We’ve had a TiVo since one of the very first models that could record a grand total of five hours of television at high quality. Joy and I don’t watch that much tv at our house, but the little bit we do watch is never according to the tv broadcast schedule, especially now that we have kids. So the TiVo has been a great thing to have, but a TiVo is all that Charis has ever known. She was watching an episode of Dora The Explorer over the holidays, and it was the Pirate Adventure episode (Turn the wheel Esau! Esau turn the wheel!), which is longer than a typical Dora at nearly an hour, so there is a commercial break in the middle. I was in the other room while she was watching the show and suddenly Charis just started screaming and crying and saying that Dora was “broken”. You guessed it: the commercial break had started and Charis had no idea what was going on since the TiVo fast foward button had always kept her from seeing commercials in the past.

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We had a great time bringing in the new year last night with friends and family. Two of our very dear friends and my brother-in-law came over last night to play a few board games and wait for the ball to drop. Our friends brought tasty monkey bread and sparkling grape juice to add to the festivities. We played a game of Settlers of Catan (full on 5 player base game + seafarers + cities and knights) and then a round of Ticket to Ride (USA map). My wife won Catan and I managed to pull off the win in TTR, which was nice after not even being in contention in Catan. We had to pause TTR about a third of the way through the game to go into the other room for the ball drop on television, but then we returned and finished up the game. It was a really fun way to start 2009.

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Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this month. 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 month).

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“So often in autumn I want to go lean my head against a tree and ask what it feels like to lose so much, to be so empty, so detached, to take off one’s shoes that well, and then simply to stand and wait for God’s refilling. It sounds so simple, so easy. It isn’t easy. But it is possible.”

from “Seasons of Your Heart” by Macrina Wiederkehr

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this month. 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 month).

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Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this month. 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 month).

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