Monday, June 30, 2008

Quantum of Solace (Trailer)

I've been waiting a long time for this trailer:

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The Decade that is Aaron!

Yup, he's 10 now.

I've got a kid with an age in double digits.

I'm depressed.


Oh well, enough about me, here's pics from his B-day:

Aaron's had a thing lately for calzones... and since Pizza Hut has permanently brought back the P'zone, Min ordered a few for dinner.

Due to a busy day of two-a-days for Aaron's swimming, Min didn't make a cake today (but she is tomorrow). These cup cakes were brought over last night by Aaron's primary teachers (The Jorgansons).

Aaron's two loves are reading and his DS. So he got the first three "Books of Ember" and a DS accessory kit.

Here he is trying out his wares.

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Value Girls

A few months ago, the Young Women leaders in our ward asked if I would help them design a mark for them to use at Girls Camp this year.

Their theme was "Superheroes" and they figured that I could help.

I was happy to.

Their only real requirement is that it had to represent the 7 colors of the YW Values: White, blue, red, green, orange, yellow, and purple.

It also had to go on the flag and their capes (for the camp).

Anyways, to make a long story short (imagine that), I indulged myself a bit and sought inspiration from Milton Glaser's "Bob Dylan" poster and created this:

... bottom line, they loved it.

I volunteered Mindy to sew the flag/banner, and I offered to hand paint it.

Here's how it turned out:

They really liked it... and we enjoyed helping them out.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

That's not what they meant...

The original ad:

... and the correction the following day:

"Now that's comedy." - Slappy Squirrel, Animaniacs

Friday, June 27, 2008

My new favorite at Chili's®...


Extra thick-cut applewood smoked bacon topped with smoked cheddar cheese, crunchy tortilla strips, jalapeños, mayo, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion. Served with jalapeño-ranch dressing.

I've been on a jalapeño kick lately... they are so good. But I had never had them on a burger before, so I decided to give it a try.

Wow! What a great sandwich.

Like the description reflects, I asked for no onions... but when my meal came the onions were on it anyways. I informed our waitress and she apologized and asked me if I would like them to redo it.

I figured it wasn't that big of a deal: I like pico de gallo... and that's jalapeños, tomatoes, and onion (with cilantro).

A few minutes later, she came back and said that she felt really bad, and that she could offer us a free dessert.

That was nice.*

So I ordered our favorite:


Warm chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling. Topped with vanilla ice cream under a crunchy chocolate shell.

* ... this the second time in a row that we've gotten a free dessert. The last place we went to messed up Min's order and they offered a free dessert too. Lucky us!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sad News!

This last week we have received sad news. Keli's mom, Paula was just diagnosed with cancer. They have a blog that they update with news. Please keep Paula, Keli and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

At this same time we also found out that a friend's 5 year old daughter Grace was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma Cancer. I've been told this has an 80% cure rate, but she has a long hard road ahead of her. Any prayers for this little girl and her family are also welcome.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


All right, I admit it... I'm a little slow.

Aaron has a swim-a-thon TONIGHT for his swim team. They are asked to get pledges. None of us have done anything about it. Whoops!

We are giving Aaron a flat donation of $10. Anyone else who would like to give a donation is welcome to, but PLEASE DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED IN ANY WAY! He needs to turn money in by next Friday (June 27th.)

Aaron loves swim team and is getting better each meet. Aimee decided not to join the team this summer, but I think she will be on the team again next year. I love watching the kids swim, despite the near 100 degree weather we have been having this year. We have a large group of friends from church that are involved with the team which makes it really fun for both the parents and the kids. Aaron also has a few friends from school on the team also.

Hope everyone else is having a great summer!

Just got back and Aaron swam 42 laps. Way to go Aaron!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

In case you can't decide... GET ALL 3!

Everyone knows how big of a movie buff I am, and how one of my vices passions is collecting and watching movies.

Min and I bought our first DVD player in the Fall of 1999 when we found out that one of our favorite movies was not going to be for sale on VHS. Yup, "10 Things I Hate About You" is the film in question.

We logged on to and bought an RCA DVD Player and a few movies.

Anyways, we've been die hard DVD fans for nearly 9 years and have watched many movie. We still have that first player and it's still going strong (we decommissioned it in February --- more on that later). The exact number of movies we currently own is not known (we try to build databases of this stuff... but we can never get far enough into it to really know, well, that and it scares us to find out)... but the last count was somewhere over 500 (and that was after selling off about 70-80 a few years ago to thin it out).

Anyways, there have been battles brewing over the last 18 months over the next format for movies: Hi-Definition DVD or Blu-Ray technology.

Both of these formats allow for a high storage capacity on disc, and faster transfer rates, allowing for larger pictures and better sound delivered through the players. To make a long story even longer, the industry was split between the two formats:

In HD-DVD's corner we had BCI, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, Studio Canal, and Universal Pictures, and Warner... not to mention Microsoft (XBox 360).

On the flip-side, Blu-Ray was supported by Sony (Playstation 3), Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, New Line, and Warner (playing both sides of the fence).... so when Toshiba backed out of the HD-DVD hardware game in February 2008, and started to support Blu-Ray, the HD-DVD format was confirmed dead.

That's when I made my decision... I was going to buy an HD-DVD player.

Pretty stupid, I know, but hear me out.

We bought an HDTV last year and bought a Panasonic DVD player that would upscale a DVD's image quality to simulate the HD picture. It's pretty good, but not perfect. The cost of the new HD-quality players was too high, so I figured I'd stay out until a winner was named.

Fast forward to February 2008, and the announcement that HD-DVD was dead, and a note that I read on a movie forum that I visit that read that Costco was clearing out their HD-DVD players for $79.99 and in the box came two HD-DVD movies (The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy) and an HDMI cable (the cable used to connect the player to an HDTV)... not to mention a coupon for 5 more HD-DVD movies by mail.

Plus, the kicker was, the HD-DVD player was also a great upscaler for DVDs. So we moved the Panasonic player upstairs, decommisioned the old RCA player, and installed the Toshiba HD-DVD player in the bedroom with the HDTV.

It took a few months, but the freebies came in: The Rundown, U2: Rattle and Hum, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Italian Job, and Troy (The Directors Cut). Also, since the format is not longer being supported, the price on the movies themselves dropped to DVD price levels and we picked up a few more titles, including the Discover Channel's Planet Earth series. WOW! It's pretty.

Anyways, I was content with that until, I heard through the grapevine that Wal*Mart was up to something.

A "Father's Day Sale" with an evil twist: Buy any Blu-Ray Player get a $100 Gift Card for FREE!

That did it.

... and last this week I bought will get one for me (... err...) Father's Day.

Now I have all three formats: DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray.

I made the comment to Mindy that I wanted to start getting the new releases on an HD format starting with the releases in 2008, and wanted to get away from DVD. So we decided that that was a good thing, and now we can.

With Blu-Ray being the it thing these days, there are sales everywhere, and we have been able to get several movies for a better than average price, so I am stoked.

Anyways, to welcome to the new player to our home, we are going to watch National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets this weekend.

The kids are excited...

... but not as excited as I am.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I just have to share this...

It takes a lot for me to LOL (laugh out loud) when surfing the Internet, but this had me rolling. It was titled "Democratic National Convention 2008."