Woohoo!

This has been the most exciting and eventful few days that I can remember. First off we had all the holiday madness, friends, family and all the turmoil as usual. We had a good Christmas and got some great gifts. But after all that, like two nights ago it all got a little weird.
I’m sure most of you know that I’m on twitter (@gibb626) and pretty active within my one little group. I follow about 300 people and its mostly reciprocal. I “speak” with probably 15-20 regularly. Jim Irsay is someone I follow but he doesn’t follow me and I don’t speak with him at all. Until Tuesday night. He posted a riddle and the winner got a trip to Hawaii and the ProBowl.
I won.
Seriously, yesterday I spoke with his assistant and they are working out all the flight and hotel details, but we’ll be spending 5 nights in Honolulu and the end of January! Erin and I are both still in shock a bit to say the least.
The answer to the riddle was “one hundred forty characters” the question was basically a long tweet that had the numbers 1, 4, 0 and the word characters at the end. It wasn’t that hard but it wasn’t that easy either. Tons of people got it right after me. I was lucky.
After Irsay declared that there was a winner but that they were working on determining exactly who it was, I started to check to see if it was me. I was flooded with tweets that said i had won, of course not from anyone with any authority but still… People were saying I’d won! I was wired. Did I mention it was after 11pm and Erin had work the next day? She didn’t quite believe what I was talking about mainly because she wanted to go to bed and secondly because I think she thought my Twitter fascination was a waste of time. But I didn’t really care, I thought I had won and I had no chance of actually sleeping until the real winner was announced. Irsay then tweeted that they would announce the next morning.
Kyle and I headed the Steak N Shake to kill some time. I got home about 2:30am. I laid down and stayed awake all night. Waiting…
The next morning at 8 I moved to the couch to wait. At 10 I got a direct message that they thought the winner was me but they weren’t announcing for sure yet. Well that pretty much made me twice as excited, phone calls went out to friends and family with the caveat that it wasn’t official yet. At 2pm I got another direct message this one was a phone number to his assistant to setup the travel arraignments. Moments later he announced it on Twitter. I was flooded again…

The other big news is that Erin and I are moving forward on our Debt Snowball. Yesterday we also paid off the next in the line. We still have a ways to go but since this was our first big payoff, I think now this is just the start of really getting the snowball rolling. It only gets bigger as it rolls along.

So much work left to do…

It’s getting towards the end of the year again. Winter is coming quick.

The leaves are almost totally fallen here at The Green (new name for the house I think), at least in the backyard. Our Maple is almost totally bare now, the Beech tree refuses to give its hoard up until its entirely too cold and snowy to do anything about it. I’ve got plenty of leaves to clean up though, our leaf blower died last weekend and Sears says it’ll take until at least December to get it repaired. Oh joy.

I’ve got plenty left to do though: There’s windows to seal from the drafts, gutters to clean out so the driveway doesn’t flood with ice in January, the garage needs cleaned out so Erin can park inside and we can get the snow blower in there, and probably tons of other stuff I haven’t even thought of yet.

There’s so much left to do to prepare our home for the winter that I know is just around the corner even though I still feel a warm breeze now and then. The sun that I catch on my way home warms me through but I know when I get out of the car I will certainly freeze again.

It seems that fall isn’t what it used to be, there’s no more crisp morning with a hint of leaf smoke in it, no long evenings outside with a fire or working in the yard. Sunrise and sunset seem to coincide with leaving for and returning from work. I miss childhood and the innocence from time that you get, it doesn’t matter when you start or stop playing only that you get enough in before dark comes. Now it seems that I just try to get through the day and prepare for the next one.

Some quick stats

I havne’t provided any stats for a while, here’s April:

  • 2,335 visits / 294.9 per day
  • 51,680 hits / 1,722.67 per day
  • Only 15 blog posts
  • Interesting Search Terms
    • church slogans (7)
    • woman ass (4) Better than man ass I guess.
    • massachusetts favorit dinner called dinner of u.s.a (3) 3 people spelled favorite wrong? Wow.
    • riding lawn mower pregnant hurts (2) Umm…

An interesting month really, the most visits ever, just beating January 2007 by about 80. I like seeing the consistent number of visitors each month of 2000-2500. Tell your friends, keep commenting and keep blogging on your own sites.

Stats time!

Another month, another few thousand readers… Thanks for checking me out… Here’s the skinny:

  • Unique visitors: 2,064 (IP Address) First time over 2000!
  • Number of visits: 4,277 (12.51 hits/visitor)
  • Hits: 53,501
  • Total Bandwidth: 1.01GB
  • Average visits per day: 137.97
  • Average hits per day: 1,725.8
  • Top Countries
    1. United States
    2. Unknown
    3. Canada
    4. European Union
    5. China
  • Popularity:
    • Tuesday was the busiest day.
    • 3pm was the busiest time.
    • Average visit time: 489s

Not too bad eh? Definitely happy with hitting the 2,000 uniques per month mark, daily readership is down but appears to be more consistent day over day. Kyle was the top non-search referer again. Google sent over 1700 people to my page though, Kyle sent about 36… 86 of you added me to your favorites, thanks so much!
4 people found my site by searchign for butt rocket, 48 found it with cavatappi amatriciana, one person found me by typing 3455396… WTF?
Well that’s all until next month. Keep reading and leaving those comments!

What a day…

Well it’s been one of those days so far today… I woke up this afternoon (yes I did mean afternoon) and sat around for a while before the Colts game came on. While I was reading the paper, waiting on the aforementioned game to start I was told that my uncle’s computer needed some work. Usually not a problem, something easy like plugging in the power cord on the printer, today was no such day. I went over there during halftime to check things out. He had hosed his system, spyware galore… That took a while to get off then he told me about some email that he had gotten from "Paypal." It was asking him to verify his password, he clicked the link and gave away all his personal info. So I had to get into the real Paypal and try to fix it all. He lost some money, but I think all is well now. It’s now halfway through the 4th quarter when I get home. Of course we all know by now that the Colts lost a tough game, they just couldn’t execute today, no big deal, the real season doesn’t start up again until January.

The other thing that went wrong today that I just recently found out was the fact that when I ordered a new computer yesterday from Dell, for whatever reason, the order didnt’ go through. I found a sweet deal on the Dell Outlet and tried to buy it, it didn’t work. Of course by the time I had figured that out the computer was gone. I just bought a brand new one, screw it, I’m tired of dealing with the crap, it’s only money right?

Now I’m sitting here waiting on time to go play ball, maybe that’ll go better…