Another day in paradise

by sumpteretc

I don’t know what the temperatures got up to today, but I’m glad I didn’t have to go outside in it. At the moment, the Weather Channel desktop application says it’s -22 and fair, with a “feels like” temperature of -35.

My devotional reading this morning was Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream and his accompanying advice. Joseph must have been pretty convinced that he was speaking for God, since two years in prison is not generally considered sufficient qualification to be a royal advisor.

Wii Fit Plus continues to cause me great pain. My weight crept up a bit over the weekend, as I think it generally does. I still can’t tie Elijah’s high score on push ups & side planks. I don’t know how he scored 100 on that, but I can’t believe he did it fairly. I consistently get 91 and the trainer asking me if I dropped my hips. After a couple of tries beating that, I moved on to other exercises. I came back and did some planks later. Holding that position for 90 seconds, after doing a 30-second rep and a 60-second rep was just too much for me.

The hot water was out this morning (pretty typical), so I decided to hold off on a shower until later, and then talked myself into foregoing shaving as well, since I had no plans to leave the house. The church office is closed on Monday, so there’s not much point in dragging myself down there.

Elijah and I continued studying Greek history. Today, we focused on the Spartans, from both a negative and positive perspective. I think I can safely say that I’m glad I didn’t grow up in Sparta. We did a little “What if…” brainstorming in language arts, and it was interesting, as always, to hear his perspectives on matters both silly and serious. He still has no concept of money or big numbers, so the “What would you do with a million dollars?” question was pretty well lost on him. He eventually managed to buy himself a beach house (and a beach) with it. In science, we talked about the sense of hearing. We tried to watch a short video but had some trouble with the QuickTime player. We found another site on How the Body Works , which had some interesting articles on hearing, although they didn’t add a lot to what we had already studied.

Off and on, during breaks in my day, I played The West. I haven’t played for quite a while, and I’m trying to make sure it doesn’t become too time-consuming. That’s what I actually like about it; you can play very casually. You play for a few minutes, and then you don’t do anything in the game for several hours.

I also spent a little time today trying to get through “The Chronicles of Riddick.” I still haven’t finished it. All I can say is that, if you’re going to make such a silly movie, don’t put a word so close to “ridiculous” in the title. I can only imagine that the critics had a heyday with that.

While I was teaching Elijah school, my father-in-law sent me an email to say that he was watching House Hunters International on HGTV, and that they were featuring Ulaanbaatar. We only caught the last five minutes or so, but the apartment that the guy ended up choosing was in a building just 100 meters or so from ours. We walk past it all the time. His apartment cost $100,000, which makes us think ours might be worth more than we previously thought. We’d like to see the whole episode, so if somebody notices that it’s going to be on again, give me a holler.