Update: More photos from Ruth's
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Well I got a somewhat early start to the day of snowboarding. Then I stood and waited for the bus, 45 minutes of waiting. Then it was up the canyon in an overly crowded bus, at least I had a seat. I got to the mountain and had a good morning of solo snowboarding, well solo on a mountain filled with others, well not so many people...I never stood in line for the lifts...so you know what I am talking about.
Here I am waiting for the bus. I was a bit chilly but not too bad.
Early on in the day, still enjoying every minute of it.
Towards the end of the day and I was starting to get tired. Hat tip to Fr. Michael for lending me a coat that looked good with the rest of my outfit.
After a morning of snowboarding by myself I me this dude named Dave (TDND). We road up a lift together and then we found out that we went down the mountain about the same speed...so we spent the rest of the day snowboarding together. It was a great day of snowboarding and TDND made it fun, as I have never snowboarded with anyone as long...like I said it is usually a solo experience. TDND pushed me a bit and I went down more Black slopes than I usually do...especially since there was over a foot of new powder, sweet! Anyway the photo above was from late in the day with TDND and I stopped for a break and a snack. Only rode two more runs after this photo as my legs were getting tired. TDND offered me a ride down the canyon (Yeah! no bus, thanks Dave) and of course I accepted. He dropped me off at a restaurant and my brother-in-law Richard picked me up...then home for a shower and a nap. What a great day!
Well I made it to Salt Lake City. I will put some photos up later from the journey and seeing my sisters kids. I know it is cold in Georgia, it is cold here as well...no not as cold in the photo...so relatively it is not that bad now is it? I am taking a day off today to go snowboarding at Brighton. I will hopefully get some photos for you to enjoy. Peace
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
So yesterday I went to the local Mini Cooper dealership to see about driving one of their cars for a day or so, well you can see it below. So tell me honestly, what do you think? I am kind of in the market for a new car, maybe. Just surveying my options right now. Deacon Bill thinks I would not like the car, for what it is worth he is not the only one who thinks this...thus the reason for my extended test drive. So hit the comment box and tell me what you think.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Well if you have been reading my blog for a while you know how much I love brides. When I read this story I about cried for this bride and her groom. Maybe I need a good cry or maybe this one got to me because I know how much of themselves brides invest in their wedding day...I probably need a good cry. Anyway it reminds me of a guy who I went to seminary with who died while sleeping the night he was ordained. peace
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I told you we would have more visitors at St. Matthew today and boy howdy, we did. Loads more people. It was fantastic. It was marvelous. I could not have been happier and I know the Archbishop was as well. We had the RCIA, Rite of Welcome today and the place was packed. This was the fourth and final Rite of Welcome for the Archbishop to do this weekend and it was great. We had lots of the south side parishes here. When the names of the Elect were read I almost cried it was so beautiful. We had some fun as well, getting to see old friends and make some new ones as well. Since is was a bit warm in the Church with all those people we opened the doors to the outside, and would you know it, right in the middle of the Archbishop's homily a young woodpecker flew into the Church and I thought, "uh oh, this is not going to end well." Well it didn't, the little guy flew right into the back windows and everyone gasped. I scooped him up and put him outside, an ornithologist (profession or amateur I am not sure) came and helped me get the bird back and flying. All was well and the Archbishop made sure all knew things were fine. It was a great time, I was really touched with this Rite. Thanks to all who made it so special. Enjoy the photos, I put captions with them for your enjoyment. Peace
We are going to have plenty of visitors today. We started with Fr. Luke Ballman, the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese. He called me yesterday and asked if he could con-celebrate this morning and I offered him to take a Mass since Deacon Gayle was preaching. There were a few strange looks when I came into the church, but once I explained a few things it all made sense. Fr. Luke is such a good guy, and of course the parish family members responded well to him...thanks for the help Luke. More visitors to come. Peace