Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Davinci Code

I love it. But only because I'm fascinated with codes and ciphers and mystery stories.

Does it make me doubt my faith? Nope. I think it's a clever story by a clever author.

Will the devil use it? Oh, very likely. That doesn't bother me or threaten me though. Se Jesus always wins. And satan doesn't have much to go on.

Will I go see the movie? Sure!

Doesn't that mean I am supporting a non-Christian agenda? No more than the non-Christians who went to see "The Passion" were supporting Christianity.

I'm not crazy about the anti-Christian agenda out there that says Christians are dumb and so on and so forth. I've run into that a lot on chatrooms. I've found that most of those people are full of hot air and they themselves don't have a clue what they believe.

There is another interesting point to bring up regarding the "Davinci Code" and the divinity of Christ. The characters in the book uncover research indicating that the divity of Christ was an invention of Constantine for political reasons and the actual Christ was never intended to be portrayed as anything more than a Jewish Rabbi or Prophet. But then the book goes on to unveil the terrible secret in DaVinci's work that Jesus has living progeny by Mary Magdelene. Now if Jesus was an ordinary prophet, why would we care about his offspring? The book undoes itself. That kind of thing makes me chuckle.

Still, it's a great story. Lots of puzzles and plot twists. I like that even the characters' names have meaning and there are references to things like the Kryptos. Read the Wikipedia article on the book for this info.

So, yeah, I've been solving the google puzzles and reading websites. I don't expect I'll win the grand prize or anything and I don't want one of the dumb little imitation codeces, but the puzzles are fun.

That's just my $0.02 as they say.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

You know you're from Idaho if...

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for cattle prices and sports.
Vacation means going to Boise (or *gasp* Seattle).
You carry jumper cables in your car.
You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?" or "If you go to town I wanna go with."
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You know all 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction.
You know how to pronounce the entire name of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
You know several people who have hit a deer.
You know what "cow tipping" and "snipe hunting" is.
You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
You measure distance in minutes.
You only own 3 spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of the year.
You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.
You think ethanol makes your truck "run a lot better."
You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.
You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
You've never met a celebrity.
You've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.
A girls' basketball game fills the gym.
A rodeo is more popular than a rock concert.
Democrats are like salmon, they are on the endangered species list.
Every other vehicle is a 4x4.
In March your vehicle is 43% mud.
In the spring every tenth car you pass is a tractor.
Maps and gloves are kept in your vehicle's "jocky box."
People drive 200 miles to shop in a real mall.
The bumper jack in your pickup will lift a house.
The elevation exceeds the population.
The wind is faster than your truck.
When the car in front of you is weaving you suspect a farmer instead of a drunk.
When the sun goes down you start looking for your coat.
Yellow light means "follow the car in front of you no matter what."
You can fish, golf, and go skiing all in the same day if you try hard enough.
You can see the stars at night.
You got a set of snow tires for Valentines Day.
You have to wait for a flock of sheep to pass you on the road.
You installed your new computer using a Leatherman tool.
You leave your keys in the car and the next morning it's still there.
You slept through the night unawakened by a siren.
You talk about a combine and people don't wonder what you are putting together.
You wave to someone on the freeway because you recognize the truck.
Your great grandmother is older than the courthouse.
During a storm you check the cattle before you check the kids.
You are related to more than half the town.
You can tell the difference between a horse and a cow from a distance.
Your car breaks down outside of town and news of it gets back to town before you do.
Without thinking, you wave to all oncoming traffic.
You don't buy all your vegetables at the grocery store.
You don't put too much effort into hairstyles due to wind and weather.
The local gas station sells live bait.
You go to the State Fair for your family vacation.
You get up at 5:30 am and go down to the coffee shop.
You're on a first name basis with the county sheriff.
When little smokies are something you serve on special occasions.
You have the number of the Co-op on speed dial.
All your radio-preset buttons are country.
You try to find the cheapest room rates when going out of town.
Using the elevator involves a grain truck.
Your mayor is also your garbage hauler, barber, and insurance salesman.
You know you should listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
You call the wrong number and talk to the person for an hour anyway.
Your excuse for getting out of school is that the cows got out.
You know cow pies aren't made of beef.
You wake up when it's dark and go to bed when it's still light.
You listen to "Paul Harvey" every day at noon.
You can tell it's a farmer working late in his field and not a UFO.
Your nearest neighbor is in the next area code.
You know the difference between field corn and sweet corn when they are still on the stalk.
You know the code names for everyone on the CB.
You can eat an ear of corn with no utensils in under 20 seconds.
You wear your boots to church.
It takes 30 seconds to reach your destination and it's clear across town.
You can tell the smell of a skunk and the smell of feedlot apart.
The meaning of true love is that you'll ride in the tractor with him.
You go to Wal-Mart for your Saturday shopping.
Your main drag in town is two blocks long.
Anyone has ever not believed you about why there are 8-foot tall poles with reflectors along the side of the road.
The local Daily Paper is a weekly.
The newspaper's 'Around Town' section is the headline.
The term "logging truck" makes you jumpy.
When the magazine mentions in trivia that only one state capital can be written in upside down numbers on a calculator, you get it right the first time: 35108.
You commonly pronounce French terms and names in a manner that would make a Parisian declare war (Dubois: Dew Boysss)(Cour-de-Lane: Core-Dah-Layne)
You've driven anything that was wider than the road you were on...and it was a paved road.
You've ever driven a car on the freeway at age 14...legally.
You've ever seen a rodeo bull clear a six-foot fence.
You've ever used the idiom 'sittin' there' to describe activity: 'I was just sittin' there, runnin' down the road....'
You've ever written 'rodeo clown' on any form containing the words: Work History; Previous Employment; Educational Background; Personal Fitness Plan or Business Loan Application.
You've caught 'rainbow' trout that were all one color.
You've ever yielded right of way to one of the following: a horseback rider, sheep, cattle, a brush fire, a logging truck or a windblown grain silo.
You've had to remove skunk smell from a: pet, vehicle, relative, sleeping bag (or any other camping equipment) or body part more than once in your life.
You've been in states that are smaller than the county you grew up in.
You've golfed where the hazards include wagon wheel ruts from the Oregon Trail.
You've ever received skis for Christmas, and used them Christmas morning skiing off of the roof.
You've ever flown commercially and at least once seen grazing cattle higher than the flying plane.
You know what a finger steak is. (and no, it's not obscene)
You've ever given a snow shovel or an ice scraper as a gift...and not as a joke.
You've seen snow in every month of the year.
You've shoveled snow in anything you would not consider to be 'winter' conditions.
You prefer to ski at the place it takes chains on snowtires to get to because anyplace the snowplows can reach is as crowded as the beer tent at the rodeo.
You have ever used the 'Above 3500 feet' directions in cooking instuctions.
You've ever checked the barometer before deciding to use the "+3500 ft" instructions.
The name "Galena Summit" makes you worry about the state of your brakes.
When you see or hear the words 'Logging Road' you automatically drive on the shoulder.
Considers the description, "Excessive annual rainfall" to be impossible, no matter where.
Knows 591 hunting and fishing stories, but when conversation turns to the office humor, must resort to quoting Dilbert.
Knows the difference between a jack rabbit and a jackalope and will gladly take an out-of-stater hunting for either.
The rattling sound of a dried seed pod along the trail will produce olympic class broad jumps on a moment's notice.
Can correctly pronounce Basque names such as Egusquiza or Acarregui, but never gets the chance to show off said talent upon leaving the West.
Knows where sugar comes from ......... but is a little bewildered by the term "cane sugar."
You can name everyone you graduated with
You know what 4-H is
You went to parties at a pasture, barn, or in the middle of a dirt road.
You used to drag or lap "main"
You said the "F" word and your parents knew within the hour
You scheduled parties around the schedule of different police officers, since you know which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn't.
You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough they'd tell your parents anyhow)
When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes for you, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them
The only way to date someone from another school was to date someone from out of town
It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town
The whole school went to the same party after graduation
You don't give directions by street names or numbers ("Turn by Nelson's house, go to 2 blocks east to Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track")
You give directions by buildings that burned down (...left at Nelson's Old Barn...)
....esp. if they burned down before you were born
The golf course had only 9 holes
You can't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
Your car stays filthy because of the dirt roads and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason
The town next to you is considered "trashy" or "snooty", but is actually just like your town.
You refer to anyone with a house newer than 1970 as the "rich people"
The people in the "big city" or on TV dress funny, then you pick up the trend 2 years later
Anyone you want can be found at the local gas station, cafe or the town pub
You see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends drives a grain truck to school occasionally
The gym teacher suggest you bail hay for the summer to get stronger
Directions are given using THE stop light as a reference
You decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask you if you want a ride somewhere
Your teachers call you by your older sibling's names
Your teachers remember when they taught your parents
You can charge at all the local stores or write checks without any ID
The closest McDonalds is 45 miles away (or more)
The closest mall is over an hour away
You've peed in a hayfield.
You have more than one story that involves an electric fence.
The electrical plug coming out of your engine compartment is there for a purpose and not a practical joke.
If you can say "Grand Tetons" (French for "big boobs") with a straight face.
If "just down the road a bit" means an 80-mile drive - one way.
If mailbox vandalism makes the front page of the newspaper.
Anyone has ever not believed you about where Rocky Mountain Oysters come from.
The guy flashing his highbeams at you to slow down so you don't get a ticket turns out to be the cop at the speed trap.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I love not being sick!!!

For six weeks I have been in bed with all day morning sickness. Now I'm finally starting to feel better, right as Spring is happening! Could anything be more glorious???

It's hard to believe we're actually having another kiddo. I started wondering what he or she will be like today. What s/he'll look like, what kind of personality.

And... we're moving in a month. I hope this is a good move. I still feel awfully skeptical. But maybe that's just because I've been sick.