Archive for February, 2007

Authentic Photography

I’m sure many of you thought my last post was an exaggeration, but I really am shrinking.  Last night I went to a convention center where I saw nine of my friends (and two celebrities).  They were all dressed in the same suit, and none of them could believe how short I’d gotten.

Emily reminded me that I’d just purchased a new camera and that I should document this phenomenon. Here’s us:

Then I ran into the following people: Maren, Anna Leisa, Rachel, Ben, Nicole, David Daskal, my sister, Joe, Man-e-faces, and Jess:

I can’t believe I met Man-e-faces! 


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Have you ever seen the show David the Gnome?

It’s this great show about trolls and witches and fairy kings, birds that talk, and fish that sing.  Mostly, though, it’s about this gnome named David and his wife (shown above).  I don’t know about you, but I loved it.

So yesterday I went to the doctor for a check-up and the nurse measured my height and told me I was 5’3″.

Wait. Hold the phone.  5’3″?  I was 5’3 and 3/4″ for ten years.  TEN YEARS!!  And a year ago, I’d found I’d actually grown to the intimidating height of 5’4.” This year I’m 5’3″?

I’m shrinking.

And don’t give me any of your hoo-hah about being different heights at different times of the day.  Bologna.

So, I’m shrinking.

Let’s review my height progress.  Here’s me at 4 with my brother, advancing vertically as expected:

18 years later, at my personal tallest:

And, assuming my calculations are correct, here’s what I’m going to look like in approximately 3 years:

Who knew that all those times I stayed home watching David the Gnome on Nick Jr. there nestled, deep inside myself, a gnome that planned to take over my height progression at the age of 23.

Anyway, I’ve had some time to think about this next stage of my life, and I think I’m ready. It’s actually pretty convenient. I mean, I already live by the woods, right? Now I just need to find a tree big enough to hold all my stuff.

It’s been nice knowing you guys.

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Bottom Line – Snowed In

Seems we picked a perfect weekend for a retreat!  Not only were we totally snowed in in the middle of nowhere, but it turns out that Fanning the Flame (it’s a big event for my church and our sister churches that was scheduled for the 23rd) was postponed!  I’m sure others were dissapointed or put out, but for Bottom Line this was a reason to celebrate!  We don’t have to miss it after all!  Hooray!!

Also, I replaced my camera on Friday, so I can go back to letting pictures write blog entries for me.

For instance, look at this picture of Kim and I! We’re girls! We like each other! We’re smiling!:

We also played The Family Game, always fun. I thought I might win as Jack Kerouac, but Foxx took home the prize when she revealed that she was Skeletor, the name we’d all forgotten. Matt, Ben, and Leon formed an early family (I got to join Team Boys shortly after this picture was taken):

and Keith and Lorena formed their own neat little family. Aww, so happy.  That is until Team Boys took them down several minutes later:

Seth organized two games for which we needed to be blindfolded. See? Blindfolds:

And then we ate a ridiculous amount of food (beef jerky, cheese, ice cream). Pictures of us eating (five of probably 80):

Amber mistook Keith’s neck for his mouth here:

We sang karaoke too.  Here is Anna and I singing Ton Loc’s Funky Comadina before we realized how innappropriate the lyrics are (a scene from Arrested Development comes to mind…):

There was some sort of noodle fiasco:

And a spoon fight (that thing got bent good):

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of the cars up to the doors with snow.  We had to stick around the cabin for longer than we’d planned on Sunday so that the owner of the cabin could drive down and help us get our cars out.  We didn’t have a plow, so he just drove over the snow with his truck until it was flattened enough for us to push our cars out.  I don’t know what I was thinking in not taking any pictures of this. 

Leon made a snow angel though, didn’t miss that:

And just for good measure, here is a creepy picture of Keith looking like he is being born out of a piece of bacon:

Pictures! Retreats!

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Star Trek Fever

A strange thing happens when I spend time with Peter H. and Jess (shown above).  Things get a little crazy.  Lots of unexplained laughter and repeating of nonsensical phrases.  You know, the kind of things that never translate well on a blog. 

On Wednesday, Peter explained to us his latest harebrained scheme – to watch every Star Trek movie ever made, back to back.  It is a lesser known fact that Peter is an avid Star Trek fan.  He even went to a convention once.  Five years ago I agreed to watch First Contact with him, so for that reason I was made prime candidate for his Star Trek marathon co-watcher.  Jess immediately volunteered herself for the activity as well, to my delight.

Soooo, next Saturday, starting at 6am, the three of us are planning on watching all ten Star Trek movies in a row.  This is the email I got yesterday from Peter, pumping me up for the big day:

I’m especially excited for “Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of Kahn.”  Kirstie Alley has a small part in it. She’s really come a long way.  I think.

Make it so…live long and prosper…beam me up Scotty,

P.S. – We are literally looking at 20 hours of movie time.  Maybe we should all order feeding tubes and catheters so we don’t waste too much time on basic bodily functions. That’s what a REAL Trekker would do.

Fun Fact – “Trekker” is the P.C. version of “Trekkie”.

Yeah, next Saturday might end up being the funniest day of my life.

(We will be taking one intermission to help a friend move – I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that that will be a nice break.)

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Redeeming “Good Aunt” Status

Yesterday, Lane accused me of being a terrible aunt for not posting any baby pictures of my new nephew. 

And since apparently I feel like I need to please Lane, I guess it’s baby picture time.  I’m going to use present tense!

Dad watches tv, Baby maintains cuteness:

Grandma crochets, Baby pacifies, Aunt smiles uncomfortably:

Picture is taken of Grandma mid sentence, Baby sleeps, and my boyfriend for the week (Gonzo) forlornly waits for me to come in the room so he can attack me with his smothering love and neediness:

Baby touches his eye and looks confused (Melanie, I left this red hoodie at your house, feel free to use it as a changing blanket):

Mom and Baby relax after a long night of partying:


I think I would pay a hundred dollars to kiss that soft little head again.  I miss you guys, I hope Alex is doing well!

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How is it done??

As per Wednesday tradition, Ann and I played Skip-bo today.  We’ve kept a running tally of our wins – the first person to make it to 20 gets a free lunch courtesy of the other. 

We usually have time for one full game and one half game (30 cards each vs 15 cards each), meaning there are 1.5 points to be earned each week. Today, however, we only had time for a full game and a third of a game. 

Say what?! 

Ann won the third of a game, and from now on her score will forever have one of those lines over the last decimal indicating it will go on forever.  Being a nerd, this delights me to no end.

I will now spend far too much time typing “alt 1,” “alt 2,” “alt 3,” etc. until it spits out the code I am looking for.  Here I go:

☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○◙♂♀♪♫☼►◄↕‼¶§▬↨↑↓→←∟↔▲▼ !”#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~⌂ÇüéâäàåçêëèïîìÄÅÉæÆôöòûùÿÖÜ¢£¥₧ƒáíóúñѪº¿⌐¬½¼¡«»░▒▓│┤╡╢╖╕╣║╗╝╜╛┐└┴┬├─┼╞╟╚╔╩╦╠═╬╧╨╤╥╙╘╒╓╫╪┘┌█▄▌▐▀αßΓπΣσµτΦΩδ∞φε∩≡±≥≤⌠⌡÷≈°∙·√ⁿ²■ ☺☻♥♦♣♠•◙

What!?  It started over!

Oh well, right now our score is:

Christine: 12

Ann: 9.83 (with one of those lines over the 3)

Eight more full games from a free lunch!

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Meanderings – I got nothin’

I usually don’t have trouble thinking of things to blog about, mostly because I’ve set the bar quite low.  Remember all those thermos posts? 

Yeah, I could probably get away with writing several paragraphs about my broken stapler that I won’t throw away, and my loyalest of readers (Ben and Anna Leisa) would be satiated.

Stapler aside, I just can’t think of anything trivial to blog about today. 

Among relevant things that I’ve been ruminating on:

– waking up in the mornings

– not letting Guitar Hero (or anything else) ruin your life

– running:  good for the appetite and the soul

– counting it joy to serve God and others

– finding purpose exactly as you are

– choosing to make things better rather than complain about how they are now

– England should have listened to Churchill about Adolf Hitler.

Unfortunately, none of that is going to be blogged about today – too much work.  Blogging about not knowing what to blog about is probably a new low.

Hmm…maybe I just should’ve blogged about how I didn’t know what a pliers looked like this weekend. 

Can’t turn back time. Have a great Tuesday, internet.

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