Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Human Tetris

Tetris is really the only Nintendo game that I like. I was really good at it on the Gameboy when I was younger. I played it so often that I would have a game constantly running thru my head, little shapes falling in my neurons. So I went cold turkey and regained my brain. I found this video and thought that I would post it for all of you.

Also don't forget to watch this video and vote in the poll to your right. Once the poll closes on July 31 at 11:59, I'll tell you all what my favorite was, but I think that FoxyJ might already have a good idea...I'm doing as she's doing, as it were.

Soon I'm going to be posting Harry Potter musings, but they'll be in different post altogether from my normal posts, so as to protect the HP7 virgins that are still out there.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The new picture

I like to change pictures on my desktop at least once a week. But I've tried to be more calm about my blog, but I figured it was time for a change. The picture was taken at a fountain in a large plaza (praça) in Lisbon. Ahh...Lisbon...

Hymns for a chastity talk and other musical moments

Today we had combined Relief Society and Elders Quorum because it was the 5th Sunday. But this also meant that we got the chastity talk together which I'm not a fan of. The girls who were in charge of the hymns were trying to come up with some "good ones" for the topic. Erin was thinking Master the Tempest is Raging, which I thought was a great idea, but they didn't do it in the end because we would've been laughing too hard. I suggested Love One Another just in case we got some marriage discussion, too.
In the end, neither of these hymns was chosen. But this meant that I behaved better.

Ward prayer tonight was a rousing production by BB8. The song was excellent, from Jekyll and Hyde, but the lyrics came from BB8. I laughed so hard when Lisa put on her tiara that I fell over onto the pew. She is the Relief Society Princess, after all. She turned the time over today to the bishop by doing the royal wave. I had to hide behind a corner while I gained my composure. Ahhh, Her Royal Highness, the great Lisa Bunker, made me laugh. Those girls in BB8 are hysterical. And they can sing well, too. One of them does have a tendency to plant avian corpses, though.

Oh, and if you wanna laugh, just go to Granary #5 late at night. Em has some pretty funny migrating red problems that kept us entertained for a few hours.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

A good quote for me

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. ~Henry C. Link
I saw this on the title bar of the 100 Hour Board. It's a good quote for me to remember because I have a tendency to hesitate until I can make sure that everything I'm doing is exactly correct before I continue. The funny thing is that I'm not a perfectionist. I know it sounds dichotomous, but I really am not a perfectionist, especially when it comes to school and sports, etc. But I need to remember that I will make inevitable mistakes because I don't know every fact or how to do everything, but I learn thru doing and asking. I've gotten better at this over the years, the doing and learning, but I can still improve. Hence, in a rare intentional show of fallibility, as well as an even more rare admitted goal making, I'm going to try to do more and improve my life by making those mistakes that I'm afraid to make. Here's to trying not to be held hostage anymore by fear of frailty!

Finally saw HP5 on the IMAX

Today there was no lockdown at the theater. That was definitely a bonus. The 3D was not all it was cracked up to be. The thestral scene was cool, but after that, honestly who cares about 3D when the characters are standing next to a black wall? The best part of the whole 3D stuff was looking at my friends and realizing how absolutely stupid we looked. Oh, wait the real best part was before the movie even started. There was a recording of a girl, like 18 or so, was explaining over the loud speaker when to put on our 3D glasses and how to keep them nice and clean. But the best part was the "British" accent that she was trying to use. It was so far off. We had heard it first on Wednesday, so I was giddy to hear it again. After Wednesday's faux British clip a kid behind us said, "That was awkward." It was quite the day all together.

There are few things that make me laugh harder than bloopers. I've been watching them as I've been typing this. I just laughed so hard I choked. I'm trying to find a good one to post for you all, but it's very hard to find just one. I'm probably gonna put up a couple.

here's one from Fox 13 news. Ahh, hometown news.

and not for the faint of heart:

Friday, July 27, 2007

A wonderful person

When I was in third grade there was a woman who would come in sometimes to help out in the class as a volunteer. One day for recess or something we were walking down the hall together out of the classroom. She asked me who my dad was and who my grandparents were. So I told her and she said, tell your dad that you met Afton (Larson) Timpson, I'm a cousin. Now, that's no shock to me. In 1997, ten years later and the year that I graduated high school, I was related to like 1/4 or 1/3 of my hometown. I really like Afton and thought she was such a nice person and made me feel comfortable around her. As an eight-year-old who really wanted to be taken seriously by adults, Afton was wonderful.
Just a year later my family moved out of our small house and into the house where Cindy and Laurel now live. This move put us into the 6th ward, where Afton and her husband, Bert, lived. I was excited that there were people in this ward that I knew because leaving the previous ward was very hard. Immediately Afton made us feel at home. When my mom had surgery a year later, she brought over food. She was a good friend who would always hug us when she saw us. She was kind and loving; nothing changed when I was rebellious in 8th and 9th grade. (I wasn't very rebellious, I'm not good at it.)
Throughout high school and college she always asked how I was doing and what I was up to because she genuinely wanted to know. When I got my mission call in 2000 she was so excited for me. Right before I got back from my mission, she and Bert got a call to Minnesota, which made my mom so excited being a native Minnesotan. The trick was that they entered the MTC the Monday before I came home, so I would miss them by a few days. I was sad, of course. But no worries, since Bert and Afton lived so close they'd been spending their week in the MTC commuting to help with the heavy Senior MTC load. She sneaked out of her house one night to come give me a welcome-home hug, a quiet knock on Sunday night just two days after I came home, even though "she wasn't supposed to." There was Afton who said that she was flying out the next morning but couldn't leave without giving me a hug. We spoke briefly, maybe two minutes. She was so excited for her mission, and "just knew that (I'd) loved (mine)." I was so jealous of them. I wanted to go back out in the field.

Over the last couple of years Afton has had some health trouble, but she remained happy. Of course she was in a lot of pain, but she still had that inner happiness that so many of us search for. She's been one of my great examples of the Savior. I'm going to miss seeing her when I visit the 6th ward. She would make the kinds of comments in Relief Society that instructed, gave insight and made you smile if not laugh out loud. She passed away on Monday only a few days after learning of the cancer that had spread through her body. She was one of the best people I know and I'm going to miss her. But that's why D&C 130:2 makes me happy.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lockdown at the IMAX

Becky and I went to Sandy to go to the Harry Potter IMAX with Rebeca. The movie took forever to start, something like 10 minutes late. But we were having fun talking, so it didn't matter. Anyway, just as Tonks and Mad-Eye and the rest were breaking Harry out of the Dursley's, the screen went blank and there was total darkness in the theater. Then some lights came on. One of the employees came in and told us that all the power was out in the theater. Then he came back and told us that the power was out at the Mayan next door, too. Then he told us that they'd locked the doors and that they weren't letting anyone in. Really, we weren't that worried, but it was sorta weird. Come to find out that the construction crew on the street somewhere had cut a main power line and half of Sandy was in the black.
Thus ended our "lockdown." No nuclear attack. Just a clumsy construction crew.
But don't think the Harry Potter fun ended there. We went to Rebeca's and discussed book 7. We discussed its strengths and weaknesses, things we liked, things that really annoyed us, moments where I cried while reading it.
So, my blogging friends, are we all to a point where we can discuss book 7? If I post my feelings and ideas--like how much I hat the epilogue except for one detail--will anyone be annoyed that I'm spoiling their fun? I'll still post the WARNING of course. But, oooh!, I wanna chat!

So there's my lockdown story. Anyone have a lockdown story of their own? Bepa?

Oh, and just in case you need to stay fit while learning any good English phrases to protect yourself while being attacked, or in a movie theater lockdown, watch the following video clip.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Bison Burgers to celebrate the 24th

Matt and Sarah invited us to their Mapleton home for a nice Pioneer Day party. We had some tasty Bison Burgers. Yum. We also had some Mormon layered Jello salad, Asian style. The soy sauce in the fridge leaked a little bit and dripped some onto one side of the Jello salad, so that part was removed. I couldn't taste any soy sauce, though, so the Asian style was muted.
Mapleton had its first big fireworks show ever for the 24th of July. We went to the baseball diamonds and sat right underneath the exploding fireworks. The power of the explosions reverberated in my gut. The lights were so bright at one point that it was like a strobe light. Have you ever felt like that about fireworks, that they're a strobe light of colored celestial gun powder explosions? Admittedly I haven't cared at all about fireworks in 18 or so years. But half the fun tonight was listening to the kids be so excited.
Viva os peregrinos! (Metaphorically, of course. Pilgrim zombies would scare me.)
Oh, tomorrow I'm gonna go see Harry Potter on the IMAX screen with some 3D at the end. I'll let you know if I like it better in the IMAX format. I wasn't much of a fan of the normal version. Did anyone else think that it was like a clips show? Sort of a best-of type of thing? People said that the movie flowed better than the other 4. I think that's just because all of the scenes were quick clips, sort of a rapid fire BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Slamming you with a little hint of the story, you fill in the blank. I really felt like the storyline had been hidden or cut out or something, like a connect-the-dots movie. If you've read the book, you might be able to connect the majority of the dots. A movie shouldn't be like that. Plot anyone? Honestly. Bah!

My West Wing alter ego is, although I don't really know if I fit the Seaborn bill, save for the extreme idealism:

The idealistic speechwriter is well-liked by just about everyone. He's known for his excellent writing, sense of humor, and tendency to be clutzy. Although being younger than the rest of the staff, he's often treated as so, much to his dismay.

What prison is like in the Philippines

I stumble onto to really funny things. You might think that with all of my inane postings that I let you in on all of them. But I barely post any of them. This doesn't say a lot for my social life. Speaking of my social life, etc., there have been some anecdotes of late, so maybe I'll post some of those up tomorrow. For now I'll leave you with some crazy videos and a wish for a HAPPY PIONEER DAY!!!! (these same pioneers that I consistently referred to tonight as pilgrims. Darn Portuguese.)

I guess that they've got nothing else to do, but, honestly, who thinks of this to fill up their time??

or this?

Think Sister Act (the first movie)

Racy Hymn

I hadn't noticed this, but my friends, Brandon and Will, pointed out to me that according to the program last week we sang the hymn, "How Great the Wisdom and the Lover."

Friday, July 20, 2007

My Goofy Hands and some non-spoiler Harry Potter Palaver

My fingers sorta do goofy things when they're bent. For example, my fingers kinda separate in twos when I bend them, like so:

When my fingers are bent, sometimes my pinkies don't like to lay against my ring fingers, but on top of them, like so:

Now sometimes both of these effects are in place, in other words, my pinkies are over my ring fingers which are separated from my middle fingers:

If you think that it ends there, look at the tips of my index fingers, how they lay behind and under my middle fingers:

Sometimes it bugs, because I just wish that my fingers would lay nice next to each other. But most of the time I don't even notice.

Harry Potter Discussion Below!!!!! No real spoilers, very cryptic, but a fair warning, nonetheless.

I finished HP7 tonight a few hours ago. All I did today was read. Every 60 or 70 or 100 pages I would take a quick break. I cried every once in a while, near the beginning, in the middle I sobbed some and the end...there were some tears. I admit that I didn't totally enjoy the epilogue, although I nailed who the teacher at Hogwarts would be, meaning JK Rowling said that one of the characters would become a teacher at the school. I'd long believed and hoped that this student would end up working at Hogwarts. I think a lot of us saw the R.A.B. thing coming, too.
There were two things that I teared up about that I wasn't expecting to cry about, and one that I wasn't expecting to totally happen or appreciate. Oh, I didn't like the name of the book very much until the very, very end when I thought a little bit about it. But I wasn't to happy with the U.S. cover of the book, after finishing everything. But I totally get why they used that scene. The U.K. children's version was better, in my opinion. The U.K. adult version has a locket on it. Meh, they coulda gone with something better.

I'm done discussing now, I wanna talk more about it, but I want to give everyone a while to read and finish up.
Later I won't be so cryptic instead I'll be totally more up front about this all.

Discoveries, anecdotes and facts

#1 No matter how much I try to avoid it, I want to eat a big, juicy hamburger and some French fries on the side. I've been craving one since Spain. So what's that, 3 weeks now? Anyway, I wasn't about to eat one in Europe, and while I was sick I didn't want to because I wanted to be healthy, but I didn't really want to eat anything at all anyway. But now I want one and am trying to succumb to the craving, but my brother has my sister's car and isn't answering his phone.
#2 Ich spreche nicht Deutsches, but I really like this phrase: Die Wahrheit ist irgendwo da draußen. I think it's funny. Copy it and look it up here. Ahh, someday I'll learn German. I've been trying to focus on the Romance languages so that I can feel more comfortable with them before heading off to other language families. But I think I might lose the battle. I really wanna learn German, and I've wanted to since like 1998.
#3 I think these Barbie dolls are really funny.
#4 I really like collard greens, but I only really like them Brazilian style. Oh, they're so dang good.
#5 Harry Potter is coming out tonight and I haven't cheated anywhere online or read anything about it. We're mere hours away, and I'm very excited. Lydia and I are gonna go stand in line as soon as she gets off work. [She's so nice, she went and stood in line this morning to get a bracelet so that in the line tonight we'd be near the front. She was there from 7:30-9:00. I think we humans are crazy.] I'm sure that I'll blog about it, but I'll put HUGE WARNING SIGNS up once any possible spoilers start. But I feel that this can be an intense interblogging topic for those of us who will read.
#6 I'm gonna go see the 5th movie again with a couple of friends of mine, but this time at the IMAX theater where the last 20 or so minutes will be in 3-D. That's also going to be very, very exciting.
#7 I imagine that if anyone wants to talk to me, I'll be up all night reading, so you can get a hold of me. But probably not come Saturday morning, because by then I'll be crashing.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy HP7 for those of you who will be reading it!!!!!

Oh, and according to the latest sorting test that I've taken, I'm a Ravenclaw:
Want to Get Sorted?

You can get sorted here.
Scottie was Gryffindor, but that's not shocking. Half the time that's where I get put on these quizzes.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fainting Goats

Honestly, what's up with these goats?

Oh, and there's another post on the Europe blog: Lisbon.

Hodge Podge

Of all the infernal, immoral, heinous, maddening things: this.

Great quote from PBS's science show, Nova: "I wouldn't say that Carbon is promiscuous, but it's really friendly."

So I'm sitting outside ward prayer in the Manavu chapel's foyer, writing scandalous honey pot notes when a girl in our ward mentioned that she had recently buried a bird underneath the apple tree at Pinegar. Immediately I said, rather shocked, "What??!!" She looked at me equally shocked. I continued, "You buried a dead bird in our garden?" "Garden? There's not garden there, only weeds." "Wait, do you mean the apple tree next to the Pinegar parking lot? There's a garden there." "No there's not." "Yes there is," I said, frustrated. "I planted it with Gretchen and Kathy."
So our garden had a dead bird planted in it. I called Gretchen in Laramie to ask her just how big of a problem this was. She was much displeased at this news. I walked with some people from the ward to see if there was a bird buried in our garden. She'd interestingly marked the sparrow's grave with a potato label, so it was easily found, right next to our planted potatoes. She didn't mean any malice, and I know it was a mistake. But it's quite the situation. I am nervous about the fact that the potato plant on the left of the picture is now wilted. But that could just be because it's hot.
So I went out on Tuesday to dig up the bird. I couldn't find it. I kept digging deeper and deeper and widening the digging circle. Nothing. The bird has resurrected, I guess. I couldn't find it. There was no apparent feline intervention, either, because the grave marker was intact. I'm gonna have to ask the girl in the ward. I don't want to, because I don't want her to think that I'm hating on her. But I want to protect my garden.
Speaking of, here are some more pictures.

I finally saw the 5th Harry Potter movie tonight. It seemed really quick to me, lots of short clips and an effort to get thru as much as possible so that they could get to the Ministry of Magic. Anyone else feel that way. It was like, boom, boom, boom, Ministry!!
Ahh, and we're so close to the 7th book.

I have something to admit. Some of you may already know this, but have probably kept it under wraps because of how embarrassing it must be in knowing such taboo info about me. But I've decided to let it out in the open.
I really like Tina Turner's music. I just added 500MB of her music: 8 albums. I also really like a lot of Whitney Houston's music.
Those who know this about me are usually shocked. Is this really that shocking? How can you not enjoy "What's love got to do with it?" Such a great song.
My sister Laurel was playing with my iPod and was stunned to find "Love can build a bridge" by the Judds on the iPod. Really, is it that bizarre?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


My sister texted me about a half hour ago (12:30am) and told me that she was watching Schindler's List. She went to D.C. last month and went to the Holocaust Museum. It's because of her visit that she's watching the movie right now. It is a hard movie to watch, just like Hotel Rwanda is terribly difficult to see. I doubt I could watch either movie again.
People that know me for more than 2 minutes know that I am more than interested in politics, history and public policy. Sometimes I think I play it off that I like politics because of the battle, some cockeyed civic competition. You wanna know why I am virtually addicted to politics? Because it is a way, a huge avenue to affect change, to help us all avoid the (horrific) mistakes of the past.
I don't know how many times I've heard that if we don't study the past we're bound to repeat it. I'm 28. Sometimes it feels like a long time, but mostly it seems like nothing. But in that mostly nothing, few quick years I have already seen things repeat.
My weapon isn't really politics, it's education. The more we educate people at least we have a fighting shot to make the world better. I know we (I) can't change people's desires, but truth can at least hold people to a higher standard. I met people on my mission who changed their lives because of truth. I met people who wouldn't change their lives in spite of the fact that they knew the truth. But they knew the truth and the standard was raised. Who knows, maybe later. But what gives me hope is the example of those who had the courage to change their lives because of undeniable truth.
My first semester teaching I had a student who already had some knowledge of Portuguese. She told me that she had just spent a month that summer in Mozambique in an orphanage, mostly with HIV/AIDS babies. She wanted to learn Portuguese so that the next summer she could speak to the children and tell them how much she loved them and cared for them. She taught us a song that they would sing about how happy they were and how grateful they were for how much they had. This same student was the same one that told me that I needed to see Hotel Rwanda. She said it would make me want to go to Africa and change the world. It did.
The truth exists independent of our willingness to believe it. But perhaps the most beautiful thing about truth is that it will change us at the profoundest level if we allow it.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Oh, and before I forget

I've been meaning to post this quote because of this picture that I posted a while back.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
THOMAS WOLFE, The Web and the Rock
Take the quote however you want, I'm just glad that Gretchen doesn't read my blog, I tell you what. I'd be in serious trouble.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New Toothbrush Day and Drinking

I realized today how much I like getting new toothbrushes. You know they say to get one about every 3 months or so? I get one more often than that. I think that it mainly has to do with that fact that I'm really hard on my toothbrushes. But, oooh, do I like that feeling of a new toothbrush--and it lasts for a few uses, too.
Today I not only went outside but I drove and went to Macey's for groceries and then onto Café Rio for a salad. It's almost like I'm a normal healthy person again.
So, Gatorade. Guess how much I've drunk this week? Seriously, guess. You can tell me your ideas in the comments. Are you done guessing? We're talking from late Monday night when my mom brought me some to this very point, Saturday night.
Okay, I'm going to tell you now, but don't be afraid to tell me how much you thought that I'd drunk. This week I've drunk 11 and a 1/2 liters of Gatorade. Mind you, the majority of this was from Monday night to Friday afternoon. I've drunk maybe a liter since about Friday at 2 or 3pm. That's a lot of drinking. I've also had 4 1/4 liters worth of Crystal Light during all of this.
Four gallons all told. Wow. I'm sorta shocked myself.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Banner Day

I went outside TWICE today. Wow. How impressive is that? I put in some laundry and then I changed it to the dryer. Later I'm planning on checking the mail and bringing the laundry back upstairs. If I'm feeling frisky, I'll try to water the garden, as it really needs it.
In all of my being stuck at home without any real ability to do anything except impersonate a beached whale, I have discovered a show. Well, I already knew about it, but I've discovered how fascinating it is: The Deadliest Catch. Although I must admit that today's episode was sorta hard to watch because a ship flipped over because of a terrible Arctic storm bearing down on the boats. But you should check it out. Here's the link to the webisodes.
Have you ever played with Google Fight? Vanessa beats Venom by 30,900,000 results. And in case you were worried, God beats Satan hands down. But, ouch, Iraq beat George Bush. It's a fun game to play for a while.
Oh, and don't forget to check out MythBusters.
I seriously feel like a Midwestern house wife who's gotta watch her "stories."

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sick of being sick

The title sums it up. Stupid Iberian cold. I woke up worse today, so Scottie gave me a blessing and Laurel brought me a pharmacy and tons of Gatorade. After that, about an hour later, I was able to walk again, which was exciting. I'm camping right now. I pulled my mattress into the front room and am camping near the swamp cooler. Normally I like the heat, but not the last few days.
But one interesting thing has developed in all of this: rapid-fire sneezing. You know when you sneeze, usually you get a brief recovery time? I've developed power sneezing: three sneezes in under one second, no recovery time. I was pretty impressed with myself the first time, well, impressed that I didn't die. Does anyone else suffer from this malady?

So in the wake of all of this, I've taken to doing online quizzes: How Republican are you? How Democrat are you? Who should you have voted for in 2004? Which European city should you live in? Stuff like that. Scottie took some of the quizzes too. We found out that he's ready for a serious relationship, but maybe not marriage. I, however, am ready for marriage--according to the quiz. Scottie's inner super hero is also...WONDER WOMAN. Oh, did I laugh. I was Spiderman. Too bad I hate on the movies.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here's a song that kills me and Scottie everytime

Second posting of the day:
We stumbled onto this song onetime on iTunes, so I thought that I'd share it with everyone.
You'll need to skip forward to about 1:23 (A.K.A. to 2:27 left in) in the video to find what I'm talking about:

Also, you should be able to listen to the song by going to this link. Just click on the "09 No Wed, No Bed" link then click on the play tab and hit play. It should start playing. It's not that I don't agree with the premise, it's that I can't believe that it's a rap song.

Still sick, Rimmasches are gone, enjoying good music and a personality test

First, here's the link to Santiago de Compostela that I did today for my other blog.
Hello friends. I'm still sick, which is annoying. The body aches are down though, so I'm feeling that maybe I'll be better soon. Good thing that I'm not going to Harry Potter at midnight, because I couldn't hack it. I actually went to bed at like 11 last night. Psycho, I know.
The Rimmasches left this morning for Laramie. It was good to see them for a few days. Gretchen told me that I should do my best not to miss them too much. I think I will though. They'll be gone for a while, as they're going to be building a garage. Their summer breaks usually involve adding something on to their house. They plan this because they like building. I wish I knew how to build like that.
I've been enjoying some good music today. I really like a musician named Calogero. His music is great. I love it a lot. Anyway, since I can't do much else, I'm sitting around today and listening to music.
There's also a musician named Ben Taylor that I stumbled onto a while back. He's James Taylor and Carly Simon's son, and I still like his music.
Today, Anna-Lisa visited me, which was nice, since I haven't had much human interaction because I'm so dang sick and don't want to make others sick. She took a normalcy quiz online (like the one I took a couple of entries ago), she's more normal than me. I don't think that I'm that weird, though. Anyway, I took more quizzes and found out that I'm a democrat, and not a republican. Woo Woo. News flash. But I also took a personality test:

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Monday, July 9, 2007

I'm back in the U.S.A.

Before I forget, here's some stuff about Barcelona on the other blog. I'll keep putting up the stuff that I didn't get a chance to in Iberia.

It's sorta weird to be back. I think it'd be better if I hadn't caught Clark's Iberian souvenir: a terrible cold or flu or whatever it is. But it didn't hit me until after I'd landed in SLC, so no biggie. It's really hazy in Utah. The fires are terrible.
I'm enjoying being home. It was fun hanging out with my family yesterday. They all came over to P6 because Kathy and Gretchen were feeding us Chinese hot pots. It's great stuff. Darn tasty. Although I know it was killing Julie Rae--she's a spice wimp. But Kathy had also made pot stickers. G&K were introduced to the crazy Swensons yesterday, too. Sometimes we get a lot outlandish--especially at Sunday dinners.

Driving from Madrid to Lisbon I popped in Harry Potter 6 on my iPod and Clark and I listened all the way there. So I've been listening to the book on CD (iPod) ever since. I'm almost done. I thoroughly enjoy the books on CD. And speaking of Harry Potter, check this out:
You Harry Potter lovers, I think you might want to click here. You can either click on the trailer, or you can click on the third clip and start right in. The clips will just keep playing thru. Enjoy.
You can see all of the commercial clips here, too.
Here's a clip from AOL, too:

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