Category: General

  • A Weekend with the Prius

    A Weekend with the Prius

    So now that we’ve had the Prius for a few days we’re starting to get a feel for it. Here’s a few thoughts… We’ve rented many different vehicles over the past year and none have we enjoyed driving nearly as much as the VW Jetta we previously owned. There really is something to that German…

  • The Ultimate Dog Accessory

    The Ultimate Dog Accessory

    So now that we’ve got a puppy who requires regular veterinary visits (and trips to the dog park), it has become necessary for us to find a regular means of transportation. Until now we’ve been making do with the occasional rental and ordering whatever we needed from the ‘net. No more—three years without a car…

  • HD DVD vs. Blu Ray

    Now that I own an HD DVD player, I’ve started reading more of the forums about the two formats. This page on Wikipedia gives a full overview of the differences between the two formats. Everyone is quick to point out that Blu Ray has a higher capacity and supports higher bitrates in the audio tracks—which…

  • Voting with Dollars

    Back before I became a starving student artist, I was something of a videophile. Julie and I have a large collection of DVDs and a full surround-sound set-up. Now that I am no longer a starving student artist and have a full-time job again, the siren call of the Home Theater has been beckoning to…

  • Freyja Sparks Vom Holtzberg

    Meet the newest member of the Sparks family: 7-week old Freyja Vom Holtzberg, a purebred German Shepherd Dog with a red sable coat. We picked her up this morning from Holtzberg K9 near Eugene. Many more pics to follow in the coming days…

  • Guilty Pleasures

    Everyone has guilty pleasures—and if they don’t, then they are missing out. Some people hide chocolate bars in their desk and sneak a bite when nobody is watching. Others might read trashy novels late at night. These sorts of things are empty calorie adventures, but it is generally a healthy form of escapism, as long…

  • Birthday Curry

    Jeremy’s birthday was this weekend, and it was really great to be able to spend it with him, since he was away in New York for the past two. I’ll let him write a post about his presents himself, once he can take some photos. We started out the day with Jeremy jogging for 50…

  • Crazy Weather

    I just don’t know what to make of the weather we’ve been having this winter. First there was snow before Christmas, a virtually unprecedented event since I’ve been living in Oregon. Then there was the windstorm that knocked out power for so many people in the Pacific Northwest, ourselves included. Then we went to Colorado…

  • Woodpeckers, Squirrels and Jays, Oh My

    So between all the driving around in the snow, what did we do while visiting Littleton? I’ll break it down into a few categories, ‘cause that’s just how my brain works… 1. Animal watching We had great fun watching the flocks of sparrows, house finches and juncos swarming over the bird feeder out the back…

  • A Christmas Story

    Jeremy did a great job of keeping the blog up to date as far as our spectacular winter weather in Denver this December, but he hasn’t quite finished the story, so I’ll chime in to wrap things up in a bit more detail. (Jeremy took lots of lovely photos as well, so hopefully he’ll add…

  • Good Grief… not again.

    At present, what seems to be the larger brother of the last storm, which dumped two feet of snow on us, is currently pummeling Denver. Expectations are that it will let up some time on Sunday. Julie and I were scheduled to return home on Saturday. The blizzard last week stopped all flights into and…

  • Winter Update

    It hasn’t stopped snowing here. Not sure how many feet of snow we’ve got at this point, but the photo should give you an idea. It’s gotten so deep that the satellite dish is completely covered, so we’ve got no Tele. Hope that the internet conn…..