Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I've Got You in my Mind's Eye

Couple nights ago we went to see the Josh Ritter concert put on in the Knox United Church. Just the church alone was really neat to see, very interesting architecture.

We had been told by a music aficionado that the best place in the church to sit was in the balcony, so that's where we got tickets for. Except for the odd time when someone's head in front of us got in the way, we had a great view and the music was very clear.

Josh's concert was opened by an artist named Emm Gryner who seemed overly mad at the world, though was a phenomenal piano player and had a very lovely voice.

It's pretty hard to go wrong with the acoustics in a church and the several a capella songs sung were absolutely beautiful.

Josh himself came on stage by himself at first and did a solo song and then his band joined him. Amazing thing about Josh is he did the whole concert without one break, and didn't have any water on stage with him! Over all we feel this is probably one of the best concerts we have every been to (Kirstin didn't think about school the whole time!).

Coincidentally, we sat right beside Kirstin's friend from grad school. She made it into the picture we took of ourselves.

The only downside of the concert was that whereas we thought it started at seven and consequentially arrived at six thirty to get our seats, the doors opened at seven, and the concert started at eight. This gave Brent opportunity to get some interesting shots of the building from the outside (and a few other things). Truly a gorgeous building.

Monday, February 25, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

More on Earth Hour

Check this out: I don't care if you think that global warming is a naturally-occurring phenomenon or if you think we humans are causing it. The fact of the matter is that we are a horribly wasteful society. It goes against the Bible, because God wants us to be good stewards of the earth. And it's just plain silly, wasting the resources of the earth so that future generations have to deal with our garbage and the loss of integral parts of the world, like wildlife and open space and clean air. So, don't take this movement as a personal affront, or as a tiresome overreacting environmentalist movement, take it as an opportunity to be mindful of the amount of electricity you use in a single hour. And if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, go read this previous blog.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Today was a Beautiful Day

The temperature: +11 degrees Celcuis

The sky: brilliantly blue with the moon peaking out at lunch time because it was so lovely out it couldn't wait until night time.

The sunshine: felt like what the Crayola "sunglow" or "goldenrod" or "dandelion" looks like. Except warmer, like a big hug.

The snow: perfect for snowmen. (With leftover flowers as arms/eyes/nose).

The feeling: all is well, no matter what.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Pancaking of Others

Some people we know took up the cause of pancaking, and we have pictures to prove it! (We're waiting to hear from you, Jorgen and Molly. If you send pictures, we'll add them. :) )

The International element:
Rachel and Trevor's pancake experience from Bali. Looks wonderful, no? Rachel writes: "pancakes were a popular breakfast choice in Indonesia. I have a picture of Trev with his regular morning breakfast... banana pancakes. I usually had pineapple pancakes but for some reason I had decided on toast that morning."

The Olson Korean pancaking effort (extra points for great presentation).

Mom and Dad B had waffles instead (more places to hold butter and syrup, I'm told).


Mom and the waffle:

And the finished product:

Word had it that our pastor's family were also having pancakes and, as previously mentioned, we eagerly await word from the S/W contingent. :)

Pancakery success

International Pancake Day aka Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras has come and gone. And fun was had by all (as far as I know).

We made two different recipes, one of French Crepes and one of Icelandic Pancakes (Kirstin's ol' standby).

Sundry ingredients involved:
eggs and butter and sugar mixed.

Flour sifted.

Finished batter, with no lumps (a more difficult task than you might expect)

And away they cook.
And we thought we made way too much batter. Not so, we were all hungry.

Sparkling wine and orange juice. Thanks for the recommendation, liquor store man, it was tasty!

I think we shall have to make this a yearly tradition! And now that it's Ash Wednesday and Lent has began, anyone considering giving something up? I'm thinking it might be a good way to continually think of Easter and the God's ultimate sacrifice. Thoughts?