customLASIK complete

Today i had customLASIK surgery performed on both eyes. The procedure was very simple and initial results look promising. I will be healing over the weekend and throughout the next three months to regain normal vision. I can’t talk now, I’m not supposed to be using the computer, but figured i’d give everyone a head’s up.

– ardent

Staple Head

Well once again I managed to injure myself. This time I was playing with Sosa and while picking up a tennis ball and managed to ram my head into the corner of our stairway railing. At first I thought it was a pretty hard ‘bump’ but then when I opened my eyes I realized I was bleeding alot. Believer ended up taking me to the ER, where, since she’s assistant manager, they were able to have a bed open and waiting for me.

I ended up with four staples in my head and kept them there for 8 days. They were removed last night and boy it feels good to be able to ‘fully’ comb my hair again.

Mark Cuban and The Number

Mark Cuban wrote the paperback forward to “The Number.” I haven’t read the book, but a message board I read often recommended I read his forward. I believe he properly paints the picture of how the stock market works. It’s a great read and can be found here. Leavitt Brothers are apparantly using this as a marketing ploy. Don’t get caught up in all that, take the forward for what it is worth.

Where Did 2004 Go?

Where did 2004 go? It seems like just yesterday we were unpacking. We haven’t hung pictures in the basement or the office, nor have we visited all those museums downtown we had swore we were going to do. Oh how the real world cannot be planned.

It was a great year, however. Lots of good things occured. Believer entered graduate school and got a promotion at work (ER Nurse Assistant Manager). We both travelled quite a bit. I visited Hawaii three times, her twice. We both went to Baltimore twice to see Martina McBride (what a great show1), went camping in the Virginia mountains, and made several trips to Charlotte, Wilmington, and Charleston.

If there’s anything I have learned this year, it is that things will not go as planned. We’ve grown alot this year and I look forward to the new year ahead. This year we hope to go skiing in the mountains, perhaps visit Niagra Falls and New York City. I also have this urge to fly across the pond to the UK or Ireland for a short holiday. We’ll see…

Busy bees

Things never seem to die down. The moment you think they will, life serves you another course. It’s strange like that but I’ve started to know no different. Last Monday, Labour Day, was the first day I had woke up and wondered “what shall I do today.” I ended up giving a lot of moving boxes to my mother-in-law (my garage is happy) and moving a bunch more spare boxes to the attic. While in the attic, I decided I’d finally get around to insulating the 2×6 bumpout extension that wasnt insulated per the home inspector’s report. Just as he reported, it wasnt. It was quite a task to get in there (for someone not used to monkeying around in the attic) and I swear I have inhaled enough insulation to keep me warm all winter, but it got completed! I look forward to the Renaissance festival in Maryland this Sunday, I hope the weather will comply.

My birthday’s Monday, and if anyone is wondering, all I want to do is watch the Panthers win Monday Night Football. Nothing more, nothing less… *clap* make it happen *clap*

Long time no see

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here, and I’ve really been meaning to. A lot has happened recently. I’ve gone to Las Vegas, Charleston, and Wilmington. Our family has grown with the addition of a cute little schnoodle named Sosa (pictures can be found in the gallery, under ardent and then sosa).

I’ll try to keep things up to date as time progresses. Slowly getting settled into our house. Almost done laying brick out front around the flower garden. In the spring I will get new bushes, I hate those things, hate hate hate.

I hope everyone hasn’t abandoned me, I’ve been busy, but never too busy for an old friend, drop me a line!

– ardent

Drafty Outlets

So it is now June which will naturally justify this blurb. This past winter I noticed the electrical outlets and light switches on exterior walls were letting in quite a large amount of cold air. After consulting macgyver, he recommended I attempt to seal in the box inside the drywall, which would then stop the drafts. Well, lazy me never got around to doing it. So I’m in Home Depot (yes, I know I own Lowes stock) looking for some velcro for another project I will mention later, and I see Frost King has a very inexpensive product for insulating wall plates.

A 1/8″ thick piece of fire retardant foam is placed between the box and the wall cover, providing what appears to be a fairly decent attempt to insulate and prevent drafts. We’ll see in another six months how it fairs, but for now, I think I couldn’t have spent two dollars any worse. I tried searching google for how well these items perform but could not find anything. On a side note, newsgroups appeared to have a decent amount of recommendations for the Frost King product.

praise the lord!

The I95 project near the mixing bowl in Springfield is moving along great. Previously Southbound 395 dumped into the left hand lane of 95S. 495-outer-loop dumped into the right hand lane of 95S and 495-inner-loop dumped into the center. These three form I95 south.

On this Memorial Day weekend (which I recall as wasting about two hours of my time last summer) things are much better. 495-inner-loop (the primary 95 south road) dumps about a mile down from the other two, and on the left hand side. Most 95 south drivers want to get into the HOV lanes and that is a left-exit as well.

I got home in 30 minutes — that’s the same as any other day.. and I even left in more rush hour (5:30 instead of 6:30 like normal). I am a happy p0ny.

Citibank Dividend Platinum Card

This Citibank card (found here) seems to have a great deal.

  • 5% cash back at grocery, gas, and drugstores.
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • 1% cash back on cash withdrawls

A few restrctions apply to this card, as all. The max you can earn per year is $300. And, they only send checks in $100 increments. But still, it is nice to see a Master Card with cash back rewards as lucrative as this, especially since American Express and Discover Card aren’t accepted everywhere.