Technology… Can’t live with it… Can’t live without it…

Palley arrived home from work, rolled into her wheelchair lift, and hit the button, it started up.. made a strange noise.. then POP! and sparks shot out of the motor… The earliest the repair guy can get in is Monday.

On a happier note, to cheer her up I showed off the roomba in her bedroom. She fell in love, especially when she found out it can get under the bed and into other places. “Can we get another one so I can have one down here too???” WOW! I was shocked. Then, to make things even scarier… “How’s it work on the hardwood and linoleum?” So I explained it would do fine for picking up the dust, just not mopping. “Aww to bad it can’t do that too…” 🙂 Wow, just like she was scripted or something. “Well, you know, they actually make one for that.” “What??!?!? Really!!!!” So I explained how it works, and her eye got big and lit up like a kid at christmas. “OH! YOU HAVE TO GET ONE OF THOSE TOO!!!!”

Whoever this strange being is that has replaced my mother… I like her!!!


My life with a robot – Day 1

There is a new member of the Wohlers family. Last week I managed to catch a Roomba on woot for a really good price.  I haven’t told Palley yet, because I was going to be selfish and keep it to myself in my room. She tends to be skeptic of gadgets, and I didn’t want to hear about the “waste of money”.   But, since my room is in a shambles and I really wanted to let it run, I decided today while Palley was gone to play a bit.   I  brought the newly charged Roomba downstairs and first let it go in the living room.

Read on for my adventures with the roomba!

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MST3K Fans Rejoice!!!

I have missed MST3K for a very long time.  Yesterday, while trying to sort through the 20,000+ emails (no joke) in my halloween listserv folder, I stumbled upon a post that brought new light to a darkend corner of my life.    It seems Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett have a new venture called “RiffTrax“.   You go to the website, pay around $3 and download an MP3 of thier commentary for a video.  You then rent, or buy the video, pop it in your player and also start the RiffTrax MP3 playing.  You then have the hilarity of their commentary in movies they NEVER could have done as MST3K.   Just think Mike and company rip apart Star Wars: Episode 1!!!   Jar Jar doesn’t stand a chance!!!

So,  I’m thinking.. RiffTrax party!!!  Anyone interested?


I was tipped off to the latest woot-off by Gabi.  I hit it a few times, and saw nothing I was interested in really, then they posted a roomba…

I couldn’t resist anymore…

Now, I just need to clean up my room some and i can let the roomba vaccum for it.  I should prolly pick up the rest of the house to for that matter.

I also discovered theres a bluetooth module available for it that woudl allow me to interface it with the phone or computer to control it.  I could actually interface it right into Mr. House so that the Home Automation controller actually has some say on the roomba’s operation too.  hmmm…

I worry that if i get to crazy with it, it could take over the world… 

Post St. Patrics Day Post of Postyness

Saturday was St. Patric’s day, but you knew that. Saturday was the big Seelie Court St. Patrick’s Day Concert in Richmond. You knew that if you have been reading the blog. What you don’t know fomr the blog is how much fun the show was.

I was planning on getting to Richmond around 1:30 or so and would have made it, but I decided that I really needed a new belt for my Utiliikilt so I stopped in a K-Mart. While in the K-Mart I discovered that they were running a 50% of sale of all clearance items in the Mens department. I found polo shirts my size, that I liked (no easy feat there) marked down to $3.00. That was before the 50% off. I also found a few pairs of shorts, both denim, and kaki, for $1.00 before the discount. Including my belt, and one shirt that I really liked that wasn’t on sale I spent $98. You can imagine the amount of clothes I now need to wash and find a place for.

I arrived in Richmond (No, not VA, IL… ) around two o’clock, and checked into my hotel room. Once there I changed into the Utilikilt, and headed over to Doyles pub. Shortly after I arrived Juli, John and Ray showed up too. So we all went in together, and stood around for a bit. I knew Jon and company should have been there by that point but we didn’t see them. Finally Jessica Arrived and pointed out that Jon and crew were on the other side of the building unloading directly to the basement. None of us had realized there was an outside door to the basement. After a quick equipment unload John McCarthy and I went upstairs to uhhh… check the quality of the Guinness.

After a couple hours of sitting and talking at the bar it was almost time for the show, I headed down staris, and caught the attention of the waitress to get some food really quick. The Reuben sandwich and fries were quite tasty. I finished up just in time for the show to start. By this time there was quite a crowd gathered in the basement and everyone seemed excited to be there.

The show was probably one of the best Seelie Court shows I’ve ever attended. They performed 4 sets, and each set just seemed to build the excitement from the previous set. The audience all kept joining in singing and dancing and having a good time. We even drowned out the bagpiper upstairs.  It was one heck of a good time.  Dean, Maggie, Gina, and Christi were there from Bounding main and joind in on a few songs, and the entire 4th set.

I can’t wait until the next show. Although it’s going to be hard to top this one.


As of 5 minutes ago…

I am completely, 100%  free of Credit Card debt!
Now I can save for new car, or trips etc, and actually invest some money as opposed to having it sucked away by the evil CC companies.

This is the 1st time this has been the case since I was a teenager.

I intend t keep it this way as long as possible too.

(Of course the universe likes to torment me, and so last night my glasses broke…  But I think I have enough socked away in my emergency fund  to cover new glasses.  Maybe I’ll even consider asking for a prescription for contacts to wear during faire…. maybe…