Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cause and Effect

The Problem:

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE/EIT). I am taking this test in April. I have started studying for it and after one of my good friends had to take it twice leads me to believe that it is no joke. :P I've got plenty of materials from plenty of people. Now all I need to do is assert myself and take the plunge and do insane amounts of boring studies.

Incentive to Overcome the Problem:

As most of you know I'm a bit of a PC enthusiast. I built myself a PC a couple years ago and haven't really done much in the way of upgrading aside from a BluRay player and a pair of new graphics cards recently which are very nice by the way :) ... But like all men (or at least most of them) a good amount of power is never enough. *Home Improvement grunt inserted here* I have seen bottlenecking on the rest of the PCs hardware and that's just not acceptable. So I approached the controller of all monies Mikles, and gave a proposition. So I says to her, "If I pass the FE on the first time, can I rebuild my computer?" After getting some of the details worked out, she reluctantly accepted my proposal of the rebuild. I'm not sure if she understands the ramifications of the awesomeness that this new PC will harness, but it will command a majority of my attention soon following the hopeful passing of the FE. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Julia Gilbert

Its been one year from today that you past away. I miss you so much every single day. I can not believe the world has learned to spin with out you. See you in heaven.

Love you.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Paso Robles Trip

A little while ago we made another trip to Paso Robles. This one didn't involve our parents though so we decided to hit a couple more vineyards and also a brewery! The 4 of us had a great time and experienced some new wines and vineyards.

The Firestone Brewery is one of Parish and Adam's favorite local brews here in CA. They have a Double Barrel Ale that is simply amazing!

I was particularly excited that we took the time out of our busy day of vineyard grazing to stop at a pizzeria and watch the OU game! They had a good win and I was excited about the gelato as a prize for the OU win!

Josie and I were amazed at how many barrels were located in the cave at the Eberle vineyard. This cave cost $2 million dollars and holds an incredible amount of wine! There is also a ballroom in cave available for ceremonies and receptions, as well as a low key room for individuals with membership where you are given complimentary wine and cheese along with any music you prefer! One guest per member. :)

This is where all the magic happens. Adam was amazed at how much stainless beauty was in this room.

This truck was one of the many awkward, but artistic pieces on the grounds of Eberle.

Adam's parents and grandparents are huge fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks, and this statue excited Adam so that he could show his parents. Pretty neat art work too.

This stop was one of our favorites. Tobin James is by far the most hospitable and free flowing vineyards to visit. This place alone is reason enough to travel to Paso Robles.

We had a great time the entire day. There were many places not mentioned that we visited, and they were all fun. We can't wait for our next trip in the spring to take some visitors to Eberle and enjoy the benefits of a membership.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Yes, we are this far behind.

Thankgiving was a wonderful time in New Mexico and that was the start of our very busy holiday season.

Thanksgiving is huge with our New mexico Family! We have a big reunion every other year (which is when Adam and I go)

We had a lovely time. Mom, Zaelin, and I made Cinnamon Rolls. We shared wine, fire and many meals. Wonderful holiday!