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This weekend marked a momentous occasion in the McNutt household. The boys and I watched the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Sweeeeeet. And thus concludes their critical lessons in awesome-ness.
Which paves the way for them to see The Phantom Menace when it hits theaters in 3D next month. I’m pretty excited about having a new annual tradition of going to a Star Wars movie together (they’re releasing all six in 3D, one per year). They don’t totally understand the reasons why I was so adamant that they were not allowed to see the newer Star Wars films until after they had seen the original masterpieces, but some day they will thank me.
And maybe they do get it. Micah liked being surprised to find out Luke and Leia were twins. And he thought it was cool that decades ago people would have been shocked to find out Vader was their father (my kids already know from all the other Star Wars cartoons and toys).
Anyway, it was a LOT of fun to watch it all with them. And they loved the Ewoks kicking the Empire’s butt.
Unfortunately, they’ll probably like Jar Jar.
I created a Wordle for the fun of it (it’s easy, click the link) based on my blog. Basically, it takes all the words I’ve written in my almost 1200 posts and took the most frequently used words to create the above image. Then, it scaled the words’ size based on how often they’ve been used in my blog. In other words, the largest word is the most frequently used word out of my frequently used words.
It’s actually fascinating to me because I think of my blog as primarily a youth ministry themed blog with some weight loss posts as well, but it’s pretty obvious from my word use that my blog may actually be a weight themed blog with some youth ministry posts! And honestly, I know most of my readers/blog frequenters are here to read about weight related topics (that comes through loud and clear when I check out the stats on individual posts). At the same time, my observation has been that my ministry related posts are the ones that generate the most comments (not including Biggest Loser casting posts – which have generated tens of thousands of comments).
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting view on what triggers my ‘publish’ button on my blog. Weight is a word that is present in my thinking, speaking and writing more than I even realize. What about you? What words do you use more than you realize?
It’s a new year and all that, so like many Americans I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. Daily weigh-ins, counting calories, (horror!) exercise … you get the picture. I officially started this morning (yeah, I’ve been back at this for a while now, like multiple hours).
Which brings me to my point: my Kindle hates me. Seriously. I’m pretty sure it wants me to fail. I have the most basic one which means its screensaver is actually advertisements – they change periodically. Up until now, they’ve been movie ads. But not today, not the first day I’m trying to get back on track. This is what I’ve been staring at all morning and afternoon:
Not cool, Kindle. Not cool.
I got a Kindle for Christmas (technically, I got gift cards for Christmas that I then used on a Kindle). This was, of course, very exciting for several reasons. One, I’m a nerd. Two, I like to read. And three, I’ve been wanting to get one for a while now for ministry related books – they’re a lot cheaper in digital form.
Yes, I like reading fiction as well, and have really enjoyed ripping through books on my Kindle app on my iPhone, but some how it doesn’t work as well for me when it’s books of substance.
Anyway, all that to say that I have been loving my Kindle. I’m reading through Blue Like Jazz at the moment – previewing the film ahead of it’s April’s release date reawakened my interest in it (it’s been a long time since I read it). I wanted to remember it all before the film comes out – I’d like to go with a group and be ready to discuss it all after.
But back to my subject line: my Kindle lasted 48 hours.
Micah discovered it. He started reading The Wizard of Oz and couldn’t put it down.
This is both tragic and awesome all at once. I loved the Oz series when I was his age; Frank L. Baum wrote 14 books in the series a hundred years ago. Literally a hundred years ago – I wasn’t just saying that. After he died other authors continued the series with a bunch more books. All of which I started reading when I was ten. It took me a couple years to rip through all of them (and then I read them all again). So it was fun to see him being captivated by the story – and he was even more excited to find out there was a ton more books (and I was excited to find out they’re all free on Kindle). So what’s the tragic part?
I had my Kindle to myself for 48 hours. And now Micah loves it. And I can’t discourage him from reading, right?
Hilarious! I wish this was our bearded dragon … although I have to confess, I’m totally tempted to get the game and try it with Pebbles …
Anyway, there is nothing like watching a lizard totally dominate a video game. I mean seriously, he has some amzing eye-tongue coordination.
Epic, epic win. Love this video! Thanks to my sister for the heads up!
So, apparently I’m becoming one of those geeks that snaps photos of other cars while I’m driving with my cell phone.
Above, please note exhibit A. Also known as ‘Not Awesome.’ All I could think while I drove behind this truck is, ‘I hope that porta potty isn’t … unclean,’ and more importantly, ‘I really, really hope those straps are going to hold because a car wash won’t cut it if they don’t.’
Below is exhibit B, or ‘Awesome.’ I snapped this bit of gloriousness while booking it to the hospital to try and catch up with Tim after the helicopter took him. It gave me three seconds of happiness in an otherwise horrible day. And then I gunned it past him and continued booking it to the hospital.
So for the record, the church cargo van can totally outrun the General Lee. That’s awesome.
So, Zach is potty trained. Which is awesome – the $50-$80 a month spent on diapers for the last decade is now going towards feeding our four sons ever increasing appetites. But back to my original point, the potty trained Zach.
So yesterday, I passed by the bathroom to see Noah and Zach having some sort of bizarre race. Noah was on the toilet, and Zach was on the potty yelling:
“On your mark! Get set! GO PEE!!!”
Yup. That’s the world I live in.