December 31, 2008

Apocalypse Now?

Saw this ad while traveling on the interwebs today.

Seriously? Kathy and Anderson?
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin hosting a New Year's Eve show? It must be end of days.

Originally I was going to question the sanity of the CNN producer who thought this pairing was a good idea. But then when I went trolling around the CNN website to see if I could learn anything about this New Year's Eve odd couple I got the impression that Cooper and Griffin have done this hosting gig before. Together. On TV. For everyone to watch.

So not only have Cooper and Griffin hosted a New Year's Eve countdown show from Times Square in NYC before, but enough people liked what they saw that CNN keeps bringing the two of them back.

Now I have to watch.

December 30, 2008

But Is Batman a Strawberry Milk Guy?

I've always imagined Batman favoring straight up white milk - probably 1% because he wants a little fat content but not too much.

sures looks cranky about the milk being spilledThis was designed by a guy named Hattomonkey, who appears to design milk cartons for fun (check out his blog). I can't be certain about what is going on because his website isn't written in English.

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A Lousy Way To Start a Monday

As I headed out the door Monday morning, I knew that the weather had turned frigid after nearly 48 hours of warm air and rain. What I didn’t know was how that rapid change in the weather had adversely affected the road conditions.

After a few wiggly turns as I weaved my way out of our subdivision, I could tell that the sudden drop in air temperature and had resulted in a slick, nearly invisible, coating of frost on the roads. Once I left our subdivision I learned that the slippery conditions weren’t limited to the lightly traveled side roads, the main roads were just as icy. Didn’t know where the salt crews were in Aurora, but they weren’t anywhere near my house.

slip siding awayI made some adjustments for the driving conditions and slowly made my way to the train station. Being that it was the Monday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the roads were pretty deserted. I didn’t see much risk in navigating the icy roads. Still, I drove cautiously, slowing down well in advance of intersections and being extra careful in turns of the road.

So what happened next totally surprised me.

The road I was driving on goes into a lazy little S-curve. Nothing too dramatic, but curvy none the less. It’s a four lane road running north and south, I was headed north in the far right lane. My lane position choice was a conscious precautionary move – I didn’t want to be in the left lane and start sliding in one of the bends in the S-curve only to find myself in oncoming traffic. The posted speed limit is 35 m.p.h. and I was going around 25.

Because of all these precautions, I didn’t panic too much when the back end of my car swung out from behind me on the driver’s side when I hit the first bend in the S-curve. There weren’t any cars around me and I had the entire two north-bound lanes to get my car back under control. I slammed the steering wheel to the left – in the direction of the skid - and took my foot off the gas. The maneuver I’ve always used with great success to bring a swerving car back under control.

Maybe I didn’t execute the maneuver correctly or maybe the S-curve got in the way, because instead of straightening out and staying on the road I ended up sliding up over the curb, across the sidewalk, and into the grass on the other side of the walk.

but picture this map with everything covered with a thin layer of iceI still remember the commentary screaming through my head as the car was jumping over the curb and I could see the trees and bushes rushing towards me through the windshield, “Don’t hit a tree! Don’t hit a tree! Sweet Jesus, just don’t hit a tree!”

Actually, maybe that’s what the commentary I was screaming out loud.

Luckily, I did not hit a tree (or a bush or anything else for that matter). The car came to a quite little stop and I took a deep breath. It was then that I realized hitting a tree wasn’t what I should have been worried about while my car was sliding out of control. It falling into the retention pond I was sliding towards.

The car had come to a stop not more than five feet away from a 3-4 foot drop into a large retention pond that sits near the road. A little more skidding and I would have been taking an early morning bath in some very cold water. The car had come to rest just at the apex of the little berm that divides the pond from the side walk.

Climbing out of a partially submerged (hell, could have been fully submerged – I don’t know how deep the pond is) Neon was not what I had in mind when I left my house that morning. Thinking that I came five feet from having to learn how to escape a car that’s landed in the water sort of got the adrenaline going, but the relief in knowing that I didn’t have to take that lesson helped calm things down.

Amazingly, there were no other vehicles around – at least none that had stuck around to see how the idiot in the Neon sliding across the parkway had ended up. So I put the car into reverse, slowly moved back onto the road, and pulled up about fifteen feet to another side street and parked. A quick inspection of the car didn’t reveal any problems. Everything looked good. So I got back in and went about my way – driving even slower than before.

Considering what had just happened, I figured that my brush with a watery death was the sign of a shit-storm of a Monday and I dreaded the rest of my trip into work that morning. Thankfully, my concerns were ungrounded. Sliding off the road and almost ending up in a pond proved to be the only crappy thing to happen that day. Then again, with that sort of start to the morning, I think I set my crappy-Monday bar sort of high – insuring a smooth rest of the day. If that was the case, I’d rather just deal with Mondays as the come. No need to condense all the frustration and anxiety into 15-seconds of white-knuckled excitement. All take things spread out across the day.

December 29, 2008

Sell The Florida Time-Share Now

If Russian professor Igor Panarin is correct, by the end of 2010 the Unites States will be no more.

For years Panarin has been predicting that economic and social issues will drive the United States into a civil war that will leave the Union fractured into six separate sections, with Alaska (conveniently) reverting back to Russian rule. But nobody's been listening to him - until now.

In light of the growing global economic recession and the challenges facing the United States, his theory has grabbed a foot-hold with the media - especially the Russian media. Apparently the U.S. is even less popular in Russia than we ever were back when the Soviet Union called the shots.

Panarin predicts "that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in."

Here's what the new map will look like.

this is how the US will look in 2010
I guess President-elect Obama's job is going to be even harder than we all expected.

December 27, 2008

Finding Comedy Classics

Growing up, my dad was always sharing his comedy albums with my brother and I. We spent plenty of afternoons listening and learning to laugh at the comedy of Bill Cosby, Hudson & Landry, George Carlin, Burns & Allen, and many more classic acts. My dad provided us with a classic comedy education, which helped my brother, sister, and I develop great senses of humor.

It has always been my intention to provide Ian, Emma, and Zoe with the same sort of comedy education that my father gave me. The problem is that those albums aren't readily available to me. The albums of my dad that we still own are on vinyl, which doesn't do us any good when no one owns a turntable anymore. With no plans to drop a lot of coin on CD or digital versions of these classic comedy records, I wasn't sure how I could expose my kids to some of the great comedy I enjoyed as a kid.

While talking Ian through Abbott's and Costello's "Who's On First" routine the other day (which he thought was hysterical even through my clumsy delivery), I stumbled onto the idea of checking out YouTube for a version of the material.

Sure enough, I found plenty of versions of this eternally funny routine and showed it to Ian. He loved it.


This got me to thinking. What other great bits of classic comedy are available?

A few searches on YouTube proved to me that there was plenty of great clips available. Here's one from an all-time favorite of my "AJAX Liquor Store" by Hudson and Landry (made just a little funnier when sync'd up with video from a Jetsons' cartoon.


Now I just need to figure out how to get these clips in front of Ian. When I was a kid, we sat around on the floor listening to the records. We don't have that option now. I will have to be a little more creative in finding a way of sharing this classic humor with my kids.

December 25, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 25

Santa Claus Funnies #1

Santa Claus Funnies #1

I hope you are having a wonderful and joyful Christmas Day. We kicked the celebrations off yesterday evening at my father's house where we had a wonder time laughing, eating, and visiting.

This morning the kids started the festivities promptly at 6:01 am (We warned them last night that they had to stay in bed until 6 am), and they've been going strong ever since. Heather and I have already planned some mandatory "quiet time" around 1pm this afternoon. We don't want melt downs this evening.

My Mom and brother are coming over for dinner, and between now and then I hope to jump over to the hospital to visit my sister and new nephew.

Looking for fantastic ideas for Christmas Day dinner? Check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 24, 2008

My Sister's Now a Mom

Congratulations are in order for my sister and brother-in-law. Yesterday evening they welcomed their first child into their growing family – a healthy boy.

Now I wouldn’t even consider publishing photos or information about the baby on something as public as my website without my sister’s permission, so instead I’ve dug deep into the archive to unearth this little gem. It is a photo I trot out whenever I’m looking to embarrass my baby sister.

So while you consider the unstoppable cuteness of the 6 year-old demanding you eat a candy cane in the snapshot below, I will be working on coming to terms that the little kid in the blue robe is now a mom.

Little Elizabeth


Congratulations again, Elizabeth and Patrick. Everyone at my house is very excited about meeting our new nephew/cousin (especially Ian, who is totally stoked about having a boy cousin) and can’t wait to see you.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 24

Classics Illustrated: Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Classics Illustrated: Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Tomorrow is Christmas and what better way to mark the day then to feature a comic book cover illustrating the story that dramatically influenced modern perceptions of Christmas.

It is Christmas Eve!

Looking for fantastic ideas for Christmas Day dinner? Check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 23, 2008

Chicago Bears and Wrapping Paper

I wasn’t a true Chicago Bears fan last night, but I’m okay with that.

Heather and I have made a tradition of sitting down with a classic Christmas movie and wrapping all the presents and such that we need for Christmas morning. The problem has been that we’ve fallen into a habit of not starting that movie and un-rolling the wrapping paper until around 11pm on Christmas Eve. That translates into a late, late Christmas Eve for us, which transitions into an early, early Christmas morning when our excited children drag us from bed to un-do most of the work we had put in the night before.

This year we promised ourselves that it would be different. Wrapping would be complete no later than December 23 and Heather and I would enjoy a restful night of sleep before a hectic Christmas morning.

Last night our 12/23 deadline was looming and considering everything else that needed to be done before we hosted Christmas dinner at our house, there was a strong push by Heather for the wrapping to be done Monday night.

She said that we could forgo the traditional Christmas movie watching so that I could continue to watch the Bears – Packers game; but when halftime came along and we were ready to start wrapping gifts, I put in White Christmas.

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in White ChristmasTony Kornheiser summed up my impression of the first half of that game when he commented that the Packers were playing like the football team whose playoff hopes were riding on the outcome of the night’s contest. The Pack was aggressive and fighting for the win, the Bears were listless. The defense was flat and the offense was horrible. I was tired of watching more horrendous football from the Bears – bring on Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Heather and I finished our wrapping and enjoyed the movie. I figured that the Bears game should be over, but I decided to flip back to ESPN to see what I could learn about the final damage. I was mildly surprised to see the Monday Night Football broadcast just finishing up. Apparently I had just missed seeing Robbie Gould boot his 38-yard field goal through the upright to give the Bears the victory in overtime.

Chicago's Robbie Gould kicks the winning FG in overtime against the PackersFor a moment I felt a slight tinge of regret for giving up on the Bears, but after reading the recaps and analysis this morning I think I saved myself a lot of frustration. There might have been a time where I would have considered turning off a Bears – Packers game at halftime an act of dishonor. Certainly grounds for revoking my Chicago Bear fan membership.

But not this year.

The 2008 Chicago Bears have been so painful to watch - so frustrating to deal with week in and week out, I don’t think anyone should fault me for turning the game off. I can’t remember an uglier 9-6 Chicago team. And frankly, I’m ready to forget them (except, Matt Forte).

Danny and Bing never fail to deliver.

I hope they win next week against the Houston Texans to finish the season 10-6, but I also hope they don’t go to the playoffs. This Bears team doesn’t belong in the post-season – regardless of their record. Let's be done for the season and turn our attention to next year.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 23

Bug Bunny's Christmas Funnies

Bugs Bunny's Christmas Funnies

Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang are as popular (and maybe even more popular) in our house as anything new that pops up on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. I couldn't have a Comic Advent Calendar without them.

2 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 22, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 22

The Brave and the Bold #184

The Brave and The Bold #184

It wouldn't be a Comic Advent Calendar without some Jim Aparo Batman artwork.

3 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 21, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 21

Action Comics #93

Action Comics #93

Learn how Superman gave the Cloud People their greatest Christmas ever when he delivered to them their very own planet to live on.

4 Days until Christmas!

Plan your whole Christmas dinner using Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 20, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 20

Batman: GOtham After Midnight #8

Batman: Gotham After Midnight #8

This comic actually won't be in stores until Christmas Eve, but I like the preview art on dccomics.com so I decided to share it early here.

Artist Kelley Jones may not pay a whole lot of attention to anatomy or spatial relationship of objects when drawing his covers, but they are certainly always a lot of fun to look at.

5 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 19, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 19

Within Our Reach

Within Our Reach

Within Our Reach was a Christmas-themed anthology comic published in 1990 to benefit AIDS research. The comic was printed with a number of different covers, I'm featuring the cover art drawn by the great Norm Breyfogle - one of my favorite artists.

6 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 18, 2008

There Can't Be One Batman

Ian Freer, writing on the Empire magazine blog, makes the argument that Adam West is a better Batman over Christian Bale.


If I was going to pick the best on-screen version of Batman, I'd go with Michael Keaton. I've always been partial to how Keaton balances the two sides of Bruce Wayne and Batman, while giving each the right mix of the other side. His Bruce has just enough darkness and edginess for us to remind us that Batman lurks nearby, and his Batman flashes a little of the human Bruce side at just the right times.

But that isn't my contention with Mr. Freer's post. It's where he asks, ". . . what is the definitive interpretation of Batman?"

Freer argues that the concept of Batman, when boiled down to its essence, is a silly concept. A man dressed as bat solving crimes. Therefore only Adam West's campy 1960's Batman can ever really capture the true Cape Crusader.

But if the longevity of the character was contingent upon the strength of his essence as defined by Freer, then I can't imagine Batman lasting nearly 70 years. There isn't a whole lot to go on with that sort of character. A go-go dancing, shark-repellent using campy Batman came and went, yet the character continues to be used and enjoyed.

Freer went wrong in his distillation. The core of Batman isn't a man dressing up like a bat to solve crimes. The core of Batman is the story of one man standing up to try and make sense and bring order to a world that doesn't always make sense. He just happens to do that by dressing up like a Bat to solve crimes most times (there are alternative Batman stories where Bruce never makes it into a "Batman" suit exactly, but he's still true to his character.)

Michael Keaton as Batman - Jack Nicholson as the JokerHow the story of Bruce Wayne/Batman is told can take many forms. As crime drama, as in The Dark Knight. As an action story, like in Batman Forever. Or as campy satire of modern culture, which is where the 60's television show decided to use the character.

Comics have mined Batman for even more types of stories- horror, sci-fi, mystery, historical drama, the list is extensive. For almost 70 years Batman has been interpreted in countless different ways by countless different people. What's great about all these variations is that through all of them I can see the same theme - one man tying to make sense out of his world. Batman is an attempt to answer order to a world that presents chaos.

That's what makes Batman such a wonderful character and such an enduring character in literature, he can be whatever you need him to be. It's also what makes the Joker the perfect foil to the character of Batman.

So instead of trying to pick one version over another as the canonical version, I prefer to appreciate all the different flavors and enjoy the bounty of stories that spring forth.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 18

The Transformers #41

The Transformers #41

When I stumbled upon this cover I knew I had to use it. How cool is Optimus Prime dressed up as Santa Claus.

7 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 17, 2008

The Periodic Table of Awesoments

Trying to figure out just how awesome something is?

This will help.

The periodic table of awesoments

What Sort of Beer Do Serve With That?

Heather will often accuse me of being a city snob. She claims I unfairly make fun of people/activities in small towns.

Personally, I don’t think I harbor any bias one way or the other. Really, I see stupidity everywhere and like to mock it.

But when they put stuff like this out in public, how can I not make fun of it?

hmmmmm . . .Does anyone proof-read.

How do I know this photo wasn't taken in Chicago? Because Chicagoans get all of their live bait (and live bait sandwiches) at gas stations in Wisconsin.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 17

The Adventures of Superboy #12

The Adventures of Superboy #12

There are two things I love about this cover:

1) What I assume to be Ma and Pa Kent just sort of floating in the background. Everyone else looks like their trying out their new found flying abilities, Ma and Pa are waiting to see what Clark is going to do about it.

2) The random leg that pops in the lower right-hand corner of the cover. That's great.

8 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 16, 2008

Show Tossing Bonanza

The incident the other day where an Iraqi journalist pulled off his shoes and flung them at President Bush has inspired some great animated GIFs.

Boing Boing collects many of them in one place.

I really liked the Three Stooges themed one.

duck, george, duck!

LEGO Star Wars Nativity

Larry Lars created a Nativity scene using Star Wars LEGO characters. I think it's hysterical.

Star Wars LEGO Nativity
Check out Darth Vader and Padme as Joseph and Mary watching over the twins. My favorite is the use of Star Wars bounty hunters for the Three Wise Men.

More picture of Lar's work here.

Good Use of Materials

Heather - why don't we make cookies like this at home? I'm sure we could get creative with materials.

Sheldon Comic for 12-16-08
I'm going to try and work in the phrase, "shvitzing blue sprinkles" into a conversation today.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 16

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer #1

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer #1

DC comics published an annual Rudolph comic from 1950 to 1962. Today's featured cover is from the first Rudolph issue from December 1950.

The cover reminds me that I haven't watched the Rankin & Bass Rudolph TV special yet - an oversight I hope to rectify soon.

9 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 15, 2008

I Went Caroling - And Liked It

For years my wife Heather has wanted to organize a group for Christmas caroling. Going out caroling with a bunch of family and friends was an annual event for her as a child, and she’s always wanted to share that happy experience with me and the kids. This past Friday night she finally made her wish to go caroling again a reality.

Four families, 6 adults and 13 kids, went door-to-door singing Christmas songs down our side of the street in our neighborhood. Our modest group sang three songs per house; and all counted, our caroling trip lasted about thirty minutes.

Christmas carolersIt was my first time Christmas caroling, and I enjoyed the experience despite a wind chill Friday night that hovered in the single digits. I had equal amounts of fun at the low-key but festive Christmas party we hosted at our house afterward. It was a good night all around, and sort of what I had hoped for.

What surprised me about the evening was the compliment I received on my singing.
We were at the second or third house when one of the women who were caroling with us turned around and told me that I had a really nice singing voice. She wanted to know why I wasn’t in the choir at church.

I replied her that I didn’t want to embarrass the other members of the choir.

Seriously though, I was flattered by the compliment. Nobody’s ever said I was a good singer – at least not that I can remember. Of course, it’s not like I put myself in a position to be complimented on my singing. I’m not the sort of guy walking down the street belting out the catalog from Guys and Dolls. I reserve most of my singing for the car ride to and from the train station. Ten to fifteen minutes stuck in a vehicle with no radio will force you to resort to such activities. None the less, it was refreshing to be complimented on something other than how well I manage a project or coordinate development assignments.

The kind words about my singing abilities did as much for lifting my spirits Friday night as spending time and having fun with all of the families caroling and socializing. Even if it was only one person’s opinion, to be admired for something artsy meant a lot to me. I’ve always wanted to be more than just that guy who goes to work and brings home a paycheck. If not for the time I spend writing in this blog, I don’t know how I would sustain a dream of being more than just ‘that guy.’ Receiving that new compliment Friday night was a great gift to me. While I may not have been wildly enthusiastic towards Heather’s plans for caroling initially, I am extremely grateful that she followed through on organizing the event.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 15

The Honeymooners #3

The Honeymooners #3

I guess nearly everything finds it's way into comic books sooner or later.

10 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 14, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 14

Batman & Robin ADventures #3

Batman & Robin Adventures #3

I don't have as many Batman covers this year as in years past. The Batman comics based on the stellar Batman Animated show (like the cover above) were always top-notch books - sometimes they were the best Batman stories being published by DC.

11 Days until Christmas!

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hollyMerry Christmas

December 13, 2008

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 13

Daisey and her Pups #12

Daisy and her Pups #12

I used to think that silly, forced spin-offs were a creation of the current entertainment industry, but apparently writers and producers have been trying to milk successful franchises for everything they could for quite some time.

12 Days until Christmas!

If you're looking for great ideas for Christmas Day dinner, make sure to check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 12, 2008

Hasn't Hit The Bottom Yet

Governor BlagoBack in October everyone here in Illinois were laughing when the Chicago Tribune reported that Governor Pay-to-Play's approval rating hit 13% - the lowest of any Illinois Governor since the Tribune started polling the public. I know at the that time I honestly think his rating could go lower.

But if there is one thing I've learned from Rob Blagojevich, and that's he will always surprise me. Now in the wake of his recent criminal problems, we see that Blago hasn't hit the bottom yet.
(AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich's approval rating just keeps plummeting.

A poll taken since Blagojevich's Tuesday arrest by Chicago-based Glengariff Group finds the embattled governor's approval rating has tanked to around 8 percent. That's a fall from an already abysmally low rating of 23 percent in September.
If he continues to refuse to give up the Governor's mansion how low do you think he might go? 5%? 2%? 0%?

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 12

Animanics Christmas Special

Animaniacs Christmas Special

Animaniacs or Freakizoid - which was the better 90's cartoon? Hard to tell, both were excellent shows. But they never published a Freakzoid Christmas comic book, so I can only go with an Animaniacs cover.

13 Days until Christmas!

If you're already tired of comic book covers, check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 11, 2008

Name the Rockstar

Chop Shop's latest silhouette shirt features famous rock and pop stars from the 1980's.

Some are obvious - like David Byrne of Talking Heads, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Bono, Michael Jackson, David Lee Roth, John Mellencamp, Billy Idol, and Prince.

Some of the other silhouettes are more difficult to figure out.

videoRock Star Shirt from Chop Shop
You can buy it here.

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 11

The Last Christmas

The Last Christmas

Nothing say "Merry Christmas" quite like a gun-toting Santa battling an army of zombies.

14 Days until Christmas!

If you're already tired of comic book covers, check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 10, 2008

Ukulele version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

This is wonderful.


Found it on Boing Boing.

Proud Dad Time

Ian has always done well in school. He’s a very smart kid.

Still, a father likes to brag. So here is Ian’s mid-quarter progress report that came home last week. It was even better than the excellent report card he brought home at the end of the first quarter.

Ian's Progress Report
When our kids started going to school, Heather and I set the expectation for them that they should always put their best effort forward in the classroom. As long as they could say that, then Heather and I will be proud of them.

As Ian has moved up in grades and we can see what he’s capable of, those expectations have evolved to match what we understand Ian’s potential to be.

We both know Ian can be straight-A caliber student. However, all A's on a report card are not what we expect, but we know he can achieve it. And he knows that.

It’s exciting to see him reaching – or at least getting really damn close to - that extended goal .

Christmas Comic Cover 2008 - December 10

Liberty Meadows Holiday Fun

Liberty Meadows

15 Days until Christmas!

If you're already tired of comic book covers, check out Heather's 12 Recipes of Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas