Thursday, February 19, 2009


Elisa has been such a joy lately. It seems like once she got over her last ear infection a couple weeks ago she has turned up the cuteness level and it's stayed up. These pictures are from Valentine's day are just a glimpse of her little personality.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pleasant Surprise

Today Carolyn picked up the mail to find a check from Multnomah County. Last summer, way back in June, I got a parking ticket in downtown Portland (I put the sticker on the wrong side of the car). I sent in a letter of dispute with the payment and since it's been eight months I figured my appeal was rejected. I had completely forgotten about it. Alas, out of the blue we've got an extra $24 bucks. Like I said, pleasant surprise.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This is Elisa right before going to bed. It has a surprise ending.

If the video doesn't work for you click here to watch it.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Oklahoma City

I had a great time going to the Blazer game in OKC yesterday. One of the students said on the way back that it was the best night of his life. He my friend Austin (one of the RDs on campus) got to be in one of the time out contests on the court. They rode oversize tricycles down the court, spun around on a bat, then had to run back and make a lay up. Austin totally fell down right in the middle of the court. It was really funny. The students all agreed that it is a once in a lifetime experience to have 19,000 people laugh at you.

Being in a different NBA arena was a lot of fun. It definitely helped me appreciate the Rose Garden. Everything from the scoreboard, replay screen, size of seats, cup holders (none in OKC), concourses, and lighting is better in Portland. All in all it was a good time, even though I was pretty frustrated by the Blazers lack of defense and their ridiculous loss. It was still a good game and fun to watch.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Tonight I've been working on a class I'm teaching tomorrow. It was originally going to be last week, but since classes were canceled it's pushed back to this week. On a side note, last week was the first time in over 30 years that JBU canceled classes (Previous two were late 70s and 1968). The person I was co-teaching with has a conference this week, so I'm flying solo. I've been working tonight on getting what was going to be his stuff down and making the powerpoint. The lesson is on facilitating small groups and it's directed at future student leaders (RAs, Student Government, and the like).

I'll be glad once it's over because I've got other projects I need to start working on. I also found out that the rotors need to be replaced on the Outback, which I'm hoping to do before the drive to OKC on Friday.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Watching Sports


It was a great super bowl to watch, even if the team I was rooting for didn't win. I'm glad it was an entertaining game down to the end. The sporting event I'm really looking forward to this week is on Friday night. 9 guys from campus & myself are driving down to OKC to watch the Blazers take on the Thunder. Oklahoma City is the closest NBA team and I scouted out this date as soon as the season started (Got to see my Blazers). For most guys coming with me, it will be their first NBA game. Even though the Thunder are struggling this season (they've doubled their wins in January alone though), it should still be a good arena experience. Check out this article from USA Today about how life for the Thunder has been in their new home.

I'm with the birds

I thought I should go on the record as saying I'm rooting for Arizona today. When I first found out who was in the game today I didn't care. Then all week they've been showing clips of the last time Pittsburgh was in the Super Bowl....against the Seahawks. It made my stomach turn every time and on that alone I say go Cardinals.