I got my 1000th site visit yesterday afternoon.


Absolutely nothing.

But thanks for all who have stopped by…


Back to School

Today, we started back to homeschool. LW had considered waiting another week, but thought that the extra week might be nice around Christmas time.

A few notable quotes from the day:

“You grow computers in your garden!”

(~K in a discussion about why cucumbers (not computers) are cheaper in the summertime.)

“Yeah, I know, I got to do them so that if I go to the store buy something for $1.49 and something else for $1.37, I can add the numbers in my head and know how much to pay.”

(~D’s reply when I asked him, “Do you know why you have to do math drills?” His mother, obviously, had already covered that topic earlier in the day.)

The one that described perfectly how things went:

“The day went well, but the task is daunting.”

And, my favorite:

“Only 179 more school days until summer vacation.”

Mispronouncing words

There are a number of words that I mispronounce (probably more than I care to mention), but there are a few that LW and I have a running argument about. This has gone on for years.

Her favorite one to tease me about is height. I have always said it as heigth. As in: length, width, heigth. But it is really height, with a hard “T” at the end.

I was starting to feel bad about this until we visited my parents. They say it the same way! So I felt better, knowing that I got it honestly.

Another is the whole aaw vs. ohh. Like in orange and Florida. LW says “aawwrnge” and “Flaawrida”. I say the “or” sound, like orange and Florida. And I’ve been right. Hey my parents are from Florida, where oranges originated, so they should know. Right?

Oops, wrong again. During one of our arguments (mostly good natured, of course), I got out the dictionary. And their primary pronunciation was aawrnge. But I still won’t say it that way. I just can’t argue about it anymore.

Then, of course there is syrup, which I pronounce “Sirrup” (hey I’m from the south!) and she pronounces, “See-rup”. We can’t agree on this one, so we each try to get the kids to say the word the same way we do. I personally think I’m winning this one (since I’m right), but I think I’ve heard ~K saying “see-rup” once or twice.

Of course, this is all in good fun. We have a deal that when we disagree and then later find out that one of us is Right, that the One who is Wrong must sing “The Song.” It goes:

“You were right, I was wrong”
“You were right, I was wrong”
“Yoooou were riiiight, I was wrooong!”
(Improvisation is encouraged)

Guess who usually sings. At least I have a nice voice.

Narnia at Bedtime

We’ve been reading the Chronicles of Narnia at bed time (a chapter at a time). We’ve read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and we’ve recently finished The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. (BTW, do you say it “treader”, rhymes with “redder” or “Traider”, rhymes with “raider”. I’ve always pronounced it “Dawn Traider”, but ended up with “Treader” when I read it out loud.)

I’ve really enjoyed reading the series this time around because I can see it from a different perspective this time. More application to your spiritual life. Like when Eustice turns into a dragon in The Dawn Treader. His description of when Aslan helping him become a boy again is much like how Jesus deals with our sin when we let Him.

We just started The Silver Chair, this week, and there was a quote when Jill met Aslan that I thought was good:

“I was wondering–I mean–could there be some mistake? Because nobody called me and Scrubb, you know. It was we who asked to come here. Scrub said we were to call to–to Somebody–it was a name I wouldn’t know–and perhaps the Somebody would let us in. And we did, and then we found the door open.”
“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.
“Then you are Somebody, Sir?” said Jill.
“I am.”

It reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures of late, Jer 31:3:

The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

Jesus draws us to Himself, even when we think we’re taking the initiative. And He does it, because He loves us.

How wonderful!

From Windows to Linux

Slashdot had a link to an article where a Windows user tried out Linux for 10 days and wrote an article about the whole thing. I was pretty interested in this because, being a Windows user, I’ve wondered about all the hype.

In fact, when I was still running Windows 98, I actually installed a distribution of Mandrake 8 Linux on a second partition of my PC, and ran in a dual-boot for a while. Although this was a neato geeky thing to do to switch over, I ran into problems finding/installing/using the right drivers form my modem. It would work one time, and then not work other times.

I ended up upgrading to Windows XP and haven’t looked back. I’m quite entrenched in Windows both at work and at home. It’s comfortable and I’m happy with it and the stability of Windows XP is such that I don’t have to reboot everyday due to the BSOD (blue screen of death).

Back to the article…I was a bit disappointed. The writer mainly spoke about converting all his Windows platforms to various Linux distributions (PC, XBOX, Media Center, etc.) and the pain of getting things to work. Ok, he’s a student and I’m not, so I can’t blame him for being interested in different things than I am (I don’t care about gaming). But I was more interested in not just converting over, but living and working in a Linux environment.

In the end, he comes to the conclusion:

I guess I just sort of absorbed the hype that Linux is better than Windows which has been chanted nearly everyday on all technology sites but one thing I learned…is that it’’s all just a fad right now and so is the hate people have for Windows.

I tend to agree–the OS that you use boils down to a matter of personal preference. There are a lot of people, MacOS and Linux users alike, that gripe about Windows. Hey, I even gripe some times, but in the end it is comfortable and familiar and I’m sticking with it.

If any of you have gone over to the dark side, I’d be interested in hearing how you fared.