Monday, February 16, 2009

the concept of a rivalry in a 3-year-old's brain

In delayed celebration of Arizona's recent victory over #11 UCLA...

I was watching the game in my home last Saturday (a luxury for me since most of Denver could care less about the Pac-10 and instead prefers watching Broncos highlights year-round...which, having grown up in a college city, I find extremely annoying) with Mason on my lap (another luxury, since the kid will usually only sit still for Backyardigans and Star Wars), and we were having the following conversation:

"Daddy, is that Ona?" (pronounced "owe-na," which is Mason-lingo for "Arizona")

I proudly recognize that I've taught him well since he can recognize Arizona apparel without being able to read. "Yep. Go Cats!"

"Who is the blue team?"

"Those are the bad guys."

"Why they bad? They like to hurt people?"

"Well, no..............but Arizona's the good guys, so the Bruins are the bad guys."

"Oh............................................Daddy, what's a Bruin?"

"It's a bear."

"Oh. Are bears bad?"

"Well...............uh............yeah, sometimes. They like to hurt people."


Mason runs off. Which is about right, since he had been sitting still for over 5 minutes. A minute later he returns with two of his toys and sits them down in front of me without saying a word.

That's my boy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

round 4

There was no sad phone call this time. No tears, no confusion, no depression, no hopelessness. Just joy. Joy and joyousness.

And relief. A couple ginormous sighs of relief.

Through a series of fertility tests, a diagnosis (something called "MTHFR"), pills and injections, and a whole lot of prayer from a large handful of prayer-warriors, Kari is now 12 weeks pregnant. This marks the 4th time she's been pregnant over the last 12 months and the farthest along she has been out of the 4. Whew!!! The MTHFR diagnosis revealed a serious problem (her uterus was not metabolizing folic acid) with a simple fix (injections, and a whole lot of folic acid). And so far it looks like it might be working.

While we certainly aren't closing our eyes to the immense fragility of a pregnancy throughout the whole 40-week period (see Tony and Charity's recent heartbreak), we have high high hopes and expectations that this one is going to last. And our doctors haven't been shy about expressing their excitement that we've gotten this far. That certainly helps.

We will continue to take things a week at a time. Kari has another heartbeat appointment next week, and probably a couple more after that. But we're pumped. Enough to not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

We'll keep the blogs updated.

Monday, February 9, 2009

15 step

In case you missed it, here is Radiohead's "mindblowing performance" at the Grammys with the USC Trojan marching band:

Greatest band in the history of the world. Pure artistic genius.

Friday, February 6, 2009

bad day at the office

Sometimes at work I spend a lot of time on the phone trying to explain the intricacies of financial aid to prospective students. It can be a challenge, but usually I can effectively communicate the appropriate information in 4 or 5 minutes. Not so today.

This prospective student just didn't get it, but wanted to keep talking and talking. And then he wanted my opinions about random, non-financial-aid-related matters, but he kept interrupting me when I would try to answer him. He would start a sentence, then before finishing he would ask, "Do you know what I mean?" I never knew what he meant.

This was perhaps one of the most painful conversations I've ever had to endure.

This is me after 8 minutes:
After 15 minutes:After 30 minutes:Finally after 34 minutes and my 4th offer to send him an email with all the appropriate information, he decided he got what he needed.

These are actual scenes from the conversation, they are not a reenactment. My work study, Chad, was so entertained by my dramatic painful facial expressions that he decided to start taking pictures. All I can say is that guy better take some classes.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

the fray

I wasn't too impressed with the first 2 songs, but the rest of the album is great. They maintained the quality sound that made them so popular in the first place, while making the songs unique enough from the first album.

Perhaps, though, the best thing about the band is their testimony. Here's a great article highlighting their faith. I stole it from Justin's blog. I tend to steal a lot of things from him.

Monday, February 2, 2009

super bowl XLIII

This certainly wasn't the most painful loss I've ever experienced (see UA-UNLV 1989 or UA-Illinois 2005), but it still smarts a bit.

So close.