Another cell phone bill came in the mail and another couple of hundred dollars left my pocket. It is getting old, and expensive, and there has to be another way. Along comes an email asking me if I would like to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the cheap wireless plan from Walmart Family Mobile. I like my phone but not my high-priced contract so giving it a look seemed like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t want to check out the best wireless unlimited plans? My only question was whether I could keep up with my apps and around this time of year that means my Fantasy Football team, as bad as they are. How many RB can one guy lose to injury in the first 5 weeks! A quick once around the Family Mobile page and I saw that I pay for the data I needed and used instead of paying things I was not using.
So off I went to the local Walmart to get my phone and my new plan, but the phone I wanted wasn’t in stock, popular model and all, so I was directed to the webpage where I had the phone and the family plan ordered and ready to ship in less than 5 minutes. My phone will be here on Wednesday, plenty of time for me to grab the NFL Fantasy Football App and set my team for the weekend games. I’m looking forward to putting the phone and the family plan through the paces of the season. If I lose, and by if I mean when I lose, I might even have a built-in excuse. I will let you know how it goes but I am already looking forward to cutting my mobile bills down to a more affordable size, a the while getting a quality state of the art phone and data plan. Stay Tuned!
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Last weekend before Primo’s soccer game the boys and I made our way down highway 30 to Scappoose. Along with the normal Saturday market there was also a festival going on. A festival celebrating Sauerkraut! While I am not a fan of Sauerkraut I am a fan of festivals so we wandered around the park and had some fun. First stop was the Cabbage bowling alley where a dollar got you 5 cabbages to knock down 10 pins. Primo had no trouble but it took Segundo some convincing. Once he heard there was candy at the end he was bowling away. Right next to the cabbage bowling was the License to Spill both from Mohawk carpets and since I was being paid to check out that booth I thought it a good time to check it out.
Mohawk is the largest flooring manufactures in the world and they were showing off their Smartstrand carpet. What is special about the Smartstrand carpet is that the stain and soil resistance is built into the fibers of the carpet instead of applied as a chemical afterward. Since we are soon to be remodeling our basement and will be in the market for carpet this was interesting to me but no so much for the boys so we got down to the demonstration. First the boys got a chance to squirt a sample carpet square with bottles of food coloring, soy sauce, and other stain making liquids. They took their job very seriously and made sure that every inch of that sample was soaked.
Once they finished creating the mess they had to clean it up. Armed with only bottles of water they got busy washing out all the stains they had just created. We learned that tougher messes like mustard might require a little dish soap and some light scrubbing but there is no need for carpet cleaners or harsh chemicals. I got to chat with the folks in the booth about my time cleaning carpets just after high school, and how other types of carpets are treated with stain resistance that wears off over the life of the carpets. Smartstrand has the stain resistance built into the fibers making those harsh chemicals unnecessary. Once the boys got their carpet cleaned they wanted to do it all over again, a metaphor on the futility of cleaning if I ever heard one.
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I am not much of a shaver. Well not my face any way, my chest and back are a different story. As you try to get that image out of you mind I will carry on. You’ve seen the pictures I’m sure, me and my beard. The only trimming that happens with this beard is with clippers and big chunks come off at a time but that doesn’t mean I don’t ever shave. While I like a good face beard I am not a fan of the neck beard and keeping a smooth neck makes the manliness of the beard that much more powerful. Usually I use what ever shaving product I have in the cupboard, since I am not going through it too quickly, but when Aveeno sent me some of their Shaving Gel and After Shave lotion I gave those a try.
Look how manly that guy is
One of the big things I love about the Aveeno products, apart from how good my neck feels, was that they are scent free. Bearded men already have a pleasing manly musk and don’t need to gussy it up with any smelly shaving products. They tell me the stuff is infused with oatmeal and I am not sure how they do that but it make my neck feel smooth and hydrated and not irritated at all. My neck is sensitive hiding under that manly beard and out of the sun all the time and the After Shave Lotion really felt nice for a couple of days. Fewer nick and cuts and smoother feeling neck is something even beardos appreciate.
I come from Manly stock, My dad, mom, me and my brother
Whenever I find good shaving projects I make sure to setup the manliest man I know, my dad. So I got him some Aveeno Shaving Gel and After Shave lotion too and while “Feels OK” is the highest praise he’s ever going to give, man of few words and all, I can tell he likes it. He’s got to try and keep that 87 year old face of his as taken care of as possible. He’s only 63 but we all know that 87 is just funnier number. It’s a scientific fact.
School is out and summer is a day or two old now but the boys have grabbed onto the adventure of this break with both hands. Segundo has been gone for a week now while primo only joined him this past Friday at my parents. Their cousins, my sister’s three kids, are there and my parents are pulling their typical crazy stunts like having five kids spend the week with them. So far they have spent a couple of days at house on the coast, camped in the back yard, target practiced with the BB guns, traveled to Mt. St Helens, and criss crossed the Columbia on the ferry. They are making treasure hunts for each other, cooking hotdogs on the fire, and having one the best times of their lives right now.
I remember getting to have those times with my grandparents on Mayger beach. We would spend all day in the river with our cousins and listen to crazy family stories around the camp fire until we couldn’t keep our eyes open any longer. While my boys are getting a much safer atmosphere then I had there is no loss in adventure closeness. Our boys are lucky that way, to have grandparents on both sides that not only want to spend weeks with them, but know how to make that time magical. There are more adventures to come this summer but these boys are already off to a great start.
I had the opportunity to check a cool site that takes your instagram masterpieces and turns them into magnets for you fridge or if you are lucky like we were and found an old metal card catalog to use as a coffee table then they would go nicely there. The website is called Instantgram and it is a super simple site to use to get some really great gifts. Navigating to the site all you have to do is click the Buy Now link, link your instagram account, and then choose the pictures you want to turn into magnets. The last step is the hardest part, especially if you have a big library. After choosing the photos you review your options, pay the fixed price of $17 and enter your payment and shipping information.
The boys love seeing the pictures and we have used pictures of them to hold up their own artwork or soccer schedules on the fridge. They show anyone that comes over their pictures and tell the stories behind each shot. In our digital age of millions of pictures hosted online there is something fun and valuable in holding that picture in your hands and sharing the story. If you are looking for a gift idea, or just want to get some sweet magnets for your self then check out Instantgram.
Last night, the boys and I braved the evening traffic to see the advanced screening of Monsters University, a prequel to the popular Monsters Inc. We were the first ones into the theater with our popcorn and sodas and quickly got settled in with our 3D glasses, our booster seats and our anticipation. Being early was probably not the best idea with a 5 and a 7-year-old because by the time the screen flickered on, they were both antsy and bored. Once the movie got started though, they were both enthralled by the 3D technology, leaning forward and reaching out for the images that floated in front of them. Once the “Scaring” officially got started in the meat of the movie, both boys were appropriately scared and the youngest climbed into my lap to bury his face in my neck for a particularly roaring section. Overall, the story was great and the characters endearing. I missed the particularly appealing part of the Monsters Inc story line–the part where the children no longer needed to be scared by monsters. In this earlier part of the Monster story, that particular premise is still firmly in place and the resulting focus on kid-scaring makes this movie… scarier. It still has plenty of sweet moments and the development of Mike and Sullie’s friendship is rich and funny. I think a slightly older kid would love this movie.