July 2006


As promised, here’s my post about our beach trip. My parents invited us to go down to Edisto, South Carolina with them for the week, and of course we accepted because, seriously, who doesn’t want to go to the beach? It was our first vacation with Charis, so we didn’t know exactly what to expect. The car ride down there took about 6.5 hours (not including stops) and, honestly, Charis was pretty bad. Before that, her longest car ride was just under an hour, which she can tolerate pretty well, but about an hour and half into this trip, it was very clear that she did not like being strapped into her carseat that long where she couldn’t move around. We had toys and snacks and everything for her, but there is only so much you can do when a kid decides to be unhappy. Anyway, we eventually arrived and got out of the car and Charis was much better.

Her first time on the beach, Charis was initially not too excited about the sand. When I tried to stand her up on the sand, she kept picking up her feet so that she wouldn’t touch the sand, which was pretty funny. But after a few minutes of encouragement, she decided that maybe the sand was okay after all. She played in the sand for a while, and then Joy and I took her down to the water. At first she was a little afraid, but soon she loved it. Whenever we tried to walk her away from the water, she would turn around the first chance she got and crawl/run/make-a-mad-dash for the water again. Since you never know if your child is going to like something new, it was a great relief that she seemed to like the beach. On subsequent days, however, she seemed to change her mind and ended up greatly preferring the sand over the water.

Besides the beach, we also went to the pool several times, and Joy and I got to read quite a bit, too, which was great. We also went into Charleston one day just to look around, and Joy and I went to the South Carolina Aquarium. I read “Messy Spirituality” and “Blue Like Jazz”, both of which were very good, and I will post comments on them shortly. The trip back was much nicer than the trip there because Charis just seemed to handle it better, which was definitely a blessing. It was nice to get back home and get back to our normal routine.

I have to say, I never really understood what my parents went through to take my brother, my sister and me on vacations when we were younger. Taking a vacation with a child is so totally different than a vacation without a child. Not necessarily in a bad way, but you certainly need different expectations about how its going to be. So many thanks to my mom and dad for taking all over when we were younger!

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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“He has found me in my misery
He has freed me from my shame
He has saved me from self-tyranny
Holy is His name

He has pulled me out of darkness
He has brought me into light
He has loved me with His tenderness
How He’s blessed all of my life”

(from the song “Great Is The Lord God” by Buddy Greene)

I’m going to start a new weekly posting on my blog called “Thought Of The Week”. My next post will be the first example. The basic idea is that it will be some quote, lyric, thought – or who knows what else – that’s been rolling around in my mind over the past week. So you never know what you’re going to get, but hopefully a few of them will at least be interesting to you. I’m going to aim for posting a new one each Wednesday, kind of like I post my interesting links for the week each Sunday.

Last night our small group played Settlers of Catan (we had several people away on vacation and stuff, so we decided to have a game night instead of pressing ahead without everyone there). SoC is a “euro” style board game, which basically means the rules are a bit complicated, there are multiple ways to win, and there is generally a lot more strategy to the game mechanics as opposed to luck.

We played as four “teams” of couples, and needless to say for our first time out, Joy and I simply got crushed in every way possible. Seriously, we got whipped. I had read up on the instructions and everything beforehand because we have several people in our group quite enamored with SoC, so I figured we would end up playing it. However, I now realize that knowing “how” to play the game is not remotely the same thing as knowing how to “play” the game, if you know what I mean.

Still, I really, really enjoyed the game. I know a lot of things I would do differently next time, and I’m defnitely looking forward to whenever that “next time” might be. It’s pretty cool to play a game where you have to think a bit, and where your strategy (not that Joy and I actually had any kind of a coherent strategy last night, but if we did…) is constantly adjusting to what other players are doing. I thought it was great.

Man, I have been extra super pitiful about updating my blog lately. We were away on vacation at the beach last week with my parents (more to come in a future post), and before that I was swamped at work tying up all of the loose ends with version 7 so we could actually install it at a client site. We finally got everything squared away on version 7 and I installed it at one of our clients three days before we were supposed to leave on vacation. The next three days at work were totally crazy trying to get everything patched up as the problem reports came in, but we managed to get things into fairly reasonable shape before I left, albeit after a pretty late night the evening before I left town. When I got back, things were actually quite a bit better than I expected, and between yesterday and today, I was able to fix everything that had come in while I was gone. So with that out of the way, in another day and a half or so, I should be completely “caught up” at work and back to the normal routine.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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