Monday, November 30, 2009

Master Fisher

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I was quite the master fisherman this weekend. I caught 4 turtles (oops, those were accidents, hehe), one 10 inch catfish, one 14 inch bass, and about 12-15 blue gills. Dad almost got a 24 inch (or so) carp in the 'boat' but he was horsing it too much a lost it, hehe. I know that when you flip through most of the pictures you will see Ryan and dad showing off most of the fish, but in fact most of them were mine, I just didn't want to touch them, hehe.

Catfish (his tail was up, he was a little longer than this (PS That is dad's hand):

I was stoked. The big ones came out after dark:

He was a little over 2 shakas long:

Big bass:

I think Kyle would be proud (WE SURE DID MISS YOU THERE THIS WEEKEND KY!)!! More Thanksgiving fishing pictures here.

Thanksgiving Tots

WE WENT TO SONIC FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER!! YEAH, WE ARE THE COOLEST!! Mom had 'the best' hamburger and tots, Ryan and I had grilled cheese and dad had a chilli dog. We really enjoyed ourselves at the drive-in for our Thanksgiving dinner. WHO NEEDS STINKIN' TURKEY WHEN YOU'VE GOT TOTS AND LOVE?! :)

More pictures from our Thanksgiving trip here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rich Rod's Job?

Rodriguez unlikely to be fired

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It seems unlikely Michigan will fire Rich Rodriguez after two awful seasons with an NCAA investigation looming, a search for a new athletic director under way and luxury boxes to fill at the Big House.

One of the school's richest graduates, though, said Rodriguez better win more football games in 2010.

"If he has a bad year next year, he'll have a lot more pressure," Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told The Associated Press, standing near midfield before the Wolverines lost to Ohio State on Saturday to finish 5-7. "I don't think he has anything to worry about right now in my mind."

One person can end the speculation about Rodriguez's future and she has declined to do it.

An e-mail asking school president Mary Sue Coleman if Rodriguez will be Michigan's coach next season was sent Sunday, and the response didn't quite answer the question.

"The president remains supportive of the coach," associated vice president Kallie Bila Michels responded.

More of the article here. DO YOU THINK HE WILL STAY?!

Checked In

Yippppeeeeee!! I have checked Ryan and I in to our flights for tonight and printed our boarding passes!! We are almost on our way (we just have to finish out the work day, BUMMER) and then we will be LEAVIN' ON A JET PLANE!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pixar Short: George and AJ

Exclusive Pixar short featuring George and AJ, characters from the feature film Up

Oh how I love Pixar!!

Weather in Destin

Looks like it will be a LOVELY fall weekend with my parents and Ryan in Destin!! HURRAY!!

I am sure I will have tons of pictures and stories to post when we return!

Have a THANKFUL Thanksgiving!!

Christmas @ Disney

Ryan and I went to Disneyland yesterday (yes, again :) ). We saw Mickey, Santa, reindeers, Christmas decor, etc. IT IS AWESOME.

Yes, of course, we had a BLAST!! Check out the rest of the pictures here.

Songs from the Edge

WHOO HOO!! The Edge is releasing their first LIVE CD. I think Ryan and I will pick up at least one of these for us... Maybe a couple more for Christmas stocking stuffers :)

We happy to announce SONGS FROM THE EDGE VOL 1. This LIVE recording features 10 of your favorite worship songs from the EDGE. The CD will be available starting December 5 in the EDGE during weekend services and in the church bookstore. Cost is $5.

Top Parks

Yay for San Diego's Balboa Park to make the list of American's Best City Parks.

Balboa Park
San Diego

Many of the gorgeous Spanish-Baroque Revival structures in this sprawling San Diego space are remnants of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Today, the park hosts a diverse range of attractions, from flower gardens to theaters and sports complexes. Balboa Park is also home to numerous museums and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo.

Check out the article here.

Airports to avoid

I am glad one of the airports that we will be flying out of tomorrow is on the least busy airports this holiday season.

Here are the top ten "Orbitz Insider" busiest airports for Thanksgiving 2009.

Chicago, IL - Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles International (LAX)
Denver, CO - Denver International (DEN)
San Francisco, CA - San Francisco International (SFO)
Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Hartsfield International (ATL)
Boston, MA - Boston Logan International (BOS)
New York, NY - New York LaGuardia (LGA)
New York, NY - New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
Newark, NJ - Newark Liberty International (EWR)
Seattle, WA - Seattle Tacoma International (SEA)

If you have already booked a flight in or out one of these airports, well, then it sucks to be you. All is not lost for those still waiting to book - Orbitz also compiled a list of the 10 least busy airports.

San Jose, CA – San Jose International (SJC)
Nashville, TN – Nashville International (BNA)
Richmond, VA – Richmond International (RIC)
Sacramento, CA – Sacramento International (SMF)
Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville International (JAX)
West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach International (PBI)
Hartford, CT – Bradley International (BDL)
Orange County, CA – John Wayne International (SNA)
Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
Fort Myers, FL – Southwest Florida Regional (RSW)

The rest of the article here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Ky!!


Happy 23rd Birthday Brother Man!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Graham Cracker Crunch

... That is what Ryan says when Brandon Graham is being the powerhouse player that he normally is. I was looking around on and saw that they actually had an article all about him :)

U-M's Graham wants to go out with a bang

Time is running out for Brandon Graham at Michigan, and he knows it.

Graham will play his final game at Michigan Stadium on Saturday as the Wolverines take on No. 10 Ohio State (ABC, noon ET). And if Michigan doesn't pull off a major upset, Graham's college career will be over.

"My days are numbered here," Graham told on Wednesday. "I don’t think I’m going to cry. But I don’t really know what to expect. I know that when I'm finally done, when I can’t take any classes here or anything like that, I might cry then. Other than that, I'll be OK. I'm going to be tough."

For a minute, forget about Michigan's 5-6 record and its mostly miserable performance on defense. Graham has been absolutely unstoppable at defensive end, and he's got the numbers to back it up.

His 21 tackles for loss lead the FBS
He's tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 24th nationally in sacks with 8.5
He's the only FBS player to rank among the top 10 nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons
He has at least one tackle for loss in nine of his past 10 games and six games of two or more tackles for loss this season
He has blocked two punts and returned one for a touchdown
He has forced two fumbles, one of which teammate Ryan Van Bergen recovered for a touchdown last week at Wisconsin

More of the article here.

Go Blue!

So I know a lot of people out there have thrown in the towel on the Wolverine's this year, but COME ON, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE GAME TOMORROW!!!

Reasons to get excited for The Game

Ohio State-Michigan doesn't matter.

That's the general sentiment around the country this week as college football's greatest rivalry gets ready to resume Saturday at Michigan Stadium (ABC, noon ET). One of my esteemed colleagues called this the "most uninspiring November weekend in recent memory." There are valid reasons for this belief, namely Michigan's 5-6 record, Ohio State's guaranteed BCS bowl berth and the likelihood that Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez will be safe no matter what takes place between the lines on Saturday.

I say let them thumb their noses at The Game. You and I know better. The Game always matters.

As I watched the end of the 1987 Ohio State-Michigan game (Earle Bruce's final triumph) and the start to the high-scoring 1988 contest on ESPN Classic during lunch Thursday, I started to get excited about Saturday's contest.

More of the article here. AND GET READY FOR THE GAME!!

Honorable Mentions

Bummer, we didn't win, but at least we had a great time taking the pictures. Check out the other honorable mentions (AND WINNER) here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas Wish

Here are our entries for the Smith Gallery's newest contest...

Check out the rest of the pictures we took here.

A Name

Okay, okay, this may seem silly, but it MADE MY DAY! I checked the mail this afternoon and took the few pieces out (normally we just get junk mail that I am constantly contacting the companies to be removed from the mailings because I hate killing trees). When I brought the two pieces into the living room I noticed IT! We had a invite to a Christmas Party from church. No, that isn't what made my day. What made my day was how it was address - Ryan & Carlee P. M.! NO STINKIN' WAY! I have been trying to train EVERYONE that my name is Carlee Padot McClurg for the last 15 months. Most of the mail comes through as "Ryan & Carlee McClurg". I understand that not taking your husband's last name may cause some confusion on how to address things, but honestly I would much rather have it just say "Ryan & Carlee" if you don't know or have questions. Anyway, I AM SO STOKED that North Coast got it right! WHOO HOO!! I may just post this on the fridge :).

Fall Growth Groups

How AWESOME. We just received some mail from North Coast. Our annual goal is to have 80% of out weekend adult attendance to be involved in growth groups. The fall numbers just were counted and we are at 93 PERCENT!! How crazy!! This is crazy with any size church, but especially a large church like us. ONE WAY TO MAKE A LARGE CHURCH FEEL MORE LIKE A COMMUNITY!!

Growth Groups are the key way to get connected and be encouraged to grow spiritually here at North Coast.

We believe spiritual growth flows out of two basic commitments:
**A commitment to God and the Bible.
**A commitment to significant Christian relationships.
To help develop these significant relationships, we have created "Growth Groups."
It is our goal to have every member of our church involved in either a Growth Group or another similar small group experience. While most groups are sermon-based, some are special interest groups focusing on topics such as parenting, marriage recovery and Christian basics for new believers.

Shareholders Meeting

Michael gets excited when he is invited by David Wallace to be honored on stage at the Dunder Mifflin shareholder meeting in New York, and he brings Andy, Dwight and Oscar along for the ride. Meanwhile, Jim has a hard time getting Ryan to do work.


Gum For My Boat - Friday!

There is a California Premiere this Friday!!!

Gum For My Boat will be premiering at the California Surf Festival ( this Friday 11/20/09 at 8pm at the Brookes Theater in Oceanside, California for $10.00 at the door.

Jafar, the first surfer in Bangladesh and the head of the surf club there, will be at the premiere too!!! Its gonna be a good time for sure.

Gum For My Boat: Surfing In Bangladesh Trailer from Jedidiah Clothing on Vimeo.

Gum for my boat is an alluring documentary that touches on the redemptive power of surfing. This short feature tells the story of how a group of underprivileged kids in Bangladesh are making a difference in their community, and how the surf club they started is the catalyst for this change.

Last October, Kahana Kalama and Russell Brownley took a trip with Surfing the Nations to Bangladesh to get to know the kids in the Bangladesh Surf Club. After nearly a year we are ecstatic to say that the film is finished. Watch the trailer now, and stay tuned for details on future screenings. You can also see the site here.

Holiday Shoes

Not only are they AWESOME, but you are helping give shoes to someone that doesn't have them!! TOMS IS AMAZING!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Citizens Arrest

Help save child soldiers in Uganda! Sign up for this Citizens Arrest Warrant... This injustice has been allowed to go on for far too long. It only takes 30 sec.

We are knocking on doors and making calls to get Obama to make a statement on the war in northern Uganda. Add your name to the list and be one of the many rallying to hear from Obama.

Toledo Zoo - Lights Before Christmas

* This is the 24th season for the Lights Before Christmas, which features over one million lights and more than 200 lights animal images
* The electrical spectacle known as the Dancing Lights and the 85-foot Norway Spruce are decorated with all wide angle LED lights.
* The Lights Before Christmas began in 1986 with 50,000 lights and an attendance of 71,000 visitors; the record attendance for a Lights Before Christmas season was 2006, with 178,177 visitors.
* We began using LED lights in 2002 and now approximately 35% of our lights are LEDs.
* The Zoo begins hanging lights during the first week of September each year.
* Two techniques are used to hang lights -- draping and wrapping.
* A core crew of 12-15 employees from the Zoo's Grounds Department install the lights.
* Nearly 50,000 feet of extension cords are used -- that's almost 10 miles!
* If all the lights were strung end-to-end, they would reach nearly 70 miles!
* It takes approximately 2 months to take down all the lights, then sort and store them for the following year.
* Over 2,700 pounds of fudge will be made during "Lights Before Christmas, along with over 6,800 gallons of hot chocolate, more than 6,000 cinnamon pretzels, and over 3,800 gingerbread men.
* Visit Santa's Ginormous Toyland located in the historic Indoor Theatre (through December 23).
* Also, don't miss strolling carolers on selected evenings, ice-carving demonstrations on Thursday nights, rides on the train and carousel, a model train display, and hot chocolate and other holiday treats!
* Big Tree Stats:
- The Big Tree is a Norway spruce located near the Broadway entrance by the Conservatory
- It's between 65-70 years old and over 85 feet tall.
- The lowest branches from tip-to-tip are 50' in diameter.
- The trunk circumference is 8 feet 7 inches.
- It is estimated to weigh about 7 tons.
- There are over 30,000 lights on the Big Tree alone, that's almost 3 miles of lights!
- It takes approximately one week to decorate the tree.

Check out the Lights Before Christmas website here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Padot Elves!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards


Identity Theft


AI Buh-bye

I am glad he is far away from the Pistons :)

Grizzlies, Iverson part ways after only 3 games

The Allen Iverson(notes) experiment with the Memphis Grizzlies is over.

Memphis announced Monday that the team has ended its one-year contract with the 10-time All-Star and former league MVP in what it called a mutual agreement. Iverson began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue after playing only three games with the Grizzlies, all in California.

“Because of personal matters that forced him to leave the team on November 7, Allen will step away from the game at this time, allowing him to focus on those matters,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “As a result, we will be ending our contractual agreement with Allen, which will allow both parties to move forward. We wish Allen the best.”

More of the article here.

Big Church

Mike did Big Church on Sunday! (I guess we call it Big Church because he normally works with the High School kids, so when he goes into the 'adult' church we call it Big Church). He did GREAT! If you get a chance, watch the sermon here. It was on spiritual gifts and playing your position. We have growth group tonight. It should be interesting to see how we discuss his own sermon, hehe... No, I know it will be great! Normally though, when we have questions we discuss about we think the pastor meant by what he said, now we will actually have the pastor there so we can get a lot more clarification :). Mike will be doing Thanksgiving Eve service too, but we will be in Florida so we will have to miss it (can't sit in the front row this time to root him on).


One Week

WHOOO HOOO!!! One week till we are flying to Florida to spend 'Thanksgiving/Christmas' with my padres!! Ok, so it is really Thanksgiving holiday, but we decided that instead of gifts this year for Christmas we would do a trip, so it is sort of like our Christmas too, hehe!! Our flight out is next Tuesday night (oh the red-eyes).

I'm too essited to sweeeep!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pirate Talk?

The Nautical Roots of 9 Common Phrases

5. Chew the Fat
Before refrigeration, salted beef and pork were staple foods aboard sailing vessels because they could be stored for long periods without spoiling. However, they were also tough and extremely difficult to eat. It often took a great deal of chewing just to soften up the meat and make it edible, which took a lot of time. So, in the spirit of multi-tasking, men would gather to discuss the day’s events while they chewed their fatty, salt-cured meat. According to this theory, whenever people get together to gossip or chat, we say that they are “chewing the fat.”

More of the article here.

GSP - Olympics?

Georges St. Pierre wants to wrestle in the Olympics? It's not that easy

Georges St. Pierre said he's going to try to wrestle for Canada in 2012. Competing for your country in the Olympics is an amazing feat, and a worthy goal for a competitor like St. Pierre. There is one problem, though. Canada is already pretty well stocked with wrestlers at 74 kg (163 lbs.), the weight GSP would likely compete at.

More of the article here.

Wilmington, NC @ Sunset

Downtown Wilmington at sunset from TINSTAAFL Productions on Vimeo.

Looks pretty tempting, huh?

Rainn & Haiti

I didn't realize that Rainn helped out so much. Watch the interview about his recent trip to Haiti.

Pumpkin Pie Secret

Got this in my email and chuckled so thought I would pass it along :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hate driving?

Ann Arbor made the top 15 cities for people who don't like commuting.

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Average commute time: 18.4 minutes
Non-car commuters: 27.5 percent

Since it is one of the best-known college towns in America, it shouldn't be surprising that Ann Arbor is not car-heavy. Many of the city's major employers, such as the academic journal service JSTOR, the weather service Weather Underground, and the headquarters for Google's AdWords service are based downtown. That centralized location and Ann Arbor's compact nature make commuting easy for walkers, bikers, and bus riders.

Check out the rest of the article here.

Disney Holidays

WHOO HOO!! Today Disneyland changes over to HOLIDAYS!! YAY!! I think Ryan and I will wait a few weekends before going to check it out (give it a little time for the crowds to even out - HA, YEA RIGHT!). Check out the Holiday Site here. You can even send Christmas ECards - YAY! Check out the games, videos, etc on the site if you have a chance. 51 Days left of the Holidays at Disney!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

More of the article here.