After wanting one for a couple of years for the cabin, we finally picked up a deck box today. After looking around at a bunch of places and finding ourselves unimpressed with what $100 will get you, we decided to get a Rubbermaid Roughneck Jumbo Storage Tote for $20. I realized that I didn’t want the kids to get into it and the racoons often wreak havoc at Arlington Beach. The last thing I wanted to do was buy $100 wicker deck box and have something eat through it. It’s big enough to keep balls, nets, and outside stuff out of the way and organized and cheap enough that if it gets wrecked, I won’t feel bad about it. Plus, this is water proof and the fake wicker boxes are not.
Once we close the cabin up for the winter, it will come inside so as long as I can keep Oliver off it, I can’t see it taking that much abuse. Of course the bad part about not purchasing a fold down box is that it won’t fit in the trunk of the Mazda and has to go in the back seat. I have to work on Saturday so the guys plan to take it and a load of clean bedding up to the cabin on Saturday and start the process of opening it up.
Jordon owns an iPad. Mark has a cool HP TouchPad and I have an older Kobo Vox Android tablet. My tablet is getting slower and slower. After talking with Sean and Megan Shaw, I decided to upgrade my tablet and I went out today with Jordon and looked around. After deciding between a 10″ and 7″ tablet, iOS and Android, and then between models, I decided to get a Google Nexus 7. The model that I want needs to be ordered from Google so it will be a bit until it gets here but after looking at a iPad Mini, the cost savings of the Google Nexus more than makes up for the loss of iMessage.
While it will be nice to have faster tablet, I am most excited about the 10 hours of battery life.
A side of Rwanda that few of us have ever seen. Wonderful video by Mammoth.
We have a Maxell Maxsound Soundbar Tabletop Speaker w/ Built-in Subwoofer for our main television. It provides a lot better sound than our own television speakers and works really well. It integrates into our television so we don’t have to add any new remotes.
Jordon wanted some more volume so we added these Logitech z506 5.1 surround sound speakers for some extra volume. They are sold at XS Cargo for about $60. The end result is a really nice sound for about $80 total.
It’s not that powerful of a setup but it works pretty well. None of us really like loud music and this manages to find that medium between quality and cost.
I leave Mark home alone with Jordon and the next thing I know is that they have registered a domain name for Mark and he is starting a podcast. You can find Mark’s website at www.markcooper.ca. His Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram all remain the same. It scares me what they are cooking up.
It was a quiet Easter around here. I worked at Safeway for all of Good Friday. After I got home, Lee and Brittany came by for appetizers and dessert. When they left, Jordon and I went to the Rook and Raven with Sean, Megan, and Councillor Zach Jeffries. While we were there, were of course harassing Zach and he invited us for a late night tour of City Hall and Council Chambers. I learned a lot of things but I found out that city councillors don’t have offices at City Hall, they don’t even have cubicles, they actually share a cubicle (unless you are Zach or Mairin Loewen). I also found their stash of chocolate bars where Jordon may or may not have stolen a Kit Kat. I just hope it doesn’t lead to a mill rate increase.
While we were being accompanied by a city councillor, it did seem funny to be walking around a dark and empty City Hall late at night. Of course the only thing we did that was really over the line was that we parked in the city councillor parking.
Saturday I worked at The Lighthouse Supported Living for a shift and on Sunday we got up early to see what the Easter bunny dropped off. He brought all of us some chocolate. Mark got a NFL football, an iTunes card, a magazine, a drafting pencil and some 11×17 drawing paper. Oliver got a Transformer, two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a diving mask. I got a jacket and a mug while Jordon got a Starbucks mug and a iPod case.
The plan is to have a nice supper with some friends tonight. I don’t have to cook but I do have some chocolate to bring by… because as we all know some extra chocolate on Easter is what all of us need.
Famous urban planning Dr. Larry Beasley was in town last week. While I had to work during this talks (I did get to see the famous Hilary though), he sat down with The OurYXE Podcast. It’s worth a listen. I walked away thinking how much more Saskatoon could be and how our politicians need to step up and do a better job in leading up to what we need to become.
Kudos to Sean Shaw for setting up the interview