Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ACSD

I leave at 3 am for the annual ACSD conference in Ohio. I'm really looking forward to it, but it'll be pretty lame being away from my girls for a whole week. It's going to be about a 12 hour drive and we need to get there by 5 pm tomorrow, so 3 in the morning it is. That's less than 7 hours away....I guess I better start packing.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tournament of Catan

Carolyn & I joined 10 friends tonight in a Settlers of Catan tournament and I just got home. We've long enjoyed settlers, but the tournament put a whole new twist on it. We had three tables with 4 players each. There were three rounds lasting 45 minutes and each player accumulates points through the rounds (If someone won the game before time ran out they got an extra point). The top four play for the championship in one final game. Going into the final game I was the point leader, but that didn't matter. The points only get you into the final game and the winner of that championship game wins the tourney. I was able to hold out and still win it all.

Naturals

Last night Elisa went to her first professional baseball game. We joined our care group for a pregame tailgate BBQ and to watch the NW Arkansas Naturals. As you can tell, Elisa had a great time.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Donuts

Elisa & I are home alone today. We took Carolyn to the library this morning for work and we then went and got donuts. Donuts on Saturday morning (any morning really) with chocolate milk brings back all kinds of great memories with my family. My Grandad, Mom, and Uncle Rick to name a few, all took me to get donuts with them. It's a long standing Brock tradition and today was Elisa's first time getting donuts with me...just the two of us. Granted, she didn't get to eat one, but I had two on her behalf.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Sonic Mess

The sale of the Seattle Sonics and their potential move to Oklahoma City has gotten very messy. When we were in OKC for the marathon I was amazed at the number of Hornets shirts I saw, these people were great fans to the New Orleans team that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. These people embraced the Hornets as their own and are great fans. They went so far as to approve a sales tax increase with a 62% margin to pay for a $95 million renovation of the Ford Center Arena and $30 million for a new practice facility for the Sonics to move into. ESPN has a great article giving the rundown, but I'll give a summary. Basically the current owner of the Sonics, Clay Bennett, is being sued by the city of Seattle for moving the team before the lease is up. Bennett is also being sued by the old owner (Starbucks President Howard Shultz) for buying the team with the secret intent to move it. Finally, OKC is suing for $150 million if the team doesn't move there.

The people of Seattle have been treated unfairly and inappropriately during this deal. The people of OKC are great fans that want and deserve and NBA franchise. It'll be interesting how this one turns out.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In the Merry Month of May


Since the students left campus life has been a lot more laid back for me. I've enjoyed having a pretty open schedule and the ability to finish projects at my own pace. I have very few standing appointments for now and it makes it great for when friends are here. Our friend Anna came to visit all the way from Arizona. You can read Carolyn's account here.



Friday, May 02, 2008

Tornado

We had our closest call with a tornado so far. Last night a little after 4 am I was awoken to great thunder and the tornado siren. I got up and started the process of waking all the guys up and heading to the basement. This morning a number of trees down around campus, but no buildings were damaged. There was a fatality in town and the national news reports 7 deaths over all from storm. The amazing thing about a tornado is how selective it is. A girl tied on one side of town, but there were just broken branches other places. A whole string of light poles in a row, only one blown over.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rolling

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Elisa had her 4 month appointment on Tuesday. She's 13 pounds 4 oz and 25 inches long now. She's been rolling over for a long time, but this is the first one we actually recorded.

OKC Weekend

We had a great weekend with John & Kristine and I finally got some pictures from the run.
Carolyn & I after 13.1 miles.

John & Kristine after running their first ever marathon! Way to go guys.



The four of us at Pops (a really cool "soda ranch" on route 66).

Car Bash

Here is what happens to a late 80s Buick after the men of J. Alvin go after it for about an hour with a sledge hammer. Our "stress relief" activity for the last week of classes.