Westinghouse Television

November 2, 2012

I purchased a 26″ Westinghouse LCD widescreen television about 3 years ago. Just this week it has failed to work. Well it turns on but there is no picture. The white indicator light is on meaning the television is on. Also I hear the sound of the satellite station from the speakers. Blank screen though.

I’ve tried many things including unplugging the tv in hopes that it would somehow reset itself. TV’s are pretty much small computers anymore. I adjusted cords in case they got loose from the normal vibration of the earth. I pressed every button on the remote. There’s not much I didn’t do that would normally fix issues like this.

Well I went ahead and sent an email to the company. No reply yet. Being impatient I went ahead and searched the instruction booklet for a customer service phone number. I’ve attached an image of the page below:


I challenge anyone reading this to call that number. Don’t worry, you won’t get a customer service rep. I assure you I won’t be purchasing anymore Westinghouse products in the future.

Hey but one bright side. I got this dandy magnetic screwdriver that came in the manual bag 🙂


Dollar Tree

October 29, 2012

I don’t frequent the Dollar Tree or Dollar stores in general but over the weekend I needed to kill some time. This is what I discovered.


I’m still trying to figure out if this is a misspelling or an attempt to be clever with naming a product. What do you think?

Hy-Vee Jailbreak

September 21, 2011

Hy-Vee jail

Little man in his prison garb making a break from the Hy-Vee jail. Notice the depu-T trying to snag his leg on the speedy getaway.

Who needs to watch the World’s Strongest Man Competition when you got this little gem to watch? To the finish line in 18 seconds flat without even breaking a sweat. And that’s pushing it THROUGH the grass! I’m so proud of the little man.

Don’t worry, I’ll be getting him a support belt for Christmas 😀

180 Degree Rotation

September 18, 2011


I just got home phone service installed last week and needed a phone to plug into it. Apparently bundling internet with phone service is cheaper than having internet alone. Go figure. Anyway I decided to pick up a cordless phone at Target since I was there for the weekly grocery shopping anyway. While looking at phones, my daughter saw the cell phone selection directly behind me. She decided to investigate. The pic above is her rotating one of the cell phones. Apparently the clips and tethers that lock the cell phones to the wall can snap together upside down. T felt the need to rotate all of them. I didn’t argue.


September 15, 2011

T&M Sharing in the car

Major breakthrough! Look at the snapshot above. What do you see? You may say that you just see 2 kids reaching over to each other or you may notice the tiny piece of puffed corn kernel between their fingertips.

Do you know what I see? I see a little bit more freedom for myself while I’m driving. Normally I’d have to push the driver seat all the way back so I was within arms reach of my son. This way I could hand back little puffed corn or other snacks for him to keep him calm during drives. This also made it a very uncomfortable way to drive as my legs would have to be stretched to press the gas and brake pedals. With this discovery that the kids can reach each other (barely), I can merely hand the whole bag to T and she can feed him for me! This is brilliant stuff! Of course this also means that she’ll be eating half the bag. Small price to pay I guess.

PS. I took the snap shot while at a stop sign. Don’t worry, the vehicle wasn’t moving at the time.

Lucky Soda

September 14, 2011

I have a couple of friends who are photographers (husband and wife team to be exact). They team up often and they are quite the duo when it comes to photo shoots. The Dynamic Davis Duo I sometimes like to refer to them as. Different angles, different perspectives, different ideas. It’s great to have them take time out of their busy schedules to do a photo shoot of our family.

Lucky Soda

They recently did a family photo shoot for us. My header image actually came from that photo shoot and it’s one of the many that I love. I thought it would be nice to make them a gift. I knew they had recently changed their website and company identity to Lucky Soda. I think it’s a name that suits them well. Anyway I thought making custom labels and attaching them to soda bottles would be a fun thing to do. Truth be told I didn’t design the labels so they aren’t completely custom. I merely stole the image from their website and made labels from it. What do you think?

Thanks again you two! You guys are great!

1. Complete and utter household chaos. I used to be very neat and organized in my youth. I absolutely hated things to be out of place. I loved having my own apartment because I knew that when I came home at the end of the day, everything would be just as I had left it. With children, organization and control are impossible. It’s like a tornado hits your living spaces 3 times a day. Tidying up will last you 24 hrs at best. You just stop caring and leave things as they lie. Your friends just need to accept it. Period.

2. You will find toys where they don’t belong. Sometimes in pots and pans, sometimes in the toilet. On the same note, you will find food in places that they shouldn’t be. Sometimes they have been there for longer than you care to know. Who knows? That grilled cheese sandwich that you gave your 3 year old last week that you thought she finished… could very well be in her doll chest at the foot of her bed. Oh and I’ve made cheese from whole milk in a sippy before. I didn’t even know it was possible or even that I was trying. Discovering it was a surprise to me.

3. Double dipping? Whatever. I eat kids leftovers all the time now. At a microscopic level, their saliva has been breaking down that food since we started eating. By the time I get to it, I’m sure it’s halfway digested already. Ewww. I know.

4. Kids will struggle to eat things off of a plate but have no qualms with eating things right off the floor… No matter what it looks like or how long it’s been there. I’ve pulled a struggling beetle from my sons mouth. I was not happy… I’m sure the beetle wasn’t either. And my son was rather displeased that I stole his snack.

5. 75% of the time I go to work with stains on my shirts whether it be food, saliva, snot or what have you. I used to try and wipe some of them off in the restroom at work but have since given up. I’m a parent. I have stained clothes. I’m considering filling up my closet with plaid shirts because they tend to hide all sorts of stains.

6. Changing poopie diapers. Yes I said poopie. Actually worse than that is cleaning out poopie cloth diapers to prep them for the wash. That is not fun… at all.

7. Sicknesses will last weeks as opposed to days. It’s not because the bacteria or virus is any stronger, it’s just that we all are passing it back and forth in the family as well as getting different mutated versions from daycare. It’s like a never ending cycle.

8. Cost of daycare. If you have kids in daycare, you know what I’m talking about. I’m sporting 2 kids in daycare. If you don’t have any kids, consider this. It’s like paying a monthly mortgage bill… and not having a house to show for it.

9. Excessive food cleanup. I remember when cleaning up after dinner meant pre-rinsing the dishes to put them in the dishwasher. For two people that’s not that much. Now it’s a one hour+ ordeal. Sometimes I wonder if the kids ate anything at all considering the amount of food schmeared all over the table and booster chair.

10. Being (unfashionably) late to pretty much everything. Whether you are on schedule or even early in preparing, inevitably there will be a catastrophe right before you need to leave. Things like blowouts or my 3 year old needing to go to the potty NOW. Perhaps there may even be a sippy failure. It can happen, and it does.

11. Piles of clean laundry. I hate doing laundry in general but I used to deal. Now I swear every day a full load is created. How is this even possible? Aren’t kids clothes smaller than adult clothes? Does it really only take a single day to fill up an entire load for the wash? Then you have to dry and fold and put away. I won’t lie. The guest bed is actually a place to put all the clean unfolded laundry. It’s big enough to hide a body under right now. I don’t know what’s scarier. The fact that there is such a big pile of laundry on the guest bed… or that there could actually be a body under there.

Pictures of Feet/Shoes

September 12, 2011

I’ve never understood the whole fascination with taking a photo of your feet in whatever situation they may be in. I went ahead and tried it out.


This is my son with a leaf chillin next to my feet dressed in cheap sandals.

I won’t lie to you. I still don’t get it.

Perhaps you are wondering why I began this blog on September first. You may be wondering what the significance of this day is. Well sit down and have a cup of coffee because I am about to tell you what that significance is.

Wait for it…

There IS no significance. It’s an arbitrary date. I just thought that a “first of” would be a good date to start as it’s the first of something already. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years already under a pseudo name and I thought it was about time to create a new blog about me and my random thoughts. At its core, this is a blog for me and everyone that is not going to read it.