All in Life

Graduate School Begins Today

I have mulled over my graduate school options for years: researched various programs, met with program coordinators, and taken grad-level standardized tests. Well, after 10 years, I'm finally starting my Masters of Science in Information Technology Management today at Western Governers University (WGU) Nevada! 

Hockey Makes a Home

Who would have thought? After 112 years, the City of Las Vegas was (finally) awarded a professional sports team, by the NHL of all leagues. To say that critics were skeptical would be an understatement.

Dear Moose

Today marks 6 months since you crossed the rainbow bridge. I wish I could say that I miss you less or that your absence has gotten easier with time, but that wouldn't be true. Your brother Scout misses you very much and still looks for you every day.

Rosslyn is ONE!

On May 22nd, our sweet baby girl turned 1 year old. I can hardly believe it! This has been the quickest year of my entire life - it really seems like yesterday that we went to grab a quick breakfast before heading to the hospital, not knowing that we would be having a baby that day.

Ridge Wallet

Recently, my trusty leather Bellroy wallet had been showing heavy signs of wear. Despite being my first minimalist wallet, it had began to swell with various payment, reward, and business cards. After less than three years, the leather had stretched and lost its original shape and was taking up too space in my pocket.

Recipe - Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

I am still totally obsessed with the Instant Pot and have been researching and trying new recipes, while also sticking to a few of our favorites. One of those favorites is shrimp scampi. It's unbelievably quick and easy to make and has our entire family (including baby Rosslyn) smacking our lips with delight. 

A Minivan?!

Like many others, I swore that I would NEVER drive a minivan. They are so not cool, right?! Well, I am not ashamed to say that I changed my mind and I don't regret it one bit.

Las Vegas Snow 2018

It's been a long time since I remember seeing snow in the Las Vegas Valley. In fact, the last time I recall there being a snowstorm was December of 2006. I will never forget that storm, as I was taking the first significant vacation from my job at Nevada State College and traveling to San Diego to play tourist for a week.

The Life Changing Instant Pot

Awhile back, I started seeing friends on social media talking about the Instant Pot. I didn't really pay much attention because I didn't figure that it was really great.

Fast forward to now and the hype never seemed to die down. I started wondering if this appliance was really as fantastic as everyone makes it out to be. After doing a little research, I discovered that the Instant Pot is a multi-function, programmable pressure cooker. I had never used a pressure cooker, but had always heard that they can be very dangerous.

An Evening With Cake - 02/17/18

Last weekend, John and I were able to go to The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan to see his favorite band, Cake. We originally purchased tickets for his birthday and the show was scheduled for October. It was postponed after the 1 October shooting, so we were happy the day had finally come!

It was an interesting experience, to say the least...

Walmart Curbside Pick-Up

I hate to say it, but grocery shopping is the bane of my existence. It's a necessary evil, because obviously we need food in the house, but I absolutely hate having to go to the store.

I think part of my hate is due to how crowded the stores near us always seem to be. Initially, we were going to a nearby Smith's because they have a great deli and decent prices. However, our particular location seems small, the parking lot is a mess and it is always jam packed full of people, no matter what time we went. I would always try to avoid the shopping or put it off as long as possible because it annoyed me so much. 

Dragon Warrior

During my holiday vacation, there were many mornings where the baby had gone for a nap and Teri wasn't quite yet awake. I found myself revisiting memories from my childhood of playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with my Mom. I loaded up the ROM for Dragon Warrior on my Recalbox and set off on a quest to save the princess and rid the land of a tyrant in all of its 8-bit glory.

Goodbye Moose

Today has been a very rough day at both the Williams and Nicpon households. This morning we had to make the very difficult decision to say goodbye to our beloved Moose. Although I am overcome with sadness, I know that this was the best thing for him. His health had started to decline over the last few months, and over the last 2 weeks had become worse.

Robot Life (Enhanced)

I've officially been on holiday time since December 15th @ 5:01pm. I ended my last day of work before vacation by taking my team from UNLV to Giordano's for deep dish pizzas and libations.

Aside from work and post-Thanksgiving holiday prep, I've been anxious for Christmas Day to roll around. Rosslyn and Teri have some great gifts and surprises in store for them!

Car Seat Safety

A couple of weeks ago, here in Las Vegas, a 9 year old was killed and their 6 year old sibling was seriously injured while riding in their minivan. All of the seats had been removed from the back - so not only were the kids not in child safety seats, they were not restrained AT ALL. I immediately felt sick to my stomach when I saw this on the news. This is a tragedy that was totally preventable.

Update - Hello Mint SIM!

True to my word, this is the follow-up article to my original Hello Mint SIM! post from September.

After a month of no major issues and even more drama with Teri's T-Mobile account, I switched Teri to Mint Sim in October. We've both been using Mint SIM without any major issues. Calls, Texts, Internet,  Android Auto, and Tethering all worked great with Mint SIM.