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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Tick, Tick, Tick

So Jami and I bought this cool alarm clock a few months ago. It's the kind that sets itself if the power goes out, let's you set two different alarm times and has a dimmer so it doesn't keep you up by the bright lights. It's so cool, I didn't even have to set it the first time I plugged it in - it just zipped to the right time. Ok, fast forward to this morning... I had to get up at 7 so I could be to work by 9, so that's what I set my alarm for. But when the alarm went off, I woke up startled like I do when I sleep late. I mean, I just shot up out of bed - sat straight up. I mumbled a few words to Jami and then said, "What time is it!?". She mumbled something back and then said, "What are you doing? It's 7 a.m. You're fine." So I settle down and get into my morning routine - put coffee on, take a shower, put on the D.O. for the B.O. and watch a little Fox News. I glance at the clock off and on, but only at the minute hand because why do I need to see what hour it is, I just got up. So when the minute hand hits :55 I leave for work so I can get there early (it takes about 40-45 minutes to get there). So I'm in my car driving to work listening to a Sevendust song and the phone rings... it's work. "Hey, you ok?", they ask. Uh yeah... holy crap, is it 9 already!? Because I just looked at my car time clock. "Uh, yeah", they said. And at that moment I remembered that the time for regular cities like Niles, Michigan fell back an hour. And my clock, which is pretty cool, knew that it was time to fall back an hour and re-set itself. But what it didn't know is that our city doesn't fall back an hour like everyone else does. So when my alarm clock said 7 a.m. it was actually 8 a.m. which meant that I was an hour late to work. But when I arrived to work, instead of being angry I was late, they were happy because it meant that they got to watch another hour of stupid videos from stupidvideos.com. I just can't believe that with six different clocks in my house, I didn't realize that my one alarm clock was wrong!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

7 Foods for the Fearless Eater

Think you've got a strong stomach? Let me know if you can handle these treats...

7. Spiders - Spider-eating is practiced in a number of places, but Cambodia seems to be the place where it has drawn the most attention, thanks to a practice of eating meaty finger-sized tarantulas known in Khmer as a-ping. Yeah, that's a huge grilled spider to the left.

6. Sea Cucumber - also called sea slug, a beloved treat of China and Spain's northeastern coast around Barcelona.

5. Ortolan - This small songbird, part of the bunting family and found in southwest France.

4. Lunch Meat - The subset of luncheon meat we're thinking of is the stuff that's unsavory for no reason than that it simply isn't made to be better.

3. Hákarl (putrefied shark) - In Iceland, quite literally shark meat that traditionally was allowed to rot in the ground. It's typically prepared by burying a washed, gutted side of shark in gravel for six to eight weeks — or more likely nowadays, by soaking it in large plastic vats filled with brine — then allowing it to cure in the open air for another two months. It tastes awful in the beginning, but the aftertaste is good.

2. Cobra Heart - A major stop on the extreme-eating circuit is Vietnam, Some hearts are served up as a little raw tidbit, still-beating, to be chased down with a slug of cobra blood.

1. Monkey Brains - Still considered a delicacy, or at least a foodstuff, in parts of South Asia, Africa and China, there's no doubt monkey brains have their constituency.

You can check out msnbc.com, Some bravery as a side dish, for the complete article... Mmmmmm YUCK!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Great Pumpkin Search

Ok, so mama and dada took me on a search for the Great Pumpkin which led us on an adventure into the back woods of Michigan where flower ladies on the side of the road wave at complete strangers.



Look at all of these pumpkins. One of them has to be the Great Pumpkin!




Are you the Great Pumpkin?




Is this the Great Pumpkin?




Not the Great Pumpkin... but MY pumpkin!




Notice the blanket... I don't want to get my jeans dirty.




Just me, and my, pumpkin.




If scarecrows are suppose to be scary, then why am I smiling... you're not so scary Mr. Scarecrow.




I found it! I found it! The Great Pumpkin!




It's the greatest pumpkin on earth!





I love the Great Pumpkin... and my mama!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

It's Pumpkin Time

We're on our way to Carter's first pumpkin patch experience!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Get Ready to Enter

Here's one of the ways we prep Carter before trying to check to see if he's gotten any teeth in yet.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

B-votional: One & Only

I'm a huge baseball fan. I mean, with the last name Ruth, it should be a crime not to be a fan of baseball. I would love to be able to say that I own the one and only baseball that Hank Aaron hit when he broke Babe Ruth's Home Run record – or at least have access to it daily so I could stare at it, hold it or hug it (ok, maybe that's going too far). Unfortunately that's not going to happen. But I can say that I know the Ultimate One and Only. Check it out:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1v14
I love that phrase... "One and Only". I've been thinking about that for a few days now... Jesus, the One and Only...the True One and Only... the only One and Only... it's really rocked my world these past few days... here's why:
God is the One and Only...
  • Life sustainer
  • Giver of life
  • Giver of hope
  • Giver of complete love
  • Giver of purpose
  • Giver of direction
  • Giver of peace
  • Giver of restoration
  • Giver of mercy
  • Giver of grace
  • Giver of fun
  • Giver of joy
  • Giver of community
  • Giver of honesty
  • Giver of complete openness and transperancy
And this is just the beginning. There's more. The challenge for you... find how God is your One and Only and let it rock your world.

Revolutionary Quote

Love, a term almost indefinable, is unconditional regard for a person that prompts and shapes behaviors in order to help that person to become what God desires. - Scot McKnight The Jesus Creed

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Yeeeeouch!!!!

Jami thought it would be a good idea to take down his crib bumper because he was tripping over it. A little later on, he was falling through the sides. Ouch, that looks like it hurts. Hopefully he'll still be able to have a family later on in life.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Do Men Have Man Crushes?

The Today Show asked that question this morning, "Do men get man crushes?" Crushes on men!? Absolutely not!! I would neve... wait... what's a Man Crush?
When a straight man has a "crush" on another man, not sexual but kind of idolizing him. -Urban Dictionary
And we all remember the Seinfeld episode when Jerry meets Keith Hernandez. Jerry freaks out when Keith doesn't call right away. And when they do set the "date" for the coffee shop, Jerry freaks out again wondering what to wear. AND when Keith cancels a "date" with Jerry to instead go out with Elaine, Jerry freaks out again.

Ok, so I have idolized other guys – Ryne Sandburg, Rob Bell, Louie Giglio and others. And I have gotten jealous when some of my other guy friends have asked others to do things and not me. Does that mean that I... could it mean that... would it mean that... I... (gulp) have Man Crushes!? Oh WAIT! I've never freaked out over what I was going to wear to a guy-get-together! Shwooo. Nope, I guess I've never had a Man Crush.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Top Ten Humorous Halloween Costumes


With Halloween around the corner, MSN.com came up with their own Top Ten Halloween Costumes: Humorous. My favorite... the Tow Truck Dude costume with visible butt crack seen to the left.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Metrosexuals Are Out


No, not out of the closet... just out. Here to replace them – the Ubersexual. According to a report on the Today Show, women never really caught on to the idea of the metrosexual male. And in an article written in the New York Times, In Time of Studied Ambiguity, a Label for the Manly Man, women want a guy who maintains their manhood, demonstrate positive characteristics of the "real man" of yesteryear (strong, resolute, fair) and are poised to not only change a diaper but to discuss how they feel about it. According to the authors of "The Future of Men", the top three Ubersexuals are Bono, George Clooney and Bill Clinton. Although I would argue that Billy-boy hasn't really demonstrated the positive characteristics of a "real man." So, men, if you're still overly concerned about exfoliating, Diesel jeans and take longer to get ready than the majority of women, you're so out... at least according to this recent trend... which may be "out" as quickly as the metrosexuals are today.

Monday, October 10, 2005

And...

I'm back baby. I'm really back... and only for $340.00. Ok, please excuse me while I reload my Firefox blogmarks (that's right, I just made that word up). This should only take me the rest of the night. Oh ya, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled blogramming (made that up too) tomorrow (10.11.05).

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Mechanical Malfunction

Well, the blog has been quiet for a couple of days. Not by choice. No. Not because I got too busy. No. It's because I'm computerless. Our hard drive on our Mac Ibook decided it was time to quit. I hate quitters. Especially when it costs us $300 dollars. That's right. $300. A friend of mine told me that it would normally cost half that to fix a PC... so why do I have a Mac? That's another entry altogether. When asked why it quit, the computer guy said, "Well, it's a mechanical device and mechanical devices wear out." Thanks dude, I thought a hard drive was an organic vegetable that only grows in Guatemala. Or maybe he thought I thought they litterally sold apples. I don't know. But apparently the hard drive just decided his work was done. So we should be getting our computer back Monday... $300 dollars later.

In the mean time, Carter is drooling like the Married with Children water fountain. The doctor's been saying that he should be getting teeth in for the last three months. Maybe this time one will actually come in. Jami's in Atlanta for the Catalyst conference. I'm home alone hanging with Mr. Carter. I didn't know there were so many details to cover... and we only have one child. Jami will be back Sunday night! Can't wait!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Chicago... Carter's Kind of Town

Here are some shots of Carter's trip to the big city.



Let the fun begin!



Seriously, what's behind me? Is it real?



If gorillas can eat the ground, so can I.



Just one drink from the fountain.



I'm sitting in a tree. How cool is that!



He's giving me rabbit ears with his humps.



Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.



If we were any closer, we'd be his prey!



Is that how the kids dress at detention?



It's the family at the zoo!



Round one, Carter out!



After an hour nap, ready for round two... Wrigley Field!



Sing it Carter... "Take me out to the ballgame..."



I love it here! When can I see a game?



Look at all of the people in downtown Chicago.



I know there's a fountain back there. Let's go play in it.



Thanks for the trip mommy and daddy. When can we come back?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Disturbing!

Does anyone else find these commercials from Burger King disturbing. The latest shows a dude cutting down a tree, and as the tree falls there suddenly appears a king with a huge fake head, real man hands and white tights. If it were me, I'm sure I would have either turned white and screamed like a little school girl, or the dude would have gotten a chain-saw to the side of his head. But no, the man gives a moronic grin and actually takes the sandwich from him! This is just the latest in a line of what I find to be creepy, disturbing commercials. One of the first had the same weird king waking up beside a regular man in the same bed. Instead of wetting the bed, (which I probably would have done) he gives the same dumb grin and accepts the sandwich. And at the end of this commercial the king puts his hand on the dudes knee... can you say CREEPY!? In another commercial, the guy wakes up and pulls open his bedroom shades. There, in the middle of his backyard, stands the king like Hannibal Lector. The man turns his head and in one second the king is standing right in front of him. Again, I'm thinking that urinating my pants would be appropriate at the very least. But no, he takes the sandwich. Please tell me that I'm not the only one that finds these commercials to be very disturbing. I'm thinking that someone from Crispin Porter + Bogusky (that's the ad agency that created the concepts) has had some experience in stalking – or has had some childhood dreams, or nightmares, that are creeping into these commercials. Whatever the case may be, whenever I go through the drive-thru at Burger King, I'm expecting to see the king pop up in my back seat out of nowhere, be in the drive-thru window taking my money or in the back making my food with those big man hands... now that would be disturbing!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Carter Update

Here's a quick Carter update. The following shots are of Carter during his recent adventure to the great Apple Festival in Niles, Michigan.



I know, I know. I have ear flaps on my hat. Only a baby can get away with that look.



Ummm, what am I sitting on? Hay? What's hay?



Oh, hay. This is soooo fun to sit on.



They call this the Apple Festival? Where are the apples? Oh well. I'm having fun anyway.



Soon, it'll be my turn on that thing.



What did uncle Matt just give me?



I love having fun with my mommy.