Month: June 2010

Dog Training

The dog has had this bad habit for some time now. She’ll snag some of her food and then walk to a different location and drop it. And she either eats it or not, most often not.

And it’s started to get annoying. Every morning we would have to clean up some food, not to mention every time we went out. So Tara looked this up, and for a husky, it kinda makes sense. It’s a pack thing, you grab your bit of the hunt, walk somewhere else and eat it. I start to think it’s because we feed her and the cat in the same location(the kitchen). It makes sense because I can’t prove anything 🙂

To resolve it the idea is that we have to confine her into a small space and feed her there. Not too long mind you, like 15 minutes. Well, it’s been a couple of days and this morning she actually finished off her breakfast. Which gives us hope that this is working. We’ll keep it up for a few weeks so that she totally gets into the habit of actually eating her food.

Next on the list is getting her to remember all the training that I had with her in the first place 😉

Stroller Hunting

Tara found a good price for a Graco stroller online at Toys R Us, so we decided to check out the stroller and see if we could find a better price.

First we popped into Wal Mart, because, well, they’re cheap. The stroller there was $100 more than TRU, but the TRU one is on sale, so it makes sense. However, at WM, it was also bolted down, so we really couldn’t check it out all that well. But it looked nice enough.

We have a few requirements when it comes to strollers:

  • Tara can lift it in and out of the car on her own.
  • It folds down easily enough to fit into the back of the car
  • it’s a travel system(both stroller and car seat)
  • it’s not stupid expensive
  • it’s not crappy

And Graco is a good brand name when it comes to baby stuff so we thought we lucked out. Having been done with WM, we headed to TRU to see if they had a display model. Previously, when we went, they had a ton of them all out and ready to try, so hopefully they had this one.

And they did. So I tried it. Got the car seat out, no problem once you know how to do it 😉

Now to fold it down. So I grab the handle, push the button, kinda twist it, then pull it, then twist it OH it’s down. Cool. Now to get it back up, just twist(I think) then pull, then kinda heave, then yan OH it’s up, no, it isn’t, yes, yes it is.

The store person tried to help as well as she saw I was struggling(and you can only get away with the “i meant to do it that way” look for so long).

And she was having problems with it, and then said this: “Looks like the display model has had it, it’s usually easier than this”

Riiiiight. So the thing can’t hold up to a bunch of people doing to it what it was designed to do. My mind is made up on this one. And it did look nice.

But a different store person decided to be extra helpful and show us a few other models. The first of which was the Chicco Cortina. The store person took out the car seat and deftly folded down the stroller. Then reversed it almost as gracefully. These things claim to be single handed conversion, but that’s not really the case unless you’re about 7 feet tall, but that’s ok. The other hand is more for the final lock stage, and that’s fine by me. And it kinda folded upright, which I thought was cool. Light as a feather(ok, light as a 25lb feather) and easy to maneuver. Plus the wheels felt better.

As the store person was explaining a bunch of stuff to Tara, I played with it, and after a couple of minutes, I was almost as graceful has her in folding/unfolding this thing. And it was easy to move around and generally looked nice. Sure, it was about $200 more than the last one, but I’m starting to think you get what you pay for.

The sales person showed us another model, a whopping $10 more expensive, from Graco, and it still wasn’t as good.

In my mind, and I think in Tara’s, the Chicco was the new baseline for stroller comparison.

Now we just need the money to buy it 😉

Does anyone else that reads this blog and has kids recommend other strollers that we might not have run across? Any info would be helpful 😀

Quakes and cleaning

Ottawa got hit with a 5.6 earthquake yesterday afternoon. It was the strongest quake, and the second for that matter, that I’ve ever felt.

Granted, the first one felt more like a large truck passing by, and at the time, that’s all I thought it was. This time, things flew off shelves, and generally made a mess of my home office. Not that you could tell right away 😉

It was all over the news yesterday, people fearing for their lives and whatnot. I thought it was a little overblown, but I suspect it was a slow news day. The next big local story is when the city is suddenly covered in this white fluffy stuff and there’s chaos on the streets.

But that’s Ottawa, not much happens here that isn’t government related. And I’m sure there’s some people blaming the government on this 🙂

With the baby on the way, we’re trying to organize and purge a lot of stuff from the house. We already sent a car load of stuff to the Sally Ann, and we have a lot more to go. This includes my toys. Not all of them, but at least some of them. And you know, I think I’m ready to let them go. Now, sure, most of the ones I want to let go I’ve had for 10 years, and really, they’re just taking up space. So I think I’ll start with the smaller stuff, see how that goes, and then maybe move on to a few larger things.

This includes some of my unbuilt Gundam models. I won’t get rid of them all, but I’d be fooling myself if I thought that I’ll actually get around to building them all. I thought of this some time ago, as in selling them to make some extra cash, and I don’t think I have as many spare models as I thought I did.

That being said, does anyone want some Gundam models? I’ll see what I have and present a list, and whomever wants them, can have them.

Assuming anyone wants them 🙂

With the toys, I guess I could put them up on Ebay, but that’s a lot of effort, and I’m not sure it’s worth it. Mind you, what the heck, why not? But I’ll just do toy lots I think, give them a reasonable price, and then let the masses decide. If nothing goes, it’s off to the Sally Ann with them.

I think it’ll be good for me to purge some stuff, there’s things in my closet that I’ve been lugging around for years, and I really don’t need them. I should try and transfer stuff from video tape to DVD one day though. I have a lot of tape stuff.

I think.

Fathers Day

More of a pre-Fathers Day, but cool none the less.

We did Fathers day at my brothers place on Friday as it was a good time for all of us to get together. This year, as it’s technically my first Fathers Day, Tara decided to get me some wonderfully geeky gifts:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/newborn-infant/59cc/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/newborn-infant/bbae/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/newborn-infant/c033/

We’ve both enjoyed reading the Guide to Pirate Parenting, it’s been keeping us in stiches 🙂

ThinkGeek has a lot of kid related things, and some things Tara has had to draw a line at, such as the Star Trek onesies. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get them as gifts 😉

So I hope that everyone else had a great Fathers Day, I know I did!