Thursday, February 28, 2008

Long Way

Hunter introduced me to Long Way Round when we first started dating, and I loved it. It's a tv series about Ewan McGregor and his friend Charlie Boorman, as they rode their motorcycles across the world. I cannot fathom being able to do something that epic; to just leave everything for three months, and travel the world...by motorcycle!! They visited so many different countries, and saw some truly amazing, profound, and even heartbreaking sights. They passed through some of the roughest terrain known to man...it was downright crazy at times. But seriously dude, how cool would that be?! I can't even stand it, I'm totally envious.

So of course the show was a big hit, so Ewan & Charlie did another one called Long Way Down. This time they rode from Scotland to Cape Town, Africa. We started watching it the other day, and we're almost finished with the series. It's rocking my socks off...I'm in need of another road trip, stat! It is not good...this combination of road trip fever and spring fever.

I love a good road trip. Hunter and I have taken quite a few, mostly on the bike. We've gone to Santa Fe/Albuquerque; Ruidoso/Durango; Moab/Monument Valley; Kalispell/Glacier/Grand Tetons/Yellowstone; St. George/Bryce Canyon/Torrey; Lehman Caves, and more. I love traveling by motorcycle. The experience is so much richer, more holistic. Every sense is stimulated; instead of merely looking at your surroundings, you're engulfed, encompassed, consumed by them. It's a feeling that cannot be replicated any other way. You are truly, wholly alive.

And yet...there is always a yet or a but, isn't there?! Of course, with biking you've got both. As breathtaking and exhilarating as it is, it can also be quite terrifying. I have the good fortune of riding with Hunter, who is the most cautious, conscientious, safety-minded rider ever invented. When it comes to motorcycles, he is brilliant. However, the same cannot be said for the other motorists on the road. In fact, it's usually quite the opposite...most of the other dudes on the road are complete morons. We've had a few close calls, and Hunter has put it down twice when he was riding alone. Fortunately, they were both minor accidents. Nevertheless, the potential is there. And when I think about it, boy does it scare the crap outta me. Seriously! Scares. Me. To. Death. I've got to figure out a way we can wrap ourselves in massive amounts of bubble wrap, while still enjoying the wind in our hair. Well, we can't really enjoy the wind in our hair cuz we wear helmets, but you know what i mean! Why can't we have a separate road system for motorcycles; one that is also free of deer, elk, cows, and other random-but-deadly animals? Is that really too much to ask?

It is said that riding is a game of calculated risks. Is seeing the world in a truly wonderous way worth the danger of possibly having a crash? Is living really worth the risk of dying? When you've seen the world from the saddle of a bike, you know what it means to really live, and that makes all the risk worthwhile.

Monday, February 25, 2008

How to Build a Kick-A Media Center

For starters, you need to marry the smartest computer dude ever invented. Once that's done, you can proceed to the next step.
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Begin.
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BIOSTAR TForce TP35D2-A7 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor.

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Motherboard & CPU assembled.
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standoffs for motherboard.
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remove huge fan to get motherboard in.
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Motherboard in.
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power button, front usb and case lights plugged in to motherboard.
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replace huge fan, add power supply.
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lots of ram. G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory.
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Ram in place.
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Shiny.
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power to motherboard and cpu.
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the secret weapon. Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card.
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will void the room of air if pointed the wrong way.
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graphic card installed, with power applied.
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from computer to tivo.
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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 NTSC/ATSC/QAM/FM TV Tuner Card w/MCE Remote
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TV tuner card in place
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starting to look busy.
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do you like it loud?
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DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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sound card in place.
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looking really busy.
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hard drives. up top: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive.
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Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-150 Hard Drive
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a nylon bag for what?
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hard drives in cage.
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cage in place.
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power and data to hard drives.
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forgot something.
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rescued an old cheapie from the bin.
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vent off!
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vent on!
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relocated the cheapie for the short data cables.
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Rosewill R604-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
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stickers to increase speed.
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now the real fun begins (installing windows vista).
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Hiding in basement so as to not frighten guests.
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Enjoy.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ruby's Inn Retreat

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Can you believe we've been doing this for eleven years?! Wow. So anyway, it's that time again, woohoo! We couldn't really fit all the nitty-gritty details on the invite, so here ya go:

  • Please bring something for the Saturday evening potluck, and a salad or dessert for Sunday luncheon. You're on your own for the rest of the meals (be sure to ask for the local discount if you visit the restaurant). I highly recommend the trout.
  • Door prizes will be given; we welcome any new/slightly used contributions.
  • Donate a hand-crafted item for a chance to participate in the drawings. Come on, share the talent! :)
  • If you are interested in offering a workshop, or would like to participate in one, please let me know!
  • Jenny Wright and Sarah Bradshaw are organizing an easter egg hunt. Details to follow.
  • Oh, and those of you who have discovered the joy of RC trucks (you know who you are), be sure to bring them! We'll be looking to take these guys off-road and get 'em dirty! (Weather permitting, of course.)
  • Feel free to email me or post a comment if you have any questions, comments, words of advice, or just need someone to talk to. I'm all ears.

Please forward this information to all family members who may be interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you there!! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Family Time

What a wonderful weekend! We've had so much fun spending time with our cool family. Here are a few of the highlights:

The Cooper family, with Mom & Dad Sheedy:
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Bob & Evelyn with baby Sarah:
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Sadie, Ryker & Ayden at the German Dinner:
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Blurry Maddie...I know she's not in focus, but I couldn't resist the smile!
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Ayden enjoys the German cuisine:
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Cowgirl Kazie...a bit under the weather, poor thing!
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Another fave that also happens to be unfocused, but this time it's probably a good thing:
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I spotted this good-looking guy at one of the tables:
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And the sweetest picture award goes to:
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I would like to thank all the participants for a wonderful, fun-filled weekend of joy and craziness. We eagerly anticipate the sequel. :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Stuff.

This is gonna be an awesome week! Hunter's parents are coming to town, and we are looking forward to having them stay with us for a few days. They arrive tomorrow, and they'll stay with us until Friday, at which point they will head out to Roosevelt to stay with Hunter's brother and his family. It's been almost a year since we've seen them, so this is a big event! Hunter has cute parents. :)

So, as Mom & Dad Sheedy head to Roosevelt, Mama Johnson will be arriving with a few strays in tow. After all, it's time for the annual Lifferth German Dinner! My mama will be travelling with Becca and her kids, so the Sheedy house will be in chaos for a few days. But never fear...it's the good kind of chaos! Our house gets really bored with two boring computer dudes just hanging out all the time, and it loves the rambunctious joy of little buddies. So, it will be a welcome change.

Our schedule is pretty packed while the Albrechts are in town, with the culminating event being the German Dinner, of course. Sandy is absolutely giddy with anticipation...it seems she kinda likes her family and can't wait to see them! She's kinda cute that way. As for the rest of us, well...we kinda like the family too. So we're looking forward to seeing some of y'all this weekend.

After the German dinner, well, the fun doesn't stop there! Mr. & Mrs. Sheedy (aka, me & hunter) will rise early Sunday morning and travel to Roosevelt. We'll be joining up with Wayne (Hunter's bro) and his family, as well as Hunter's parents, for the blessing of Wayne's baby. This little sweetheart was born three days after Messie's daughter Madison was born, but she was about three months early. She was finally released from the hospital about a week before Christmas, so she got to spend her first Christmas at home. :) We were able to see her again last week, and she still looks like a newborn! So teeny tiny, and so precious. And you know what they named her? Sarah Ruth Cooper. I love it...that's a name I won't soon forget! With two of my sisters' names, she's bound to be my little buddy!

So as you can see, we've got lots of quality love coming our way this week. Kinda perfect considering it's the Valentine season, don't you think? :)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Old Dog, New Tricks

This is me:
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What am I doing? Besides looking kinda scary, I'm also building something. I'm building a gear box, to be exact! Can you believe it?! The gear box that eventually went into this:
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So ya, I built that!! Hunter decided it was high time I move out of my comfort zone, and get mechanical. So I humored him...and it was really kinda cool! The best part? It actually works...which means I did it right! Seriously, you have no idea what a miracle this really is. Here's some more pics of the little guy:
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Here's the gear box, in all its glory:
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So when it comes to Tamiya RC kits, here's the score:
Rachie: One
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Hunter: One Million!
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Every single one of these boxes in this Tamiya Tower of Joy contained an RC car or truck, all built by him. This lovely tower cost us about $2500.00. When we starve to death, at least we'll be able to have fun doing it!