Alive with the Sound of Music.

While traversing the many intricate layers of the internet, I somehow stumbled upon this little video (I lie – a friend actually sent it to me via email, but it sounds more impressive if I “forget” to mention that part). Either way, this video rocks and very clearly shows exactly what people can do when the motivation strikes (and quite possibly a few catchy refrains of pop culture musicals are played over loud speakers).

You have to admit, that would be amazing to see. I’d be the one dancing offbeat, messing up the steps because I’d want to pretend I was in on it all along when really I was just a simple passer-by. My attempts at being cool and popular often fail, if you hadn’t guessed by now.

Enjoy the video.

NewBird2 Release!

Okay, so it’s not completely done yet. I still have to fix up the horrible typography on my sidebar, my extras page isn’t up yet, and there are quite a few things in the coding that I need to fix up. But I’m sick of working on it and I won’t have time tomorrow for the most part, so I’m putting up my updated design now (called NewBird2).

Let me know what you think. Is it an improvement of the last design? Are the changes positive or negative? What do you wish I had done differently? And of course what do you like about it?

I’ll finish up the small, unfinished bits later. Right now, I’m exhausted and only have about four hours to sleep before I have to wake up in the morning and head over to the Wellness Clinic with Ash and the pups to get them updated on their shots.

There’s an ant crawling on my keyboard. I can’t get away from them.

Good night.

We keep it real, Old School.

I don’t know where the title came from. I think someone said it on TV. Anyway.

“To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened – who perpetrate every form of intolerance — racism, antisemitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more — hatred that degrades its victim and diminishes us all. Today, and every day we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation to confront these scourges.”

Just thought I’d share that little quote from President Obama. You can read the whole article here: At Capitol, Obama Reflects on Lessons of Holocaust. I think this is a good reflection time – to see what hatred can do. There are hate groups everywhere that need to just open their eyes and learn from the past.

In other news, Ash and I have officially opened our new Rescue Animals blog and information site: I Love Rescue Animals. Our twitter (@RescueAnimals) has grown from 0 to 300 followers in three weeks (we got 55+ followers just today) and it’s already starting to get bigger than we really imagined. I’m happy – we’re actually doing something great! I say “we,” but really, it was all Ash who started it and does all the twittering and reading of articles. I’m just kind of here to look pretty.

Still in Austin, still doing some web stuff, still job hunting. Same old, same old.

The Austin Adventures!

Currently it is sunny, beautiful, and wonderful 70 degrees out. That’s right – we made it to Austin! If you’ve been following my twitter account, you’ll have known that already and more. We arrived on Friday and our days have been booked ever since. Friday we spent the day out at Ash’s grandparents’ 100 acre ranch and watched the storms roll in over the sky.

That sky. I honestly have never seen a sky this big. I love the Texas sky. And the quick Texas storms that drench everything with a rain so thick you can’t see through it, and end in minutes of starting, leaving the sky blue and the sun hot. The ranch is the best place to watch it all happen because the screened-in porch has a clear view of the land all around it. It’s situated on top of a small hill surrounded by rolling hills and ancient oak trees at the bottom of the ravine. It’s heaven on Earth out there.

Saturday was the ASPCA’s Wag-n-Walk in Zilker Park in Austin. That was an amazing day and Ash and I became mini-celebrities while there. I’m not going to go in depth on the whole experience because Ash is writing up a really great in-depth post of our adventures and all the people we met which will be posted over at Rescue Animals when it’s done. I have to say though, the people we met were incredible. For those of you familiar with Animal Cops New York (Animal Precinct) on Animal Planet, we got to meet, talk with, and take pictures with Annemarie Lucas, the face of the Animal Law Enforcement for the ASPCA. She is a wonderful person, so friendly, and you can just tell she loves her job. I’m really glad we got a chance to get to know her. We also made friends with Jo Sullivan, one of the happiest and coolest people we met. She’s the Senior Vice President of Development & Communications for the ASPCA and she kept announcing us on the bandstand because of 16 hour drive and made us come up to the front to be cheered for. Before we left, she gave Ash her card and told her if she needed anything, don’t be afraid to call. I think this is probably the biggest connection Ash could ever get for her job and I’m so proud of her.

There were tons of other people and we both made some great connections in Austin because of it. I cannot wait until next year’s event.

Sunday, Ash and I spent some time with her dad and extended family at a Celebrity Softball game at the Dell Diamond. Her family has a private suite and deck at the stadium, so we had very classy seats for the whole thing. I honestly felt like a celebrity because of it. I didn’t really know many of the celebrities playing on the field, except for Kyle Petty (who is not only a Nascar race car driver, but he can also sing!), but I guess there was a guy from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, Willie Nelson’s daughter, and someone from Lonestar. It was a fun game though and the concert afterward wasn’t bad either.

I do have a story though. At one point, I went to the bathroom (interesting story, huh?), and there were a couple of very drunk, very loud, very giggly girls there. I was washing my hands at the sink when they started flashing each other. Yes. Flashing. At each other. And laughing how none of them of were wearing bras (and one acknowledged she wasn’t wearing underwear and thank god I didn’t see her prove that fact). Anyway, I got out of there as fast as I could and came back to the suite and sat down next to Ash to tell her what had happened. Just as I was finishing, guess who walked into the suite? Yes. Those same girls. Turns out they were friends of one of Ash’s cousins. They didn’t seem to recognize me but I definitely felt awkward the rest of the time. Weird. Ash (and her dad who wasn’t surprised at all that it was those particular girls who had done it) thought the whole thing was hilarious. Fun times.

Afterward we went back to Ash’s sister’s house where we were staying for the night. Oh, I forgot to mention that Saturday after we got back to the house from the ASPCA event, Ash and I ended up locking my keys in my car. We spent the majority of that night outside with coat hangers and butter knives attempting to get in, and the better part of Sunday morning. We got the window down a little and managed to get a coat hanger into the car but it wasn’t strong enough to hit the lock and none of the hangers helped at trying to unlock the car from the inside of the door panel. Sunday after the ball game, Ash’s dad tried to help and managed to get the window open a little more, and Courtney supplied us with a metal yardstick. Just like that, the door was unlocked. Thank goodness. Today at some point we’re going to Home Depot so I can make a spare key.

The rest of this week will be job hunting and house hunting and meeting up with more family members. And possibly checking out the dog friendly restaurants they have here in Austin. Oh and shopping for some new clothes. Exciting. I have to also finish a paper for my class today, but as you can see, that’s clearly not getting very far. I choose blogging over writing a paper any day.

To bad I can’t get graded for blogging.

Projects and a bit of Austin.

I haven’t been doing a lot of daily posting lately just because I’ve been so busy. Design Coyote has been taking up most of my time, as have a couple of projects I’ve been working on. One of them is a new site that Ash and I have started called Rescue Animals, which is a site to promote animal adoption and welfare, as well as create a link database of Animal Shelters and Breed Rescues across the country. We would both appreciate if you could all head over there and submit the websites of your local shelters/organizations so we can increase our lists. It’s going to be a great cause once it really starts rolling.

Other than that, tomorrow we leave for Austin. Today I’m going to spruce up my resume and print some copies of it out and work on my portfolio some more, so that once we’re down there, I have something to hand in to people. I’m also going to make a list of places that I want to stop by and take a look at. Ash is the same way. I’ll also get a hold of our Realtor and see if we can look at a couple of houses. I really hope everything works out.

Wish us luck!

Sacrificial Television & Miracle Fish.

Today was another day spent outside playing basketball, though we did take a few minutes to charge down into the basement and start making lists of the things that we are taking with us to Austin (the rest will go into storage).

Unfortunately, there is one thing that won’t be going with us. Our TV. Which is now dead.

See, last night we had a scare. At around 12:30am we put the cats up for the night (they sleep in the laundry room so they don’t tear the house apart), and around 2:30am we finally came to bed. I was under the blankets already when I hear Ash say, “Oh my god.” At first, I had no idea what was wrong. She was standing by the TV with her head down, staring at something behind it. When she moved back, I finally realized what was so terrible.

At this point in the story, this has nothing to do with the TV. We’ll get to that. This is more important.

Oh the bookshelf behind the TV is where Galileo and Aristotle, our two bettas, live and swim (in separate tanks, of course). As soon as Ash had backed away, I saw that there was only one tank. Aristotle was swimming happily in his, but where Galileo’s tank was supposed to be was nothing but empty space. Ash reached down and picked up Galileo’s empty and broken tank and then very slowly picked up the fish that had now been in the carpet for at least two hours. Both of us thought he would be nothing but dry and dead, but when she picked him up, she found him still wet! And alive!

Quickly, because she’s amazing in the face of emergencies, Ash put him into a small bowl with fresh water and healing drops and he swam around in no time. We transferred him to a glass jar and put him back up on the shelf with his brother. From what we’ve deduced, sometime before I put the cats up for the night, one of them had managed to pull down his tank and somehow didn’t eat him when he fell on the carpet. But that fish had been out of water for AT LEAST two hours and he lived to tell the tale. Insane.

We should expect it from our fish though. We have miracle fish. Yep. Don’t believe me? Go read this story about the time one of our cats ATE Aristotle and then spit him back up, and that fish is still doing fine. Seriously. Miracle Fish.

What does this have to do with the TV? Well while our fish managed to float by unharmed, the TV wasn’t so lucky. About twenty minutes ago we tried to turn the TV on for the first time since yesterday and discovered it dead. DEAD. Won’t even flicker. When the cat pulled over the fish tank, some of the water must have hit the TV and was enough to kill it. Ash is currently attempting to dry it out with a hair dryer and rescue the poor thing, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be okay though it certainly isn’t looking good.

While I’m happy Galileo made it safely, I really wish this hadn’t of happened. Why is that things like this take place right before big events that need money? We can’t afford a new TV. This just sucks. Seriously. Why do things like this happen? I’m thankful we have our fish, but why did the TV have to get sacrificed? Not fair.

Guess we’ll just have to go back to living in the Stone Age. And watch movies on our laptops like cavemen.

Showing Off My Body!

HTML Body that is.  What happened to my design, you ask?  Surely you know!

Today is the Annual CSS Naked Day! Go check it out and learn more about what this means and why I’ve stripped myself naked just for you!

This design isn’t as great as my last participation into CSS Naked Day. There are a few bugs, like my page links and the fact that there’s no header saying that you’ve reached Snailbird.com. But hey, it still works! Right?

Yep. Happy CSS Naked Day, all!

Photographic Hiking Moments.

This weekend was absolutely beautiful. It was like the clouds had finally given up keeping the sun back and Spring dropped down on us with warm weather in tow. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Saturday, Ash and I (well really it was my idea and I got Ash to go along with it) decided to take the pups to Cumberland Mountain State Park and have a picnic and do some hiking. And by picnic I mean pick up some Taco Bell on the way, and by hiking I mean wandering slowly through the woods making our own trails and taking lots of pictures. Either way, we had a lot of fun and the dogs had a blast.

Cutie

Ash took advantage of the sunlight and tried out her new macro lens on her camera and took a lot of beautiful pictures to add to her portfolio. A few times, I thought for sure she was going to fall into the river we were walking next to in her unstoppable effort to get that great shot. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.

Oh Jeez

And while I’m not that great of a photographer, I did have some fun getting pictures of one of the tiny creeks we jumped over while creating our own path through the woods.

water

While I didn’t fall in, I did come out of the whole thing with a few scratches because the dogs pulled me into a thicket of thorny brambles. I forgive them. They were having fun. Of course, Ash decided to take matters into her own hand and decided the dogs needed to be punished.

Poor pup

Poor Rufus. Don’t worry, he’s a good swimmer. *

On Sunday, the Spring weather continued to grace us with her presence and we spent the day outside playing basketball, gardening, and cleaning up the backyard while the dogs barked incessantly at the geese that hang out on our lake. On Monday, we woke up to snow.

That’s right. Snow.

Thank goodness it only last two days and today shot back up the 60s and we continued where we had left off on Sunday, by going outside, playing basketball, gardening some more, and chasing down the dogs as they tore up the grass in the front yard. It was gorgeous. The night is cooler, but the house is warm from the day’s sun and we’re in the middle of making a good dinner of fresh broccoli and cranberries. Tomorrow, I’m going to work on some design projects and continue our search for a house and jobs in Austin. I’ve been submitting my resume to several places but I think it would help if I could go in person. Maybe we’ll take a trip down there before we actually have to move. I hope so.

In either case, at least we’ll be in Austin eventually, where warm weather is more constant than in Tennessee. Though that reminds me… why is it so expensive to move? U-Hauls should not cost so much.

*No puppies were harmed in the making of this post.

Egg Hunt, Anyone?

A man from the local church knocked on the door this morning to let us know that they were having a meeting about Easter soon. Ash’s mom answered the door and came back to tell us what he said.

Ash: “What did he want?”
Her Mom: “To tell us that the most important holiday in the bible is coming up.”
Ash (puzzled): “What’s that?”
Her Mom: “Easter.”
Ash (excited and waving hands wildly around her head): “EASTER! We gotta do eggs!”
Her Mom: “I don’t think that’s what he wanted to remind you to do.”

In any case, Ash and I are now completely excited over painting eggs and hiding them around the house and getting lots of chocolate. Yeah, yeah, I know the whole Christian religious meaning behind it, but I’d rather dance around naked in the backyard and pretend I’m Ä’ostre and eat lots of eggs. Makes more sense to me. Maybe minus the naked part. I don’t think our neighbors would appreciate that.

The First of April!

I generally don’t do a lot for this little holiday (other than scaring people on Twitter), but I thought I’d share with you a few places that DO tackle the day with humor and style.

01. Whole Foods Market: Organic Air for $6.99 for .02oz. You can get it in Original, Sea Breeze, Mountain Wind, and Salt and Vinegar.

02. Expedia.com: Flight to Mars now being booked for $99. Save over $3,000,000,000,000! Hurry, the sale only lasts 24 hours.

03. Youtube.com: Got some time to stand on your head and watch some Spotlight videos? It’s all the rage!

04. Gmail.com: Never write another email again! The Gmail Autopilot copies your style flawlessly and answers every email in a way you would sure to do so yourself.

05. Google.com: Google Chrome now comes in 3D (as powered by CADIE). Print out your glasses, put them on, and enjoy the show that only Chrome can give.

06. Smashing Magazine: Internet Explorer 8 is up for release and Smashing Magazine has all the details. IE8, codename “Eagle Eye” is the world’s next famous browser!

07. Woot.com: While they seem to have been sold out, Woot’s Random Crap’s shipping savings made it an awesome buy – only $1,000,000 to be shipped anywhere!

08. Livejournal.com: LJ, one of the internet’s first blogging platforms, has decided to go Twitter on everyone and change the friend’s pages of their users! Now instead of just easy to read posts, you’ll become your friend’s stalker and learn every single detail about their internet life. How great is that?

09. Kodak.com: Kodak has developed a new camera. The EyeCamera makes you look an awesome cyborg and is a hit at parties!

10. MySwitzerland.com: Switzerland is offering a chance for a free vacation if you willingly sign up to be one of their Mountain Cleaners. Go dusts some hills!

11. Wii Nintendo: Kingdom Hearts III is going to be released on the Wii! (Actually, this isn’t funny. I wish.)

12. GameStop: Ever want to learn the secrets behind ventriloquists? GameStop now has the exclusive My Wii Buddy for all your doll-talking needs.

13. PizzaHut: Now the best pizza you can get is your own face! Upload your face, and PizzaHut will recreate it into a tasty tasty dish.

Have more that I missed? Comment and let me know. These were just some of my favorites. Happy Fool’s Day everyone!