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Dance From the Center

It Is Time…

“The Lims had a very good weekend.” – Grace Killelea, BridgeTown 2005 M.C.

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Clearing the Cache

Married Life Complexities

So many people have been supportive and encouraging about our marriage that I thought it would be most appropriate to share some of the observations I’ve made since I’ve been married 4 months now. I doubt any of it is new to seasoned married couples, but even for them, there might be some chuckles and “Yeah, I’ve been there…”

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Cheap Gas Prices

Dreading needing to yet fill up the tank to my car again at an insane price, I got the idea to search the internet for cheap gas prices and lo and behold, someone thought of the idea. Isn’t the internet great =P Portland Gas Prices is a site that people submit gas prices they find and post them on the web site. Anyone can then find the cheapest gas in their area without driving around. I know this will save me time and I’ll know that I got the best deal on gas in the area.

It’s nice that the data is community driven. People helping each other out to save money. Sites like this make me feel warm and snuggly inside.

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Old Habits Die Hard

Ah… Diablo 2, a fond game from my past in which I spent nearly two years playing. It’s chilling that I played it so long and now, after 3 years of being sober from it, I’m installing it again.

After playing some video games a few weeks ago at Jenni’s brother Rex’s apartment, I’ve got that gaming itch again. I guess some old hobbies won’t go away. I got into a gaming rut for a while and just didn’t have the same interest anymore. Nor did I have the right computer hardware to run all the new shiny games. I guess the combination of Jenni and I playing Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth together and the recently released patch 1.11 for Diablo 2 has gotten me hooked again.

My hopes this time around are to hook Jenni into the game. It’s not too grotesque and it has the Blizzard addictiveness to it so I hope it’ll be something we enjoy together. That and all the other million of things we ought to be doing- like practicing for BridgeTown Swing 2005 =)

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Trouble Comes in Colors

Colorful water balloonsAt Beaverton Foursquare’s “Neighborhood Nights” picnic, the biggest entertainment on a hot summer’s evening was naturally a water fight. It was entertaining to see some church leaders play around, soaking each other with water guns and water balloons. The kids there loved it. As I watched the kids fill up water balloons, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the vivid colors.

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Crossing the 99-Day Parallel

Married for 99 days!Today is one day short of a milestone 100 days of us being married. I’m sure as time goes on, the number of days will not be as exciting after the number gets too big, but we’ll enjoy the “newness” of it for a while longer. The picture was actually taken on January 13, 2005 when it was 99 days until we got married, so it’s nice to reflect from the other side of the wedding day.

Jenni told me on a drive home from the park tonight that she loves that she gets to share life with me. More than just talk about experiences, dreams, and hopes, but striving, experiencing, and celebrating life together. I couldn’t agree more. We bought our first car last Saturday together and we’re pretty happy with it. Just like life, it has a few bugs, but with some debugging, we’ll get it operating well.

Also we’re launching a new look for our web site. I’ve been wanting to develop a web site using several of the new ideas from redesigning my work web site. The primary enhancements are more for my own learning, but it also provides a channel for Jenni to communicate on our web site too. I’m looking forward to reading what Jenni writes.

For those geeky in nature or interested in web technologies, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Valid XHTML and CSS. Working toward web standards have been a big goal of mine, but also a big source of frustration. I’m old-school in doing layout with tables so I had unlearn those old habits and learn some new tricks. Using web standards allows me to work toward the model of separating content from presentation.
  • WordPress Publishing System. I’ve wanted a blog for over a year. I actually created one on Google’s Blogger, but I felt it was too limiting. WordPress is one of the best blogging systems available. It’s open-source, very modular, and great documentation. It has forced me to adjust how I approach working with my site, but I think it allows our site to be ready for the future. Its template system allows me to swap in a new layout quickly when the time is right. Also, it’s been great hearing people enjoying learning about us from our web site during our wedding month. So now with a full-blown blog, we can receive comments too!
  • Content is King. Now that both Jenni and I will be writing to our web site, hopefully that’ll mean we’ll have more interesting things to look at when people visit. We enjoy sharing about what God’s doing in our lives and we’re looking forward to reading the comments people write.

So here’s to 99 days and many more days to come. Happy reading everybody!

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Jenni’s Red Shoes

Jenni's Red ShoesI smile when I see Jenni wear her red tennis shoes. Not only is red my favorite color, but they’re vivid and eye-catching. When I’m doing photography, it always seems that the red shoes are photogenic.

The top picture was taken in her brother Rex’s apartment after we finished taking our “Save the Day” pictures for our wedding.

Next, in her wedding dress at our reception, she had the red shoes on because they were more comfortable to walk in, but no one knew because her dress flowed over them. Regardless, she wasn’t ashamed to show them to the wedding photographer.

At the Portland zoo for my company picnic, I asked her to get into the photo booth so I could get a picture of her shoes. I think throughout this blog I’ll have a random post about her red shoes from time to time.

The bottom picture was at Long Beach when we visited Oysterville. I liked the story of the picture, it’s like watching a close one leaving you behind and moving on.

Stay tuned… the red shoes will be back!

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Dance From the Center

Portland Dance Festival

Ah… dance conventions. To all those who have experienced one, those two words will bring a fair share of memories. Where else are you going to learn about dance all day, socialize with friends, compete, dance until 5am when the ballroom closes, and then wake up at 8am to do it all again for a couple more days?

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Relaxing in Oysterville

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. Jenni and I spent it catching up with Clark and Mary at Oysterville. I have to confess that I’m always a little leery of the 2.5 hour drive. Yes, I know, it’s not much, but it’s still 2.5 hours on my behind staring at the world coming at me. But when I get to Oysterville, it’s all worth it.

It’s so relaxing to be away from the city and just be with nature. I enjoy the small beach house that Clark’s family owns because it’s cozy enough for everyone to gather around and talk but big enough for a sizeable party.

At any rate, it was a great weekend of enjoying the gorgeous weather, fellowship, photography, and loads of junk food. The stay is never long enough, but a great time to reflect on life when there’s nothing else around but peace.

Oh yeah, the drive doesn’t bother me anymore now that I have an awesome copilot I’m married to who reads me Chronicles of Narnia or dreams with me about dance, dance, and more dance!

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Wedding Photos

Thanks to Jerry Hart, we have 1615 pictures from our wedding. Luckily, Jenni and I managed to cut it down to just under a 300 for your viewing enjoyment. It was such a great party! We are so happy that so many people were able to come celebrate. If you got any fun stories to share from that day, please let us know!

Married life is awesome. Things are going very well and we look forward to years and years growing together in Christ.