Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all of my readers (all two of you :-) and those just passing through. I hope you have a very nice day spending time with your family and friends and that you don't overindulge :-)

I'm waiting for my husband and teenage daughter to get up so we can open presents. I already opened mine weeks ago (my very wonderful Vaio) so I have no surprises under the tree :-) My joy will be in watching the faces of my daughters reacting to the surprises I have for them.

I also have to wait for breakfast since it's a family tradition to have french toast and bacon Christmas morning. I can't tell you what I'm having for dinner because my dad reads the blog occasionally and I don't want to spoil the surprise but I can tell you that I'll be making cheese fondue. We only have it once a year and it's soooo yummy. It's what I look forward to each year. The last couple years I've forgotten an ingredient. Last year it was the worcestershire sauce, one year it was bread. My poor husband had to go out for all hours looking for an open store to get it which is not easy since everything is closed Christmas. He found the bread at an Italian restaurant and the worcestershire sauce in an Asian market. This year I checked the list of ingredients to make sure I have them all.

Here's the recipe:

2 cups half and half
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons mustard (I use yellow)
1 clove of garlic halfed
1 1/2 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese (6 cups)
3 tablesppoons of flour
pinch of salt

On low heat combine half and half, worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic. Stir until hot but not boiling.

Take out garlic (I chop up my garlic and leave it in), toss cheese and flour in bowl. Stir into the pot. Stir until cheese is melted (we stir until it thickens). Chop up the bread and dunk it into the cheese and enjoy something very yummy. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Here's my favorite Christmas video clip:


Friday, December 21, 2007

Breakdancing Jesus

Um...well...um...I can't quite get what is the point of the video. Is it implying that Mary didn't give birth to Jesus but was a fully grown man who came to earth from heaven?


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nativity scene used in electronics ad

It's ticked off some Christians. So, what do you think?


Monday, December 17, 2007

Turn off your email refresh on your iPhone when traveling abroad

Or you will be hit with a huge bill like Chris Anderson, the editor-in-chief of Wired:

Chris Anderson, the editor-in-chief of Wired, the US technology magazine, has revealed he was hit with $2,100 in charges for using his iPhone on a recent foreign trip, thanks to a glitch that led him to be charged each time the mobile handset automatically refreshed his e-mail inbox.

Mr Anderson said he was travelling in China when he received a message from AT&T, Apple's US mobile partner, saying he should phone customer support to "prevent a costly bill".

It later emerged that he had run up more than $2,000 in charges even though his iPhone had remained in his pocket for most of the trip, according to Mr Anderson.

He said the bulk of the charges were due to the fact that his iPhone was set to check his e-mail account for new messages every 10 minutes. The Wired editor said that he receives "hundreds" of e-mails every day.

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AT&T also added that users "can very easily turn data roaming off with the flick of a switch" on the iPhone. This includes the e-mail feature.
Shouldn't the editor-in-chief of a tech magazine know that? How embarrassing!

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Dad sells son's Christmas present after catching him smoking pot and nets $8910

Man! I bet that kid felt stupid. As a parent I know the joy of finding the perfect gift and then not to be able to give it to give it to the kid is heartbreaking, though making a huge profit I'm sure helps to mend his broken heart :-)

After catching his 15-year-old smoking pot, a father sold the hard-to-get "Guitar Hero III" video game he bought his son for 90 dollars for Christmas at an online auction, fetching 9,000 dollars.

The sale took place after the father spent two weeks searching for the video game for the Nintendo Wii gameboard.

"So I was so relieved in that I had finally got the Holy Grail of Christmas presents pretty much just in the nick of time. I couldn't wait to spread the jubilance to my son," the father wrote on the eBay website.

"Then, yesterday, I came home from work early and what do I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the back yard with two of his delinquent friends."

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"I am still considering getting him a game for his Nintendo. Maybe something like Barbie as the Island Princess or Dancing with the Stars ... I know he will just love them,"
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Doug Wilson is blogging through Piper's book on NT Wright

Wilson will be blogging, chapter by chapter, on Piper's The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. Wilson praises Piper's approach to the material:

I really appreciate how careful John Piper has sought to be in the process of writing this book. I was asked to give feedback on the earlier draft as someone who likes a lot of what Wright is doing, but also as a sometime critic of Wright's. In the acknowledgments, I am listed as one of eleven people who were asked to give their feedback, which I was glad to do. N.T. Wright was also asked to respond, which he did in 11,000 words. Piper says, "The book is twice the size it was before all that criticism arrived. If it is not a better book now, it is my fault, not theirs" (p. 10).

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As I read through this book again, I intend to blog on it chapter by chapter, as I have done with other books. If the final product is anything like the draft, I am sure I am going to have my differences, and I will note them as we go. But I am also confident that there will be much to appreciate and applaud.
I'm going to try to remember to read it and if I do, I'll post a link to each post.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Thanks for your prayers

Sorry it took so long to post this (I can't believe it's been an entire week), thanks for the prayers. I really appreciate them! I was able to hand in my paper on time. I wrote 11 pages but was only supposed to write 6-10, I was able to edit it down to 9. I guess I'm blessed to write too much instead of too little :-)

Please pray for me this week if you can, I'm studying for finals. I have my General Epistles and Revelation final on Tuesday and my Ancient Church final on Thursday and I have to read a bunch of stuff for both classes so prayer would be appreciated.

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