Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kevin Recommends #2

(This is the place where we get to recommend things that we like. Once again, in the spirit of credit where due, the idea was 100% ripped off from McSweeney's.)

Spelling out alphabet letters_Actually just one: Aitch.

Poetry readings_Turns out, these are going on all the time. And poets are really friendly in a desperate-to-be-understood sort of way.

Billy Elliot, the Musical_The movie is better, in our opinion. But the dancing kid in this musical is phenomenal.

Spain_The only place where you get to practice your high school Spanish AND flush your toilet paper!

The Gadsby Project by Red Mountain Church
_Rearrangements of old hymns by a church out of Birmingham, Alabama. We like every song, but especially the Johnny Cash-like ballad – Christ, Or Else I Die. Plus, harmonica!

Getting some friends with cars_It just makes life so much easier.

Not getting crapped on by pigeons
_We recently gave this a try and can state unequivocally that getting crapped on by pigeons is lame.

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
_We’ve been hearing a lot about this book and the related movie, and finally picked it up at our local library. Read most of it with a tight throat because it is gross and sad. In the comfort of your own home, try reading it out loud – Scottish brogue, baby!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hey Jude!

I'm always a little behind the YouTube curve, so I'm sure you've all already seen this video.

But it's great.

I'm kind of on a watching-babies-on-YouTube kick right now, so there may be more of these in our future.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Papa

This is my dad.

Here he is fixing the hole in my ceiling.

Here he is schlepping my stuff to London.

Things that are great about my father:

1. He loves the Lord and has raised us kids to know and love our heavenly Father above all.

2. If there is an open container of sour cream in the refrigerator, I can pretty much guarantee that he has sprinkled some Tabasco in there. Maybe even some french onion dip mix.

3. He wired a universal remote for the family television set. And when I say "wired," I mean he put our DVD remote and our TV remote back-to-back and wrapped a piece of wire around them. Ghetto? Maybe. Effective? Yes.

4. He has always loved me unconditionally. I know this because he says (often), "Do you know I love you, daughter?"

5. He LOVES to pick people up from the airport. Or drop them off at the airport. Or rescue them from a stalled car at the side of the road.

6. He usually just smiles, but sometimes you can get him to laugh really hard. That's always fun.

7. He's always up for a drive.

8. He's smart and creative.

9. He's usually game for an episode of Star Trek or a late-night movie. And he's always been an easy touch when it came to an ice cream at McDonald's or a basket of fries at the Breeze Inn.

10. He is characterized by his kindness, hospitality, and graciousness.

He is especially gracious with his eldest daughter when she fails to call or write him on Father's Day and tries to make up with a long and sweet (though belated) post.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. I love you.

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Grathiath for your Patience

So, the posts are going to be a little patchier than usual as I'm in Southern Spain (or, as they say it down here, "Thouthern Thpain").

Many interesting and culturally inaccurate observations to come!

Stay tuned!