Thursday, June 28, 2007


This weekend my mom and dad, Andrew & Mia and I went to Colorado to visit my big brother Joe. Here's a slice of our vacation:

We checked into the Best Western The Academy Inn in Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon. After spending about 2 hours in room 435, we realized that the air conditioner was just NOT cooling it off. We called maintenance who came up, fiddled with it, and told us to wait 30 minutes... if nothing happened, call and have them switch us rooms. (In the meantime we noticed a semi dirty bathroom floor and someone's toenail on the floor - not ours - which kinda grossed us out but we're not usually complainers so we didn't say anyting about that.) 30 minutes later... the a/c STILL wasn't cooling off so they moved us down a floor. So we packed up all of Mia's stuff and all of our cooler stuff that had already been put in the hotel room fridge and hauled everything down a floor to room 337.

Ah... sweet Room 337. Much cleaner room. And though the A/C wasn't super cold.. it was at least MUCH cooler. So by 11:30pm after a few games of cards and a few beers, we decided that the exhausted bunch of us would turn in for some much needed shuteye. Mom went over to turn the A/C down a bit and discovered water all over the floor just around it. We were way too tired to call the front desk again, so we just turned it down and went to sleep. I woke up at about 4:30a to feed Mia and the room had a burning smell to it. So I woke up Andrew, and told him to go unplug the a/c cuz it smelled like it was burning. The floor was MUCH MORE WET now and he was kinda afraid to unplug it while standing in water... but he did.

Long story short... we reported it the next morning. The hotel manager told us the floor was wet because we had unplugged the a/c. She then said she would comp the full first night, but then she couldn't allow us to stay our planned second night. I said to her... "you're kicking us out of your hotel??" She said that she wasn't really doing that... she just couldn't take the chance that we'd find something else wrong with their hotel. UH>.. HELLO... YOUR A/C was BROKEN.

But she figured it was our fault and kicked us out anyway.

We got a much nicer hotel for Sunday night... and ended up not having to pay for Saturday night... but HOW RUDE OF A MANAGER IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS.

The moral of the story: If you visit Colorado Springs and decide to take a chance on the Best Western Academy Hotel... do NOT stay in room 337 because it might catch on fire and the hotel will probably blame you!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Just a little cheer...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Today's Gospel is Sweet!

Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven,where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I'm so liberal.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Oh the Damage You Can Do

I've been blogging for like 3 and a half years now which is pretty crazy. The longer I have blogged, the more of my friends and family I've noticed getting on the blogtrain. So now I generally check my own blog and all the blogs in my blogroll at least once a day plus a few others that are on myspace and facebook.

In my experience of blogging, I've learned a few rules, which I figured I'd pass on just for kicks. (Side note: These are only my personal rules based on bad experiences I've had... they don't specifically reflect on any of the blogs I read.)

1) When you blog, people know a LOT more about you than you realize. This occurred to me only about 6 months into my blogger career when my entire bible study told me what I was thinking before I even realized it.

2) You have the power to offend... and it's WAY easier to offend people online than in person. Sadly, I have been on both the giving and receiving end of offending... and it sucks. Sometimes you just start typing and don't realize that what you've said is super hurtful to someone.

3) Don't share other people's secrets or your own. You may think you're talking in code, but it's inevitable that at least one of your readers knows who and what you're talking about... and very frequently they decide to let the cat out of the bag in the comments section.

4) Deleting comments is awesome. People get super pissed when you delete something they've said... but at the same time it gives you the power to get stupid comments off your blog. Yeay for the ability to sensor anything you want to sensor!

5) WAY more people read your blog than you know about. After 3 years of typing this thing and it being at the bottom of nearly every email I send out, I know I've got quite a few "silent readers" who never comment, but at least semi-frequently read. That's kinda scary sometimes and it tends to make me think harder about exactly what I post.

That's my 2 cents for today. I need some topic ideas people... anyone want to throw some out there?! I'm up for a good debate.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Congrats to Erin & Luke

Andrew & I went to Beloit this weekend for one of my great high school friend's wedding. Erin looked absolutely beautiful and Luke was as handsome as ever. I just love weddings!

It actually seemed like Erni was glowing she was so happy. And when they said their vows, and Luke almost couldn't get through them because of his tears, well... I pretty much lost it. It was a beautiful ceremony and a fabulous party afterwards. And instead of a dollar dance, they auctioned off Erin's shoe... and made over $1000!!! Who knew that you could avoid the awkward dancing with everyone and make like 5 times as much money??!! Very cool.

Congrats to the newlyweds and I wish you the best! Have fun on your honeymoon!!! Make some babies... well at least one if you want. :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Pictures!!