December 14, 2018

What Is Your Favorite Christmas Movie?

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Only 11 days until Christmas.  Decorations are up, everyone is heading to the Malls to get their last minute shopping done and crossing off who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  After the hustle and bustle of all of the rushing around most of us like to settle […]

December 13, 2018

Rebuilt Blog

Hi everyone. Been a while since I posted anything here on my markplante.com blog page, so here I go. As you can see I’ve been re-designing the website using WordPress. Took me a little while to get this done because there was a learning curve, word press isn’t what I normally build websites with. So […]

July 24, 2017

It Doesn’t Get Much Prettier Than This

Well… It’s been a while since I have posted a blog here. Between work and family, it has been incredibly busy and I have procrastinated writing a post, my bad. I have started a quest to shed the extra pounds that I have been carrying for these many years. I have started out losing at […]

May 10, 2017

Vacation, Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the […]

Forest River by Mark Plante

February 27, 2017

Channeling My Inner Bob Ross

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I started watching and enjoying the old “Joy of Painting” show on PBS starring Bob Ross.  My daughter Jessica was so amazed on how with a swoosh of his palette knife he could transform a blob of colors into a beautiful painting. I had done some painting in […]

December 28, 2016

Disney Bound

After six months of research, planning, price comparisons and frustrations we have finally booked our 2017 Disneyworld Vacation.  Each year, for Christmas we have a big gift that is for the entire family.  This year it is Disney. We will be flying JetBlue from Providence (Warwick, if you are from Rhode Island) to Orlando and […]

December 27, 2016

Christmas is Over…

It’s over…  I can’t believe it.  It seems as though it was only yesterday that we were getting the Turkey for Thanksgiving. It can’t be true… I need more time, there are more presents that I have to get… It seems as though the Christmas Season is getting shorter and shorter each year.  When I […]

December 12, 2016

It’s Christmas time again

Well it’s two weeks before Christmas, and I still have no idea what the hell I am getting everyone. I go through this every year and always run out two or three days before Christmas to get everyone’s gifts. I usually do pretty good, I think so anyway. You never know really what to get […]

December 6, 2016

 Bowling Night

It’s beenOne of my favorite sports to play since I was small. I am on a mixed money league at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket,RI.  This is my seventh year in the league.

August 18, 2016

Lucky Man

On my way home from work last night, I stopped at Dunkin to pick up K-cups for the house. When I reached into my pocket my debit card was not there. I know that I used it at Burger King in the morning and I remembered putting it back in my pocket. I hadn’t gone […]

July 14, 2016

Staying Positive

Shootings, Terrorist Attacks, failing economy… Negativity is all around us today and it is damaging our health and our lives. I have always considered myself a positive person throughout my life.  I have always looked for the good in everyone and in any situation and there usually was one.  I have noticed that lately I […]

MPV Podcast

June 5, 2016

Podcast Episode 8: Dealing with Dealerships

We’ve all been there at least once in our lives…  Having to purchase a new car.  Today’s podcast offers some hints, tricks and suggestions that could make your experience that much less painful.

June 2, 2016

When Buying a Vehicle, Stay Alert and Do Your Research…

If you’ve been following this blog, my podcast or even my daily vlog over the past several weeks, you know that I have been looking for a new truck.  I did not NEED a new truck, but my 2012 Chevy Colorado was going to need some maintenance repairs (breaks and tires) as it was approaching […]

May 17, 2016

Dishonest Dealership

Imagine that, a dishonest car dealership…  Say it ain’t so! On Saturday, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to start looking for a new truck.  I currently drive a 2012 Chevy Colorado with almost 60,000 miles that is in excellent condition.  I know, most are saying that if it is […]

PS4 Remote Play

April 27, 2016

PS4 Remote Play… Wicked Awesome

I don’t consider myself a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination.  I prefer playing sports based games as a means to wind down after a long day or as a way to kill some time. I have a “man cave” in which I use as a retreat from the estrogen-laden house that I […]

April 18, 2016

I Refuse to Let Her Grow Up

How did this happen?  Just yesterday I was hearing “Daddy, do you want to play Legos with me”.  Today, Ashleigh is signing up for her High School classes… I won’t allow it!  No way!  My baby girl is not allowed to grow up and go to High School, I am not going to let her. […]

February 14, 2016

Cold Weekend

Boy, was it a cold weekend here in the Northeast this weekend.  There were temperatures that hit low temperatures that we have not hit since the 1950’s.  Providence, RI reached -9°F on Sunday morning.  Temperatures are only suppose to reach 0°F on Monday morning. The good news is that temperatures are suppose to rebound as a coastal […]

February 1, 2016

Doctor’ Appointment 

I finally broke down and made an appointment to see my doctor. I have now had this cold with cough since the first week of January. I have already done 10 days of antibiotics and there has been little change. Yesterday I started having trouble with my blood glucose levels. They were at 198 in […]

January 19, 2016

Leigh was right

I can’t believe that I am actually writing this, but, yes, Leigh was right. I have had a pretty bad cold for the past 2 weeks and it had settled into my chest and a pretty bad cough.  She kept on telling me to go see the doctor, which I hate doing.  After about a […]

December 15, 2015

Head in the Cloud…

I have always considered myself to be somewhat of a TechnoGeek.  I have even started a website and YouTube channel called TechnoGeek (www.technogeek.video).  So when the opportunity came that I could own my own Personal Cloud Server and not have to pay $9.95/month to someone else, I jumped at it. Several years ago, I had […]

December 3, 2015

Flu Shot…

It’s been a while since I have posted anything in the Blog, sorry about that. With the holiday season upon us it has been nuts. I went for my annual checkup this week and it was actually good news, my glucose levels and A1C levels are all OK, but cholesterol is a little high, can’t […]

November 16, 2015

A quick post

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I would get you up-to-date. We’re it’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I would get you up-to-date. We’re getting into the winter months here but you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures. Normally at this time of […]

September 26, 2015

Tuukka’s in a lot of Trouble

It’s been a while since I’ve updated what is going on. With September starting to wrap up and we are getting the leaves changing going into October, Summer is officially over.  Leigh and the girls have now been in school for a month and Jessica is doing very well in Middle School.  Leigh has quite […]

September 8, 2015

Being an Adult is Expensive

I wish my parents had told me how expensive it was to be an adult. I had learned at an early age that life is not free…  Unfortunately, I hadn’t realized how un-free it was.

July 27, 2015

How Much???

I’ve been on YouTube posting a video on and off since 2006.  I started to become more frequent with starting a “daily vlog” in August of 2014.  I do the videos more for fun and for a chronicle of my life. I am starting to use social media to spread the word of my vlog […]

July 20, 2015

A New Level of Geekdom

  As long as I can remember, I’ve been a Geek, more specifically, a Techno-Geek.  I have always loved anything technology-based.  I needed to figure out how it works, how it can benefit and how can I use this in my life.  This is one of the reasons that I am a Web Designer.  To […]

July 1, 2015

My Wishlist

For those of you know me, I proudly categorize  myself as a Technogeek.  I love technology.  Anything new and cutting edge, I am interested. On Father’s Day, Leigh and the girls got me a quadcopter with a camera on it.  I had been looking at them, and had wanted one so I was very happy […]

June 30, 2015

Nike Air Monarch IV Sneakers are Junk!!!

Whatever you do, do not purchase Nike “Air Monarch” sneakers.  These sneakers are the biggest pieces of garbage that I have ever owned.  I purchased the pair that I currently have back in February, 2015.  I wear sneakers every day and having diabetes, I have to be very careful of the shoes that I wear. […]

June 26, 2015

The Dog Ate My Camera

I know, all of you teachers out there are just shaking your heads…  But it is true. I woke up to find out that Tuukka took the camera off of the kitchen table at 5:34am (I know this because the camera snapped a picture) and proceeded to chew through the metal lens of the camera, […]

Storm Clouds over Mark's House

June 2, 2015

It’s Raining, there must be a Party at Mark’s House…

Let’s see, Hamburgers… check Hot Dogs… check buns… check condiments… check drinks… check What is it that I seem to be forgetting?  Oh yeah, that’s right…  Umbrellas, ponchos and anything else that is going to keep my guests warm and dry. You may be thinking, what the hell is he talking about?  I’ll tell you… […]

May 28, 2015

Waiting for some Lightning Storms

On average, the end of May and through the month of June here in Rhode Island is the strongest chance of strong to severe thunderstorms throughout the year.  This has not been the case over the past couple of years though. We usually get 1-2 “Severe” storms and then about 6-12 strong storms in the area.  But the past […]

Summer Hammock

May 13, 2015

Finally…

Well, the long Winter is finally behind us and we are starting to see some beautiful weather.  The birds are singing and my allergies are telling me that the flowers, grass and trees are in bloom. I love this time of year.  I love to be able to work out in the yard without being […]

Blizzard of 2015

January 28, 2015

We made it through the Blizzard of 2015

After 31″ of snow, four hours of shoveling and numerous cups of hot chocolate, I think that I can safely say that we made it through the Blizzard of 2015 fine.  We sustained no damage to any of our property and did not loose power at all during the storm. As of 11:00am on Wed. […]

January 12, 2015

Here’s our surprise

Well, I’ve been teasing it for a while on my YouTube blog that we have a surprise coming up. Well here it is. We are going to Disney! We have a trip all planned, we have our attractions picked. And reservations have been set. We will be recording the blog directly from Disney World in […]

December 23, 2014

Santa’s Getting Ready

As Santa Claus is warming up his sleigh, Leigh and I are finishing up on the last minute Christmas touches.  After our last meeting with Santa, I think that he knows that the girls have been very good this year both at school and at home. We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas day […]

December 19, 2014

T’was the weekend before Christmas

Well here it is the weekend before Christmas. The girls are at church tonight, practicing for the epiphany pageant. Leigh is up at Smithfield Commons finishing up any last-minute shopping. The girls are so excited for the holiday coming up. Jessica can barely contain herself. Our holiday schedule is pretty full we will be making […]

December 15, 2014

Checking in

Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. Things are getting real busy around the house with Christmas coming up. We’ve got just about everything done, just a few last minute gifts to pick up. Christmas is a pretty big thing around here. The girls get real excited for […]

October 17, 2014

Disney Dreaming

Every year at this time I start getting the itch.  I know that the temperatures are going to be dropping and I know that a ton of that white garbage is on the way.  So I start to think about warmer climates.  I start gearing towards our February vacation. I am always asked, “Where are […]

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