The most requested thing for dinner around here? Noodles. With butter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Museum of Glass

We recently visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA with my folks.  We only spent a few hours, but I could spend a whole day there exploring the indoor and outdoor sculptures.
Here are the scrapbook pages I made of our time there:

Next time I visit, I want to take in the art museum and the history museum that are walking distance from the Museum of Glass.  Who knew Tacoma had so much culture? 

Friday, August 15, 2014


Got my pictures back.
Got my documents back.
Got my scrapbook pages back.
Now, things aren't all in their original locations and I had to re-install some basic programs, but I didn't lose what I thought I might lose and so it is a huge relief!

I'll get some more pics up here in a few days.


And pray.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Death of a hero

On July 2, 2014, the world lost a great man.  Olympic distance runner, WWII hero, and follower of Jesus, Louis Zamperini died at the age of 97.

If you haven't read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, you have missed out on one of the most riveting stories of our day.  I'm not going to spoil it for you by giving details, but I will strongly encourage you to read it before you go see the movie about his life that comes out at Christmas.  (You know the book is always better than the movie, and almost 9,000 Amazonians gave it 5 stars!  Read it.)

I didn't get to meet Mr. Zamperini here on earth, but I will certainly see him in heaven.  Not because either of us are good enough to earn heaven, but because we follow Jesus.  Our names are in His book.  When we die, Jesus says, "Welcome! I have your reservation right here!"

Not everyone gets that greeting.  If you decide you don't want a relationship with God or his Son here on earth, He certainly won't force you to spend eternity with Him.  Of course, the other accommodations aren't quite as nice.  If you thought battling your inner demons in this life was hard, just wait until you battle the real ones face to face for eternity.

It's your choice.
You might give it some thought and do what Louis and I did.
But don't wait too long.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Still at square one...

Got all my disks back.  Computer can't read them.  Back to The Mac Store tomorrow.  Ugh.
(Yes, the data is on there.  It's a glitch with the DVD drive.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Looks promising...

Well, the guy in Eugene thinks that I will get all my data back, and in the format it was when the hard drive died! This is very exciting, but I am not celebrating too much yet because I still need to get the DVDs in the mail and install them. Weird glitches could still occur.

If it works, I won't have to re-do any of the documents I created for my classroom, I won't have to remake any greeting cards I made on PrintShop, and, most importantly, I won't have to re-create any of the 30 scrapbook layouts I had finished and ready to go to the printer.

We'll see!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Begin again

Last Sunday, my hard drive died.  It's really really dead.  So dead that the Mac Store couldn't backup the data.
Yes, I cried.
5 years worth of documents, photos, and scrapbook pages...  maybe gone forever.
I thought crying was an appropriate response.
I also spent some time berating myself for not having a external back-up drive.
And then I did some research and found a place in Eugene, OR that specializes in getting data from the dead.
If UPS does its job, I will know on Monday or Tuesday of next week whether the dead can be resurrected.
In the meantime, I am rebuilding my list of favorite websites as best I can, and working on that email contact list...

Sigh.  All those photos.

I now have a new hard drive AND an external back-up drive and I promise to turn off the computer once a week to let it rest.

I kind of want to go out and do a little shopping therapy to make up for this lousy week.  Trouble is, I just spent a bunch on the new hard drive and the external back-up drive.  Maybe I'll just talk to my counselors, Ben and Jerry.  Chocolate therapy is often just as good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


After Mercy Corps Artivism Camp on Friday, we walked around Portland and went to some favorite places like Powell's, Little Big Burger, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Waterfront Park.

My plan was to spend the early evening in Portland to avoid the freeways and bridges until the crush was over, but we ended up coming home early because somebody (not me) didn't like the plan and just wanted to get home.  She's so good at being 13...

I give you P-town in all her natural glory...

There are bridges... 

The Morrison Bridge in the raised position.
There are water features...

There are statues, street performers and street people...

This is not a street performer, it is a statue.
This is not a statue, it is a street performer.
And another performer.

Hey guys!  Everyone get your brass instruments and your bedsheets and join us downtown!
And make sure you arrive by bike!
I gave this guy money because he was working hard for a living.  It takes forever to learn to play the pipes!
Portland does have homeless shelters but there are many who prefer the public parks.
It's easier to start panhandling the moment you wake up.
There's a Chinatown...

...and a humongous bookstore.

There's a great place to eat called "Little Big Burger".  Share a bag of fries with someone you love!

There's a place called "Voodoo Donuts" that always has a line out the door.  It's not that their pastries are so good, it's that their way of doing things is a little twisted and Portlanders like things that are twisted.

There's a grocery store in a trolley, a futuristic looking public toilet, firetrucks, and lots and lots of bikes.  

The green zone is for bikes.  If there is a bike there, your car should not be there.  Your car is not a bike.
Your car is evil because it is not a bike.  Bikes are not evil. You should get a bike.
I think you get the idea.