Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It's only been a matter of hours since Sandy let our area, so we weren't sure how many trick-or-treaters this year.  But, regardless of how many people came by it felt good to carve some pumpkins and set out a few decorations.

This one was carved by Barbie, and we were both surprised at the fact that it took less than an hour to complete.

This one was carved by me.  I don't think it was as good as Barbie's, but it was by far the best one I have ever done.

By the end of the night we had more than 40 kids come by our house to get candy.  This was so many (and we were so generous) that for the first time for both o us, we ran out of candy!

Despite the storm that just came through, Halloween and trick-or-treating once again was a community bonding experience that brought adults as well as kids out tonight.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Is Outta Here

Hurricane Sandy has finally left us, and we have minimal damage from her.  Aside from a brief 4 hour power outage last night, some broken tree branches, and some creatively re-arranged patio furniture, we were unscathed from the storm.

I was able to capture atmospheric data every 15 minutes throughout the duration of the storm, and the data I collected is plotted below.  Check it out!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy Makes Our Willow Tree Dance

This is a short video of the willow tree in out back yard dancing as Hurricane Sandy begins to arrive in our part of the mid-Atlantic states.

Sandy - 24 Hours In

We have been getting a lot of calls and texts over the last few hours from friends and family that are checking on us after seeing reports of Hurricane Sandy's impending arrival in the mid-Atlantic.

We are doing just fine so far, and as is typically the case, we haven't experienced much of what the media has been focusing on.  However, the atmospheric changes are starting to be evident as you can see in the graphs below that I collected form our weather equipment. 

Barometric Pressure is dropping quite steadily and rapidly:


Temperatures are slowly dropping, but I don't anticipate getting below freezing before Sandy is past us:


Wind speed has been accelerating recently, but hasn't been too bad so far:

(I've never felt so proud of being a data nerd before.)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Another Doggie DIY Project

It's no secret that we spoil our dogs.  However, today we took our adoration to a new level with some custom built doggie steps.

For several years we have been going through sets of doggie steps for Maddie.  We move them between the couches in the living room and study as well as our bed.  The store bought steps have been plastic, fiberglass and wood but none of them have lasted more than a year.

So, after a quick trip to Lowes we were in our back yard with power tools cutting some stringers, treads and braces.

I was very surprised that both dogs were quite comfortable and relaxed with me while I was using the power tools and making noise.

After the frame was finished, we headed inside for better light to work on covering the wood with carpet.

By the end of our 3 hour long project, we had a set of stairs that were deep enough for both dogs to navigate easily, and strong enough to be moved from room to room without structural comprimise.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Best Damn Band In The Land - Video Game Edition

This year's college football season has been mostly disappointing for us, with a few instances of joy peppered in.  Yesterday during the Nebraska vs Ohio State came one of those good surprises.  Take a look at the video below that was filed by a fan at the game on their cell phone.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Smallest "Cone of Shame" Ever!

Poor Mosby got a cut on his elbow, and following a quick visit to the vet he came home wearing a cone to prevent him from licking his wound.  Thankfully he should only need to wear it for a couple days.

He is quite a little problem solver though.  It took him less than 5 minutes after coming home to figure out how to pick up his favorite ball to play with despite his cone.  He also figured out how to let the ball sit in his cone with his head up so that he don't need to hold it when he wants to move with it.  Scary smart…and a little funny too.