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Is Ikea in the Bible?

SilassmilesYesterday we were discussing the lack of spoons in our house.  They tend to disappear when they get packed in the boys' lunch boxes for school.

Elizabeth mentioned that she was going to go to Ikea to buy some more spoons.  Silas said, "Oh, I know the song about Ikea!"

I said, "Ikea?  How do you know a song about Ikea?"

Silas replied, "You know.  'Ikea was a wee little man.  A wee little man was he...'"

Chevy Astro R.I.P.

Astro_2 We have made the tearful decision to put the old Chevy Astro out to pasture.  After 3 years and about 75,000 km, we've decided we got our money's-worth with this $1000 vehicle.

Our beloved 1993 Astro, with nearly 320,000 km, has been a faithful family member since we purchased it from a friend-of-a-friend who was moving his family to New Zealand.  We were in need of a van for cheap and they were in need to unload it quickly so the deal worked well for both parties.

In 2006, the van failed its emissions test so we took a conditional pass with the assumption we would only drive it until it was due another inspection (2008).  We'd hoped to make it last until the mid-summer, but with some much-needed engine work and a high price tag on that work, we've decided to cut our losses and bid farewell.

We'll spend the next couple of months as a one-car-family.  It's been a while since we've done this and it was much easier before Elizabeth was working and the boys were in school.  Nonetheless, we've decided the fiscally responsible thing to do is to wait a couple of months before pulling the trigger on another vehicle.  If we delay into warmer weather, I should be able to get my electric scooter out of the garage in the spring months and maybe we can last even longer.  We'll see....

Back on The Decaf Wagon

GrinderAlmost once every year or two I hit these points in time where I recognize that my caffeine intake is far above what is probably reasonable.  When I get to that point I begin a  weening process over two weeks where I slowly convert from fully loaded to unleaded. 

I'm currently on day 4 of my most recent cut-back.  Since I grind my own beans every morning, I've been mixing the beans together.  As of today, I'm at 1/3 decaf + 2/3 regular.  On Monday I'll go 50/50.  That will last for about 3 days and then I'll cut the mix back even more.

Once I'm fully decaffeinated (which really just relates to my morning coffee, as the occasional Diet Coke is still allowed), I usually stay that way for upwards of 6 months before the caffeine starts to drift back in.  We'll see how it goes this time!

A Whole New Year

Happy New Year!  Looking ahead to 2008, here are a few things in store for us this year:

A New CD
- If all goes as planned, I'll have a new EP ready for release before Easter.

Sarah Graduates - It's hard for us to comprehend, but our dear little Sarah will be graduating from high school this spring.

Florida '08 - I will be spending a week in Tampa for the Grace Brethren National Conference in July.  The rest of the family will join me the following week and we'll spend 5 or 6 days in Orlando where Ephraim will get his chance to meet Mickey Mouse.

Sarah Goes To College - In September, Lord willing, we'll say goodbye to Sarah as she leaves for her first year at Redeemer College University in Ancaster, Ontario.

Grace's 10th Anniversary - Grace Community Church will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary.

A Trip To McKinney - The 20th high school reunion.  I haven't been to McKinney in years - 7 or 8 at least.