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Category: christmas

12/09/07 04:04 - 28ºF - ID#42446

Christmas Pictures

Christmas pics.

(e:Janelle) and I had a great fun time at Lafayette Church (another shameless link), including a potluck lunch/carol sing. Then we came home and decorated our house. Check it out:

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This is the tree at church.
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And the nativity scene on our mantle.
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I also put a string of lights on our porch. Here's hoping a drunk doesn't steal our extension cord to pay for a quick buzz. Maybe I will take a picture of the lights after it gets dark. (actually, you can see some of them out the window in the pic taken with the flash. I am amazed at the power of my camera sometimes.

And in case you were wondering, yes, that is a sombrero on top of the tree, and those are chili pepper lights. They are happy memories from our "South of the Border" wedding reception. Any ugly and/or tasteless ornaments, however, are courtesy of (e:janelle).

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Location: Buffalo, NY


Category: tour

12/08/07 10:11 - 33ºF - ID#42432

Tour "Essex Corners"

Ok, short notice, I know. But from 1-4 there is a tour of homes (and businesses, I think) in the area that now wants to be called "Essex Corners" (at least it's not becoming a village, right Paul?") It begins at Prime 490, in the heart of Essex corners.

This is a short walk from my house, and I really do think things are going to get better and better in that part of our neighborhood.

Janelle doesn't want to give up too much of her Saturday, but I'm going, with or without her (I can't believe I haven't done a U2 post yet--that will come soon). If you would like to join, drop a comment and/or show up at 1.
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Location: Buffalo, NY


Category: 10 things

12/07/07 09:05 - 24ºF - ID#42423

10 Things I like about Hines Ward

1. He always smiles when he plays football. Even when its hard. He loves football that much.

2. As of this Sunday, he has caught more touchdowns than anybody else.

3. He's bi-racial (black and Korean) and proud of it. This has made a HUGE difference in Korea, where anybody that wasn't 100% Korean was outcaste.

4. He loves to block. Wide receivers are typically smaller, and avoid contact, but Hines seeks it out. He enrages/embarrasses bigger defensive players by putting a hurt on them.

5. He plays through pain (again, still smiling)

6. He plays well in bad weather (see the last two games)

7. He can throw (he was a QB before he became a wideout).

8. He doesn't complain about being on the run-heavy Steelers (it gives him more chances to block!).

9. He's generous in Korea, Georgia, and Pittsburgh.

10. He's going to be instrumental in the Steelers defeat of New England.
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Category: birthday

12/06/07 07:57 - 19ºF - ID#42412

Birthday

Send (e:Janelle) birthday wishes. She was born today (cough, cough) years ago.
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Category: 10 things

12/05/07 07:47 - 22ºF - ID#42399

10 Things I like about Buffalo Rising

They were nice to me, so I am giving some love back. You all know that (e:strip) is my first love (and I've already made a list proclaiming it!)

1. It's updated every day (unlike my blog)

2. There's lots of discussion (and sometimes a smart comment, too)

3. News pops up there quickly.

4. Rumor pops up there quickly (I'm not sure if this is good, but I like it).

5. They cheaply, quickly, and effectively promote Buffalo events.

6. It looks nice.

7. It's driven people to elmwoodjesus.org

8. It turned me into a rockstar.

9. Newell is a nice guy and an agent of change for the better in the neighborhood.

10. It points to good places to eat.

More/better posts soon, I promise. Hannukah is here. Light a candle! Throw out that occupying army!
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12/03/07 04:36 - 33ºF - ID#42382

Look at me!

I am a Buffalo Rock star :)

Janelle told me not to let the story go to my head.

Good press is always nice.
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Category: religion

11/28/07 04:45 - 35ºF - ID#42321

Hilarious Bible Commentary

This is my second post today, so read the one below this.

But I had to share this link:



I have not laughed that hard in a long time

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Category: christmas

11/28/07 10:50 - 29ºF - ID#42316

Tree lighting

Friday night, at 7pm, the Elmwood Village Association is having its tree lighting at Lafayette Church. We will fire up the lights, drink some hot chocolate, and sing some carols together. It costs nothing, and should be fun times.

If you really want to get into the holiday spirit, then come out Thursday night, when we will be decorating Lafayette's tree, starting with a Chili dinner at 6pm.






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Category: 10 things

11/26/07 04:08 - 42ºF - ID#42287

10 rules for Christmas

I am breaking from my pattern of "10 things I like about . . ." because I liked the rules that felly made for herself, and so I am going to make my own.

1. Shop online (I'm already following this one, everything is cheaper and far less stressful)

2. Be generous (not only with gifts, but with time, and in dealing with attitudes/personalities)

3. Buy local and/or used items whenever possible.

4. Take time for prayer, for silence, and reflection.

5. Don't give any time to arguments about "keeping Christ in Christmas." (I love Jesus, don't get me wrong, but I am not going to be insulted if Target doesn't acknowledge him. It's probably better if they stick to "happy holidays," and leave my faith alone.)

6. Remember that not every person likes Christmas, and it is a particularly painful time for many, regardless of their faith.

7. Don't overindulge. Too much food and/or alcohol seems like it will make things more fun, but normally a moderate amount is better.

8. Don't forget to celebrate. Refusing to eat ONE cookie is just a ridiculous as eating 12 (and even less fun!). Christmastime is a great time to party.

9. In connecting with the people mentioned in rule 6., invite them along in ways that make them feel comfortable whether they participate or not.

10. Be merry when possible, but not if it requires faking it.
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11/21/07 11:45 - 45ºF - ID#42221

10 Things I like about Thanksgiving

1. Going home.

2. Seeing extended family.

3. Seeing old friends.

4. A game of football or street hockey.

5. Stuffing.

6. Pumpkin Pie.

7. Not working.

8. Cable tv at Mom and Dad's house.

9. The political discussion. (always at least 4 parties represented, sometimes more)

10. Watching football.

I could probably list another 10 things, easy. Thanksgiving is great.
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