Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Sad Truth

Hello World Cup Fans (and the rest of you),
Yes, the sad truth is that USA is out. SO, I thought I'd go for England. Too bad, Joe. They're out too. So now, I've been getting suggestions for who to be for during the remainder of (their stay at) the Cup.

So far votes have been Germany, España, Netherlands, and "anyone but Brazil"... It's become a debate in my head between Germany (my aunt lived there for 20 years, so I'm fairly partial, plus I have German blood from both sides of the family, AND my cousin studied there for a semester) and España (Spain, because of another cousin - the sister of aforementioned Germany-going cousin - who studied in Spain, and teaches Español in LA). But there have been 3 votes for NEDs and ... I just don't know.

Maybe I'll just waffle on those 3 until it's down to the final, and then be stuck if any of them are the 2 at the top...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

World Cup Goodness

It's World Cup time, folks, and I couldn't be happier.

USA won not only their game yesterday, but in doing so, won the top of their group as well.

I was 'only' watching the scrolling ticker at Emirates MatchCast since I was at *ahem* work....(to steal my cousin's words "World Cup > Adulthood responsibility.") This was wonderful, even if it was just as stressful as actually watching it - and probably better, 'cuz it's easier to tear yourself away from text rather than the *actual* viewing of the game (as my cousin well knows) so I guess I'm secretly glad (?) for the inability to download the necessary software to use espn3 online.

Highlights (missed goals until THE highlight at around the 1:30 mark).

So stressful to "watch" this game - I was more vocal than I would have thought, rrr-ing and groaning at my computer screen and scaring the ladies in my office (until they got clarification that I was following the USA and ENG matches, and further clarification (!) that that was World Cup 'Soccer'...after which I was labeled "so cute"...).

But they won, and they're on to the Round of 16.

And, in case you're wondering where all the other countries stand (so far) check it out here at FIFA's official site. Time for the happy dance: so much football!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


This afternoon I head to Minnesota (yessss) for 4 glorious days of time with God in nature, study, and rest. And to see the grandparents too. I'm praying to be refreshed, rejuvenated, encouraged, to learn and grow, to enjoy His creation. I know He will deliver. God is good. Of course, this means next week is a short one (only 3 work days), followed by a Friday visit to see my sweet niece, sister (-in-law) and brother. The next day I will either spend more time with them, or be going to the Indiana dunes with friends. Back to work for a week, then it's a 4 day weekend for 4th of July - making another short work week, followed by Leash & Kara's Day-o-Fun (part...ok, honestly we've really lost count...) which is ALWAYS a good, much needed time!!

This is shaping up to be a good month.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In other news...

The World Cup has (almost) started.

woot. (!!!)

Do you like the rain?

I do.

Found this quote the other day...
"I love the way the air smells right after it rains. I don't love running around with bare feet outside and stepping on the occasional hapless and ill-fated earthworm, but as unfortunate as it is inauspicious, accidents *do* happen." Found this blog, read it, laughed out loud several times, thanks Adam.

I also was VERY tempted to take a walk in the rain that fell all day on Tuesday, but alas, did not have time before it quit. :*(

So now, you have been treated to a new look for my blog. Well, I have treated myself, and you are stuck with it.

Whaddya think?
(about the blog and the rain, I guess.) :oD

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Not a dry spell

but close.

I feel the need for a new post here. (done... sort of)
I also feel the need for pictures to be posted (on facebook) of all the business (busy-ness) I had in May.

I think today is not quite that that day.

My personal laptop has endured (albeit somewhat lethargically) for 4 years. It has been defragged, wiped and rebuilt from beyond factory settings, it has virus protection software up the wazoo. It is soooo slow. It refuses to open any program without a 10 minute delay. Minimum. It won't play music without a weird echo or skipping sound - even with a cd that I know is fine (if I play it in a cd player, no problem). On top of that, my iPod decided it was a good time to die. Yup. Can't listen to or add music. Didn't know it was having issues when I tried to add a new album to it, and lost what was on it - had to reset it to factory settings. Didn't help. Now it has nothing on it. I believe the hard drive went bad...and I am past my 2 year warranty so I can't get it fixed unless I want to pay (practically) enough to just get a new one.

SO I can't get on the internet at home, and am too frustrated to try anything else. 2-3 hours for 2-3 days is more than enough trying.

Which puts us at the lack of internet access at home limiting time to post ... *ahem*... posts or pictures, or anything.

Time to save tons of money for a Macbook and new iPod.
Maybe I can get one sometime in the next 5 years.

Wow. this turned into a real post...
Look for a new one in a couple weeks.
(next weekend i'm going to minnesota!)