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Shoulder, knee only…no toes nor head =) July 4, 2008

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Shoulder, knee only…no toes nor head =)

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The hit song of the week….Shoulder Knee.

Check it out!

And here’s the one that sparked it all.


Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

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Vogt Fam Vacation 2008 July 4, 2008

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We descended upon Cincinnati and the Creation Museum last weekend.

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http://flickr.com/photos/legosdream/sets/72157605951820317/

We ate, slept-in, played games, swam (some of us did at least), visited the Creation Museum, cooked out at Dean’s, ate, slept-in, ate some more…

England Saxons Victorious! June 25, 2008

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Beautiful day for rugby!

Awesome game with the Saxons victorious over the Scotland A side, 36-19.

Nice to see a bunch of folks with their red white blue and red rose jerseys.

Gotta love the game, miss playing it.

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Iron Man was good. May 24, 2008

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Enjoyed it.

Great visuals.

Loved the mechatronics assembly as he suits up.

RD jr was great.

Sweet Audi too.

Nice styling similarity between the R8’s front/headlights and Iron Man’s mask/eye features.

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On a slight tangent…if some of the old school automakers would have perhaps an exchange or a cross discipline charette with creatives from other fields it would benefit them greatly.

Save us from the soul-less, lumps of eye sores that ply the streets of America.

Mel enjoyed the movie too though Baby Mama could have soiled it all. =)

Thanks Panera…no thanks ComEd August 25, 2007

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Thanks Panera…no thanks ComEd

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We still have no power…since Thursday afternoon after the crazy storms here in Chi-town. =(

ComEd said that it would be restored by this Saturday morning 11am.

Guess we are spoiled.

Its not bad really.

This is nothing compared to the many disasters that come to mind in the recent history….nothing.

Candles and flashlights are our best friends…and matches of course.

And of course Panera for their free wifi…of course their pick 2s were great too…the summer salads (strawberry poppy chicken and the mozarella salads) are great.

So we have our Nokia phones charged up for the day and so is the MBP….we are set….until tomorrow that is. We’ll just power-hop.

Little conveniences we take for granted.

Gave us a chance to discover the joys of playing gin by candlelights.

Bliss.

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The Dark Knight hanging out on a beautiful day… August 17, 2007

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So they have been shooting the next Batman sequel The Dark Night around Chicago lately…in fact they have been shooting in and around our building the past week or so.

A nice little excursion downstairs this afternoon to see what they were up to. Think they were just testing out the Dark Knight model/dummy. The curious crowds just kept hanging (no pun intended) around to see what else would happen. Nothing.

When I was leaving work later on, they were still getting ready to shoot some scene with all the extras in position…and waiting….still no Christian Bale. Guess we’ll have to wait till next year to see the actual scene.

They were also temporary laser printed signs all over the plaza at our building directing the staff to “Set”, “Breakfast” etc…that’s nice to see coming to work in the morning.

signage on the set of the TDK

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Invest Wisely…first year bliss… August 13, 2007

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This has got to be the best cookie fortune that I have come across in a while.

Every now and then I think about the mighty moolah…the greenback, you know money $$$…kaching, cha-ching…gimme some o dat bling bling….

My thoughts tend to gravitate towards the lack thereof….or the lust for more I should say.

Its funny, becos’ in my daily reading, I was sharing with Mel that verse in Proverbs about how wealth is describe as having wings like eagles…(Prov. 23:5)…interesting….sounds like someone’s trying to tell me something….

So about a year or so ago, I made an investment that would be considered very wise…yup last time I checked, the diamond’s still there…a well crafted ring. I’d like to report that the ring the diamond’s attached to, is more importantly, still attached to the person that reciprocated my investment.

1 year 1 day 11hours and 30 minutes later….we are enjoying married life more and more each day…we sleep, eat, play…do everything and do nothing together…if its not too much to say, we do everything together and we enjoy it.

Its great to do the normal and usual stuff together…like going to work everyday, but what makes it better is coming home from that long work day and spending our short but sweet evenings together.

Though some things we can do without like the fights and those long business trips that I had been taking lately to Dubai. Actually, Mel’s in Michigan for a conference/workshop today and tomorrow. All these make the coming home and the making up much much sweeter…it makes us appreciate the other more…it makes me realize how far from perfect we are and how much grace we need from the other…

Green Dolphin Street

So this past weekend we celebrated our first year of bliss by doing what’s most important, spending time together. We had some nice quiet dinners….on Friday we went to the neighborhood Italian place and sat outside for dinner…it was nice out.

Saturday was a real treat, since we rarely “go out” =)

We went over to the Green Dolphin Street…had some dinner and then later on adjourned to their jazz club area for some live music…the Baritones were playing (rhythm and blues)…the food was good..mel had the beet salad followed by the steak and crab cake entree…i started with the spinach salad and the rack of lamb…we were stuffed after all that…

We spent most Sunday, the actual day of our anniversary at church and later on we spent some time with the youth working on the upcoming conference Uprising…www.uroth.org

Uprising

Much too much has happened this year…happy, sad…its been such a blessing to see the timing of things and how everything fell into place…can’t imagine going through this past year “alone”…

Here’s to many more to come…

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How travelled am I? August 5, 2007

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Saw this on Dan and Jo’s blog and tried it…


Your Travel Profile:


You Are Extremely Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (100%)You Are Well Traveled in the Southern United States (46%)
You Are Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (43%)You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Canada (40%)

You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Western United States (32%)

You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Middle East (25%)

You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Western Europe (21%)

You Are Mostly Untraveled in Asia (17%)

You Are Mostly Untraveled in the United Kingdom (13%)

You Are Mostly Untraveled in Southern Europe (7%)

You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%)

You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)

You Are Untraveled in Eastern Europe (0%)

You Are Untraveled in Latin America (0%)

You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)

You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)

How Well Traveled Are You?

 

chris showed this to me and i was curious…how would i rank as a world traveler? this is fun…but both of us agree our asia ranking would be higher if Singapore was one of the options!


Your Travel Profile:


You Are Very Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (75%)
You Are Very Well Traveled in the Southern United States (62%)
You Are Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (43%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Western United States (32%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Asia (13%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Latin America (13%)
You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Canada (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Eastern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Southern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Western Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the Middle East (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the United Kingdom (0%)

How Well Traveled Are You?

I still miss you… July 7, 2007

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I like peanut brittle.

It was never something I loved or necessarily something that I would occasionally have a craving for.

I certainly don’t dislike it.

A fusion of salty and sweet, a crumbly treat.

Caramelized sugar and peanuts in a brittle brick.

I used to think it was an unsophisticated, cheap and simple snack for simple people. It inevitably came in completely unassuming clear plastic packaging that was candle-flame sealed.

No fancy graphics.

No brand.

No logo.

Unsophisticated.

Just peanuts. Whole, halved but mostly mashed up peanuts and frequently amalgamated with sesame seeds in a bite sized brick.

A simple snack for a simple man.

No thanks, not for me.

I’ll pass.

Another occasion that I remember the peanut brittle from would be on significant Chinese holidays. These sweets would be one of the many treats on the “remembrance table” for papa’s papa. Prepared chicken, pork, a variety of other dishes and sweets became “offerings” on this table.

All this, the burning of joss paper and “casting” for lucky numbers is a paying of respect that I never really took seriously or cared for. I don’t think papa appreciated my attitude since it seemed to matter much to him. Perhaps if I had knew the man, all this might have meant something to me. The only grandparent I knew was mama’s mama.

Peanut brittle.

Much later on, whenever I was traveling home from the US, I’d make sure to get some. Branded, boxed and packaged…sugar free ones and even sent some from Traverse City when I was working there. Papa said it was very “buttery and fragrant” but it was very “heaty” and “too sugary”. Diet restricted his consumption of the treats but not his enjoyment.

Peanut brittle.

I crave it every now and then…especially on significant Chinese holidays.

Save some for me.

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