August 23, 2006

One Book Meme

So I have been tagged by Susanna with the One Book Meme. For all you illiterates out there, here is Wiki's explanation of a meme (hehe... don't worry... I had to look it up too!). Anyway, as I was reading through her list, I was thinking to myself - Gosh, I read soooo many books, but I hardly remember any of them. Guess what? Down at the bottom, I find my name. So here goes:

  1. One book that changed your life: What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey
    This book has done more than any other to bring into sharp focus what grace is, and how we are mostly ungrateful wretches living under infinite grace.

  2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less - Jeffrey Archer
    Inspite of being an ex-con, Jeffrey Archer remains one of my favorite authors.

  3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
    At 1,168 pages it's a science fiction book I abandoned a few years ago (it's a fairly difficult read). If I had all the time in the world, maybe I'd be able to finish it. By the way, the bible is not an eligible book to have on the island.

  4. One book that made you laugh: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - Lynne Truss
    Ahhhh... this book is hilarious for all those who try to write well.

  5. One book that made you cry [or feel really sad]: Why a Daughter Needs a Dad: A Hundred Reasons - Gregory E. Lang
    This was the hardest one. I don't really read autobiographies, and non-fiction all that much. So I had to throw in something here. I was reading this book at Borders during one of the weekends when I was out with Priya on one of our "dates." The emotional part was realizing all these effects that I can have on my daughter's life, and wondering how I was gonna do it.

  6. One book that you wish had been written: The seventh Harry Potter
    What can I say... I am completely enthralled by the series. Well, the good news is that my wish will come true some day!

  7. One book that you wish had never been written: The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    Can we say booooooring. Even the title screams bad English. If you want action, check out Angels and Demons.

  8. One book you’re currently reading: The Book of The Dead - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
    Just finished it actually. This is the third and final in the series featuring Aloysius Pendergast. I haven't picked up a new one since.

  9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Pursuit of Holiness - Jerry Bridges
    The title says it all.

  10. Now tag five people:
    Ok this is the easy part. I tag TS, David, Christy, Michelle, and Elizabeth (at first I had more than needed, but then I thought I should leave some for other people to tag. So it's back to 5).

August 22, 2006

Wedding 1 of 2

We're back from the first wedding of the two long distance ones we have to go to. Tish's brother Shane got married, and we took a 7 hour drive to be there. We were right on the banks of Lake Huron.

Our little cottage

View from the deck

Priya lounging like the princess that she is

Cheerios and milk make for a delicious breakfast

The two sissies again

The kiss

August 17, 2006

New Look; New Technology; Back to the Beach

I just updated to the new Beta version of the Blogger. So far I like it. How do you like the new look?

I also signed up with MapStats. Check out the latest visitors in the side-bar. You can click on the button and it will take you to a Google map where you can see the cities where people are clicking in from. Very, very nifty.

Tish and Priya went back to the beach, this time with a few friends. Some more pictures from the beach.

This weekend we will be driving around 7 hours to go for a wedding up in Michigan. The Lord be with us.

August 15, 2006

Wide Awake in Minneapolis

Well.. not really. It just flowed from the earlier title. I've spent the last couple of days in Minneapolis. It was pretty much a wasted trip. The customer was not ready for me at all, so I've had very little to do. I've caught up a little on my movies - between yesterday and today I saw Miami Vice and World Trade Center. Both were OK - not too horrible, but nothing to rave about either.

This past weekend we went to the Lake County Fair. It was fun.

We caught up with the Leitzels

Priya picking out two ducks that will give her a prize

Priya's current favorite face to make - crinkly nose

Off for her first ride on the Ferris Wheel

View from the top

August 09, 2006

Sleepless in Cincinnati

I've been in Cincinnati for a few days already, and it's not going too bad. I miss Tish and Priya, though. I will be leaving again on Monday for Minneapolis, so that's probably bumming me out more.

In the meantime, I was at the theaters last night wanting to see Miami Vice. I figured it was better than sitting at the hotel. From across the theater, I could see the rides of Kings Island. The park was literally a quarter mile from where I was. So after some encouragement from Tish, I decided to have some fun. It wasn't a bad decision at all. It was around six when I went in. The ticket was discounted quite a bit, and the lines were almost non-existent. In fact, if I didn't want to ride in the front of the roller-coasters, then in almost all the rides there would have been no waiting. So here's a sampling of the rides I got on.

The Vortex: It was OK.

Delirium: My favorite ride. I went on this twice. It was simply amazing

Top Gun: Again, OK

Face/Off: This was pretty exciting

Flight of Fear: This was also very cool. The ride is in almost near-darkness with a lot of loops.

Xtreme Skyflyer: I've been wanting to do this kind of a ride for years. In this one, they rope you, take you up 200 feet up, and then you're supposed to rip a cord that releases you. Pretty unnerving, but totally fun!