Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Undefeated No Longer?

So far in my inaugural session of fantasy football I’m undefeated, 7-0. My perfect season is about to come to a destructive end unless Tom Brady & the Patriots have a phenomenal night.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


2a. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.

So, two days before Halloween it’s 80 degrees and the 2-liter of Coke I just bought has a Santa on the label.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Quotage-Our Right?

"Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power." An excerpt from a new National Space Policy signed by President Gorge W. Bush, which asserts the United States' right to deny access to outer space to anyone it deems "hostile to U.S. interests."

Does the US have the authority to control who has access to the universe?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Two Times...

...I've watched Super Size Me in the last two days. This week is my turn for coordinating the campus wide educational programming. The topic is physical, which we applied as nutrition & exercise. So, all told I've watched Super Size Me 5 times, 4 in the last month. I think I get it now.

Anyway, it is an extreme movie, but contains a lot of information that I think is good to be known. Like, it isn't just about fast food. It's all the food we eat that can be an issue. My biggest vice that was featured is the soft drinks. I prefer my sugar carbonated with lots of caffeine. We'll top off the educational week with a 5k fun run on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Let the record show: I like it. It is clear to most of the free world that I love Tillamook medium cheddar. The baby loaf is always found in my fridge, more frequent than having bread in the house.

I came to the realization the other day that in the last two weeks, we've gone through 6 different kinds of cheese. When my Mom came to visit she brought us some Tilly Pepper-Jack. Yum. When Carolyn's parents came they brought us some Colby made by Amish folk. Yum. We've also had fresh parmesan, blue cheese, & dried parmesan. Yum.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


This week I've been playing intramural dodgeball with a suite out of J. Alvin. We won our first game on Monday night 4 games to 2. Tonight we lost both matches, 4-0 & the last match 4-3. Well played on both sides.

By the way:
I have a new found love for dodgeball.

Newest Resident of J. Alvin & our family

This is Noah.

Cross Country Visitors

No, we didn’t go to Rio. This is a place we visited with Carolyn’s parents who came to visit. We had a wonderful time with them. They drove down via the Grand Canyon and were able to stay 6 days. We got to show them around the place, take them to Sonic, and see all kinds of exciting things. I’m so thankful for supportive loving in-laws. It’s rare to have them & I don’t want to take them for granted.

The fam in front of our humble residence hall, J. Alvin.

Sunday, October 22, 2006


The first sign of winter has shown itself. We had to scrape ice from the windshield before we left for church this morning.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin' Donuts

In my mind, there's no contest. Krispy Kreme wins out easy, Dunkin' Donuts has always kind of grossed me out. Read all about the donut turf wars here. Which do you think is better?

The Boy Who Ran Like a Deer

This NPR story of middle schooler Kevin Cox takes place as he was preparing for a cross country meet in Southern Oregon he made a new friend (Be sure to look at the photo gallery).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Food for the Soul, Part 1

The following excerpt is from the story of a 24 year old Scotsman who was captured by the Japanese and forced with other British prisoners to build the ‘Railroad of Death’ (so named because of the many live lost through forced labor to build it). It is an intriguing and unique perspective on WWII (that isn’t based in Europe) and shows how the love of Christ overcomes famine, captivity, torture, and selfishness. I’ll give away a bit of the story: the sacrificial love of a few men brought hope to the entire camp and changed lives. The book was recently made into a movie of the same name staring Keifer Sutherland. The following takes place after many of the prisoners had gotten resourceful and made instruments out of bamboo and whatever they could find to start a rag-tag orchestra:
One night, as the orchestra was playing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, I was sitting on the outside of the amphitheatre, not far from the road. A sick party was being marched in from another camp. It must have been a long march, for they looked exhausted. They were bound for the cook-house for a bowl of rice, and were wearily limping past the amphitheatre when the haunting strains of Schubert’s lovely music reached their ears. They turned their heads; they stopped; they sat down. The rice could wait.
While they listened, their faces came to life. When the music had ended, they rose reluctantly, one by one, and moved on. I heard a little skeleton of a man say to his companion with feeling, ‘God, that was lovely – bloody lovely!’
I thought to myself as I heard this, ‘Aren’t there two kinds of food – one for the body and one for the soul? And of the two surely the latter is the more satisfying.’

The music reminded us that there is always beauty to be found in life – even amid the ashes.

To End All Wars
Ernest Gordon

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Best Deals

The best times to buy everything & reasons why can be found by clicking here. Here are some examples:

Airplane Tickets: On a Wednesday, 21 days (or a couple of days earlier) before your flight.

Cars: Weekday mornings in September.

Computers & Electronics: Weekday mornings in September.

Gas: Early morning or late evening on a weekday.

Year 1

Carolyn & I are re-reading the Harry Potter series in preparation for the last book to come out this summer. So creative, fun, & enjoyable. My favorite quote comes from the end of chapter 10 when Ron & Harry finally become friends with Hermione:

But, from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Our First House Guest

Carolyn & I drove to Tulsa on Saturday to pick up Mom in the afternoon. Somehow we missed her walking into the greeting area and she wandered around for ½ before we found her. Tulsa is a small airport too-our bad. So we drove around the city and had dinner at nice little Italian place at RiverWalk Crossing. The next day was Mom’s birthday and we dove deep into Oklahoma culture by going to the Tulsa State Fair. You know how fair food is, well we ate it. The highlight was frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate and drizzled with caramel. To cap off our day of culinary delights Mom got to go to America's Drive-In for her birthday dinner at Sonic. Mom was able to stay through Wednesday and we showed her all the sights in Siloam Springs (There aren’t very many). It was so great to have time to hang out together and to show off our new home. Fun times had by all.

Enjoying refreshing Sonic Slushes