If you get a chance, check out Andy Merrick’s blog. This guy just quit his computer programming job to pursue writing. (How cool is that?) I came across his blog a few weeks ago through another blog buddy of ours, and have since checked back regularly. The guy’s an honest-to-goodness fantastic writer – full of heart and wit and a love for Jesus.

Mad props to you, Andy. Here’s hoping you get at least a few hits from our rinky-dink blog here. God bless!

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Fact: We drink juice straight out of the bottle, sometimes standing in front of the open refrigerator door.  

Chalk it up to a combination of laziness (we’re not the most driven people in the world), convenience (our whole living space is one room), and the fact that all of our kitchen stuff is still packed away (we don’t have our own kitchen yet).  Who needs a glass?  Plus, we don’t even drink the SAME juice.  I am an apple juice girl.  Drew sticks mainly with cranberry based juices.  

Dont hate.

Don't hate.

I guess since this is our blog, I don’t have to make a convincing argument why this isn’t gross.  So, go ahead, call it gross.  We just won’t share any juice with you.

“Commute Haiku”

DC is not bad
Free museums, things to do
Plenty of culture

Close to everything
Beaches, mountains, all within
Just a few hours drive

But driving can suck
Just as it did yesterday
Twenty miles, one hour

DC motorists
Swerve, weave, wildly wave their hands
To save five seconds

Aw, give me a break
Welcome to my lane, jack-___

Such nice thoughts I think

Brake lights, tedium
People here can’t drive in rain
Need new wiper blades

Why do I complain?
My life is pretty great
Food, home, wife, warmth, Christ

I still hate traffic.

After two great four-day weekends of staying up late, hanging out with friends, and generally goofing off, I’m going through holiday withdrawal this week. (What? A five-day work week? Are you freaking kidding me?) Ah, reality.

Our New Year’s weekend was basically off the hook from start to finish. Well, almost. Drea was in a car accident Wednesday afternoon with a guy in a pick-up truck who tailgated her for a mile or so before finally rear-ending her. But she’s fine and it looks like all our expenses, rental car included, will be covered through this guy’s insurance.

My work closed early on New Year’s Eve, which provided a little chill time before heading to the Janes home to celebrate (as was necessary as I’m becoming increasingly brain-dead after 10pm.) The festivities included homemade party hats, Renata’s homemade New Year’s version of Apples to Apples, and lots of Dance Dance Revolution, which I’m actually getting a little better at! (And “better” is a nice way of saying that, really, I just suck a little bit less at dancing.)

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The gang at New Year's

The late nights didn’t end New Year’s Eve, as we spent Friday and Saturday nights hanging out with Tom and Renata and our life group, respectively. What began as a group bowling night turned into a game night at Mike’s house (bowling lanes were booked till late), playing Loaded Questions and Wii Bowling.

One New Year’s resolution of mine is to read more novels/fiction. I’ve realized recently that my reading diet is a little nonfiction-heavy. I’m about to start David Wroblewski’s novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which I’ve heard great things about. Anyone have other suggestions?

Some more of my hopes for 2009 are to be more obedient in day-to-day things: prayer, Scripture reading, intentional silence, maybe even some community service. Less thinking/talking and more doing. Our blog-friend Kate McDonald recently shared some great stuff about this on her blog.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a great new year so far. Here’s to 2009!

Today, at 6:00pm, I realized I had not had a single thing to drink all day. You read correctly. Not a single liquid has passed through my lips since crawling out of bed this morning. The saddest part? The only reason I stopped to recall if I had consumed any drinks today was because I was feeling extremely lightheaded and dizzy. I dehydrated myself for an entire day.

That does it. No kids for 10 years for fear of killing one. Crap.

During the past two days, we’ve seen what must be the two worst movies of 2008: What Happens in Vegas and Four Christmases. The former we watched with our friend Jess (Smizz) over the weekend. Good grief, what a trashy and banal piece of cinematic crap. To be fair, our On Demand choices were limited and Smizz and Drea, wanting a chick flick, made me choose between this and Made of Honor. (I wanted to watch Transsiberian but was hopelessly outnumbered.)

Thinking it couldn’t be any worse than Vegas, Drea and I went to see Four Christmases with our movie theater gift certificates last night. I was looking forward to Vince Vaughn’s usually hilarious monologues (a la Wedding Crashers) but few were to be found.

We have more free movie coupons to use, so we’re hoping to redeem our slump by seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button during the next few days.

In other news, Drea and I used our Carrabba’s gift card last night (at Outback, as it’s owned by the same company) and couldn’t help but laugh/be appalled at the statement printed on it:

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“There is no love more sincere than the love of food.”

Wow. “No love more sincere”? That is quite an asssertion. Let’s see, there’s Jesus, my wife, my family and friends, our church, good music, traveling, books…

I mean, don’t get me wrong. My No Rules Pasta with chicken and shrimp, coupled with cheesy fries and a cold Fosters was fantastic. But is it really being implied that enjoying a Bloomin’ Onion is the highest form of love I’m capable of? Wow, thanks for the pick-me-up.

Speaking of sincere love (how’s that for a segue?), my sister Allison and Rich got married this weekend! Their wedding was filled with good music, great food and drink, lots of dancing, and lots of joy – as all weddings should. Allison was beautiful and she and Rich looked immensely happy. I’d like to offer them my public congratulations (as I’m sure they’re taking time to read this blog on their honeymoon.)

The aforementioned Smizz was in town for the wedding and stayed with us Saturday night, which was fun. The three of us stayed up until the wee hours catching up and engaging in the usual irreverent humor. Good times!

I/we might write a blog about our 2008 highlights sometime soon. If not, have a Happy New Year!

Christmas absolutely snuck up on us this year.  We smashed all of our Christmas shopping in one day last week!  Even still, I ended up at the mall today to make some returns and get a last minute Christmas need.  Ridiculous.  However, we are so grateful that this year, we are not stressed financially because of Christmas.  We have a sweet little place, great friends, wonderful family and we are happy.  Happy, happy, happy. :)

Despite Christmas creeping up on us, we did manage to get a Christmas card together!  We didn’t send one out last year, so it’s our first!  We didn’t send it to our local friends (sorry guys), but here it is for your viewing pleasure.

I know it’s not a very Christmas-y picture, but hey, we like it. :)  

We also got our tree!  We got another one from Home Depot this year (they are cheap and great).  When we went to look, the trees were all tied up.  We picked one according to height and didn’t bother to check the width.  When we untied it, we discovered it was as wide as it was tall!  So, it’s more like a Christmas bush.  Very stout indeed.

Drew did this.

Since we moved into a new place, we decided the best way to get motivated and put our house together was to host our small group’s Christmas party.  We had 3x the amount of food needed.  It was awesome.  We also did a white elephant gift exchange, which proved to be the hit of the night.  I got a singing bear puppet, and Drew got a set of plastic golf clubs which were used to play a continuous tournament of golf the rest of the night.  

Janaiha got a fabulous pair of socks.  I was so jealous.

Beth got this wonderfully oversized hat, which we all tried on.  Tim was a great model.

Tim and Beth brought Honey Buns, Iced Honey Buns and Nutter Butter bars!  Delish!

Our group is the best!  (Mike, there was a spot reserved for you right above Lewis.  The shadow on the wall is either your presence…or maybe the Holy Spirit.)

And we got the chance to do this:

Have a very merry Christmas!

We’re always trying to expand our music library, and Christmas music is no exception! Hence, we’d like some recommendations. What is your favorite Christmas album? (My current favorites are Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God and James Taylor At Christmas.)

Go.

Does it count as “writing a blog” if I only post a video? :)

I feel like Drew is always WORKING on a blog, but not posting and I’m not even writing at all. What has this blog come to?! Our lives aren’t boring, we promise! It just seems like there’s so much going on in everyone’s blogs…and not ours.  

I guess we could post pictures of our new place and explain why we are living in a basement…or…we’ll be getting our Christmas tree next week, so we could post about that…and, uh…we’re planning a trip to NYC with Tom and Renata in January…that’ll be good. But right now, well…?  

I’m pretty sure Drew is working on a blog post about the books he’s been reading (he’s so bright). We had a conversation last night about challenging each other to writing assignments. Yes, I realize this makes us huuuge nerds. But we both miss writing and I’ve noticed that my mind just isn’t as sharp due to my lack of it. So, maybe those will be published here. :)  

Actually, any ideas about what we could write about? We thought about book reports on books we want to read or maybe even a little analysis (!). Got any books you’d like to hear our take on? Any meandering questions in your mind? Bring ’em on.

Well, since we are nerds and old people, it’s time for bed. Drew’s already asleep.