Snow, Snow, Snow

I have a snow day today. Usually my snow days are either really unproductive or really productive. Today was one of those productive days. It’s so nice to get things done.

I started off my morning by building a fire in our woodstove. That was a miracle in and of itself because I have limited fire building skills and it usually takes me a few tries. Today, it took just one try.

Several times throughout today, I have gone out to shovel out driveway so the snow doesn’t pile up and be a big pain to shovel. I would say that as of about right now, we’ve gotten about 6 inches and it’s still coming down.

I’ve managed to do all of my math homework and study even more for my European History test that will be whenever we return to school.

PT was also a part of my day. I’m counting the snow shoveling as a part of that, but I’ve done some other stuff too.

And, I got to work on my very poor guitar skills. So now, I probably just have poor guitar skills.

I don’t think all of this would have happened if I didn’t have a snow day. I’m glad I had a lot of stuff to do. Now, I think I might go read a book or something.


To The Parents Of...........

Probably almost everyone in school has gotten one of these letters. The ones addressed :To the Parents of whatever kid you are. In my house, there are two types of those letters. The school will send these letters either sealed or unsealed. It is policy that we can open the unsealed ones before our parents get home because it's not that big of a deal. And even most of the time the sealed letters don't mean trouble.

But what do you do when your mom gets a letter from the college she's taken a few classes as labeled: To the Parents of Mom. My sister and I thought it was pretty funny that our mom would get one of those letters. We discussed sending the letter to our grandma for her to open.
But in the end my parents opened that letter. Not that it really matters, it was just about tax deductible stuff anyways.


I’m not gonna kiss it goodbye

Last week I read I Kissed Dating Goodbye be Joshua Harris. It seems like half the world really loves the book and follows it to the letter. I figured I had better see what the fuss is about. I didn’t like it.

I can see where Harris comes from. He makes a bunch of good points about things. He has good concepts. I just don’t agree with them. I think some of that is we both define different things different ways. What he sees one way, I see another.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye is great for some people. It’s just not great for me. I guess now I know what the book is about. I don’t have to wonder anymore. And I can legitimately disagree with it instead of disagreeing and not knowing what is really covered in the book.


5 Rings and a Few Medals

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from Arsenal. Rough losses to Chelsea and Man U and a close win over Liverpool tend to do that a bit to a person. I guess now, I should be happy that most of our rough games of the second half of the season are over and we can start to get back into the swing of the CL. We’re at Porto on Wednesday.

But I can take a break for the Arsenal because the 2010 winter Olympics are currently happening. I love the Olympics. Summer, winter, it doesn’t matter to me. I just love watching the best of the best compete for their country.
Of all the athletes to compete in my lifetime, I’ve latched on to three. Ever. Kristi Yamaguchi was my hero for the longest time when I was little. I never wanted to ice skate, but I loved watching her perform.

The past few Olympics, I’ve latched on to two other athletes. Apollo Anton Ohno is one of them. He’s a really cool guy and an amazing speed skater.

The other athlete is Kelly Clark, the snowboarder. I remember watching her compete in 2002 and going completely nuts when she took gold. I remember being disappointed when she took 4th in 2006. And today, just for the heck of it, I decided to Wikipedia her. I found out something that can make me admire her even more. Kelly Clark is a Christian.

I wish the best of luck to all competitors in the Olympics. You amaze all who watch. And I wish more luck to the tow athletes I admire; Ohno and Clark. Let the games begin!


Something I've always admired in an artist is the ability to use words that I did not previously know. If I require the use of the dictionary to find the meaning of the word, then that artist has done a good job. This does not mean that the song is incomprehensible. It simply means that one word in that song was previously unknown to me. I appreciate that song all the more because I had to work to get something out of it. Here's a few artists that have used big words well:
Natasha Bedingfield- "Unwritten"
Relient K- "Up and Up"
Jordan Anderson- "Stand Up"
Black Eyed Peas used a big word, but it didn't really make that much of an impact.
There have prbably been a few others that used big words, but I don't remember who they are.
The always lovely Natasha Bedingfield


Take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures. Take a deep whiff of that smell/scent you really enjoy. Soak in the colors of the sky. Enjoy the warmth of a blanket. Relish the pain of worked out muscles. Get a bounce off of some caffiene. It's a good time to be alive.


My Reaction

I know, it's a day or so late to be still commenting on the Grammys. But  I just finished watching them tonight. That included watching the Black Eyed Peas perform three times (the joys of the rrwind button).
Overall, I thought the performancs were more entertaining than the acceptance speeches this year. That made me sad because I like seeing what people have to say. This year, people were boring and stupid. It's really more fun to watch Coldplay accept an award with something funny (like last year) that watch Taylor Swift say something very typical of accepting an award.

I've loved the performances in past years and this year was no exception. Pink was stunning. Black Eyed Peas were amazing. Zac Brown Band was great. Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles were even better. Drake, lilWayne, and Eminem were as usual. It was a good group of performances by a bunch of talented people.