Men have come to speak of revelation as long ago given and done, as if God were dead. It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was, that he speaketh, not spake...

The need was never greater of new revelation than now.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838



I moved to Taiwan!

I know I don't post here much anymore...but will be posting at this address for the next year I'm in taiwan:

So farewell to here for some time...


pumpkin carving.

Since Flounder is my disney character I decided to carve him on a pumpkin this year for fun. It turned out great. And prior to contrary belief (kim!), I really did carve this.

It turned out awesome.


this is a true story.

The other day my mom noticed something different in the laundry room.
So she asked me what I had been using to wash my clothes with.
I told her the blue stuff sitting above the washer on the shelf.


She told me that that stuff was the fabric softener...
and not the laundry detergent (which was sitting right next to it)!

Laughing ensued as we realized for the past year living at home and doing my own laundry that I hadn't once correctly cleaned my clothes.

Hence the often "you have stains on your shirt!" comments from the parentals.

But at least my clothes were always soft...



Jaina's 25th birthday party!


flashback friday: the tamagotchi.

In 1997, and if you were a 7th grader, this little fella was all the hype.

The tamagotchi.
What were we thinking?

This thing/toy/creature/critter was an entire social life wrapped into a digital device originally designed for kids to adopt some sort of sense of responsibility. What they got instead was a pop culture phenomenon that came and went as quick as a Christmas day.

The idea was to not let your digital creature die. How this was accomplished with only three buttons is beyond me. I don't remember. But I do remember that the thing ate, danced, sang, played games, slept, and even pooped. And someone got very very rich off of this.

I remember school had to eventually ban them because everyone was feeding their tamagotchi during class and the teacher could hear the beeping. And once the school's started to ban them then the little tamagotchi fad began to fade into the 90's memories of the human pre-teen mind.

The point is I had one. And you had one. We all had one. And if you didn't, then you probably babysat someone's who did have one.

And if you really didn't then you can watch this super boring history of the tamagotchi to remind you of what you missed out on: