Sideblog Archive – December 2008

What if we could choose to see life as an adventure, and the people around us our co-adventurers? What if, from this day forward, every single moment of our lives was building up to something more exciting and challenging? What if being a Christian meant something to people outside the doors of our church? What…

So I Tied an Onion To My Belt… 2008 Edition

It’s been my tradition, for almost as long as jonandnic.com has existed, to annually collect and post a sort of retrospective recap of the year past, and briefly re-visit some of the defining moments and events of the last 12 months for our family. Although having a blog means we can go back and read…

An Empty Garage

I had a post scheduled for this morning, but I pulled it back another day, because I wanted to finish telling the Christmas story God has been writing over the past couple days. Last night, we delivered our garage full of blessing to a very grateful family, in a very empty apartment. Our friends Mark…

A Garage Full of Blessing

Some things happen, and you can think you did it yourself. Other things happen, and you know without a doubt that God did it — and that you had very little to do with that process. Let me tell you what God did this weekend. In our continuing quest to find tangible ways to live…

Algae War

For the past week or so, I’ve been in a battle to the death. With algae. Despite all our hot tub’s chemical being within normal levels, there was a moldy-gym-sock smell that hit me every time I lifted the lid. The previous week, the water had been a little green, so I zapped it with…

Fix Christmas

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqqj1v-ZBU&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] Found via Andrew Kooman’s blog (which, in turn, was found via Chad and Nicole’s Blog)

Learning Mandarin

Y’know, in case the Chinese take over the world some day soon, I figured it’d be a good second language to have :-p Actually, this will be my third or fourth second language. I never really did learn French that well, despite 9 years of having it pounded into my head. There was a time…

A Cool Christmas Story

I’ve been keeping an eye on one of my “cyber-buddies” little projects, and I think the result is worth posting about here. John used my some of my code projects a few years back, for a site he was working on, and we’ve kept in touch over the Internets off-and-on. This Christmas he felt challenged…

Back from Ohio

We’re often teased about all the snow we get in Canada, but Friday when we left there wasn’t a single flake falling. Somewhere between New York and Pennsylvania, however, the highway looked like this: I’m pretty sure it was the worst weather I’d ever driven in — and I’ve driven through some crazy stuff! The…

Thinking outrageously, I write in cursive

It wasn’t our Thanksgiving, but we took a long weekend anyway, and even ate a turkey — in honour of our American guest. Then we all got sick — except for Nicole. To be more precise, I have a man-cold, which has now been scientifically proven (ok, not really proven, but at least posited!) to…