Tuesday, January 30, 2007
We also found a plaque which explained why there was a statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Malaga, Spain. As near as we could tell it said, "Hans Christian Andersen once visited Spain. He ate some food. He said that it was quite good."
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The best food by far is the nata flavored ice cream. That´s whipped cream flavor, folks.
We´ll put up pictures later. Tomorrow we head off to Granada which Taylor says means pomegranite. We are learning a lot.
Friday, January 19, 2007
In other news, I saw a bald eagle today. It was sitting in a tree near the 205, just watching the cars as if they were big shiny mice.
I don't care what Ben Franklin says, I think eagles are cool.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
So, Chris and Joy are in process of becoming missionaries with GEM. They're planning to move the entire family (sans bus) to the country of Georgia. This spring they'd like to take the whole family on an extended trip to visit their new home. It's going to cost about $15,000.
Here's what they're doing to raise some money for the trip: a giant bake sale.
Okay, just kidding. Chris has started "The Google Penny Jar". Basically, when you search google through Chris' search box, he can get a couple of pennies from a Corporate Giant. And if you're going to buy something on the internet and use Chris' site to search for it, they could get more than a couple pennies.
To encourage people to search the internet, Chris has also started a game show. There are obscure trivia questions that can best be answered by searching the internet. So, you can click on the Google Penny Jar and give a search, and help send missionaries to Georgia on Google's dime. AND there's a prize for every winner of the game show ($10 gift card to either Trader Joe's or Borders.
So go check it out, try to win!
Oh, and the new google search box here on my site is the google penny jar, too. So if you don't want to play the game you can still just search the net from here (at the box that says "seek ye here first") and a couple pennies should go Chris' way, too.
Thanks everybody. Enjoy the game!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
But then it dumped snow on our little corner of the earth for some reason, making it impossible for us to go shopping without simultaneously knocking our car into lots of other cars.
So, Krista and I have made a list of "gifts" that we can bring from our own house to encourage and uplift our beloved missionaries. Here's what we have sitting next to our suitcases right now:
1) A couple of books from the "sell this to Powell's" box in the garage.
2) A half-full can of "chili and lime" almonds
3) Some cornbread
4) "Wiggles" VHS tapes ("A Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas")
5) A pair of new but inexplicably unmatched socks
6) A small container of snow for each person
It's like a homemade Christmas. And somehow I just think it's going to be one of the best. God bless us, every one.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
in stupefied disbelief as she twisted the cork out.
There was quite a turnout at the sports stadium. Cheers and shouts of
jugglers, duels, arm wrestling.
Aida? I said.
She, firmly before me as I went to sleep.
This was a time for wounds.
Welcome, she said, doubly welcome.
To the College of Knowledge from
Here's an easy way to make found poetry:
1) Go into your spam file in your email.
2) Cut and paste some of the weird phrases into your text editor
3) Prune it down to make something strange and beautiful
I made the poem above using only the "delete" key. You could add some words or move phrases around if it's easier for you. It's fun!
Feel free to post some of your own found poetry in the comments section.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Happy MLK day, everyone!
To honor the great man that this day is set aside to honor, we decided to take the kids out for a special outing.
That's right. Ice skating.
I spent most of the time hoping not to A) Crush one of my children or B) Break an ankle.
And here's why Hollywood is full of it... they always make it look really romantic to go ice skating. You go down to Rockefeller Center, you fall in love, you skate around holding hands.
Here's what Krista said to me while we were skating: "I would hold your hand, but I'm afraid."
Sunday, January 14, 2007
What needs to be done to prepare you ask? Well, we have to buy gifts, first of all. That's right. It's a sort of Pavlovian, psychological way that we condition people to feel good when they see us. Some people will demand cash. Others like a thoughtful little something (like if I were to bring them a magazine from the airplane). Still others just want me to pat them on the head and say, "Good boy, John, good boy!" But this all requires some forethought and careful planning.
Also, of course, there is the packing of bags, which I am undeniably expert in now. They should have a reality show. I can not only put everything in the bag, I can lift it and tell you how much it weighs. Incredible.
We need to plan what we will take to entertain ourselves on the plane, too. Krista spent a little time today loading her iPod. I won't need to spend much time preparing for that, since I know what I will be taking for fun and entertainment: HEBREW HOMEWORK! I'll be translating the book of Ruth.
These things will take up most of the week, since we leave on Friday. In addition I will be calling Bryon and Emily in Venezuela. I thought I would make this known publicly so that their friends could call ahead and warn them to turn off their cel phones.
Okay, kiddies. My wife is missing which means, I suspect, that she has gone to perform the evening ablutions. Which is my cue to go.
And for all those lurkers out there, those sad souls without a blog who never comment but only read with secret delight, let me just say this: "Blog not, lest ye be blogged." Um. Yeah. So true, so true.
I have a few thoughts on that.
One, I am not sure why this is something to brag about. For crying out loud, what about your spouses and children? Shouldn't you take a day off?
Two, haven't you ever heard of the Sabbath? Seriously. In the course of 30 years you should have taken like, 1,620 sabbaths. I bet Henry Ford is mad at you.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I'm just going to leave it for now and see if it magically gets all better.
Or maybe my computer has a virus. Wouldn't that be nice! I could make it soup and wrap it up on a blanket on the couch. We could watch some movies it would like. Maybe "War Games" or "Short Circuit." I have been hoping we could become better friends. This might be our chance.
They have t-shirts and calendars and Bible studies and we have, um, fake poetry contests and uh, updates on my kids. Maybe we should rename this blog.
Friday, January 12, 2007
My Hebrew final got snowed out on Thursday (I see that you guys actually were praying... thanks). I took it today. I don't think I can say with any confidence that I did well. But I can say that I definitely did better.
Thanks for your prayer and encouragement.
In other news, Krista and I leave in a week for Spain to hang out with some of our loved ones from around the world. We're pretty excited.
Although I just have to say that we don't appreciate all the prank calls from Someone In Croatia. :P
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
My short story, Chariots, is on the list, too. I thought that was nice. I actually "know" several of the people on the list, so I'm not stumping for votes or anything. I just thought it was fun and that I would let you know. :)
1) Krista is having an allergic reaction to some antibiotics she was put on. She's okay, but is covered in hives and miserable. They're starting to clear up a little bit, but pray that they will go away completely.
2) I am (re)taking my Hebrew final tomorrow. You can either pray that (a) I will go an pass the test and class or (b) that snow and ice will prevent me from going. :) Just kidding. Pray for "a".
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Krista: scary faces
Matt: A dream where this guy apologizes for evil things he has done. I start to trust him, realizing that he's not a bad guy after all. Then he gets in my face and starts yelling at me in a strange language. I snap my fingers and tell him to concentrate and speak clearly. Then he gets mad at me for snapping my fingers at him. It's disrespectful.
Z: A nightmare involving snow.
A: A beautiful rainbow, with pegasuses flying around and saying, "Hello, A!"
Lesson: always listen to your wife when she says, "I wouldn't put that on my blog."
Lesson #2: If you snooze, you lose. Content is always changing at BHR.
Lesson #3: If your friend writes a hilarious but inappropriate post on his blog, be sure to get a screenshot for later.
Girl #1: Mom, can I buy just one "icky" magazine?
Mom: What? No! With my money? I don't think so. Huh-uh. Never!
Girl #2 (calling desperately after her mother, who has now gone around the corner onto the next aisle): How about "Women's Health", Mom? Could we get "Women's Health"?
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Well, the site that published it is now gone. That's right. So you can no longer see "Samaritan" on the web. I'M OUT OF PRINT!
It's bound to happen. I just never thought it would happen so soon. *sniff*
Friday, January 05, 2007
Okay, kids. I will write more this weekend. In the meantime, your homework is to discuss this video. Krista and I caught this on "The Craig Ferguson Show."
What is going on here? Is it irony? Devotion? An attempt at inducing fear? Or pathos? Maybe bathos, I just don't know. Give me some insight.
If you want to do some extra research, here's an article telling you more about Twisted Sister. Yes, I know some of you are too young to know who Twisted Sister is. For that matter, some of you are probably too old to know Twisted Sister.
Off to study binyanim. Shalom.
Topics we will consider together:
Christmas music by Twisted Sister.
The "Collide" winter conference.
The Glories of Spain.
The place of an actual Greek man at Greek Conference in Spokane, Washington.