Monday, January 31, 2011

Hope You're Not...

Hope you're not getting sick of these old school photos of me and my family :) Cause I know I'M NOT!!

I am sure hoping this is a Halloween shot :) Rainbow Brite University - OBVIOUSLY!!

And Kyle in the wagon. By the way, my parents still have this TV (in the background) in the basement! It is what we watch when there are tornado warnings and we get banished downstairs by mother nature :)

Baby Joey

Yay! More pictures! And I LOVE how proud Mr. Matthew looks when he holds his baby brother!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bible Study Humor

Bible Study Humor
(You never know what kids are going to say!!)

The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot''s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, 'If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?' A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, 'I think I'd throw up.'

A Sunday school teacher asked, 'Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ? ''No,' replied Johnny. 'How could he, with just two worms.'

A Sunday school teacher said to her children, 'We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is? One child blurted out, ' Aces!'

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned inSunday School. 'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . When he got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'
'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his Mother asked.
'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'

The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
'Well, Honey,' he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. 'I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.'
'How come He doesn't answer it?' she asked.

During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, 'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?'
Tommy answered soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!'

When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past). For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, 'And all girls.' This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, 'Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?'
Her response, 'Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men'!'

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.
'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
'Of course, you do.' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house.' Johnny explained. 'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!'

The P-dots

More old school pictures appeared on Facebook via my Aunt Sharon, so of course I had to grab it.

Looks like a family photo we took at Sears or JC Pennys or something:

So then I grabbed an updated one (Christmas 2006):

And then another (Christmas 2008):

We didn't take one this year, BUMMER!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Nephew #2

YAY!!! Aaron (Ryan's sister) had her baby this morning. Nephew number two arrived this morning around 7:15am EST. His name is Joseph. I am excited for a few more pictures, but here is the first one we got:

He is a big boy (about 9lbs), but that can be expected when he was a week overdue. :) Can't wait to meet him!

Another One

Here is another old pic. Wasn't I a cutie, hehe?!

And I even have Mickey Ears in the picture :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Word Fun

Saw this on Glenn's blog today and had a good chuckle :)

The Washington Post published its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words.

And the winners are...

1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.

12. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.

13. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.

Bag Ban

Santa Monica approves ban on single-use plastic bags

The Santa Monica City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic bags.

The council voted 4-0 Tuesday night to approve a ban affecting most retail outlets in the city beginning in September.

Under the ordinance, plastic bags will no longer be available at grocery stores, clothing shops or other retailers. The exception will be restaurants providing food and liquids for takeout. Vendors at the popular Santa Monica Farmers Markets will no longer provide single-use plastic or paper bags.

Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit group, called the action "one of the most aggressive" on single-use bags nationwide.

"Sending a powerful message that the plastic pollution plague can be abated, the vote furthers the recent momentum for enacting local bag measures throughout California," the group said in a statement.

The rest of the article here.

Old School Pics

My Aunt has been posting some fun old school photos of us. I put them on my Facebook, but also wanted to post them here :)

My cousins and my brother and I at my grandparent's house (eating pizza):

Look how chunky Kyle and I were :) AND sharing an Icee:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Dippin' Dots

For today only, Tuesday, January 25, you can get a free small cup of Dippin’ Dots thanks to this printable coupon on their site. Some people might balk at eating ice cream in the middle of winter, but hopefully those people are near me so I can eat theirs.

Pouring The Roof Of The Storage Depot

Pouring The Roof Of The Storage Depot from NWHCM on Vimeo.

Have you ever seen a two-story ladder? Check out the latest video from Haiti showing our guys pouring the roof of the storage depot.

Soda Pot

Soda Pot: The Ultimate Un-Cola

Don't confuse Canna Cola with Coca Cola. This is something only the doctor can order, and we don't mean Dr Pepper.

Clay Butler, a commercial artist in the Santa Cruz area, is heading a bid to launch a product called Canna Cola, which he hopes will be on the market next month.

The soft drink contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and will be marketed toward medical marijuana outfits and its patients. Soda pot, if you will.

Weed infused drinks are nothing new. A couple of local dispensaries said they've been available in San Diego for several months, and a Denver soda company is already putting out Dixie Elixirs, which come in several flavors.

The rest of the article here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Too Late?

Tigers retiring Sparky Anderson's number a great gesture that came too late

The Tigers will retire Sparky Anderson's number 11 this season. It's a wonderful gesture. I just wish Sparky could see it.

Sparky died in November, and retiring his number now is the baseball version of waiting until a relative dies to say thank you. The Tigers are doing the right thing at the wrong time. They waited and waited because egos and pride got in the way. What should have been a joyous, special day will be tinged with sadness -- for fans, and probably for Sparky's family.

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch should have been better than this. Ilitch and Anderson parted on bitter terms 16 years ago. Sparky apparently never forgave Ilitch for firing team president Jim Campbell. Ilitch apparently never forgave Sparky for refusing to manage replacement players during the 1995 strike.

The rest of the article here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


It is hard to believe that 7 years have already gone by.

It seems like so much has happened, but I can still remember exactly where I was, how I felt, what I was doing when I got that call.

It was the worst call I have recieved. It was a Friday. I was downstairs in Mary Markley dorm at the University of Michigan. We were waiting to go hang out at a 'Friday Fun Night' with people from New Life Church. My cell phone rang and I saw it was my parents' house. I answered it to hear my mom crying hysterically. I asked her what was wrong and she could barely get the words out. My dad had to take the phone to let me know. There had been a car accident, Vanessa P. and Ryan W. had been killed. I don't think I slept that night, and by the next morning Ryan had taken me down to my parents' house. Over the next few days we went to showings, funerals, church services, cemeteries.

I can still remember my mom giving a eulogy at Vanessa's service and talking about how just the night before the accident Vanessa was asking her how someone can ever be sure that they are going to Heaven.

It sucks when people die, but hopefully we can all find comfort in the fact that we will see them again in Heaven. We can find comfort in the fact that they had such an impact on those around them - their friends, their families, their schoolmates, their community.

This scripture was on the facebook page created for Vanessa and I really liked it, so thought I would close with it... And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

My madre and Vanessa:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Panera Cares

Ryan and I saw this on Fox News this afternoon and thought it was cool, so I wanted to share about it. WAY TO GO PANERA!!

Dearborn Panera Helping Less Fortunate:

Dearborn Panera Helping Less Fortunate

It looks like your typical soup and sandwich shop, but it's a lot more to so many people. The restaurant has come up with an ingenious way to help feed the hungry.

For Chelsea Maich, working at Panera isn't about a paycheck. It's about having a purpose.

"I think it's awesome. I love coming to work every day. Before I was like, 'I got a job. I'm coming to work,'" said Maich. "Now we're helping people, and we see it every day."

The Panera on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn may look like all the others, but it's a lot different. There's something special happening there. That's why it's called Panera Cares.

It's all about making sure everyone who needs a meal gets one. Those who can afford it, those who can't and everyone in between.

The rest of the article here.

No Apology...

"Baby Doc" offers regret, no apology, to Haitians

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, in his first public statement since his surprise return from exile, offered his sympathies on Friday to those who suffered abuses under his rule.

But Duvalier, 59, who faces charges of corruption and crimes against humanity filed since his unexpected reappearance in his earthquake-ravaged Caribbean homeland on Sunday, stopped short of making a clear apology for the killings and torture that occurred during his 15 years in power from 1971-1986.

"I take this opportunity to express once again my profound sadness for those of my fellow citizens who genuinely see themselves as victims under my government," Duvalier said.

Clad in a dark blue suit and seeming frail, his remarks came in a prepared statement that he read to journalists at a private home on a mountainside overlooking the capital Port-au-Prince, in an enclave of Haiti's tiny but powerful elite.

The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has been awash with speculation about the reasons for Duvalier's return since he stepped off an Air France flight on Sunday.

It has added to political uncertainty fueled by a protracted electoral impasse in Haiti, as it also grapples with a national cholera epidemic and slow-going efforts to recover from a catastrophic earthquake a year ago.

The rest of the article here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Night Surfing Jaws

Surfer becomes first to ride giant 'Jaws' waves at night

Night surfing is eerie even in small waves, so imagine the sensation of careening down sheer and heaving faces measuring 30 feet, atop a black ocean, at a Hawaiian reef break so notoriously it's called Jaws.

Australian big-wave surfer Mark Visser, using specially engineered LED lighting built into his buoyancy vest and board, became the first to night surf at Jaws off Maui, during an admittedly scary and ultra-surreal session at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Visser, 28, was towed onto the waves via jet-powered watercraft, as all surfers are during big winter swells at Jaws, because the swells travel too swiftly to be caught by paddling.

The high-tech lighting technologies were created specifically for this project, two years in the planning, and designed to ensure that the wave and board were lit in specific places and that the vision of jetski drivers and helicopter crews was not hindered.

The result was an event that left Visser spellbound when he inspected the footage.

"It wasn't until I saw the pictures [that] I realized how big it was," Visser said. "This was the scariest, but most exciting thing I have ever done. Riding in complete darkness meant I had to go off feeling. I had to zone out from how you normally ride and be part of the wave."

The rest of the article here.

Cut The Cord

So Ryan and I have been talking about this for the last month and will actually be canceling our cable on Monday, doing exactly what they are talking about in this article.

How We Cut the Cord and Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV

...After cutting the cord, stopping the service and returning the devices, we needed to initially connect our computer to the TV. We use a PC and bought a converter box called PCtoTV from a company called Kworld as well as a VGA signal splitter. Now we take the VGA signal from the PC into the splitter, with one feed going to our desktop monitor, and the other VGA feed going to the converter. The device converts the signal to S-VIDEO, which we then connect to an input on our TV. Audio comes from the computer speakers, but can also be fed to the TV. Everything looks and sounds great, but we cannot watch in true HD....

...All of these methods rely on a good high speed Internet connection as the backbone. We are lucky that AT & T is offering a promotion in our area in Los Angeles for $19.99 a month for their "pro" level U-Verse DSL service rated at 6 megs download speed, the minimum speed you need to really watch video content.

So instead of paying $90 a month to Time-Warner, we are paying $7.99 a month just for Netflix, and all the other programming we watch is free. We also pay for the Internet access, but use that for other things beyond just watching video, and save a lot each and every month.

The rest of the article here.

Bruno Mars Vs. Katy Perry

Your Cover's Blown: Bruno Mars Vs. Katy Perry

Katy Perry and Bruno Mars will both perform at this year's Grammy Awards, and since a portion of Mars' fame comes from writing "Billionaire" for Perry's ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy, Mars has attempted to ease any potential backstage awkwardness by covering "California Gurls" for BBC Radio. (That's our theory behind the cover, at least. Maybe Mars just really likes the song.) So, does "California Gurls" sound hot enough to melt your popsicle from a male perspective?

The rest of the article here.

Fifty Nifty

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No Red Envelopes

Netflix Is Abandoning DVDs, Customers Who Prefer DVDs

When Netflix started up more than 10 years ago, its sales pitch was pretty simple: Hey, subscribe to us, and we'll mail you DVDs that you can then mail back to us without worrying about any late fees. But as the rental market moves toward online and on-demand models, Netflix's iconic red envelopes may eventually become as antiquated as VHS tapes. Beefing up their streaming business, Netflix has predicted that in about two years their economics will be geared more toward their "Watch Instantly" service than through physical discs. For that to happen, Netflix will have to nudge their DVD-loyal customers to the new platform. And on Monday, the company learned just how hard that may be.

In a seemingly innocent 109-word blog post, Netflix director of product management Jamie Odell announced, "We're removing the 'Add to DVD Queue' option from streaming devices," suggesting that it was being done so that the company "can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly." Granted, the Netflix website still allows DVD queue updating, but this post, dropped on the morning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, created an immediate firestorm of comments -- most of them very, very angry.

The rest of the article here.

Go Jamie Go!

New Year means revived hopes for Downtown Cheboygan:

Click the link above to watch the news clip of my Father-In-Law.

"Cheboygan is one of the Northern Michigan towns that have felt the negative effects of the bad economy over the past few years. Now city leaders say things seem to be shifting in a more positive direction."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ryan Shaved

I finally talked Ryan into shaving :) Here is a series of the evolution of him shaving...

Yes, he is keeping the mustache for one day (even though he looks like a GIANT creeper)

New DC

Hoke Hires Ravens Coordinator Greg Mattison to Run Wolverines Defense

University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke hired one of the NFL's top defensive coordinators to run the Wolverines defense, naming Greg Mattison to the same position that he previously held in Ann Arbor during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Mattison served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines from 1992-96.

"Greg loves Michigan, loves recruiting and is excited about coming back to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan," said Hoke. "Greg is one of the top defensive coordinators in football, and his defensive units have always prided themselves on stopping the run. He will be a great asset to our program and an excellent addition to our staff."

An experienced, proven defensive coach, Mattison brings to Ann Arbor 12 years of defensive coordinator experience at the collegiate level and two seasons in the NFL. During his time at the collegiate level, he coached 18 future NFL players, including seven student-athletes drafted in the first three rounds and two first-round picks

The rest of the article here.

Baby Doc Charged

Haiti's Duvalier charged with embezzling

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was charged with embezzling public funds Tuesday, but a judge must still decide whether the indictment can go forward.

The charges were filed after the man known as "Baby Doc" underwent more than four hours of questioning at the chief prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince.

Duvalier, who left the office accompanied by police officers but without wearing handcuffs, was apparently planning to return to the capital's Hotel Karibe, where he has been staying since his unexpected return to Haiti on Sunday following 25 years of exile in France.

He was taken to the office earlier Tuesday after prosecutor Aristidas Auguste and Judge Gabriel Ambroise decided to continue questioning Duvalier there after spending about an hour with him in his room at the Karibe.

Groups of followers remained in the area around the prosecutor's office to give support to Duvalier, while human rights activists gathered at the doors of the institution to denounce the ex-dictator.

The rest of the article here.

One for One Movement

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fill Up

I just got back from filling up the scooter. I have been tracking my miles since the last fill-up. I GOT 77 MILES THIS TIME! And my tank holds just under a tank! I think that is PRETTY AWESOME!! When we took the scooter to get services about 2 weeks ago, the guys suggested that we use the premium gas (instead of the low grade, which we usually fill it up with). He said we would probably get more miles per gallon and it would run smoother. Since I can only put in less than a gallon at a time, I figure I might as well (I mean it is only the matter of pennies, since I don't have a huge tank). I think I was getting probably 60 miles per tank before, and now I am over 75! I LOVE THE SCOOT-SCOOT!

Creative Ways

Okay, I am not a fan of Valentines Day. I mean you should show those around you EVERY DAY how much they mean to you. But with that being said, I thought this was a fun article of creative ways to show those you love how much you care.

Six ways to say “I love you”

When you’re going out with a great person, it’s tempting to max out your credit cards on the biggest, shiniest, most see-how-much-I’m-into-you gift possible. But as most of us have learned from Valentine’s Day experiences, birthdays, and holidays past, the best gifts are rarely the priciest. Usually, they’re the most thoughtful. To that end, we’ve come up with six of the cutest, coolest, most thoughtful things that you can do for any special day to truly show how much you care.

1. Frame a mutual memento
Start with a simple picture frame and get ready to create some low-cost art that’s rich in sentimental value. No, you’re not giving your partner a picture of you, silly. What you need is a memento (just one — no collage skills necessary) from your first date or the time you met, like a matchbook from the restaurant, the receipt where she scrawled her number, a ticket stub from a movie, a brochure for a museum, or an invitation to the party where you two first locked eyes. Put it all together for a simple, sleek piece of art that’s extra-special for the two of you.

The rest of the list and rest of the article here.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blue Valentine

Ryan and I went to see Blue Valentine last night after church. We both liked it. It is a really 'real' movie. I am not suggesting it to everyone, but we liked it.

REVIEW: 'Blue Valentine' a gripping tale of couple's ups and downs

“Blue Valentine” is special because it’s simple. It’s a love story about falling out of love, following the marriage of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) as they move through critical highs and lows, the promising beginnings and the irrevocable ending.

The structure of the film is also simple. If it were charted visually, it would look like someone’s steady heartbeat on an EKG monitor. We go up… then we go down. Then back up again. Even if the ups and downs don’t result in the most pleasant experience, a flat line hardly makes for a relationship worth examining, either.

The story shifts from the past to the present, then back again. We draw comparisons and analyze the differences, the same way people do when they remember a failed relationship. There are so many great peaks. Where did it go wrong? The valleys will probably tell us.

The rest of the article here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

5 Mile Ride

Surfers in Alaska ride waves for an astonishing five miles

For most surfers, a really long ride might last about 20 seconds and cover 50-60 yards, so imagine the thrill experienced by a group of standup paddlers recently when they rode waves for a distance of nearly five miles -- amid the splendor of the pristine Alaskan wilderness.

The magical event played out on the Turnagain Arm in the Cook Inlet near Girdwood, thanks to a phenomenon called a tidal bore, caused when the leading edge of an incoming tide pushes against an opposing current or the direction of a river. This creates actual tidal waves.

Tidal bores occur in very few places around the world and the Turnagain Arm exhibits a tidal bore only when conditions are right.

Surfers often try to predict when this will happen. They can ride the waves but with traditional surfboards it's difficult to stay on them for the duration, because they can suddenly diminish before building again.

However, the advent of larger standup boards, on which surfers use a paddle for propulsion, has maximized the Turnagain bore experience.

The rest of the article here.

Warm Up

Looks like the temps are on the rise! YAY! It seems like it has been a while since it has been beach weather. Hehe, I know, I know, you in Michigan and Washington (and most places other than SoCal) still aren't in beach weather, but at least it is on its way for you too.... it just might take a little longer to get there for ya :) Hopefully I will be posting WARM WEATHER pictures soon!

Donation Station

I guess I would probably do the same thing if I got fired...

Rich Rodriguez cleans out his closet and helps those in need

WAYNE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Former University of Michigan Football Coach Rich Rodriguez is cleaning out his closet, and helping people in need.

The Salvation Army today accepted 12 bags of Michigan Football clothing from Rich Rod's personal wardrobe. The former coach wanted to do some good in the community with his unwanted Michigan items.

He brought the bags to The Salvations Army in Wayne. Major John Aren, Administrator for the region then visited the former coach at his home and thanked him for the donation.

Aren said the Coach and Mrs. Rodriguez were most receptive and rendered their best wishes to those who may be helped as a result of the donation.

The items will be featured in the “Coach’s Closet”, a festive tent sale in the parking lot of the Wayne store from 12:00 pm to 2:00pm this Saturday, January 15th.

The rest of the article here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Chork

Hehe I LOVE eating with Chopsticks. Check out their site here.

The CHORK is a Three Way Utensil
The Chork is cost-effective for restaurant owners and engaging for everyone from chopstick aficionados to virtual newbies. Unlike anything currently on the market, the Chork is an innovative and unique product that will certainly stand the test of time.


Chimney Intruder

Come in my window and you'll see a nutcracker!

No More Tate

I knew he was leaving...

Tate Forcier no longer with Michigan

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says quarterback Tate Forcier is no longer with the program.

Brandon made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday after introducing Brady Hoke as the new coach for college football's winningest team.

Forcier was academically ineligible to play for the Wolverines in the Gator Bowl.

The rest of the article here.

Cute Dad and Daughter

Sign Giveaway

I LOVE these signs! I was actually thinking about getting one for my in-laws for Christmas. And now one of the blogs I follow is having a contest for one! HOW AWESOME!

YOU SHOULD ENTER! Because I am sure you will love them too. And if you don't, you could always give it to me :)

To enter
Be a follower of the Swede Records

For extra entries
Follow me on twitter
"Like" Signs of Vintage on Facebook
Blog or tweet about the giveaway
{Just make sure to include the links in separate comments}

The winner will be announced next Friday, January 21st.
Good luck!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Michigan AD Dave Brandon satisfied he got right coach in Brady Hoke

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon got his man, hiring Brady Hoke today as Michigan’s 19th football coach.

And one of his favorite parts of the process was telling the team at a 4 p.m. meeting at Schembechler Hall.

“It was great. The team broke into an ovation; there was hugging going on,” he told the Free Press tonight. “I’m relieved because it’s a rigorous process, but I’m satisfied we got the right coach, and I know how excited he is to come.”

The week since he fired Rich Rodriguez has been different than anything Brandon could have anticipated, though. During his years as a Fortune 500 CEO, none of his hires involved people sticking microphones in his face, asking about what he was doing.

The rest of the article here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Go Wings Go

Power Rankings

Vancouver and Detroit continue to duke it out at the top of this week's list. The Flyers assume the top spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Penguins are learning some hard lessons about life without Sidney Crosby.

Nashville is once again on the surge, Carolina is making some noise and, oh yeah, New Jersey is still New Jersey.

The full list here.