Friday, July 28, 2006

The Cubbies and Me

So, if you've known me for very long, you know I'm not exactly an athlete or a big sports fan. However, since my marriage to Josh, I have gradually accepted the Cubs as my own. I actually know the players and a lot of what is going on with the Cubs. And I have tshirts and everything.

This weekend, Josh and I are back in Chicago to go to two Cubs games. Not just any Cubs games though, but two Cubs/Cardinals games. This is significant because so many of you readers are Cards fans. Sorry about today. (Not really.)

You may notice that our seats were amazing. Where we're standing, that's our seats. Right behind the Cubs dugout. We saw all the players close up... it was really cool. And, tomorrow, we have the exact same seats. (These were a gift, don't go thinking we must've hit it big recently to get these seats!) Tomorrow also we hope to get there early to get some autographs! I am actually excited about this. Hopefully we can Aramis Ramirez and Greg Maddux.

Just wanted to share a few photos of our day.

Me and Josh at our seats.

The team coming off the field - that green plastic thing behind him in the dugout

You will appreciate this shot... Josh picking someone else's plastic Cubs cup!!! Don't worry, he wanted more but the others had been picked up already by other males! (If you don't understand this, read my previous post on this very controversial subject.)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Random thoughts

Ok, so this is so random, but I have been wondering lately, where is the internet stored? I know, sounds ridiculous but I really want to know. I mean, for example, this blog. Where is it? Where is all this data stored? I have lots of pictures and text and I can access it from anywhere.
And, like on Gmail. They say I have used like 6% of my storage. Where exactly is all that 6% much less the 93% more I am allowed to keep wherever they keep it.


Monday, July 10, 2006

Birthdays and Weddings

For some reason, all day I have been thinking about one thing, or actually one number.


Why it seems so old to me I don't know. They say the average age at time of death is 76 years old in the United States so its not like I'm almost over the hill or anything. But for the first time, my upcoming 29th birthday is kind of depressing. Anyone else have this feeling at 29? Its ridiculous, and I'll get over it, but tonight I am dreading having to say that I am 29 instead of 28. This too shall pass.

Random - I went to the site and the only semi-cool person I knew in the list of famous people who share my birthday was our 6th President, John Quincy Adams. If only I was born on the 12th - Bill Cosby, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Richard Simmons are all on that day. But, at least I'm not born on the 10th (Jessica Simpson).

Tonight my parents and my cousins, Macy and Mackenzie who live with my parents in the summers, took me out to dinner for my birthday. It was really great, and they gave me several wonderful gifts and among them some money to put toward our adoption. It was a great night. :)

Also tomorrow I am going to look at wedding dresses with my sister-in-law, Jessica, at Low's Bridal in Brinkley, AR. I love Low's and have visited at least 20 times over my bridesmaiding history. It should be really fun. Many of my readers here probably got their wedding dresses from there (I did!). Bringing back memories of asking your salesperson to get you a different slip so you can take a quick picture of your friend in the dress while she's gone!!! (Karie Stewart Green is the queen of this!) I might have to pull out the old tricks!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Les Miserables

Last night the Bennett-Ray fam went to see Les Miserables. This is my dad's favorite thing in the world so he treated all 10 of us! What a great musical. I had forgotten how amazing it is. This Jean Valjean was so unbelievable. The story is so gripping too. It was really fun because my sister Emily and Jarrod, her husband, got to come over from Arkansas, and Josh's sister and her new fiance Grant Dasher came too. Thanks Dad for the tickets! (Sorry we were late. Oops.)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Generation Gap = Varying Levels of Internet Savviness

Tonight I joined Facebook. I know, half of you are like "what's Facebook"? If you said that, you're probably over 25. The other half of you, is like, "how can you not know what Facebook is?" Well, keep reading.

I have a unique situation in my job - I am around a lot of people younger than me and so I get a glimpse into what they're into. And, I have friends my own age, so I know what they're into. So I decided to do a little rundown of what each generation uses so everyone will understand each other better and we'll all be more wellrounded. Basically, the internet communication of which people use really depends on one's age. Now, of course I am generalizing, but I think you'll agree once you've read through. I am totally fascinated by this.

Level 1 - This is the level most used by the teens in HYG, at least those whose parents allow it, because you can access some very raunchy material here posted by others of their generation. (And sadly probably older predators as well.)Mostly this is a webpage about oneself, and has a list of one's friends and pictures, etc., and often has a fancy background or music that has been personalized. Up till now I have had a login name but never really developed my page. This is so I can get on the teenager's myspace and look at the pictures/comments. Kind of a peek into their everyday life. Rarely do I ever hear someone my age even mention Myspace. P.S., if you're in HYG, I've probably looked at your myspace, so if you have anything "objectionable" I've seen it.

Level 2 - This is a very popular level with college students and teenagers alike. Though it was started for those in college to be able to have a "page" on which other students could comment to each other and meet people from their school. Everyone has to register from a school email address and then you are a part of that school's section on Facebook. Also lots of pictures here and lists of friends. Tonight I decided to join Facebook. This was possible because I have an email address with Harding since I am a grad student. I decided that this will be a good way to talk to the teens and all my sister's and sister-in-law's friends, or the Highland interns after they're gone back to school, because they LOVE Facebook too. Pretty much anyone I know who is in college Facebooks, as they say. If you graduated college before 2002, I don't think Facebook was even around for us. That's why we are clueless.

Level 3, typepad, etc. - Blogging is something I got into through some of my younger friends, primarily Jesse and Leslie who are a few years younger than me. Some people who blog also have a Facebook, I find. However this is the level in which many of peers reside. Recently, my same-age friends (generally late 20's moms with a baby or a couple of toddlers) are really into blogs. Many of you reading will be said people. I also love blogging even though I am not a mom and have no toddlers. Of course, this a common place not only to share thoughts but also pictures of all newest accomplishments and events of our families. Very convenient for our parents' (I mean, the grandparents of the kids) generation to go a website and look. (Of course very few parents have a blog themselves, however, another generation gap issue.) It cracks me up, because we (I mean my same-age people) are so much less savvy than the current college kids... Everytime one of us starts a blog (I did it too) we email all our friends asking "How do I put the links to my friends' blogs on there" or "How do I put the Flickr thing on mine?" Admit it, you probably did this. Say it! Seriously, you should see how amazingly complex and creative some of the myspace and Facebook pages are. They put us to shame.

Level 4
Email only - Though its been around a long time, some still haven't discovered it yet. Most people though have an email address. This level has become so far reaching, that many, including my 85 year old Grandmother, use email every day and check it throughout the day. This thought really blows my mind. When I was at Harding University, my freshman year, they started having email. Jean Bostic and I would go into the computer labs (because of course no one had computers much less internet in their rooms) and email to other people who were either in the lab with us or just across campus at another lab. Hilarious... how far we've come. So much of my work is done via email and I work on a fairly small staff of a church. Most of my communique with church members and my friends is by email.

Level 5
AOL. Enough said.

Basically I have learned to communicate through all these venues to all those I know and love. This doesn't even begin to touch on the other major communication tool used by this generation - cellphones! (Text messaging is another thing my peers are not really into, but all those under the age of 25 are pretty much used to it.) Who knows what will be next? Preschool Facebook? Myspace for hospital nurseries? Amazing how small the world can become with all this. I know for me, the blog has been such a fun way to reconnect with old friends, better than email has been for sure. Hopefully it will continue after people read this long explanatory blog - they may not return!

If you have not heard of any of the above, please comment! I'd love to know if my suspicions are right!