Monthly Archives: November 2008

Hello. It’s Sunday, Nov. 30th 2008. Aft …

Hello. It’s Sunday, Nov. 30th 2008. After a long, exhausting four days, I’m home under a fleece blanket, studying Hebrew and other courses (well, not RIGHT now, but generally that’s what I’m doing). The wind and snow are blowing fiercely outside my window, which I can’t even see out of right now because it is covered in ice and snow.

This morning, Mel and Molly and I got up and drove to Lansing to be a part of the annual Enoch’s Path Thanksgiving Brunch. As always, it was great. We all love Kerrie’s french toast w/ heath bar dish and we were blessed by Andy’s amazing lemon bars and Dave and Manda’s awesome egg bake breakfast goodness (that’s what I call it anyway). Then, we hunkered down in the living room to partake in the first Advent celebration including singing w/ Mel on her dulcimer. A great time!

After, we drove through the storm to pick up Kailey from my in-law’s place. They had taken her to spend the night after the Acker family Christmas in Williamston. I didn’t go because I was too sick to get out of bed yesterday. When we arrived today, we discovered that my father-in-law has what I have and can barely talk. Yikes.

The Thanksgiving festivities kicked off on Wed. with the girls half-day. I let them pick where they wanted to eat out as a special treat. They picked Taco Bell, much to my displeasure. Then, we went over to Wal-mart to pick out some movies (by the way, RedBox movie rentals for $1, AWESOME). Then, on Thursday, we drove over to Laingsurg to my uncle Ross’s place for our Aldrich family Thanksgiving – the one with the AMAZING cooking. As always, it lived up to the annual hype. Then, we drove home and enjoyed the Christmas lights from our tree – yes, it was already up – and watched Christmas movies.

Friday, the girls and I got up early and drove over to my mom’s place where we met back up with my sister Tami, and her family and we all piled into their mini-van and drove down to detroit to my Grandma Farrand’s place where we were able to visit with my dad and step-mom, Ruth who had driven up from Chattanooga. They bought a honeybaked ham, and we brought some sides to go with it. Yumm! We stopped by Trader Joe’s on the way so I could buy a case of 3 buck Chuck and a salad to pass. It was Tami’s first exposure to the amazing-ness that is Joe’s. I love showing people great places like that. On the way home, we stopped off at the local Starbucks where I was able to use my new gold card which got me 10% off our drinks! Yea for Starbucks.

All in all, it was too much for me and I crashed on Saturday (as mentioned above). I got up at 8:30, was back in bed by 10, and woke up at 4:30 in the afternoon. I was a sick puppy. Feeling better today, thanks to NyQuil…it’s magical. So, now that I’ve caught you up on my boring life, I dive back into my text books and Hebrew.

Shalom

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Thanks

Here’s my annual list of things I’m thankful for, 2008 edition:

My wife, the loves she gives me, the laugh she laughs, the moments between us that are between us

My kids, their love, laughter, silliness, and the crazy stuff that they think of

My family, sisters, brother, parents and so on

My Tapestry family, new ones, old ones, small ones and tall ones, you all amaze me

My new 5th Reformed family, thanks for welcoming us

My Western Seminary family, for helping me get smarterer

For the comedians who kept me laughing this year, specifically: Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Gallifinakis, Patton Oswald, Brain Possehn, Maria Bamford, Dave Chappelle, Demetri Martin, Steven Colbert, Jon Stewart and of course Steve Correll.

For Clay, for helping me to see the blessing in having a disease like mine

For the Suburu that we were able to get from our tax rebate. You’ve been a good friend along the way, sorry you are sick right now and pray that you come home today. Thank you especially for warming my backside with your leather bucket heated seats.

For the great music that I heard this year, specifically: Viva la Vida by Coldplay (the whole album, not just that song), Dave Matthews for everything you’ve ever done w/ the band and solo or duet with Tim, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Derek Webb and your better half Sandra who move me to tears, Charlie Peacock for everything especially for reminding me how much I love John Coltrane and the Love Supreme, and Ray LaMontaine whom I discovered this year, thanks for soothing my soul during painfilled days

For the great books I’ve read, well, to the authors of the great books I’ve read, especially: Phyllis Tickle and NT Wright

For my mom, whom I’ve already mentioned but felt that she deserved a second thank you. Thanks for the “date nights” we had, the conferences we went to together, the movies we saw, the times when it was just you and I  talking (in person and just on the phone). Thank you for your unyielding love and believing in me when I don’t.

For my cell phones who kept me in touch with those people I needed to connect with. You rarely drop a call, and I thank you for that.

For Church, the good and the bad. I am re-learning to love you in all your complexities. I am learning how to appreciate old traditions that I thought were too passe to keep doing.

For Jesus and your daddy. (and I don’t mean Joseph whom I wouldn’t know from Adam. I know that this should be the first post, but I didn’t want to sound like some pathetic musician who thanks God when they win an award)

For pain medicine that gets me by, I wish I didn’t have to thank you, but thanks. Especially to the makers of Vicodin and Lyrica. I hate you and love you.

For Jim (and we both thank Jesus’ dad for Les)

For Brian and Amy and your two girls.

For Starbucks and Beaner’s (who I almost didn’t mention because of their name change this year to Biggby, come on get a better name than that) – for the great joe

For Bruce, Jon, Craig and Craig – thanks for all your time, laughter and friendship…mostly for putting up with me

For Twitter, just for being you.

For Eric, Kerrie and the boys for your friendship and work together. Couldn’t make it with out you.

For Mr. and Mrs. Owen for birthing and raising two awesome sons, whom have somehow made even cooler babies.

For Anna and her parents Dave and Manda for all the love and support.

For the makers of DayQuil and NyQuil, especially NyQuil.

For Glen Hasnard and Marketa who made an amazing film, Once, that still just kills me when I watch it, and an equally amazing soundtrack.

For Apple and all the miracles you produce each day.

For America who helped elect Barack Obama in a landslide.

For Barack Obama for getting elected.

For Rick Sanchez who read my name on CNN one day, I’m just vain enough to note that. I’m working on it people.

For Michigan, and all the people who stuck it out another year rather than moving away from her. You have moxie.

For NBC and another season of the Office and 30 Rock.

For ABC and another season of House.

For the Travel Channel and another season of No Reservations w/ Anthony Bourdain, whom I’ve grown to appreciate this year.

For the makers of my UGG slippers and Acorn fleece slipper socks. I try to thank you every day.

For Brad and Neil in Long Beach who put me up this year when it was freezing in Michigan, and who came to Michigan from Long Beach – when it was freezing here. Also to the Greenhouse learning community.

Emergent Hitler

(ht to Andrew)

Human – Live @ Eurpoean Music Awards

seriously, this is amazing. yes, they were playing live too…

by the way, the subliminal message in th …

by the way, the subliminal message in the Lost trailer is for a fictional airline “ajira airways” – “ajira” is hindi for “island” can you dig it? I know you can.

Lost-You Found Me

Ok, this is now my fav. song out. It screams the feelings I have inside. It also sums up how I feel that God found me, not the other way around.Oh, and just because I love the tv show “Lost,” here’s the official trailer for this next season, with the same song.

Economics 101

This is from Brian Mclaren. It’s so good, I HAD to repost it here:

For those of you baffled by the global economic meltdown, the
following summary of basic economic theory should be helpful. Some of
it may seem familiar and you may feel you’ve heard it all before, but
note that fascinating new information has been added, reflecting the
latest analysis of recent economic trends …


Thanks to my friend Tommy Tavenner for passing this on …

21 Economic Models … explained with cows
The 2008 update

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the
milk away…

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

SURREALISM
You have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

VENTURE CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters
of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a
debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all
four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to
a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who
sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The
annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one
more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States ,
leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the
release. The public then buys your bull.

A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you
want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow
and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow
cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and
milk themselves.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again and learn you have 2 cows.
You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
No-one believes you, so they bomb you and invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of Democracy….

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.