Thomas wants a cell phone

Evidently two kids in his class have cell phones, so Thomas has been bothering us to buy him one. We keep telling him that he’s not old enough to have one, but he is relentless. At one point, I pointed out that he hardly used the phone at home and asked for what would he need a cell phone.

Recently I was in his room fixing a computer problem he was having. As I waited for the computer to reboot, I looked around his room and my eyes fell on a piece of paper with a list: “Reasons to have a cell phone.” He had the list pre-numbered to ten but had not thought of ten reasons yet. I don’t remember any of the other entries, but the last one caught my eye:

    7. Kidnapped!

Can’t leave well enough alone

After messing up the layout to my blog the other day I angrily turned off the StyleCatcher plugin and reverted to the default layout. Sometimes I just have to walk away from tricky technical problems for awhile before I can fix them. That was the case this time.

I reinstalled a little bit ago and tried out one of the styles on a test blog and it worked fine. I then found a style that matches the rest of my website and successfully applied it to my blog. Woo hoo!

Messing Around

While messing around with the layout of this blog last night I apparently screwed something up. Please forgive the messiness until I figure out what’s wrong. I hate when software promises to be easy but isn’t.

Update: Figured out how to revert to defaults.

What I got for Christmas

  • Gift card for Tower Records turned into greatest hits CDs:
    • The Carter Family
    • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    • Michael Martin Murphy
  • Box of Botticelli Masterpiece chocolates
  • Crooked Fingers CD
  • Half.com gift certificate turned into CDs
    • Imagine by John Lennon
    • Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
    • Rid of Me by P.J. Harvey
    • House of Large Sizes
  • Half.com gift certificate turned into CDs and books:
    • Especially for You by The Smithereens
    • Fight Songs by Old 97’s
    • Still Feel Gone by Uncle Tupelo
    • No Prima Donna: A Tribute to Van Morrison
    • Postville by Stephen G. Bloom
    • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
    • Flavius Josephus by Josephus
    • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
    • The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Update 1/3: I almost forgot that my lovely wife bought matching gear hoodies for me just before Christmas.

Time for change

As a new year approaches, I have decided to throw away my old weblog system (HTML) and embrace blogging software. This is the first entry in my new blog on the Movable Type system.

I have to apologize for the lack of updates in the last two months. Both work and life have taken up all of my time and writer’s block seems to lock on to me whenever I haven’t written anything here for awhile. One of the reasons that I’m switching to Movable Type is that it will allow me to write in my blog anywhere I have an internet connection. My old blog tied me down to my home computer.