Wednesday, December 16, 2009

mug cake
I only needed to microwave it for a little over a minute. I also mixed in powdered eggs so I didn't have to have an egg.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Review: Panasonic DMC-ZR1

I like my Panasonic DMC-FX01 that I've owned for several years, but it is missing one thing: the ability to zoom during movies. The Panasonic DMC-ZR1 does that, along with 8x zoom instead of 3x. It should be the perfect camera, but alas, it was not to be.

I set out to determine if the pictures it took were at least as good as the FX01. They seemed to be. But the video was its downfall. Outdoors the video was fine. Indoors with the lens in its widest setting it was fine. When I took video indoors at night (lights were on) with the ZR1, as soon as I began to zoom, the video got darker and darker. After 2 or 3x it was too dark to be usable. An email to Panasonic support confirmed there was no way to brighten the video. Since I frequently take movies of my kids indoors at night, this was unacceptable. Especially since I hoped to take movies at school functions which requires zoom; The fx01 was able to take movies at3x zoom just fine. so I wasn't gaining anything with the zr1.

I am very sad this wasn't the right camera for me. It is a good camera in so many ways: small size, zoom during movies, a shortcut menu of common settings. and excellent outdoor performance. If zoomed indoor video isn't something you need. consider this camera. otherwise the Panasonic DMC-ZS3 is probablyy your best bet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Companies that make 18 inch dolls

I've been trying to find a list of companies that manufacture 18 dolls. I like the American Girl dolls, I just have trouble justifying the money, so I was wondering what other companies made similar dolls. I haven't been able to find a list online, so I started my own list.

18 inch dolls (in no particular order) :
  1. American Girl
  2. Our Generation
  3. Corolle (17 inch)
  4. Gotz Precious Day
  5. Springfield
  6. Best Friends Club
  7. Madame Alexander
  8. Today's Girl
The links above link to a sample doll, all blond and blue eyed like my daughter.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Pregnancy on tv

So I read this Slate article about a TLC show called "I didn't know I was Pregnant". I was searching for an online episode to watch and did find one. It actually wasn't that bad. Basic plot is woman rushes to emergency room to discover she doesn't have appendicitis, she is delivering a pretty much perfectly healthy baby.

The other thing I came across while searching for a free episode of the show was a discussion about the show. One of the commentator mentioned they thought the show should show bad outcomes because it might give people the idea that they don't need prenatal care. Now, I agree that pregnant women should get prenatal care, but I actually wonder how many "I didn't know I was pregnant" turn out badly. In my experience with 3 births, all my visits consisted of "baby's fine". I know that things can go terribly wrong. I am very grateful that all my kids have been healthy. However, the people on the show are delivering in a hospital, and in my mind delivery is the biggest risk during pregnancy. People have been having babies for a very long time without prenatal care, so I wonder if the risk factors are not as high as many people believe.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mythbusters Birthday Party

My now five-year-old son loves Mythbusters and wanted a Mythbusters birthday party. He invited 3 of his friends to the party. We did 7 myths in 1 hour and 15 minutes (that was plenty of time). I didn't really explain the whys, the kids didn't seem very interested.

Here is what we did:

Myth: a toy car can out race a sports car.
What we did: raced toy cars against bigger toy cars. Little toy car was a party favor.

Myth: A pirate's eye patch was to help with seeing below deck
What we did: did an obstacle course in the garage, then wore an eye patch for part of the party and went through the obstacle course a second time.

Myth: You can't fold a piece of paper in half more than 8 times
What we did: folded pieces of paper in half. I then showed them (with a piece of newspaper) the trick about folding height-wise until it couldn't fold any more then folding in half lenght-wise. I got 9 folds out of it.

Myth: You can't pull apart 2 phone books with interleaved pages
What we did: Interleaved the pages of two novels (would have done phonebooks, but couldn't find 2 of the same size) and let the kids pull. They eventually succeeded, mostly because I was lazy in layering the pages. It went through 4 sets of kids and 1 set of adults before they managed it.

Myth: Quicksand will suck you under
What we did: mixed cornstarch and water and let the kids see that moving their hand slowly through it worked better than moving quickly

Myth: Diet Coke and mentos
What we did: Bought a six pack of little diet cokes and let each child put a mentos in it. Then for the grand finale, I did a big bottle of diet coke.

Myth: Pop rocks and soda will make your stomach explode
What we did: decorated cupcakes with pop rocks, ate them, and drank soda. I also explained a person would burp before their stomach exploded.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Things that would be awesome (if they actually worked as advertised)

  1. Solar powered house with battery. I saw this article in the Provo Daily Herald. I would love to have a solar powered house, but solar cells are expensive and current batteries are a pain to use.
  2. Scooba. I love Roomba; I wish the Scooba were equally awesome, then I would never have to mop my floors again.
  3. Health care co-ops. I would love to have insurance that wasn't tied to my husband's current job. Traditionally, they change it right before one of my kids is born, and with #4 on the way, I'm waiting for the change. But a co-op where it was a not-for-profit insurance would be nice. I'm not sure I want the government running things, but a credit union version of insurance I could go for.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Watching mythtv on a windows laptop

I am finally watching my mythtv recordings on my windows laptop. I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but there were some problems, mostly the mythtv windows clients were in beta and since the switch to digital, they did not handle streaming hd well. The solution is MythWeb and streaming flash.

MythWeb is a web browser front for Mythtv. I had to install mythplugins using sudo apt-get install mythplugins , (I am running ubuntu intrepid ibex on the Mythtv box) then it pretty much installed itself. MythWeb will allow you to download the complete show as well, but I really had no desire to wait for 2 gigs of "Antiques Roadshow" on WiFi. Anyway, the latest version of MythWeb has an experimental flash converter that seems to work pretty well. It encodes the show to flash on the fly and you can watch it. It was a little jerky on occasion (not sure whose fault that it is), but it is very watchable. I've heard the flash encoder does not skip commercials, but since 90% of what I watch is PBS, it doesn't matter to me.

So now, I can relax and use my eee to watch my shows.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My bracelet

Here's the bracelet I've been so excited about. It's in the pandora / chamilla / trollbeads style, although none of the beads are from any of those companies. Anyway, I think it came out pretty well. Each of the silver beads represents one of my kids (and my husband). I have to admit I love the frog lapwork bead. He is just too funny. I've also discovered I like the murano style glass beads, especially the ones with flowers inside.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Review: BabyTrends Sit-n-Stand LX

Product: BabyTrends Sit-N-Stand LX
Cost: ~ $120 (probably can get it cheaper on sale)
After much internal debate between the Joovy Caboose and the BabyTrends Sit-N-Stand, I chose the Sit-n-Stand, mostly because I could find it locally. The first stroller I got had a crooked wheel, so I traded it in for one with straight wheels :) I just use the stroller itself and removed the cup holder and sunshade, which makes it much lighter. I have a love/hate relationship with this stroller.

  • gets 2 kids around easily and my kids love it.
  • not too bad to push.
  • has cupholders
  • folds very compactly, especially without the sunshade

  • it's long, so it will follow dips in the side walk down into the street. This is a problem if crossing a driveway and you aren't paying attention or are letting an older child push the stroller.
  • doesn't take curbs well with 2 older children in it. I just make my almost five year old get out and the stroller works fine. It might not be a problem if you have 2 smaller children. (My husband can get up a curb fully loaded but I'm not strong enough).
  • doesn't stand up on its own when folded
  • heavy (but I knew that going into this)
All in all, I still like my purchase. It works great for taking my two-year-old around and for ending arguments with the five-year-old.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The third wheel: researching a double stroller or Baby Trend sit and stand vs. Joovy Caboose

I've been wanting a double stroller, sort of. I currently have 3 children and I'm expecting number 4 in November. The stroller we bought when my first was born is starting to show signs of age and problems due to me trying to fit 2 kids in it.
What I want it for:
  • walking my kids to school (baby and 2 year old would probably ride, but needs to be able to handle the 5-year-old who sometimes decides he is "too tired" and sits down and refuses to move)
  • going on walks with other moms
  • going to the mall
  • going to the zoo/ other outdoor activities
Other things it should do:
  • handle curbs. I dislike walking in the street or having to use people's driveways.
  • fit in my minivan
Options: (first 3 require little or no money expended)
  • keep using the old stroller until it breaks. Tell son to tough it out.
  • front pack for baby, umbrella stroller for who ever else. This works OK. Hard on my back though. If I go this route, I think I'll spring for a new umbrella stroller that has higher handles. This only works for the first 6 months or so, then the baby gets too heavy for me to carry for any length of time.
  • wagon. this is what I used this year. The wagon doesn't handle curbs gracefully. It doesn't fit in the van well. Also, the handle is a little low. I also prefer pushing to pulling since I can see what my kids are doing. But it does fit a bunch of kids. (for reference the bed of the wagon is about 34-36 " long)
  • toddler board that attaches to my current strollers. Those I've seen on-line are expensive, seem to break,and make it harder to push the stroller.
  • sit-n-stand stroller. This could be a good solution. Baby rides and older kid can ride or not as desired. Baby Trend appears to be able to fit 3 kids, but isn't rated for it.
  • full double stroller. I'm not interested in going this route. I was interested in combi double side by side stroller, but I don't like the way it handles. I prefer the tandem models.
Exploring the sit-n-stand options:
I've narrowed it down to 2 strollers: the baby trend sit-n-stand and the joovy caboose.

baby trend sit-n-stand
Weight: 26 lbs
Price: $129
folded dimensions: 36x18x12
dimensions: 21"W x 46.5"L x 42"H
max child weight: 40 lbs
  • big stow bag
  • parent cupholder
  • could fit 3 or 4 kids
  • one handed fold
  • huge
  • doesn't stand up when folded

joovy caboose
Weight: 26 lbs
Price: $140
folded dimensions: 10.50 x 21.50 x 43.0
unfolded: 41h x 21w x 38d
max child weight: 45 pounds
  • takes heavier children
  • shorter than the parent trend (don't let the folded size fool you) by about 8 inches
  • more expensive
  • very small basket under the stroller
  • no cup holders
  • folding takes two hands

The Joovy Caboose is smaller, takes bigger children, and costs more than the baby trend. I haven't decided if the smaller size is a blessing or a problem.

I was able to look at the Baby Trend. The thing is a beast, but it has plenty of room and handles well, even when loaded with all my kids (yes, the six year old figured out how they could all ride, although I don't know how the poor stroller would take it.)

If anyone has personal experience, and has a recommendation, I'd appreciate it.

Other resources:
Here's a video comparison of the two strollers.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Geneva Steel Redux

Geneva Steel Redux
Originally uploaded by Silus Grok
I have something I have to get off my chest: the Timpanogos Harley-Davidson building is ugly. It is located just west of the off ramp I use frequently and every time I drive by it I cringe. It is done in a style I can only describe as 1950's industrial (not just in style, it looks rusty too.) But the dealership was built within the last year. I understand trying to fit into the area you build in, but I can't imagine a city council in its right mind that would demand that a dealership build a building that would win the ugliest building in Lindon. At least with the surrounding industrial buildings, there is some faint hope the owners will eventually slap on a fresh coat of paint.

At first, I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt. Maybe all Harley dealerships looked like that one, based on the look of the very first Harley dealership. Then we went on a trip through Colorado and drove by another dealership, a nice modern looking building. Harleys aren't cheap, it's not like they couldn't afford a nice building.

So did I little research and it turns out they used parts of now-defunct Geneva Steel to build it. Maybe that will help me like it more...No, and I think it might be more ugly than Geneva Steel. Geneva was ugly, but it was for a reason. I say again, if there has to be a motorcycle dealership by my house, why does it have to be the ugly one.?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Review: La Quinta in Louisville, CO

Hotel: La Quinta
Rating: 4.3 stars (out of 5)
Would stay again: yes

What I liked:
  • excellent free breakfast with waffles and a variety of other foods
  • easy check in and check out (fastest I've ever seen)
  • friendly staff
  • good location
  • warm outdoor pool
  • good sized room
  • door key card worked every time
  • clean
  • right next to shopping and eating. This proved useful when I realized I had forgotten to pack my daughter's dress for the wedding reception: there was a Kohl's right across the street.
  • decent tv channel selection
What I didn't like:
(to be fair, most of this would apply to any hotel)
  • room was near the elevator, so we heard people a lot the first night (I suspect they put my family there to prevent our noise from bothering others, for which I am grateful.)
  • doors to bathroom were french type doors, with pull down handles, so my toddler could get into the bathroom and into mischief easily (I might rate this differently if she were potty trained)
  • door to the hallway was pull down type, so my toddler could leave the room by herself. (Fortunately, she is scared of the crack to get into the elevator, so she didn't get very far.)
  • the bottom of the pool was rough, so my kids scraped up their toes
  • ice maker didn't always work
All in all, I liked this hotel. I'd be willing to stay at other La Quintas, if they are all as nice as this one.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Quick Review: Star Trek movie

I saw the Star Trek movie this morning and liked it. It was a good flick. I'll probably watch it again on DVD. (Disclaimer: I am a casual Star Trek fan.) Action packed, funny, and enjoyable. I think having familiarity with the series helps, but isn't necessary.

[potential spoilers]

favorite moments
  • Wictor Wictor
  • is the parking brake on?
  • spock getting the girl (even if I had problems with it)

weirdest moments:
  • giant ice squid
  • Spock and Uhura
  • how many precipices can Kirk be dangled off?

Friday, May 08, 2009

chili verde recipe

Here's the link to the chili verde I made, it is very good. (I didn't brown the tomatillos though)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

make or take?

Here's an interesting article on about whether it is cheaper to make or buy items like yogurt, bagels, jam, etc. It was interesting and inspired me to try and make yogurt. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Great pork chop marinade

I tried out a new pork chop marinade recipe. I marinaded the chops for about 5 hours. Then my husband grilled them. These chops were juicy and flavorful, no need for bbq sauce. I will definitely make these again. It was a nice change from the teriyaki style marinades I usually make. I was a little afraid the oregano would be overpowering, but while I could smell it while grilling, I couldn't taste it. The only taste was hard to describe other than really good.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Review: Bosch dishwasher

Product: Bosch dishwasher (SHE4AM12UC - 01)
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5) (this rating may go up; I haven't had it long enough to judge it completely)
Summary: Using the electrosol dishwash tablets and jet dry that came with it, I have had great results.
Full Review:
My five year old Amana dishwasher finished dying last week. It had a broken handle, a broken piece on the top rack, I couldn't select any wash cycle but normal, it frequently threw stuff all over the clean dishes, and it started leaking. I'm hoping a Bosch will last longer and have better longevity.
  • Gets dishes clean ( only dirt I've seen is a tiny spec of cheese that was microwaved twice, so I don't hold that against it)
  • Filter is removable (This means I can clean the filter myself if the washer starts putting junk on the dishes)
  • Arms are removable (I have hardwater, so I should be able to take them off and rinse them off once build up occurs)
  • Silverware basket had little holes in it so I can keep your silverware separate (no more nested spoons)
  • Fairly certain plastic can go on the lower rack too since it doesn't have a heating element there
  • Fairly certain this holds fewer dishes than my old model
  • No fold down racks on the bottom to put mixing bowls (my amana had a great layout)
  • Sticking silverware in holes is annoying, I may remove the cover and just use it as a basket
  • My nice silverware has large decorations at the end of the handle. It won't fit in most of the siverware holes. (The cheap stuff fits just fine).
  • Bowls have to be placed every other slot (this is my own fault since I have multiple brands of bowls and they don't get along)
  • Interior looks like stainless steel, but I think it's just shiny plastic (I don't care personally as long as it doesn't flake)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Review: Mr. Magorium's Magic Emporium

Movie title: Mr. Magorium's magic Emporium
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Review: I liked this movie. I found it sweet, funny, and gentle. It does deal with death though. There were so many funny touches, like a mobile made out of fish and a cheaper one made out of fish sticks. And the accountant they call the mutant. My kids (2, 4, 6) all sat through it, didn't complain of being bored (sometimes a problem with non animated films) and they didn't get scared either. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars is I'm not sure I'd want to own it, although I will probably rent it again. I can definitely recommend it as a completely clean, wonderful film.

Monday, March 09, 2009

arg, silly people

So Gmail has this problem, apparently it does not make it clear when people choose a username if that user name has already been taken.

This is the second time this has happened to me. The first time this happened, the guy happened to send a test email to the gmail and to his personal account, so I just emailed him and told him. It's happened again with someone else who also sent the address out to a bunch of people, so now I'm getting their emails (which I don't want to reply to in case they are spammers), and I get to deal with about 10 password reset requests a day for the past few days. Hopefully who ever thinks they have my email address figures out soon that they don't and leaves me alone.

Updated 3/10/09: hurray, whoever it is has stopped trying to change my password.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Review: Levana CT1000 Digital Wireless Child Tracker Wrist Watch and Kid Finder/Locator

Product: Levana CT1000 Digital Wireless Child Tracker Wrist Watch and Kid Finder/Locator

Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

I'll be up front, I did not have a good experience with this product. I think most of my problems came from what I thought it was versus what it actually was.

What I wanted: a product to put on my 22 month old daughter to let me know if she suddenly decides to take off while my back is turned at Wal-mart. I also wanted to put it on her at the park so that if I couldn't see her because she was behind a play structure, I would now she was still in range. I also wanted to keep it in my purse and be able to put it on her when we got somewhere.

What it is: a product for short range tracking of your child (up to ~100 feet). It also has a locate feature that is supposed to help you figure out which way your child went. The battery on the kids band is rechargeable.

  • rechargeable battery on child's band
  • adjustable range (close, medium, and far)
  • points which way your child went and whether you are far or close
  • there is no off switch on the child's band. This means from the second you take the wrist band off the charge, the child's band is on (unless you remove the battery). I could see this being good since there is no way for the child to turn it off, but mostly I find it annoying because I can't store this item in my purse, ready to be used if I need it.
  • battery life - the charge on the child's band only lasts and hour or two.
  • The band barely fits around my child's ankle. I know the band is supposed to go around her wrist, but I know that on her ankle, she won't notice it as much or have fun pushing the page button.
  • The beeping on the parent unit is too quiet if you keep it in your pocket and are outside. There is no volume control. This means I had to be actively monitoring the monitor, especially since it ran out of battery part of the way through the outing.
  • The child's monitor and adult monitor are rather bulky.
I guess my main complaint with it is that I was expecting a painless monitoring solution. Having to take out the battery on the child's unit and store the battery until I need to use it is not painless. The battery is a little smaller than a quarter, the perfect size to loose.

I think I could work around the problems it has, but I'm not sure I want to. I'm going to give it one more chance, then I'm returning it to Amazon.

Updated (3/9/09): I returned this to Amazon. The parent unit stopped communicating with the child unit. I think though that most of my complaints would stand even with a perfectly working unit.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Schrodinger's babies

I've come to the conclusion that babies and toddlers do not obey the laws of physics. How can a 20 month old that was right next to you two seconds ago suddenly be half way across wal-mart? The answer is not one parents want to hear. The answer is wave functions and quantum tunneling.

See, scientists will tell you that little things like electrons don't have a specific place where they are. They have a probability field. Once someone actually looks to see where an electron is, the probability field collapses, and it picks a spot. Electrons also have another weird quirk. They can be either a particle or a wave depending on what a scientist is looking for. Little things also have an ability to jump across a place where they are to somewhere else without going through the space in between.

I've decided that small children and babies are too young to collapse their own wave function. An adult observer is required. Thus, small children can disappear as soon as no one is watching and turn into a wave of pure energy. Once an adult starts looking, they pick a location and often end up an impossible distance away, like across a store or on top of a refrigerator.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Card ideas

While perusing the Stampin' Up catalog, I saw some great stamp sets. Here are some of the cards I plan to make after I have my party and get my sets. (This is mostly to help me decide which sets I actually want based on how many ideas I can come up with)

Just Buzzin' By
  • Happy B day - with candles on top of the hive
  • It's a shower for our babee - with the flower being used as a shower head over one of the bees
  • a child's birthday card where the hive opens to the bees having a party
  • probably the bees mixed in with my gardening set (whose name escapes me right now)
  • a never ending card with the hive opening
  • This set would go great with "Just B" set, but I probably won't buy that set since there's other stuff I want
Hoppy For You
  • bathroom hanging for my basement bathroom that for some inexplicable reason is done in frogs
A Kind Word
  • these little girls would be cute on any card, I love water coloring

Monday, January 26, 2009

Just switch already

Today I saw that the senate has voted to delay the switch to DTV for four months. President Obama has called for the same thing. I say, just switch already.

  1. Part of the reason for the delay is so that people who were unable to get coupons for converter boxes will be able to get them. But the program is out of money, so unless that changes, delaying won't help. Even if they get the funding, will the program be able to get the coupons out before the four months are up?
  2. I suspect that those who really rely on broadcast TV already have the boxes. It's kind of hard to miss all those commercials that have been running. I have a suspicion that a lot of people who are waiting are getting a box "just in case" or for a TV that isn't their main TV.
  3. The switch already won't affect those with cable.
  4. Delaying the switch costs the tv stations money because they have to broadcast in standard and hd for longer than expected.
This date has already been pushed back several times. Delaying it again will not help large numbers of people. Let's just get it over with.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Debi's pumpking cookies

This is a recipe I got from my mother-in-law, really great pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I've played with this recipe a lot and it always comes out well.

1/4 c shortening (or 3 T of butter)
3 c sugar
2 c pumpkin (15oz can)
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
4 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp salt
1 c nuts (optional)
12 oz chocolate chips

preheat oven to 375 degrees. combine ingredients. bake at 375 degrees for 13 min on greased cookie sheet. makes 4 dozen cookies.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Review: Endless Ocean for wii

Let me just mention up front that I love Endless Ocean. My four-year-old son loves Endless Ocean. My husband and daughter think it is pointless. I am a very casual gamer, I rarely will play video games by myself. I am also not very competitive. So with that in mind, here's my review.

Game Summary:
Endless Ocean is a single player simulation game. You are a scuba diver and your job is... well, whatever you want it to be. The game suggest several things you can do, but you can do what ever you want. There is no real tension in this game other than a few spooky emails at one point when you find a certain artifact. One review I saw said it is impossible to die, and I'd believe it. Basically, I explore, pet fish, and make friends with dolphins.

Game Play:
I think the graphics are really cool. There are fun areas to explore like coral reefs, underwater caves, and ruins. I like swimming around and learning to identify fish. The tasks the game suggests (via "email") are guiding people on diving tours, photographing fish, and various scientific research dives (ex: mapping whale migration paths). There is also an aquarium that you can stock with fish you identify. (The aquarium is a great place for a younger child to practice controlling the diver.)

This game starts off really slow to get you familiar with the controls. There are a lot of things you can do, and new controls are added after you complete certain tasks. When you start, all you can do is swim and look at fish. Fairly quickly, you make friends with a dolphin (who you can dive with and train) and get permission to do night diving. The slowness of the start almost turned me off the game because swimming around this one particular coral reef and petting fish is only interesting for so long. However, I'm glad they did start slowly because I would have gotten frustrated by all the different keys (remember, I'm not a gamer at heart). The slowness of the start allowed me to learn all the keys gradually and now I know what button does what.

How I play:
Me and my son play together, or rather he watches and points out fish I might have missed seeing. He gets frustrated very easily and this game, since there isn't really a score or anything, allows him to play and not throw tantrums. We start up the game and usually train one of our dolphins. This consists of giving the dolphins commands, shaking the wiimote wildly to tell the dolphin "go", watching the tricks, then feeding the dolphin as a reward. Then we go diving. We pet fish if we don't know what they are. We sometimes go diving with a dolphin and they point out hidden fish, but the dolphin is hard to keep track of since it is much better at swimming than I am at guiding the diver. My son likes looking at the encyclopedia of fish. Once we find a new fish, it adds it to the encyclopdia and my son likes seeing our progress. If we pet a fish enough, it becomes our friend (for the dive) and follows us around. I get lost easily, so learning to read the map was important.

I like this game. I find it interesting and relaxing. I like seeing the new areas, searching for fish, and playing with dolphins. If you are looking for a laid back game, this is a good choice.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Version of FoodThinger (food storage tracker) available

Version .91 of FoodThinger is now available for download at .

There have been several changes :
  • In line with new guidelines from the LDS church, you can now set the expiration date up to 30 years from the current date
  • Bug fix: a spelling error has been fixed
  • Bug fix: you can now save the price of the food you buy
  • Bug fix: weight conversion is performed automatically (basically, if you had 32 ounces of wheat but your goal called for pounds, the wheat wouldn't be counted)