welcome to another random post today. or, as it is more honestly called: the-i-don't-have-time-to-really-think-about-what-i-want-to-write-so-this-is-what-you-get post.
-first of all, the big news in our house is that jackson has the croup. (why do we have to say "the" croup? [okay, nevermind, a quick google search showed me that we don't have to say "the" croup. apparently that's just us. weird]). so he's been up quite a bit the last two nights with the coughing and wheezing and whatnot. i've been warning him about his pack-a-day habit, but it's tough. seriously, though, the poor guy has had a couple of rough nights. hard to watch kids being sick. i think he's through the hardest part of it now, though.
-one of the best part of january? leftover candy canes from christmas. awesome.
-i watched a really cool movie last week that's been sitting on my shelf for awhile: blood diamond. it was one of those movies that i knew was relatively serious (and violent) and so i just hadn't found the right time to watch it. well, the right time finally presented itself, and so i slipped into the underworld of diamond smuggling according to leonardo dicaprio. in all truth, though, while it was probably only an average movie in terms of story, it was certainly eye-opening and a chilling statement about the real price of the world's (particularly america's) obsession with diamonds. at the very least, it is a good way to get out of buying my wife any diamond jewelry in the future (just kidding, honey). (sort of).
-currently listening to vampire weekend's new cd "contra." love it.
-i don't think i've shared this info here at the old blogstead yet, but shannon and i are headed to israel in a few days. we'll be there a week! i hope to be able to blog from jerusalem and keep you all updated with pictures and descriptions (not to mention all the drama i inevitably include). we are really excited about this opportunity. originally, i had signed up to go on this trip that my bishop is leading, and while i was excited about the opportunity (and the great discounted price for me), i was bummed that shannon and i would not be sharing the experience. then someone in our church anonymously donated the money needed to pay for her trip, so she is going, too. we are really looking forward to it, and want to say again to whoever gave us this wonderful gift: thank you. we hope you know how much it means to us.
-when i travel, and you're probably going to think this is weird, i really focus on what music i will listen to when i am there. it is important to me that i set up an appropriate and inspiring soundtrack for my travel. i usually buy some local music while i am there as part of that process, but i am currently making my israel playlist. any thoughts on something i should definately include? it doesn't have to be israeli music, but something that would be a good backdrop for my pilgrimage to the holy land. help me out here, people.
-anybody try the throwback pepsi made with real sugar yet? what do you think? you like regular pepsi better? i like the sweet looking old cans, but i'd rather have high fructose corn syrup in my pop, thank you very much.
-and that will about do it for today. hope you're all having a great wednesday. peace.