Just to let you know what we’re up to:
Recently, a puddle of water had formed in the front yard right next to the house. We had someone from the city come out and take a look. His assessment, “well, it’s either just a little crack in the line out here, or it could be a leak in the pipe within the foundation of your house.” A pipe in the foundation? “How do you get to that?” you might be asking yourself. Answer: jackhammer. Jack frickin’ hammer. Thankfully, and I’m usually not a big fan of the gratuitous use of the all caps, but THANKFULLY it was only a crack in some kind of PVC compression adapter junction coupling something or other that we were able to remove and replace ourselves. Granted, it took two nights of digging and cutting through roots to get to it, but all the same, problem solved. Showers on. Yeah, buddy.
We’ve seen two incredible movies back-to-back. First, Crash. This is an emotionally wrenching story that explores racial prejudice and classism in America. It’s tough to watch but absolutely gripping. Every five minutes you try to tell yourself, “that’s awful, but it’s not really like that…that doesn’t really happen.” Even though it is and it does.
The other movie is The March of the Penguins. It’s the National Geographic documentary with a “plot” that sounds a little dull. Penguins go to hatch an egg. Ok, a lot dull. But seriously, if you haven’t seen this one yet you gotta check it out when it hits video in late November. Or, Dallas friends reading this, it’s at the dollar theatre in Lewisville by Vista Ridge. Go check it out now! These creatures are already interesting but the filmmakers do a great job in telling the story of what it takes for an emporer penguin to be born in the harshest climate on the planet. Let me just say that now that I know, I can’t believe there are any left. The opening credit sequence is of the landscape in Antarctica. All I could think of was how extraordinary this planet is that we live on. The diversity of geography, climate and life itself is so exciting and there is so much to see and discover. Thirty seconds in and I was already loving the movie. Then, along came the penguins. These animals leave the sea in packs and waddle in their awkward – yet perfectly-suited – bodies for seventy miles to reach the breeding grounds with only instinct, God’s whispering, to guide them. The very spot where they were born. That blows me away. But it’s the rest of the process that now has me calling the emporer penguin my favorite animal in the whole world, and it’s a process you should see for yourself. Rent it as soon as you can.
Laura took a sewing class with a friend last Thursday and came home with a brand new purse! It’s very nicely done and I expect she’ll be ready to announce her own line of women’s handbags and accessories in late Spring of 2006. She picked out the different fabrics for it and everything, so not only did she create it, but she designed it as well. Very impressive! These are things that will come in handy when our “back to the land” phase sets in. Sewing, I mean. Not handbag design.
My personal boycott of the NHL continues. I haven’t watched a single game this season and am glad to say that I have no idea what the Stars’ division standings look like. It took about four years to get back in to baseball after a CBA dispute cancelled the ’94 World Series. So, it’s possible that the next time I really follow the hockey season we’ll have a new President, Aidan will be in Kindergarten and Laura and I will just be getting back from Guatemala.
We have tickets to see the Polyphonic Spree’s Christmas show in December! It’s going to be amazing. We’re also going to see Sigur Ros at Bass Hall in February! Two amazing bands in the span of a couple months. It’ll be the first time we’ve seen Sigur Ros in concert and they’re supposed to be other-worldly.
All for now!