Cool parking

On Saturday, we needed to get out of the house, so we decided to make a visit to Nebraska Furniture Mart. It was about a 30 minute drive from our place, but traffic wasn’t too bad. Due to the temperature, we decided to park in the parking garage. It was there that I saw something I hadn’t seen before. They had sensors over every parking spot, with lights that showed you which spots were taken, free, or reserved for the handicapped. No more circling the parking garage looking for a spot. You could easily see, from a distance, any open spot:

Definitely something I want to see in more parking garages. Oh, and they had lots of furniture, too!

Rain gutters

One of the things that annoys me about my house is the lack of rain gutters on the entire roof. It seems, based on my observations made while walking the dog, that the builders in my neighborhood only put gutters where there are exits from each house. Aside from just being cheap, I really don’t understand the logic in that approach. Yes, it is nice to avoid a waterfall by my front and back doors, but a waterfall around the rest of my house is not good for the yard. One of these days it will be a high enough priority for me to spend the money to fix it, but it is an annoyance that I really shouldn’t have to deal with.


My dietary weakness is, you guessed it, popcorn. I cannot sit through a movie without a bag of popcorn. Whether at the theater or at home, popcorn is my kryptonite. Of course, I do prefer to pop my own, and never from a pre-packaged bag (I have popped my own in a brown paper bag, however). I have burned through two air poppers in the past couple of years, and I am currently using a Lekue microwave popcorn popper. So far, it has worked out well, with no signs of burning up.

For the past 21 months, I have been avoiding sugar and processed foods. Popcorn is a whole grain, and I use that fact to justify eating it. While I do generally avoid dairy, I like real butter on my popcorn. I try to limit myself to having it only a couple of times per week, but I accept the fact that I am only human. I have managed to keep my weight consistent for the past 8 months, in spite of my regular popcorn consumption.

Eating out with kids

My preference when eating out is a place with salad…and salad bars are even better. Of course, my wife doesn’t believe me, but the last two times I took one of my kids to lunch, they asked to go to Golden Corral. I am pretty sure it isn’t the salad bar they care about…but the chocolate fountain is definitely a hit.

Walking the dog

Porch in full shade
Sidewalk in full sun
Street in full sun

My dog (actually my wife had her first, but she loves me more now) is a big fan of walks. Even in the DFW summer heat, she has to have her daily walk. After seeing FaceBook posts about the hot ground and potential damage to dog feet, I decided to take some measurements myself. These were taken on a 100 degree day. The pics are of my front porch in full shade, the sidewalk in front of our house, and the road in front of our house. It definitely makes me pay more attention to where my dog spends her time while out walking.