1 Jul
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Red Spot on Nose of Dog, Red Irritated Nostril

About a week ago, my dog who is 3 years old developed a hot spot on the inside of one of his back legs.  I kept it as clean as possible and applied some neosporin, and hydrocortisone cream to it a couple times a day.  It started to get better, but then I noticed something was wrong with his nose yesterday.

This may be completely unrelated, not sure.  My dog has a full black nose, and inside one of his nostrils, the black looked like it was starting to peel away. Now there is a pinkish red skin spot exposed in and around the outside of his right nostril.  That nostril is a little inflamed and wet inside, where the other is dry and normal looking.  Could this have been caused from him licking and biting at his hot spot too much?

If not the only other thing that I can think of is that a couple days ago, I came home and he was trying to play with a bee that was on the ground in our yard.  If he got stung by the bee, could this be a reaction to that?  He never acted like anything was wrong, and I never saw a stinger in his nose.

Another thought was that I had taken him to the beach 3 days before.  This was his first time there for a long period of time.  He was playing in the water and out in the sun for about 3-4 hours.  Could too much sun have harmed his nose?

Today I went to the Vet, and she didn’t have much information for me.  She just game me some cream for both his hotspot and nose.  She speaks very broken English, and didn’t seem like she knew what the problem was with his nose. She just said that he needs sunscreen on his nose when in the sun for a long period of time.

If anyone has any ides what could have caused this, please post a comment below.

19 May
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Halo Reach Beta Review

After playing Halo Reach Beta for the first time, I was really happy with all the new features that were brought into the game. I love the fact that there are different load-out options for your character that you can chose from at the start of every game. It adds an unexpected element to the game because you could be attacking a player and not know if they will all the sudden start sprinting at you, or flying up into the sky, or turn invisible, or even become invincible!  Also, some of the new weapons that got added to the game are great, but I got to say I am already starting to miss the Halo 3 battle riffle.  The new DMR is just not the same.  But the new Alien Needle Rifle is awesome! I know they are more or less the same weapon, but the needle rifle seems stronger and more accurate every time I use it.

Spartans v Elites
After playing many of the different game types, especially the ones where you have the Spartans vs. the Elites in Slayer I feel that there is a totally unfair advantage. The elites are far more dominant in every way now.  The jump higher, they can speed roll around which makes it almost impossible to shoot at when they do (which the Spartans don’t have the option to do), and their weapon are much better.  The elites get to start with the plasma pistol, which when charged and fired at an enemy leaves them one head shot from death.  And mentioned above the Needle riffle is still in my opinion better than the human DMR.  Not only because it seems stronger and more accurate, but also you get to see the enemy explode after they killing shot from the needle rifle.

After playing the Halo Reach Beta for a couple weeks now, I really started getting bored with the game.  Maybe its because there are only a few maps and game types that you can plat right now, or maybe its just because of how unrealistic the game is becoming.  I feel like more and more Halo fans are turning to Call of Duty because it is far more realistic than Halo.  I’m not selling out and going over to the dark side of COD yet. I’m still a halo fan first, and have a little more hope for the real game once it is released.

The Beta still seems very laggy at times and the controls don’t seem as responsive as Halo 3.  Also, I am not totally impressed with the graphics.  I know its just the Beta so the graphics could be dumbed down a little and could get better once the game is released, but as of right now I was expecting a little more.

All in all I am happy to have a new halo game, and the new load-outs and maps have been fun to tinker around with, but if the real game (when it is released) is no better than the Beta, I think I’ll be playing Halo 3 online still, and maybe even try my hand at a little Call of Duty.  Lets just hope the Actual game will take it up a notch from where it’s at now!

18 May
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HGTV Dream Home: Green Home Giveaway

What can I say? It would be an absolute “Dream” to win the new HGTV Green home!  My wife and I are huge fans of the HGTV channel and watch it every chance we get. We get all kinds of inspiration from House Hunters, My First Place, and love watching the House Hunters International.  Its great seeing all the different style houses and places to live around the world.  We feel a bit sheltered living out in Southern California, because we don’t get to travel too much outside California. That’s why when we saw the new HGTV Green Home giveaway we were blown away with the house and the location!  Being a newly-wed couple it has been tough trying to pay our mortgage each month on top of all of our other bills in today’s economy.  After all, we are just trying to get by. 😉

After seeing the New HGTV Green Home on tv and checking out the floor plan and photos online, my wife and I fell in love with this property.  Everything is absolutely amazing, from the architectural design, to the colors used in the house, to all the decorating.  The house is truly one of a kind, and we would be so fortunate to win such a cool eco-friendly home!  And the location is breathtaking, the whole town is so old fashioned and just the type of place the two of us dream of living.

My wife is an shabby-chic aholic, so when she saw all the white wood look and cupboards through out the house (and especially the kitchen) she immediately fell in love with it.  Hopefully one day we are fortunate enough to live in a home that looks a lot like this one. With that old fashioned feel, and all the amazing natural light that permeates through all rooms of the house.  But all we can say for now is “We Wish!”

We will just keep entering and keep our fingers crossed.