News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Friday, 5 November, 2010
Moved on to Facebook
by nate

Sorry about the lack of updates here, but you're not likely to see any more on I don't have the time nor energy to maintain my own blog software.

If you're looking for updates from us, find us on Facebook.

9:43 | Tags: Happenings | 0 Comments

Monday, 10 August, 2009
Make yourself at home
by nate

This summer we've enjoyed feeding the birds. It took a few months before the squirrels and chipmunks found our first feeder, which they destroyed. It was a cheap plastic tube feeder and they chewed right through the perch so it was unusable. We replaced it with this wooden feeder we got at the Christmas Tree Shoppe for $10. The squirrels haven't damaged it yet, but the chipmunks have figured out they can get up inside the roof and just sit in the seed while they stuff their cheeks.

15:25 | Tags: Pets | 1 Comment

Wednesday, 8 July, 2009
Dessert Truck on Today Show Saturday
by nate

While we're on vacation in New York City we decided to stop by the Dessert Truck which we saw in an episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. When we found it on 3rd Ave we also found NBC was covering the truck for a piece on Weekend Today. The piece airs on Saturday during the 8 o'clock hour. We had the warm chocolate bread pudding with bacon custard sauce and the milk chocolate mousse with creamy peanut butter center and caramelized popcorn. Trekking to 3rd Ave was certainly worth the effort.

21:47 | Tags: Happenings | 0 Comments

Monday, 29 June, 2009
Its been a while!
Surgery tomorrow!
by heather

I know, I know, its been a long time since I've updated about my health. I usually try to do anything to NOT think about my health...things have just been crappy lately! The last surgery that I had (just about 2 years ago) was on my lower back. They went in at the L4/L5 level and snipped my 'tethered' spinal cord. In doing this, they damaged the nerves that go to my bladder and legs. I've had trouble with my bladder since the nerves were damaged. Tomorrow I will have surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. The problem I've had is that I can't fully empty my bladder; this causes it to stretch and high pressure that could back up into the kidneys (really bad). So, I'm having a tube put through my abdomen, into my bladder to help empty it fully. Sorry if this was "too much information", I just thought I'd share what's going on.

21:15 | Tags: Chiari | 2 Comments

Tuesday, 21 April, 2009
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 'Disc Golf'
by nate

I'm not one to go out and spend $50 on a game, but I just might have to for this one. I just watch this video regarding a disc golf mode coming to Tiger Woods 10 for the Wii. I enjoy golf games but I haven't gotten one for the Wii yet. This might be the one to get.

17:31 | Tags: Wii | 0 Comments

Sunday, 29 March, 2009
by heather

I've been taking painting lessons off and on since November. I have started many projects, but this is the first on that I finished!! I'm really enjoying the class. Mom and I are going to AC Moore for our class on Friday evenings. Its a fun way to spend time with Mom and create some artwork!

17:50 | Tags: Projects | 5 Comments

Monday, 16 February, 2009
Circuity Clearance Sale
by nate

We stopped by the local Circuit City to see if there were any clearance items worth picking up. I had been in there earlier looking at Digital SLRs, but they only had picked over display models. There was a Nikon D80 there which Heather wanted, but it was still $627 and it didn't include any accessories, not even a battery. We did find some bookshelf speakers for under $30 and a TiVo HD for $220. The sales guys even found me a power cable and a remote. So now I have a TiVo which can play Netflix and YouTube!

7:51 | Tags: Happenings | 0 Comments

Wednesday, 28 January, 2009
Just Enjoying My Blanket
by nate

Usually when Baxter pulls his blanket out of his crate, he whips it around and pulls out the stuffing. Today, I found him using it as a pillow.


9:58 | Tags: Pets | 0 Comments

Monday, 12 January, 2009
What am I?
I need suggestions...
by heather

I went from being a highschool student and athlete, to a college student, to a mechanical engineer, to a neuro-surgical patient, to what-ever I am now... that's what I need help with. What am I now??

When I run into people I haven't seen in a while, I'm often asked these ever-so-common questions.
  • "what are you doing these days?"
  • "what do you do for work?"
I never know how to answer them. I've come up with some answers, but I don't like any of them..
  • "I'm a stay-at-home mom with no kids"
  • "I'm a house-wife, but my husband does most of the cooking and cleaning"

So, I'm looking for suggestions... What am I?

12:47 | Tags: Happenings | 3 Comments

Sunday, 21 December, 2008
The Never-Ending Hibiscus
by nate

It's two degrees below zero outside, we're expecting 12-20 inches of snow in the next 24 hours, and we are still getting new flowers from the hibiscus Heather bought last spring.

8:20 | Tags: Gardening | 0 Comments

Sunday, 16 November, 2008
Disconnecting our Minnesota cell phones
by nate

We decided it is time to disconnect our T-mobile phones which we've had for four years. We picked up a TracFone for traveling and emergencies, but our primary number will be our land line.

The best part about this is that we're removing about $60 from our monthly budget. It was really frustrating to spend that much for 500 minutes which we didn't come close to using. The TracFone will cost only $80 a year to keep it running. Add to that if we actually need to use it.

Our long distance calling will move over to our land line. We just committed to a year of service to get unlimited long distance calling for the same price we were already paying. For the next three months, we'll even get a discount. I'm impressed to see a phone company giving us a better deal. Thank you, FairPoint.

12:41 | Tags: Happenings | 0 Comments

Friday, 7 November, 2008
Addicted to House
by nate

Last week I bought the first four seasons of "House M.D." from Amazon VoD for a total of $20. It only took a little over a day to download all 22 episodes to our TiVo. We talked about starting to watch the series before, so when I saw this deal, I couldn't pass it up. Needless to say, we're addicted to it and we're watching at least one episode every night.

One thing we noticed immediately is that the video is so much clearer than anything we record off our analog cable. I've been thinking about subscribing to Netflix just to watch movies with good video and surround sound. Perhaps watching "House M.D." will push me far enough to just do it.

18:05 | Tags: TV TiVo | 1 Comment

Wednesday, 1 October, 2008
Diabetes fund-raiser
American Diabetes Association
by heather

My little brother, Caleb was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 8 years old. Type 1 diabetes is the kind that is insulin dependent, so he wears a pump that administers insulin when he needs it. He was done a great job at learning about counting carbohydrates in the foods that he eats and then figuring out how much insulin he needs. He is not letting the diabetes get in the way of anything that he wants to do! He plays soccer, baseball, and of course basketball. He LOVES basketball! Just in the short time that Caleb has had diabetes, the technology has improved (he went from injecting himself up to 6 times per day with shots of insulin, to just programing in the number of carbs that he ate into his pump). Just think of the improvement he will look back on when he gets older! That's why fundraisers like this are important.

The American Diabetes Association is having a fundraiser this Sunday in Augusta Maine called 'Step Out: walk against diabetes'. For more information, check out Caleb's Team page.

13:14 | Tags: Happenings | 0 Comments

Tuesday, 30 September, 2008
Big Bang Theory
by nate

I'm surprised that I haven't written about The Big Bang Theory yet. It was our favorite new show from last season and this season has started off great too. It's totally hilarious, especially for a geek like me. I highly recommend it.

11:19 | Tags: TV | 3 Comments

Sunday, 28 September, 2008
Amazing Race 13 Tonight
by nate

The Amazing Race 13 starts tonight. It has been a long time since we've watched TAR. We didn't see last season because we moved when it premiered and didn't want to start it part way through.

15:17 | Tags: TV | 2 Comments