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March 25, 2010

Larrivee Guitars

I love my acoustic guitar.  It was going-away gift given to me from our old youth group.  Its sound quality is superb both plugged and unplugged and plays as well as most guitars 3-5 times its price.  I definitely recommend Larrivees to anyone trying to get a quality acoustic for under $1000.  You can find them locally in MN at…
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March 22, 2010

Strike!

We've been bowling once a month at a local bowling alley by our house.  They have a late night "all you can bowl" deal that is hard to beat.  We took our camera this last time and Jill captured this Strike sequence.
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March 21, 2010

Mrs. Darth Vader

There's a large park a couple blocks from our house with all kinds of statues around it.  Poor kids - I bet they never saw it coming.  I'm guessing they were either frozen by the White Witch or Darth Vader.  It's scary to think that one of them live in Oakdale... or worse yet... maybe they're living together.  It's only…
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March 20, 2010

Cattails

Perhaps the best picture so far from our camera.  Jill captured this the other day when it was 65 degrees outside.  It's not photoshopped in any way.
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March 14, 2010

Head in the Clouds

I know without a doubt that our neighbors, though they find us a vast improvement from the last owners of our home, believe we're insane.  It's because of, but I'm sure not limited to, a few things.  One is imagination and another is our camera. Matt and I will stand in the middle of the road (watching out for cars…
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March 1, 2010

Camera Fun

We've owned a Canon Rebel xsi for about a year and are just now beginning to understand the wonders of digital SLRs.  Thanks to friendly inspiration both at home (via Redmanns) and beyond (via SLR for dummies App) we're having fun messing around with a ton of different settings and learning the basics of aperture, shutter speed and more.  We…
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February 8, 2010

Bowling B-day

We went to PINZ (local bowling alley) for their all you can bowl special from 9-midnight. We had a blast and the lanes were treating me well for my birthday. I averaged 208 over 5 games including my all-time highest ever, 267. Not a bad way to end the celebration of my birthday!
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February 4, 2010

Mattress Attack!

File this one under strange but true. This past Sunday on our way to a church meeting Jill and I saw this SUV on an exit ramp right by the church office.  Thankfully no one was injured, but it was sure a sight to behold.  Oddly enough, the blaze was caused by a mattress that was under the vehicle.  As…
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January 23, 2010

Coffee Head

It is January 23rd, and so it has been 23 days since I last drank a caffeinated beverage.  The last caffeinated drink I had was while celebrating New Year's Eve with friends -and drinking a delicious coffee. I honestly thought I would miss caffeine, and I feel I've betrayed it by having only a minor headache the following day, and…
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January 10, 2010

Garage Weather

It's funny when the 30's are described as "bitter cold"... Poor Florida.  Just this past Wednesday we were loading in sound equipment for our youth service and we were amazed how warm it was... and even more amazed that the "warm-up" was actually 15 degrees.  Honestly all this sub-zero weather hasn't bothered me at all and I think I know…
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January 6, 2010

No Nail Polish

Nails can not be painted while in nursing school, at least not during clinicals (working in the hospitals) which is a majority of, if not the entirety of, the semester.  This rule was put into practice because even small chips and cracks in nail polish look tacky but also can carry germs with them.  Ew.  I began to realize that…
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December 31, 2009

Hair Cut

It was time for a hair cut, so I got it chopped off on Monday (actually I didn't chop it off, but had a professional do it).  It's amazing how much simpler everything has become.  For example, when I put on my purse, I don't have to pull my hair free from beneath its strap (somewhat painful).  Also, when I…
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December 26, 2009

Nurse Jill

Today Jill received an envelope in the mail with a piece of paper that was years in the making... her nurse's license! We're really excited! She put a ton of work into it and I'm really proud of her. Now we're believing for a job opening and can't wait to see what happens next.
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December 11, 2009

Fox News Blues

Ok, first the disclaimer - This is NOT political commentary.  I'm not entering a left/right debate here.  This is an observation based simply on the content of foxnews.com and why it turns me off. I am a website snob both creatively and ethically.  As an amateur web designer, I avoid ugly and overly busy websites.  I also try to avoid…
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December 5, 2009

Mr. Burns

It seems Mr. Burns' bid for mayor of New York City came up a little short a couple months ago.  Since he didn't get on the ballot, he needed to rely on the write-in vote.  Twenty-seven people believed in him and voted for the billionaire by writing "Charles Montgomery Burns" on the NYC mayoral ballot.  It's good to see people…
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November 30, 2009

New Fridge

The new fridge arrived this morning and is in place.  The old fridge (doesn't it look sad?) will be demoted (or maybe promoted depending on your point of view) to the basement band room.  Our kitchen is feeling more and more like a real kitchen with a lot of space.  On Wednesday, we had one person preparing food for Thanksgiving,…
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November 28, 2009

2×2×…×2=2n

Unless you've been living in the Hadron Collider, I'm sure that you've noticed the recent obsession with vampires overtaking pop culture.  Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Cirque Du Freak,and so on and so forth.  There's no need to fear.  Vampires will not be taking over the world.  In fact, if they ever existed centuries ago as many books speculate, we humans wouldn't…
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November 26, 2009

Grateful

Family is what I'm most thankful for.  I've been blessed to have both been born and married into great families.  You can always rely on family to be there no matter what.  It was a fun day here in Minnesota.  We skyped extended family in Pennsylvania, played with fake hamsters, and stuffed ourselves with an amazing turkey.  A great day…
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November 12, 2009

Street Hawk!!

So for SOME of you (and you know who you are) you weren't even alive when this show was on, so don't bother.  But do those of you who were alive remember Street Hawk?  It was out around the same time as Air Wolf, and I remember as a kid wondering why a Hawk was on the street and a…
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November 5, 2009

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida is making landfall this morning in Nicaragua.  Immediately my mind thinks of the thousands of people in small villages and towns that we visited and ministered with just a few months ago.  While it's just a Category 1 storm, I'm praying it passes through with little or no consequence.  Last year at this time I had no connection…
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November 2, 2009

“Little Squirrel”

Bob Ross, in the Joy of Painting was like Big Bird in Sesame Street to me.  Never mind the fact they have similar hairdo's!  His show, The Joy of Painting, aired from 1983-1995 which spanned most of my 'TV-watching' childhood years.  He has a soothing voice and really great little sayings, such as "let's put a happy little cloud over…
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October 25, 2009

Backyard

We have a fairly large backyard.  I'm pleased with its size, but bummed by the tree placement.  I don't really understand why they decided to plop a tree in the middle of the yard.  It completely eliminates any open space.  All I really want is volleyball-size space, but we can't fit it anywhere.  I guess I shouldn't concern myself with…
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