Archive for April, 2008



April 28, 2008

Do not forget to attend the fundraiser at Mama Colletti’s tomorrow night!!

Do not forget to bring all your friends and family with you!!

Why? Here’s why:

Distribution of funds raised

We heard a cool story from someone we know who has survived lymphoma. One of her medications had extremely painful side effects that she had to endure for several months. A couple years after her recovery, she learned that a friend of hers was diagnosed and so she went to visit her during her treatment. During their discussion, the particular medication was brought up and this woman asked how her friend was coping with the painful side effects.

Her friend’s response was that in a couple short years, research had advanced the medicine to the point where the it was no longer excruciatingly painful. In fact, it is now entirely a pain-free experience.

Anyway, the fundraising works. So come and get some good food and even better company (specifically: me)


A new link-y

April 28, 2008

I just added a new link on our sidebar to the site for Lance and Amanda who are long-time and awesome friends of ours.

I met Lance in my seminary class (which his older scriptorian sister taught). I hardly knew the guy but for some reason he chose to sign my name at the bottom of a love note that he left for our teacher one day after class. He let his sister freak out over it for a day before revealing the prank.

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The Abstinator

April 22, 2008

(Authors note: I actually wrote this story a long time ago for a Mormon-themed website I used to run. I thought I had re-posted it here already but can’t seem to find it. It’s kinda fun.)

I have always been something of an absent-minded procrastinator. I thought maybe I could make up a new word for this malady. I started with “Abstinator”. Then I realized that only sounds like a heroic virgin. Anyway, linguistically and practically, it’s a terrible combination of traits because not only do I put tasks off for awhile, I forget about them completely. This might have made for a rather poor showing academically. Thankfully my test grades were always high enough that I could compensate for my complete lack of productivity when it came to homework and other assignments. There was one time though, in junior high, that my abstination(TM). Cost me some major coolness points (this was especially unfortunate because my coolness budget was already operating at a deficit and I was throwing away lots of points every time we played dodgeball).

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I’d knit that…

April 17, 2008

…and let’s be honest, you’d knit it too. In fact, I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t knit that, I mean, if they could, of course.

But I can’t knit that (and it has nothing to do with me already being married). It has everything to do with lack of talent.

What am I talking about? I’m talking about the latest display of talent from a friend of Cristina and I. Go to the link at the bottom of this post and prepare to be whisked away to a delightsome emporium of knitted delectables (yes, I know that delectable is a word usually reserved to describe a tasty dish but if my 6 month old daughter has taught me nothing else, it’s that you can eat just about anything if you put your mind to it).

And so you too will find yourself wanting to purchase, wear, and yes – perhaps even eat – some of Jana’s cool knitted apparel and accessories.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Click here to surf on over to Jana’s online store: “I’d knit that”

And now, as long as we are adding pictures here, check out some more cute pictures of our super cute daughter, Sariah


Mama Colletti’s Fundraising night

April 16, 2008

Tammy (the owner of Mama Colletti’s Chicago Italian restaurant) is a good friend of ours and a supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society (LLS) in memory of her little sister.

For the second time, she has agreed to help us to raise money by setting up one day where a portion of all sales from that day will go towards LLS. Now, Mama Colletti’s does a pretty good amount of business, but we need your help to make it great! Please plan to come by on:



Cristina and I will be there right after work (around 4:30 or 5-ish) and will stay as long as we have friends around to visit with. I will also be signing autographs because I’m kind of a big deal. (Note to the ladies: I will not sign any body parts when Cristina is around so please stop asking me )

It’s a pretty casual restaurant that makes the best spaghetti and meatballs ever! They also have a pretty killer lasagna and I once killed a man for their Caesar Salad (I caught him looking at my salad. He wanted to take my salad. I know it.) Seriously though, it’s my #1 favorite italian restaurant cause it’s authentic without being pretentious like other a few other places I’ve been to… 

“Oh, we’re so Italian that we pronounce it ‘eye-talian’ and our menu is in eye-talian so that we can feel pretentious and condescending when you have to ask us about our: ‘Krafti Macaronio anda Cheesi’

Hey, super fancy italian restaurant, I’ve got news for you, just because you throw pine nuts and a sprig of greenery on my plate of noodles doesn’t make it worth 30 bucks, neither am I impressed when you bring out a huge plate but with only a tiny amount of pasta shoved in the middle. So you can take your four cheese sauce and stuff it up your manicotti. Oh and one other little tip, never bring me bruschetta again. Nobody’s impressed by your stale crackers topped with leftover clumps of tomato. Yeah, I know you put some herbs and oil on it but frankly it looks to me like you were scraping the back of your pantry and refrigerator for a snack and this is what you came up with. Let’s just stick with the basket of bread and butter mm-kay? Thanks.



Sea World!

April 13, 2008

Below are some pictures from Sariah’s first trip to Sea World. She had a blast! We took her to the flamingos, the shark encounter, the penguin encounter and the Arctic something or other. She loved looking at the world underwater at the shark encounter (although in retrospect she could have had a similar experience if I had taken her through the underwater tunnel and not actually thrown her into the shark tank, but hey, live and learn right?). Read the rest of this entry ?


LDS Church condemns Blogs?

April 1, 2008

Happy April Fools Day! 

In my last post I intimated that I would be closing down this site because my church had denounced blogging by its members. Included was a link to webpage that a friend of mine made and hosted for me (that was literally an exact replica of the newsroom page) wherein we placed a brief story I wrote about the evils of blogging. This was meant for a select audience but ultimately started spreading around the net faster than we expected.

A less tricky image (shown below) replaced the authentic one early this evening and we have now pulled the whole thing entirely. This is mostly because we really like the leaders of our church and would hate to see them get bad-mouthed or criticized for something they didn’t say by some dummy who didn’t get the joke.

Anyway, I had a great time and found it hilarious that it spread so quickly. We sure loves us some scandal don’t we?aprilfools.jpg 🙂