Friday, November 21, 2008

Thoughts on grace

This made me smile:

This made me smile more:
Four years ago in a large city in the far West, rumors spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The reports reached the archbishop. He decided to check her out. There is always a fine line between the authentic mystic and the lunatic fringe.

"Is it true, m'am, that you have visions of Jesus?" asked the cleric.

"Yes," the woman replied simply.

"Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession."

The woman was stunned. "Did I hear you right, bishop? You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?"

"Exactly. Please call me if anything happens."

Ten days later the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition. "Please come," she said.

Within the hour the archbishop arrived. He trusted eye-to-eye contact. "You just told me on the telephone that you actually had a vision of Jesus. Did you do what I asked?"

"Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession."

The bishop leaned forward with anticipation. His eyes narrowed.

"What did Jesus say?"

She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes. "Bishop," she said, "these are his exact words: 'I CAN'T REMEMBER.'"

Friday, November 14, 2008

Messy foods

Just because... (we're all Lyla fans, are we not?)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Things I'm enjoying right now

First, iTunes's new Genius feature is, well, really smart. If you're not familiar with it, I recommend you check it out. It basically is a smart playlist creator. Remember all the hard word that used to go into making a mixed tape for someone? Well, the smarties at Apple have created a machine that does it for you... could this be how SkyNet gets started?

To show you how awesome it is, I'll walk you through the process of creating a playlist based on one of my favorite songs: Rubber Duckie. First, right-click on the target song and select "Start Genius":

And vuala! Oh. Hmmm. Genius is not available for Rubber Duckie... okay.

Well, if SkyNet can't generate a playlist based on Rubber Duckie then we probably don't have to worry about them destroying the human race any time soon.

The other thing I'm loving is seeing how random people are finding the blog based on Google searches. Here's a list of the search terms that have led people to our website. Good to see that 3 different people who Googled "diaper" found our site. I bet my post on Lyla's diaper hat was really helpful. I'm a SEO wizard!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Today is the winter of our discontent

What had been a very wonderful week (democratic process, EMS that didn't make me sad, dinner with friends, business development, super cute Lyla) has rather quickly turned south and today marks a sad day for the Rings. For one, yesterday our next-door neighbors, friends, and definite answer to pray the McIntyres moved into their new house. We're happy for them because they now have a wonderful how for their family to grow in. And it's only 0.8 miles away. But that's 0.798106060606 miles farther away than they were. And that's sad. Because we miss them. We miss how much a part of our daily lives they have been. I miss hearing Ian's bathtime through the wall. I mean it's not super tragic, hide your head under the pillow sad; but it's sad.

And the sadness of today being the first day with them not right next door was served with a side of "the first snow of the year." Yippee. Seriously, of all days for it to snow, it had to be today. Boo. Now I know why bears hibernate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We did. Did you?

Monday, November 3, 2008


I've been having trouble with Blogger not uploading videos so I've come up with a work around that I hope will work.

The videos are various ones we've taken of Lyla in the past month, primarily of her showing off all the neat tricks she's learned.

Lyla practicing new animal noises:

Lyla rocking out:

Videos, part 2

What, Dad asking me to do something? Must want me to give kisses again...

Love to make her laugh:

Oh, camera!! THE END.