike. Only got a little awkwardness from one cousin, whom, I knew would probably be the case, but you know, at this point, I don’t care, it’s his problem at this point! The rest of my relatives were great, most of them made an effort to get to know Dan, and my second cousins, came and chatted up a storm with us!

The wedding was beautiful, and my day was fantastic, and a day that I had been dreading for months ended up being a lot of fun. I really hope this is the beginning of being able to finally show my family who I am all about and not have to worry about what I say anymore! 35 years is a long to to hold a secret from family, and I only regret not being strong enough to have done it sooner! I feel like I grew leaps and bounds yesterday! And it was nice to see my whole family all interacting with one another peacefully!

I wish my brother and Kris all the happiness in their marriage and many years of joy and love to come!

Lyrical Guessing Game

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Thanks Howard for this bit o’ fun! I’m going to put the first few lines of the next 25 songs that play in my iTunes. Without resorting to an Internet search engine, can you guess the song and the artist? As people get them right, I’ll mark them out, add the title and artist, and give credit to whomever got it. Try to resisting cheating now. Ready? Here we go!

1. Wearin’ my high boots, Got all my worldlies here in a sack.

2. Strange face, with your eyes, so pale and sincere. Underneath you know well you have nothing to fear.

3. Doesn’t Mean Much, Doesn’t Mean Anything At All. The Life I’ve Left behind me is a cold room. – Sarah McLachlan – Sweet SurrenderHoward

4. I’m all at sea where no one can bother me Forgot my roots, if only for a day.

5. I don’t want excuses. I don’t want your smiles. I don’t want to feel like we’re apart a thousand miles.

6. In sleep he sang to me. In dreams he came. That voice which calls to me, and speaks my name. – Andrew Lloyd Weber – Phantom of the Opera – Dusty

7. I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned. Iron & Wine (Postal Service also correct) – Such Great HeightsHoward

8. On & on & on, here’s the break of dawn coming through the window heart, pull yourself a chair up love.

9. Well I’m leaving my family, I’m leaving all my friends. My body’s at home, but my heart’s in the wind.

10. I never liked this apple much, it always seemed too big to touch. I can’t remember how I found my way before she came around.

11. Oh when they beat upon a broken guitar, and on the streets they reek of tropical charms.

12. It’s getting so lonely inside this bed. Don’t know if I should lick my wounds or say woe is me instead.

13. Moving down the fuselage toward the open door, catch you looking down outside to see what lies ahead.

14. I realize the best part of love is the thinnest slice, and it don’t count for much, but I’m not letting go. Air Supply – Lost In LoveHoward

15. If you see me walking down the street staring at the sky and draggin my two feet, you just passed me by.Atomic Kitten – Whole Again – Andy

16. Take time to see the wonders of the world, to see the things you’ve only ever heard of. Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made OfHoward

17. You say that we’ve got nothing in common, no common ground to start from and we’re falling apart. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffanys – Dan

18. Well here we are again, I guess it must be fate. We’ve tried it on our own, but deep inside we’ve known we’d be back to set things straight. – Cher – After AllAnthony

19. I’m coming in, got the wood stove on at the end of a treasured day, take off my hat and shoes and i lay me down.

20. There’s something I want to tell you. There’s something I think that you should know.

21. Well I’ve been lying awake all night just thinking of you, but a bottle of whiskey lies heavy obstructing my view.

22. Keep, keep it together. Keep people together forever and ever. – Madonna – Keep It TogetherAndy

23. Can you feel a little love. As your bony fingers close around me, long and spindly, death becomes me.

24. If you search for tenderness, it isn’t hard to find. Billy Joel – HonestyAnthony

25. Creamsicle sky while the sun sets in the west. Where are the queers on the piers, heard they gave it their best. Scissor Sisters – Tits on the RadioHoward

Good Luck! 🙂

Oops I’m White Trash Again

My, how the once “Beautiful” and “Provocative” Britney Spears has fallen. While there have been pictures abound to prove it, this video proves it! This is hilarious and sad all at the same time. It is evident that she has sacrificed a normal life for all the glitter and fame she had. I never really got into her music much, but this video actually makes me feel a bit sorry for her.

Oh, who am I kidding, I was laughing my ass off throughout the whole video!

Oops I’m White Trash Again

My, how the once “Beautiful” and “Provocative” Britney Spears has fallen. While there have been pictures abound to prove it, this video proves it! This is hilarious and sad all at the same time. It is evident that she has sacrificed a normal life for all the glitter and fame she had. I never really got into her music much, but this video actually makes me feel a bit sorry for her.

Oh, who am I kidding, I was laughing my ass off throughout the whole video!

For All Those Sci-Fi Geeks Out There… You Know Who You Are!

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William Shatner, in his never ending quest to promote himself has a new contest going for Sci-Fi Fans. He is running a contest to find the most Sci-Fi person out there to be the face of his new Sci-Fi DVD club. All you have to do is create a video of yourself proving your are the biggest Sci-Fi Fan to his contest for all to see. The grand prize winner gets $1,000 and be the spokesperson for the new club that has 5,000 members now.

I am sure these are going to be hilarious, but not because they are good mind you, but because they will be fodder of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 proportion!

Oh, and you don’t have to enter to be a winner… If you vote, you are entered for a chance to win a video iPod!