Monday, July 28, 2008


I know we grow up learning about the danger of talking to strangers, but I think I would have missed out on some of my favorite people/insights/fun/friendships if I hadn't just made a comment or asked a question to some random person around me. In the line at Dairy Queen, the movie theater ticket salesperson, or even at the Jiffy Lube...there are dozens of opportunites to meet the world's coolest people, but so many times they pass us by because we are afraid to talk to strangers. To this I say Do it! Always talk to strangers! And sometimes I only look ONE way before I cross the street, but I'll leave that rule up to you.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I taught William what pig tails are today with my hair in braids. And he pulled them. Typical boy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I'll change this in a bit, but here's my lazy version of posting photos. Click the link.
PS I'm actually probably not going to change anything...

Monday, July 14, 2008


I walk by this cathedral at least once a week and finally went inside the other day. It had a beautiful pulpit, richly colored stained glass windows, unique spires, ornate carvings, and grand painted panels, but my favorite part of the visit was...

this fat lady sitting on the bench under the tiny tree just outside.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Not IN America but OF America

I had the afternoon off so I tried to be the best American I could being it was July 4 and Independence Day. So I stopped by the local American Center (lame...all it had was a computer and some books in English), walked down Americka Street, passed by the McDonald's, went into the local museum with an exhibit by American artist Andy Warhol, wore red white and blue, taught William how to hold up four fingers for the number 4, and went to a BBQ where we played USA Jeopardy. Fireworks not included. Happy birthday America!

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Max's Father: Dangit, Max! Get serious, for once! What are you going to DO with your life?
Max: Why is it always what will I DO? "What will he DO", "What will he DO," "Oh, my gosh what will he DO", Do, do, do, do, do. Why isn't the issue here who I am?
Uncle Teddy: Because, Maxwell, what you DO defines who you ARE.
Max: No, Uncle Teddy. Who you ARE defines what you DO. Right Jude?
Jude: [awkward] ... Well, surely it's not what you do, but the, uh... the way that you do it.

I heard these lines in the film Across the Universe today and I had to go back and listen to them a few times on the DVD because they just seemed so inspiring. I think sometimes other people, and even I myself, wonder who I am and what I'm doing. I'm not always sure the answers to those questions but I DO know I like the way I do it.

Oh yeah, and I like the way Jude does it with his English accent in this movie...goodgosh he's gorgeous.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


William is amazing at picking up the English language and speaking. So, besides teaching him to always say 'please' and 'thank you' I love teaching him very important English phrases like: shake, shake, shake. shake your booty, handlebaaaaar mustache (as he puts his fingers under his nose to form the stache), no way Jose, ohmygoodness, and DEANNA IS AWESOME!
My other favorite is this song: