Monday, March 31, 2008

A New Season

It's true, we BBQ'd for the first time today. A whole new season has begun. It was a strange day for weather. We've been under a tornado watch all day finally the storm came about 2:30. It poured for about two hours dumping over 4 inches of rain. Then it cleared up, was almost 70 and we barbequed for dinner. That first time getting the grill out is always the hardest, now I feel like it's available anytime and ready to go.

NBA Shots

Click here for a chart by location on the court of attempted shots, field goal %, and assist/field goals made for the last three years. Interesting from coaching perspective on how to drawing up a play.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


We got our tax return today, even Elisa is happy about it.
(Bib given by Uncle John)

Elite Eight

Carolyn & I didn't fare too well in this last round. I had only 3 of the eight and Carolyn had 2. Anyway, here are the current standings:

1. Allen 650
2. Jed 630
3. Lori 600
4. Greg Rice 590
5. Weston 570
6. Austin 560
7. Me 550
8. John 510
9. Carolyn 480

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Story of Three Lamps

Shortly after we were married Carolyn & I saw these cool lamps from Ikea that we wanted to get for our home. Not until last year when we moved to Arkansas did we finally buy them. They have graced our bedside for the last year. Last month I seemed to develop a flailing problem while sleeping. One early morning while Carolyn was up feeding Elisa I rolled over and knocked the bedside table with the lamp over on my side of the bed. Fortunately, the lamp didn't break. Two weeks later I did it again and the lamp shattered (Left). So while in Portland last week we bought a replacement when we went to Ikea. When I opened my suitcase, I found the lamp packed tightly and broken (right). Carolyn & I laughed together so hard when yesterday while getting off the bed from Carolyn's side of the bed I kicked over her lamp (middle). 3 lamps down. I think we're going to try a different approach now.

Spring Break

Carolyn put up a nice collections of photos from Spring Break. Pretty much all of them have Elisa in it, which is what the people want, so it's okay. Click here to get it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bracket Challange

It's that time of year again, and the first two rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are over. Here are the results so far (points earned/possible points remaining):

1. Allen 450/840
2. Me 430/960
2. Jed 430/760
4. Weston 410/720
5. Carolyn 400/760
6. John 390/920
6. Greg Rice 390/840
8. Lori 360/880
8. Austin 360/840

As you can see the competition is pretty tight. Last year I led almost the whole time and Jed came back from behind to win it all. But, this year I've got the most possible points remaining, with John (who's 6th) coming in second in that category. You never know what teams will upset and throw everything off. This weekend will be very telling.

Everybody is Home

I returned to Arkansas last Saturday and picked up Carolyn & Elisa from the airport around midnight on Tuesday. Elisa was a pretty good traveler. On the way there she only cried during the take offs, but Carolyn had a harder time traveling on the way home by herself. Elisa was really hungry going through security at the Seattle airport and cried enough for a security guard to have come to the front of the line. After that though she did well, it's just hard to get by themselves. We had great time, as short as it was it was still nice to see everyone. The picture above is one Cassidy took of Elisa while meeting family for the first time.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Paper or Plastic

Which one is better for the environment? Well, there isn't an easy answer to that. Click here for a interactive presentation by msnbc that covers the basics of the debate and it's impacts on the earth. At the end it has a really handy calculator that tells how many bags a year you save. Carolyn & I figured out that we've used 178 less plastic bags this year since we've had reusable bags.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

NBA Greats

ESPN put together a list of the ten best shooting guards in NBA history. MJ is number one (obviously) and Clyde made a respectful showing, but I really think AI shouldn't be as high as he is.

RA Retreat

We had a good weekend for our RA retreat. The ranch was cool and we stayed in the perfect sized house. It was cold however, below freezing the whole time we were there and the heat was out. With frosty breath we hung out and all slept in the same room by the fireplace. Not ideal, but we still had fun.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

And so it begins

I always had pride in the fact that I could say I didn't have any allergies. All that changed the year I turned 21. That spring and every year since, early pollinators (like trees) have always gotten to me. Fortunately Zyrtec does the trick and it no longer takes a prescription to get it! Here is's assesment for tomorrow:

Pollen Forecast for Monday: High
Type: Tree Level: Very High

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Oregon Retreat

Tomorrow afternoon I'm off to our Spring RA retreat. Just me and the J. Alvin RAs chillin at a ranch owned by the family of a JBU student. Even more exciting is that in a week from Saturday we'll be heading to the NW! We can't wait to see everyone and to indtroduce Elisa to so many important people. Below is a picture of a sticker I gave to Carolyn for Christmas. I think a lot of people don't know what it means around here, but it sure means a lot to us.

Like an Eagle

Last weekend our friend Jonathan, who we went to First Covenant in Portland with, flew up to visit. He is attending LaTourneau University's flight school in Texas. Since he needed some flight hours they flew to Siloam Springs. It was great to see Jon, hang out together, and introduce him to Elisa. Saturday morning before they left his flight instructor took me up for a ride. Here is a picture of our "house" from the air: (The yellow arrow is where our apartment is)

Later that day we went to the last home basketball game of the season. The guys had a rough time this year, but Regal the Eagle is aways tops in our book.