Archive for April, 2010

My grandpa’s birthday

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This past Friday, April 23, was my grandpa’s 90th birthday. 90 is pretty old, at least in my book, and I think there is definitely something to be said for someone who sticks around for that long 🙂 I’m rather glad my grandfather (dad’s dad) has, since I love him very much and I certainly don’t want to see him go. For those of you who don’t know, I grew up on a big farm, and my grandparent’s house is on the same farm, about a mile away. The farm office and the other rooms where my grandpa spent most of his time during my childhood were in the big white house where I grew up. So from the time I was big enough to remember anything, I remember seeing, and playing with, my grandpa almost every day.

My grandpa is a great man, he put up with my Dad anyway and that’s saying something ( Love ya Da!! ;)> ). He is pretty quite and keeps to himself unless he needs to get something done. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion, except of course, when he is teasing someone or telling a joke. Then his face splits into a wide grin and he laughs, and there is a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He teases my poor grandmother endlessly, and I know she loves every minute of it 🙂 He is always giving advice and little pearls of wisdom whenever he thinks you need it (“you know you shouldn’t eat sugar, its bad for your teeth,” “make sure you get plenty of exercise, it’ll keep you healthy.”). He is very, very hardworking and very careful, precise, and knowledgeable in his work, which has been managing our large farm for the past 40 some years or more. He is also the most generous person I know. He and my grandmother have quite spoiled us grand-kids with wonderful gifts while also teaching us the importance of hard work and responsibility.

I have learned so much from my grandfather, and wouldn’t trade growing up on my farm for anything in the world. I think every kid should get to grow up on a farm with their grandparents. I am so thankful for him and wish there was something I could do for him that could come even close to repaying him for all he as done for me over the years. I can’t, of course, though a nice batch of home-made chocolate chip cookies goes a long way in his book 🙂 My grandma certainly did a good thing when she decided to marry my grandpa, and I want to congratulate him on his 90th birthday and say: “Grandpa, I love you.”

Stupid Internet Vultures

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

I have recently discovered that, apparently, I’m extremely poplar on the internet. No, really. In the past three months, over 200 people have signed up on my blog. Must mean I have lots of friends, right? Wrong. I have been experiencing a phenomena not unexpected but definitely annoying. Basically big internet websites get little brownie points with the google search engine based on how many other websites they’re a part of, or something like that, so they go around and subscribe to all these random websites for no reason at all just to spread around their dern IP address. At least I think that’s how it works, Dad can correct me if he wants. To make a long story short, I just deleted 242 users from my website, and if I accidentally deleted one of you, my faithful and dedicated readers, I humbly beg your apology. The way I recognize the vultures is that they have really random, nonsense names. So that means that if you want to make things easier on me, I would really really appreciate it if you would make your user-name your full name (First name Last name) with a space in-between. That way I’ll recognize you and you’ll never have to worry about being accidentally deleted. Thanks so much!

Hi! *contrite look* I’m still alive, actually

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I don’t know why I feel bad about not posting for a while, live is crazy and we all know that, so I should really stop worrying about it. But of course I feel bad because I know you guys like reading my posts and I want to make you happy 🙂 Anyway, I guess I’ll post when I make time and the Lord will help you to endure when I don’t ;)>

I had a great spring break at home. I vegged a lot, watched a lot of movies/read a lot of books, and played with my nephew. My nephew is cute, and surprisingly low maintenance and quiet compared to my expectations (of course, I’m not around him that much, his mother might have more to say on the subject). He also likes to throw up on you at your least suspecting moment. He is only 3 months old, but is already quite big, is grinning and smiling all the time, and is trying to master the art of crawling, though he hasn’t quite figured out yet that he has to push his legs/arms against the ground, not wave them around in the air, in order to move. He’ll figure it out eventually.

While I was home, I also tested for red-black belt at my Tae-Kwon-Do school. I enjoyed doing that and going to a demonstration we put on at the local high-school. I have plenty of friends at my TKD school, and the martial art is fun, a good outlet for my violent side (I’m rather fond of attacking people ;)> and of course good self defense techniques in case someone jumps me (believe me, I’d make sure they sorely regretted it).

Also while I was home, I packed up most of my earthly belongings in boxes in preparation for my family moving form the house we’ve lived in for 23 years, to my grandparents basement. This is because we are, hopefully, selling the house (which is big, old, and needs someone who can afford to take care of it properly), and, eventually, building our own on a piece of land across the road from my grandparent’s house. I spent a lot of time helping my mom and sister un-clutter my grandparents house to make room for us and all our stuff. They are still plugging away even now, and I think they hope to make the move around the end of May/early June. Your prayer for the whole process is much appreciated.

Back at college, I am not beginning my third week of school this spring quarter. The first two weeks were pretty hectic and busy, mostly because of Bulldog prep. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to tell you all about it now, I have got to go do some Arabic homework. Hopefully I’ll find time to do “Episode II” next Sunday and you’ll get to hear all about the awesomeness of Bulldog prep (Oorah!!).