Tuesday, January 5, 2016

R.I.P, Uncle Bill

This morning a phone call from Mom brought the sad news that my Uncle Bill had just passed. It wasn't unexpected news as he wasn't doing well at all the past couple days and Mom had stayed with him pretty much the whole time. He was always such a happy, fun, and caring guy and will be missed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Wars The Force Awakens!

We saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens today and it was fantastic! We both loved it! Thankfully we were able to avoid all spoilers, and we didn't even watch any of the trailers after the initial trailer so we went in not knowing anything and not looking for any specific scenes. I'm not saying it was a perfect movie, but it was totally enjoyable from start to finish and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Car Smogged and Lights On

Took my car in for a smog test today and it passed with flying colors. I started reading Game of Thrones while I was waiting it to finish.

After lunch I put up our multi-color LED Christmas lights that we got on sale from Kmart. We got the icicle style which hang down so that we could just hang them from the existing hooks and they'd be visible.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Card Door Lock Actuator Replacement

The driver's side door lock on our Toyota Highlander had been acting finicky for the past few months, sometimes responding to the remote's command to lock and sometimes ignoring it. A fix by Toyota would have cost hundreds of dollars, but thanks to the Internet and YouTube I found that it'd be possible to self repair for much less (under $30). So that's what I did today.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Loss of a Friend, R.I.P. Brian

This morning we learned some very sad news, that our friend Brian had passed away last night. It was very sudden and unexpected. It had been a few weeks since we last got to see him and it's very painful knowing that we'll never get to see him again.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Laptop Repair Complete!

After I arrived home from donating platelets at the Blood Center I found that the remaining parts I needed to repair my Uncles laptop had arrived. I didn't know the total extent of the laptop's damage because the power button was broken so it wouldn't turn on. I knew that besides the power button, the back of the lid was cracked, the front bezel was cracked, and left LCD screen bracket was broken. It broke where it attaches to the left hinge so it definitely needed to be replaced. The back of the lid was also cracked bad enough that it also needed to be replaced, as two of the screws holes that attach to the right hinge were completely broken off.

I had already replaced the left LCD bracket on Saturday, so what remained was to install the new back cover, power button, and front screen bezel. The power button attaches to the back lid cover so I did those together. The back lid contained various wires and other electronics that were taped down, so had to remove those carefully before transferring them over to the new back cover. Once I got that installed and the LCD screen screwed down I plugged it in and turned it on. Thankfully it booted just fine.

I then took the whole thing out back to blow all the dust out of it before finishing up. I put on the new front screen bezel, put back the keyboard and keyboard bezel, and finally put back the hard drive and battery. It again booted up fine, which was a relief, so then moved on to software updates. I updated the BIOS, did all the needed Windows Updates, installed a few missing drivers, and updated some others. So far it seems to be working good as new!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The End of Parks and Recreation.

We watched the series finale of Parks and Recreation this evening, which was phenomenal. One of the best series finales I've seen. I loved how they showed snippets of the characters' future selves while also giving them all one last project to tackle together. I also loved all the cameos of past characters. I'm going to miss that show.