Archive for December, 2007

Blogging into 2008

December 30, 2007

September 2007 marked my entry into the blogosphere with (I hope), good results. It has been a learning experience and I hope to explore many new and exciting topics in the coming year. A few we can all look forward to are:

1. NASA

2. Batman

3. Left-handed Smoke Shifters, Brass Magnets, and Bacon Stretchers

4. Architecture

5. Traffic and weather

6. Various religious topics

While I realize that the first 2 topics listed aren’t actually new, they are definitely exciting. If you come across any topics that would be interesting to discuss, please feel free to form your own blog, because that’s what they’re there for.

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The Friendly Skies

December 29, 2007

Jen, Avery jr, and I went to Jackson, MS for Christmas and chose Southwest airlines as our means of transportation. The “family boarding” time for families with children under 4 years is inbetween the A and B boarding groups. This is the group we normally would have been a part of, but Jen is approx 35 weeks pregnant and qualifies for a temporary disability (mental more than anything else). Being in the disability-preboarding area was interesting. Apparently it takes little more than being a white, 55-year old woman with anxiety to qualify for being disabled. Jennifer has a theory on the correlation between anxiety (aka crazy) and jewelry, I’ll have her post it here soon. Seriously, the disability line was a joke. There needs to be a screening process and don’t give me any of that invasion of privacy garbage, I’m on to you.

Happy Birthday!

December 29, 2007

Today is Jennifer’s “Special” Birthday! She is turning 29 on the 29th of the month (as always) but this only happens once in a lifetime. Of course, Avery’s stuck at work for 36 hours. Anyway, call or e-mail Jen and let her know how excited you are to have her around. She also accepts goodies.

Wake Up Bomb

December 26, 2007

At the in-laws. It’s in the mid-to-upper 40’s with rain. Everybody has qwirks, mine is that I love cold weather and any form of precipiataion. I’m fairly mainstream when it comes to sleet/snow, but I love a cold rain. You cannot ignore it. Walking in a cold rain reminds you that you are alive and awake. It’s very easy to be lulled into complacency by snow flurries or a sunny afternoon, not so today. I’m going back outside.

December 23rd

December 24, 2007

Couldn’t think of a catchy title for this post, and I didn’t feel like wasting a lot of time trying. So, two thoughts for today.
1. My wife has a gift of linguistics. She is able to learn languages very quickly and imitates accents well. This makes her a wonderful reader. My son is still too young to appreciate this, but he will. Tonight, I had her read Cajun Night Before Christmas. It is a book that my great aunt Martha gave me over 15 years ago. A side note on Aunt Martha (which is the perfect name for an aunt). She was a tour guide in New Orleans for years and really understood and appreciated the cajun community, a wonderful lady. The book is absolutely hilarious, so get Jen to read it for you soon.
2. During breakfast, prior to church today, we were listening to some church’s music program. The majority of the songs were “Christmas themed.” One non-traditionally Christmas song jumped out at me (it happens often). This has long been a favorite of mine and just felt like sharing. It’s Blessed Assurance. Written in 1873 by Fanny Crosby, who happened to be blind, not that has anything to do with this. The poetry of the song is probably what is most touching to me:
Echoes of Mercy, Whispers of love…

Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song. good stuff. I bet we could all stand to dive in and explore what it means to be “lost in His love.”
I hope to get on here once more before Christmas, but might not get around to it. Merry Christmas to all 3 of you who might read this in the next week or so!

Last-Minute Gift idea

December 22, 2007

I was perusing a poster tacked with all sorts of messages. Mainly offering used weight benches, puppies, cleaning services, and maybe a couple of used cars. The kind of billboard where all of the papers are cut in a fringe at the bottom with phone numbers you can tear off. Posted among them was the following ad (in order to not have too much to upload, I’ll type the ad verbatum and scan in the example picture):

CHRISTMAS FAMILY ILLUSTRATIONS
Have a talented artist create a unique one of a kind gift to cherish throughout the year. A personalized sketch of your family from an existing special photo. Professional and efficient. Reasonable rates.
If interested please call (601) 984-6241
Lanny

Sketch

Deep Impact

December 21, 2007

The title of this posting is in tribute to a much better film than its counterpart, Armageddon. While this story doesn’t involve Earth, you better bet that NASA is! I’m hoping for something dramatic. By the way, please take 3 minutes and read the review linked to Armageddon, it’s worth it.

Merry Christmas, Texas-style

December 21, 2007

We had a 45 minute layover at Houston’s Hobby airport yesterday on the way to Jackson, MS. Nothing like traditional Christmas music on the harmonica. Get along, little dogie

Anybody want to babysit?

December 19, 2007

I am looking forward to:

1. Wall-E

2. Batman

3. Mamma Mia! (not really)

4. somehow acquiring/renting/borrowing season 2 of Battlestar Galactica. (much more than #3).

NASA rules!

December 19, 2007

The headline on the NASA web page reads “‘Death Star’ Galaxy Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy.” Could they have fit any more awesome words into the title? I can visualize this guy with a list of cool words, trying to figure out how to make the best title, then they computer-generate a picture and story to match. Next week: “Quantum Leap Actualized Through Reverse-Engineering Pulsed Plasma Thrusters.”

 Apparently these galaxies are 1.4 billion light years away from Earth, so who knows when this stuff happened, I’m a bit confused with how they figure it out. Doesn’t make it any less awesome!