Monday, November 07, 2005

Halloween festivities

We've had a great Halloween month around Schaererville... it began early in October with a trip to the local nursery-turned-pumpkin-patch, which led to decorating the yard with our pumpkin and gourd purchases, and on to Halloween weekend.

After Catherine's parade and program at school on Friday the 28th, we went trick or treating at the zoo on Saturday with Henry and his mom Rebecca. We got drenched in a downpour after getting 2/3 of the way through the zoo, but even the sloshing didn't deter our devoted little tricksters. After a quick rest under the overhang by the elephant enclave, we made a run for it and got to the car only somewhat soggy.

We then shared our neighborhood with Brigitte Brice for Halloween since her neighborhood right now is the Marriott Courtyard downtown as she and her folks get set to move back to Australia. Halloween isn't nearly the developed commercial escapade Down Under, so she made the best of her last one in the U.S. She and Catherine ran from door to door, hitting every porch-lighted home in 4 cul de sacs and 3 streets. We gave up only after Catherine's pumpkin bucket could not hold one more fun-sized Snickers. Once we got home, the coup de grace of the night was a set of vampire teeth.

Alas, after the Halloween goblins went south for yet another year, most of the candy made its way to that great candy graveyard: my office. One night of a sugar high (we peeled the kid off the ceiling around 10pm and spent the next hour getting her to bed) was more than enough until next year!

Friday, October 07, 2005

New Blog!


After a bit of a hiatus, we're back online with our family blog. Finding the time to dash off a quick note (not to mention up to date photos) has become a bigger challenge than it used to be...not sure why.

A few items of note:
Marc launched the website for his photography. Please take a look:
The link is also posted in our links section. I'm really proud of the work he's done!

And we are now in the relatively early stages of launching another business -- a franchise we purchased over the summer. Cartridge World is the global leader in providing inkjet and toner cartridge refilling/recycling/remanufacturing, and we jumped right in by acquiring two stores. The industry is well over $50 billion worldwide (to put that in perspective, the entire cell phone industry is a mere $24 billion). It's very interesting when you consider that the big printer manufacturers (HP, Canon, Epson and Lexmark) make the majority of their profits on their OEM ink and toner cartridges. I could quote all sorts of factoids here about the amount of waste in landfills when cartridges are not recycled as well as significant cost savings (in general, around 50%!), but common sense probably speaks louder than those facts would anyway. If you want to know more, you can visit the Cartridge World website:
We are in the final stages of signing a lease for our first store, and we'll keep you posted on the grand opening plans!

For those who know about our master plan to eventually build and live within an RV park in our beloved Uinta Mountains, that is still on the radar. We are hoping that the cashflow from our Cartridge World stores will provide us the financial freedom to do that project the way we've dreamed of instead of the way that is most immediately profitable.

In the meantime, we are s
uburbanite parents with a rambunctious, precocious, very loveable 3-year-old. Catherine thrives on her half-day schedule at Montessori and spends her afternoons with Marsha (Nanny Extraordinaire). We are working toward Halloween and a costume; so far the progression has been from a dinosaur princess with wings to a purple dog with brown spots. Who knows what next week's imagination will produce?

Happy Trails!