I have a rare teaching post in the works, but I don’t feel like posting something so boring on a weekend.

Every new day at the new house feels a little more like home. When we need something, we generally know where to find it. We can successfully wake up in the morning and get to work on time. And the dog is finally starting to behave. A few notes…

For the techie folk…I finally settled on a TV (3rd model, 4th overall). I must be the pickiest person in the world when it comes to TVs. Originally I had a 40″ LED by TCL (same cheap brand as my 32″ bedroom TV I like). It had a Samsung panel, and looked awesome, but then I tried playing games on it. The input lag was terrible, and it had no game mode. So that got returned to Wal-Mart. Next up was another TCL, but the 40″ version of my 32″ bedroom TV. Everything about it was just like the 32″ (good gaming, good picture), but it had terrible flashlighting in the upper corners. I didn’t see anyone else complain about this on Amazon, so I even tried a second set. Same exact problem. So they both went back. Finally went for a 42″ LG at Walmart, and we’ve got a winner. Nice picture, no input lag, no flashlighting, and cheap. Good deal.

Another thing we’ve been dealing with is a barking dog. Ours. We built her this awesome kennel, but whenever we leave, it’s bark city. It’s hard to say, but it looks like she was barking non-stop from when we’d leave for work until we got home. I tried everything possible. I watched the Dog Whisperer, read stuff online, and tried it all. Last weekend a neighbor behind us left a note about it, and we were at our wit’s end. We started reading online about some of the no bark collars, and we came across one that had unbelievable reviews. The SportDOG Rechargeable NoBark 10R. This thing is amazing. It’s a shock collar…but it’s about as smart as they can be. It requires both sound AND vibration for it to go off, so your dog doesn’t get shocked because of some nearby sound. The first thing I did was try it on myself! I had to get pretty darn loud for it to even trigger, which I like. That means she’s only getting corrected if she ramps it up. And it didn’t hurt. I think a better way to describe it is I was “extremely startled.” And the first time I put it on the dog, it worked. Took her about 15 mins in her kennel to start barking, and it didn’t go off at first. But then she ramped it up to full blast, and zap. She got startled. Ten seconds later she did it again. After that 2nd zap, I don’t think she’s barked in there once. Not even a whimper. She just sits quietly and CALMLY. She’s a totally different dog…it’s amazing. To anyone that thinks it’s not humane…it’s 100x more humane that letting her bark for 8 hours in a row. We are very excited about this.

Sadly, I haven’t had any time to play videogames, so I’ll have to find a way to rectify that. Even for little spurts at a time. I watched 20 mins of Skyrim this morning, and it looked awesome. I’ve jogged twice in the last week, so that’s a good improvement also. I’m sure at some point we’ll have a housewarming party of some kind, but no plans as of yet.