Friday, March 31, 2006

gather round

I'm tired of reading blogs of people that I've never met. So...let's make a complilation of the family's blogs. I'll start with the ones that I know:

Rachel Van

Jo Jo

April Showers

I know that there's more out there. And, SanFran--you know what needs to be said.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

it's a cousin's birthday today...

Happy Birthday (Birfday, for those relatives that speak KYuckian) Queen Sarapatra!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Drop it like its Hoff
just trust me on this one

Thursday, March 23, 2006

oh donny miller!

Well this evening the husband and I ventured out to Cedarville know typical christian college, lots of white kids wearing khakis and Doc Martens. The reason...An evening with Donald Miller. If you have not heard him speak and get a chance I would highly recomend it. He read a chapter of his new book which sounds hilarious. He also talked about his foundation which helps single moms and kids growing up without dads. He gave the stat that 85% of men in jail came from homes that there was no father and they really want to try to change that "and if that gets to hard we'll just introduce the kids that do have dads to drugs, cause we just want to change that stat" Some of the highlights for me we're watching the 70 year old couple(that I'm sure had know idea who Donald Miller was and probably are alum that come to all events at the college) who scowled everytime Donald said a word like lesbian, pothead, sex, pour some sugar on the ministry center. Although I did see the wife laugh a few times and believe me she will here about it later! I also highly enjoyed the scruffy faced college guy who sat by Billy.....he was barefoot(I'm sure there we're a pair of moccasins somwhere under the pew) Who laughed crazy loud and actually curled in the fetal position and fell forward laughing while screaming out yes in approval. There was a book signing after and I so badly wanted to wait in line and slip him cousin Danara's phone number but as always Billy Bed-time was hankering for his it will have to be fate that brings Donald and Danara will have to be fate.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New Content! New Content!

Even though i have been sluggish of late, i just put up a post about courage's and I's venture westward, and if you want to see all of the pictures that i liked enough to throw up, go hither

Monday, March 20, 2006

Chuck Norris facts of life

When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes ever

Little kids enjoy lighting ants on fire with magnifying glasses. Chuck Norris enjoys lighting little kids on fire with ants. Scientists have yet to find out how this feat is achieved.

At birth, Chuck Norris came out feet first so he could roundhouse kick the doctor in the face. Nobody delivers Chuck Norris but Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but because the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.

A blind man once stepped on Chuck Norris' shoe. Chuck replied, "Don't you know who I am? I'm Chuck Norris!" The mere mention of his name cured this man blindness. Sadly the first, last, and only thing this man ever saw, was a fatal roundhouse delivered by Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris can divide by zero.

Chuck Norris is allowed to talk about Fight Club.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

-ALEX, when he saw this picture on another blog

finally...a new map to look at

Friday, March 10, 2006


My interviews are finally over! I did 7 interviews in 8 days and traveled over 700 miles this week. I am now a competent driver of the mini cooper and can operate a manual transmission without stalling at every stoplight. The interviews themselves went quite well (at least in my opinion). The schools themselves are all so different and as I think about my top choices, it is a tough balance between the role that I would play in the school, the location of the school in relation to where doug and I want to move, and of course, money. The districts don't make official offers until the beginning of April, so I'll have to wait a bit to hear back from them. It feels good, though. to have this step out of the way and to know that I am one step closer to actually living here and doug and I are one step closer to actually having a home together in the same time zone.

We're heading to California this week to celebrate a) The pacific ocean and some of doug's favorite places on earth, b)spring break, one of the few perks of still being a student, c) the fact that I don't have to wear that stodgy suit or talk about how great I am anymore, and d) the fact that united airlines, in its Christmastime overbooking, gave us each two free tickets to anywhere in the US for bumping us off our flight. Cheers!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Elephant in the room

Okay I've been debating whether or not to bring this up with the entire council, but I think it's time we discuss the very large Elephant in the room.

As we all know, there are some "married in" members of the Council who have never blogged and do not even have blogging names.
While I will not mention these directly, let's just say one of them speaks Arabic and the other's first name rhymes with Denver.

While it is true that other members of the Council do not blog (i.e. Anders)- this can be easily justified by the fact that Anders is currently in a submarine. Not to mention that DougB (simply an affiliate by engagement, later to become a member after marriage) already blogs regularly!

In saying this, I regret that I have to open up the table for discussion of the status of the membership of said council members. The Cousin Council Blog is one of the most important and efficient means by which we as Council Members communicate and must be taken seriously.

Best Regards,

Cousin Danara

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Liz--I was wondering when your MA commencement ceremony is? Mine is Friday, May 5th, at 7:00 p.m, if anyone wants to come (don't feel like you have to though--I'm sure it will be terribly boring). Nara--you are not graduating this semester, right?

So I was approved for funding to study in Egypt this summer. That means I get to spy on Nara's lover!
I'm excited, but the tragic part is that I'll have to miss your wedding Liz and Doug! I'm so sad about this. Think you could hook up a webcam?
:-) If not, please promise you will video tape every second! (oh-and don't have Andrew do the taping unless you just want to see the back of Doug's head the whole ceremony...have you seen our "wonderful" wedding tape?)