Videos

I have been posting some videos on youtube lately just chronicling some things that happen during a week for me.  A lot of it is driven by me wanting to get more video of things that we do.  Enjoy the last couple that I have put up.  I had originally planned to try to get a video up every week.  I am guessing I will be more like once a month, with the goal of getting to weekly eventually.

 

 

Videos

This year we thought it would be fun to put some videos together and share them.  I am hoping these will become a little more exciting as the year progresses, but for now I thought these gave a good idea of how the first 7 days of the year have been.

I just finished my first week of work at my new job.  It was a tough and laborious week, but it was really fun as well.  So essentially you are seeing a bit of traffic this week, followed by a delivery we received from a new service and a new game we played last night.

 

Weekly Activity Report 01/10/2016

With the unbelievable cold weather lately, Nick and I were very happy to run outdoors on Saturday.  We brought Lou along for the run; hoping to tire her a little.  The air was crisp and a little breezier than I would have preferred, but it beats running on the treadmill.  Here are a few pictures from our run.

Emily and Unhappy Lou   Emily and Nick January 2016 Winter Run

And now for the fun stuff…our weekly activity stats are below.

Weekly Activity Report ending 01/10/2016:

Emily –
84,400 Fitbit steps (daily average 12,057)
Run 8.3 miles
Bike 14.4 miles
Swim 800 yds
Strength 30 minutes

Nick –
99,117 Fitbit steps (daily average 14,160)
Run 7.7 miles
Bike 14.6 miles
Swim 500 yds
Strength 30 minutes

This Dog is Hungry

I’m sure we have mentioned before that we have two dogs, one that is lazy and could spend all day and night sleeping if we let her, the other constantly wound up.

The dog that is constantly wound up, Lou, acts as if she has never been fed before anytime that we get ready to feed her.  So the other night I decided to take a video of this in action and I thought it was quite funny.

Does anyone else have a dog that acts like this every time they eat?

First Impressions of Nikon COOLPIX AW120

I’ve been wanting to buy a camera to take on our runs and bike rides for almost a year now.  After researching the shockproof, waterproof cameras available, I’ve had my eye on the Nikon Coolpix AW120.  Since the weather is beginning to warm up, making outdoor running possible, we finally purchased the camera yesterday.  We have been shooting with DSLRs for several years, but these are too difficult, awkward, and heavy to carry on a run or bike ride.  And, there is another reason persuading us not to take the DSLR for use while running, the cost of replacement is just TOO high.

Note, the new NIKON COOLPIX AW130 is said to release this month, reducing the price of the AW120 by over $100 dollars. I momentarily considered waiting for the new AW130, but the upgrades are minimal (at least to me) and I was happy to pay less for a great camera.

Unboxing

Pretty standard stuff – camera, battery, USB cable, AC adapter, camera strap, brush (what am I intended to brush?), and Quick Start Guide.  I have to say, I do like that the AC adapter has the foldable prongs, making it more convenient for storage and travel.  The guide recommends charging the battery for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before starting, although the camera did show the battery to have a charge.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

First Use

After the battery was fully charged, we wanted to see how the camera would perform.  We took the dogs on a walk in a nearby park and neighborhood and snapped a few pictures along the way.  Some shots were still and others were taken while walking.  As you can see, the camera does a pretty good job of focusing even while in motion.

Firehouse Park Wisconsin Tabasco at Firehouse Park Lou at Firehouse Park Firehouse Park Sheboygan Wisconsin

Sewing – Star Wars Pillows

With the basement complete, we’ve begun decorating the family room.  This space is going to be used for entertainment and we want it to be fun and relaxing.  The bookshelves are full of movies, pictures, and action figures.  We have a couch and recliner in the area, but I wasn’t satisfied with our throw pillows, I felt we needed a change.  I went to JoAnn’s in search of some material.  I immediately found the licensed section and picked out some Star Wars and The Walking Dead flannel fabric.  Then I proceeded to the pillow section and picked out 2 firm 16″ throw pillows.  I got the fabric cut and left the store with some ideas in mind.

When I came home, I ironed the fabric.  I didn’t worry about washing it, because I was making throw pillows and Star Wars PillowsI’m not too worried about the fabric shrinking.  I measured and cut two 20″ square pieces of fabric.  With right sides together, I sewed three of the edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  I flipped the pillowcase right side out (wrong sides together) and sewed a 1 1/2″ seam around the same three edges.  For the final edge, I put the pillow in the pillowcase and folded the edges under 1/2″ sewed them together, then sewed 1 1/2 inches from the sewn edge, thus completing my pillow.  I repeated the steps for the second pillow.

When I finished, I tied them together with a bow to give to Nick as an early Christmas present.  Lou decided since she oversaw the operation, she should be in the picture as well.

They look great on our black sofa.  As far as The Walking Dead material, I may make a pillow for the recliner; at this point, though, I’m still undecided what to do with the fabric.

Star Wars Pillows

 

A walk in the State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park This past weekend we took the dogs to the Kohler-Andrae State Park.  We wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a while, as well as take a few pictures (even though it wasn’t the prettiest of days).  The weather was mild and cloudy, but with the sun making an appearance, it made for some great pictures.Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park   Kohler Andrae State Park