02 Sep 2015 @ 4:52 PM 

The Quail Hollow Fire that started today near my home. I saw the header get started while on my bike ride. Here are a couple of photos from near my home.

2015-09-01 10.24.52 2015-09-01 10.31.28

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 30 Aug 2015 @ 4:58 PM 

Last fall I started construction on an 80+ foot long water feature for our back yard. I hired Brian Male of Alchemy Group to help me with it. Most of the rocks came from my parent’s yard who had a water feature that they didn’t want any more. Some rocks were also found in my yard. It has a switch with a photo sensor that turns on at sunset. It is set to run for 4 hours into the evening so we can here it when we got to bed at night. The switch also supports a remote control for us to turn on when ever we like. Mostly, we just enjoy sitting out on the back porch and enjoying the sound of the water.

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 24 Jul 2015 @ 7:34 AM 

Today in Utah, its Pioneer Day. For the LDS people its a big historical celebration of their ancestors crossing the plains to settle here in UT. It is also a state holiday. For us gentiles, its a random day where things aren’t open and epic amounts of fireworks are shot that rival the 4th of July while I try to keep my dogs from freaking out because they think that once again this month the world is coming to an end.

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 17 Jun 2015 @ 2:40 PM 

Yesterday afternoon, Wendy was cooking some cornbread when she noticed it smelled like it was burning. The oven had switched into cleaning mode and was burning the cornbread. It did this about a year or so ago where it got too hot and switched into this overheating cleaning mode. The oven at this point becomes completely unresponsive so I have to go to the circuit breaker and turn off the breaker for the range. Previously, I let it cool down and it worked fine. This time after letting it cool all night, when I turned the breaker back on, it went back into cleaning mode where it got super hot. Looks like the circuit board on the oven is messed up. I imagine it would take a few hundred dollars to fix it.  We have been holding out on replacing our appliances because we have plans to redo the kitchen which would include new appliances. We currently have an electric range, but we would like to have gas. There is no gas lines running up to the kitchen at this point. We had to replace our refrigerator a few years ago, so we bought the cheapest one we could find. Thankfully, Lowes was having a sale on appliances. We found the cheapest one in the flyer that came in the mail yesterday and went to the store today. There it was, the cheapest stove they had. Low and behold, we found an even cheaper one. There was a refurbished one at the back of the store of the same model, but was even cheaper than the one on sale. $300 and we get a new range delivered to our house tomorrow with the old one hauled away. Not a bad deal.

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 27 Mar 2015 @ 2:52 PM 

I’d like to propose the pacifier desperation hypothesis. Difficulty in finding a dropped pacifier is directly proportional to how loudly the baby who needs said pacifier is crying.

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 05 Jan 2015 @ 5:18 PM 

Well the 2014 Christmas season has come to an official close here at the Cotting home. Wendy took down the indoor decorations and I finished getting all the outdoor decorations and lights I could get to until the snow melts.

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 26 Dec 2014 @ 8:54 PM 

Tonight I made someone really happy.

My parents held on to mine and my brother’s GI Joe toys from our childhood. I had dreamed of having a room in a house that would let me display all my Joes, but I don’t see that ever happening. This wasn’t just a small handful of GI Joe toys. My brother and I worked hard to collect most of the toys over several of the years with the intention of playing with them, not collecting them. We are talking about 200 pieces in the collection. I don’t have the stomach to watch my future son destroy them by giving them to him. They have been sitting in storage for a long time now. My next plan was to start putting them up on Ebay, but it was going to be a lot more trouble that I was willing to put into it.

I met a guy at church who is a big collector of GI Joe. He came over to the house tonight and was super excited about my collection. He was willing to take all of it so I sold it to him for some cash and some ammo.

I’m mainly glad to give my old collection to someone who will appreciate it. I didn’t want to just throw it in the trash. It makes me feel good to know that I could give this someone who would be able to give my collection the TLC that it deserved.

GIJoeHeader

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 20 Dec 2014 @ 5:41 PM 

I’m going to be making some changes to the computers here at home. As a Batman fan and a nerd, I have decided to go with a Batman them for the names on the network. Below is what I’m thinking about so far:

  • Wayne Manor – private wireless network
  • Arkham Asylum – guest wireless network
  • Oracle – new Ubuntu server
  • Batman – Pfsense firewall/router
  • Alfred – new desktop computer
  • ? – old laptop computer
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 12 Dec 2014 @ 4:58 PM 

This is what has been keeping me busy this fall. I began my construction of a water feature in the backyard. I won’t be able to finish it until next year when the weather warms up again, but I got this much of it done before the cold winter weather set in. I’ll write more when it’s done.

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 10 Dec 2014 @ 12:13 PM 

Mia has begun to talk more and identify objects in books and in the world. I figured if she can say the word for a picture of a cow, she should be able to see a picture of a letter and make the sound for it. She has some books and things that have letters and stuff for learning, but none that I was satisfied with. For example, one book has all the letters of the alphabet with a picture and word that uses that letter. However, the letter it shows is just the lower case. I felt like she was missing out on something by not also having the upper case letter there. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something that I wanted her to have for learning.

When I had made the playhouse for Mia, I put in a wooden floor using 1×4’s. They were a little bit too long to fit, so I had to cut off a little bit on each board. I was left with a pile of squarish 1×4’s. I used these to make the blocks. I went to the local craft store to buy a set of letters and numbers. Then I went to the local home improvement store to buy the spray paint for the colors I wanted for the blocks. I used a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the blocks. I planned this out by making a table so that I got a good mix of colors.

Color table for blocksAlphabet and Number Blocks

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