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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Racist volleyball


I tried out for nine-man volleyball today. I am now a member of the Toronto Warriors! Oddly enough that matches my snowboard :)

So 9-man is like a complete bastardization of the sport of volleyball. The court is slightly bigger, the net is slightly lower, there are no rotations, and there are 9 people on the court! 5 hitters, 1 setter, and 3 passers. It's not uncommon to see 4-man blocks! You can do all these weird things too, like throwing the ball (looks like you're dunking it), and lifting/scooping the ball. It just feels so wrong doing those things. The weirdest rule is that if you hit the ball into the net, it doesn't count as a hit, and even weirder is that you can purposely throw the ball into the net, and then set it or something. It's bizarre. The game is also played on concrete rather than in a gym. That is not pleasant on the knees when jumping, or skin if you hit the ground...

The whole 9-man thing gets even more bizarre. The big tournament we play in, the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (the official website is down and there was no Wikipedia entry, so I made my own!) has built-in racism. 2/3 of the players on the court have to be 100% Chinese, and the rest have to be of Asian descent. For those of you slow in math, that's 6 Chinese dudes, and 3 other Asians on the court. That bodes well for me, as I should get more play time because of that :). The girl's team plays regular 6's (not sure if any of the rules are different), but the same racist rule applies.

I wanted to try 9-man b/c frankly, I've tried all the other variations of volleyball (men's, co-ed, reverse 6's, beach in various #s). I also know a bunch of people that play 9-man and they're all really good, so it's good ball. Lastly, it would mean that I would get coached again after a 8 year hiatus.

If you want to see 9-man in action, here's a video of a game between two really good teams. The video is great b/c it cuts out all the crap and it's just serve and play, and then serve and play, no time-outs, no arguing calls, no fetching balls, etc. The funny thing is that I've played with and against a couple of players in this video (Jon So, JP, Jeff Chung). My team is not nearly as good as these teams. Everyone on the team can play, but we don't have any superstars that will just murder the ball or hit over the blocks. It's understandable as the club was just formed this year and the team was built from scratch. The good thing is that since it's new and most people haven't played 9-man before, there won't be a big hazing thing (if any), since almost everyone's a rookie :)

The other interesting story of the day was just trying to get to the try-out...

Subway detour map: Bay is closed and you have to walk across the platform to change trains at Museum


I needed to get to Bloor and Yonge to meet up with Donny to get picked-up by James that who was gonna drive us b/c the gym was bloody far: Scarborough. I figured that I'd take the subway East bound for 3 stops to get from Spadina to Bloor-Yonge, but then at the St. George station, I'm told that the subway is messed and the East bound train is going to start heading South bound... I was like screw this, and I got out at St. George, and just ran the 2 subway stations to Yonge. I later found out that I could've got off at Museum and then crossed the platform to go back "North", which would've taken me "East". It's messed up. Today was the first day of all this crap. It's b/c they've shut down the Bay station to do construction of the tunnel.

The history of the subway is pretty cool. The two main lines used to be intertwined, which is why in some of the stations there are signs that can flip and that say "Finch", "Kipling", "Union", "Downsview", and "Kennedy" so you could figure out which train was which. There also used to be a "Lower" and "Upper" Bay station where the trains would cross between the lines. It was weird and it only lasted 6 months :p. Since then, they closed off the Lower Bay station and now it's used mostly in movies and commercials. Some people snuck into the station a few years ago and took pictures. Since the construction is on the tunnel around Bay station, the trains are being routed through Lower Bay, so you can actually see the secret station now! The subway doesn't stop, but it goes through it. I need to go check it out! Anyone wanna come?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

UTCCF Winter Retreat

A randomly formed group photo. It started small and then people just kept jumping into the photo. The big group photo of the 80+ people isn't online yet.


Of course, with a big group of people, inevitably a human pyramid starts forming and we pulled off a nice sized one :)


The rest of the billion photos are on Facebook b/c everyone at the retreat was a baby undergrad :p



My aim to live with an open mind has taken me to pretty far extremes. I think few can say that in the span of a couple months that they have marched *in* a gay pride parade (in fact, perhaps the largest gay pride parade in the world, San Francisco) and explored religion by going to a Christian fellowship retreat.

You know you have an Internet problem when friends and family become genuinely concerned about you when you don't exhibit any online activity: you are not on IM for a day, don't timely respond to e-mail, don't return Facebook pokes within 3 hours, and don't blog for a few days. It was nice to get away from the Internet, but I've seen regressed back to my addicted state. Still not sure how to get myself out of that. I'm not the only one, as when I got home, I already had several friend requests for Facebook from others at the retreat :p

I went b/c I wanted to continue learning about religion and Christianity, I knew a number of people that were going, I felt that the fellowship provided a non-pressure environment where I could learn more, it looked fun, and I wanted to see what it was like to go on a retreat. It was really good and I was glad that I went. I had a good time, met new friends, connected further with existing friends, learnt things, and did some reflection.


The talks

I felt that I really identified with the talks and they were things that I have been thinking about recently. The talks were inspirational and were words to live by even taken outside of a religious context.

The first talk was about communities around a common place and the following acronym was used to describe the essential characteristics for communities:

Geography
Availability
Spontaneity

Frequency
Meals

That really kinda hit me, as I've been looking to find a group of friends where I can really fit into here in Toronto. Reflecting upon the other groups of friends and communities I've been a part of, I could really see the role each of those points played. Spontaneity is a good one, which is meant to represent random calls to do things. Meals is an interesting one, in that it was said that people bond over meals, which I can see b/c it really gets you to sit and talk with people. In school, we'd eat together at the cafeteria or 229. In res, people would make going to Wal-Mart a group activity and we'd sit together in the caf. The dragon boating crew in Seattle met up with each other randomly outside of the regular practices and always went for dim sum after practice. GInterns were crazy with the "GAS FM" in every respect. At CCF, we always hit Kowloon for dirty Chinese food afterwards. The "DVD" crew has by definition, not 1, but 2 meals together for every gathering.

Another good talk was about acting in the now and that chaos theory works in your favor now (well, it wasn't put in those words, but that's what I took out of the talk). Usually people talk about the butterfly effect (where a butterfly is said to flap its wings and cause a hurricane on the other side of the Earth) about things in the past that if you change a small thing in the past, it can completely change the future. I take it as being that a small change you make now can dramatically change your future.


And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?

-- Esther 4:14


This also reminds me of perhaps the most inspirational quote from a comic. Of course, my favourite comic, xkcd :)


When did we forget our dreams?

The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I'm sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.

And no, I don't have all the answers. I don't know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn't involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of some day easing my fit into a mold. It doesn't involve tempering my life to better fit someone's expectations. It doesn't involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up.

-- xkcd



The people

I already knew a good number of people there having gone to the weekly large group meeting several times, but with 80+ people there, I found myself continuously meeting new people. At times I felt that I wish I could just create a FAQ and hand it out to people that I meet. I would include the following questions in the FAQ, as pretty much everyone asked these:
  • What are you taking?

  • What year are you in?

  • You're in grad school?

  • How old are you?

  • When will you be finished?

  • Are you mixed?

  • How long have you been coming to CCF?

  • Who brought you?

  • Why isn't she here?

  • Where are you in your relationship with God?

  • Are you Christian?

  • Why do you keep coming?

I'm still rather surprised at the number of non-fob Chinese people there are. CCF stands for Chinese Christian Fellowship, so as you can guess, most people there were Chinese. I always had the view, at least while in Winnipeg, that pretty much all Asians were fob (their culture was not North American culture). It wasn't until I came to Toronto did I realize that there were so many people like me of primarily North American culture, but with a Chinese background. I don't like the whole racist thing that some Chinese people do where their friends are only other Chinese people. Some people here are like scared of white people and are shocked that I have so many non-Asian friends. Honestly, I don't even realize it. I'm friends with whoever. It's more of a culture thing than anything else. I'm more inclined to group eggs and fobs together and bananas and whites together as opposed to grouping people based on ethnicity. I like to joke that a Mormon, a Jew, a Muslim, a white agnostic, and a Chinese guy walk into a room together. It's not funny, but it's true.

As is typical with the people I meet in Toronto, everyone aside from maybe 2 or 3 people at the whole retreat of 80+ people were younger than me (up to 8 years younger). I didn't really notice it and didn't feel out of place. Preconceptions play a big part. I considered these people to be my peers, yet most were younger than one of my younger cousins back in Winnipeg, whom I still consider to be much younger than me and not in the same age category as me, but that's because I haven't shaken my view of him as a kid and I haven't seen him much lately.

Someone asked me near the end of the retreat how I felt about hanging out with all them and if I thought that they were all just silly foolish kids. I didn't. I thoroughly embrace my inner child and feel that while you need to be serious at times, you need to be able to find the fun in any situation and just be silly, goofy, and laugh. That reminds me of yet another xkcd comic:

I won't pretend fun things aren't still fun out of fear of looking silly

-- xkcd


In most cases, I was surprised at how young some of the people were at the retreat. It wasn't until we were about to leave when I found that my "family group" leader (who led bible study for my group of 7) was 6 years younger than me! I guess one thing is that while I am more mature in terms of biological age, they were much more mature religiously. While people joked around and stuff, when it came time to be quiet, you could literally hear a pin drop in a room of 80+ people. That was intense. The other thing was that all of this was being organized by students completely independent of any church, i.e. it wasn't pushed onto them by a church or a minister or something. That really surprised me at first b/c I didn't expect young adults to be that passionate about religion to voluntarily run an autonomously operational group like this.

Initially I was very tenuous about telling people that I wasn't Christian as I felt that I would be outcasted or people would be heckling me about why I didn't want to be saved, how I could possibly believe that we evolved from monkeys, and close mindedly arguing with me using faulty logic. I can't talk to people like that and if the people at CCF were like that, I would have stopped going long ago. I want to figure things out myself, not have people telling me what I should be thinking and believing. I still don't go around announcing to people that I'm not Christian, but I tell them when they ask and I'm less embarrassed knowing that there are other non-Christians at CCF. People have been very good about not being pushy and have been very supportive of my position and have been content to let me go about how I please while being very willing to help me in any capacity that they can. Some people were actually quite surprised as to why I was there and were impressed that I wasn't freaked out long ago and ran off. Having absolutely zero exposure to religion prior to CCF and then seeing worship, people thought that that would have turned me off, but I didn't think too much of it. It's important to keep an open mind and not out-right reject things you know nothing about or reject things based on the people that do or practice them.

With everything that happened in the retreat, it re-sparked my interest in religion (I hadn't been able to go to CCF much this semester and I hadn't made time to read the bible) and got me thinking about things and doing some self-reflection. With people being open and frank and sharing during the retreat, and with me becoming closer to some of the people there, I felt more comfortable talking to people about religion and faith, questioning things, and seeing what their perspective on things were. It was nice to be able to openly talk about these things without any accusational tones on either side.

I think that the community that they have established there is really good and that it's a great group of people. I can see why some people are there just because of the community. But for myself, I would feel like a fraud if I was just going for the sense of community. The community is amazing, but I will only continue to be a part of CCF as long as I am truly interested in learning more about Christianity.


Random bullet points

A throw-by-throw recount of the weekend would be lengthy and unentertaining, so instead, here's a random list, generally in sequential order.
  • "Did we miss the food stop?"

  • More ripping of cheese off of pizza

  • "1 shower between 40+ guys" (later we found out that we had 3)

  • 5 guys / room and the rooms were smaller than my bedroom

  • "I like to think that you're real" (on if Spiderman, which was written on a post-it on someone's forehead, was a real person)

  • Knight! Rider! Princess!

  • Human pyramid!

  • Kiki the gorilla, Moo-boy, So Fly, Big Head, Naughty Motel, Ripped Jeans, and Squirt.

  • Tasty food

  • Coreless pear

  • Throwing people into the snow

  • You call that a fire?

  • Mafia

  • "Are you lying at a Christian fellowship? Put your hand on a bible and say it to me!" (playing a game of Mafia)

  • "I don't like you just because of your body"

  • "How am I supposed to journal without a computer and my blog?"

  • Screaming head under a box

  • Everyone has a Canon camera

  • Tubing and tobogganing onto a creek

  • Filament. Fertilizer. Delicious. Durian. Atrocious. 700. Plastic.

  • Acting as if you're going to pick up the Pringles can, aka the conch, but really going for food or a drink

  • Humping dog

  • Waiting 2 hours for the bus to get to the middle of nowhere to pick us up

  • Extreme close-ups

  • "I found your blog while searching for UTCCF" (I've seen my blog as high as #2)

  • Apparently when my face is expressionless, people find it scary and intimidating, and then are surprised that I know how to laugh (not the first time someone has alluded to that)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

In retrospect, the helmet was a good purchase

Figuring that if I didn't have a massive fall, I didn't push myself enough, I decided to do some jumps on the bunny hill. I got some decent air on the top one, but on the small one at the bottom, I figured that I'd need to jump extra hard, but that just resulted in the back of my head slamming against the slope. At least I managed to entertain the crowd riding the chair lift over me as I heard gasps as they passed.

I'm glad that I was wearing a helmet, as even with it on, it gave me a good jarring. I figured that I would start wearing one this season as I was gonna be doing double blacks and jumps and stuff. Good call.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Automagically download tv shows to your computer

I knew back in 2000 when I was downloading episodes of Dark Angel off the now defunct website, http://www.unowho.acmecargo.com/, dedicated to hosting downloadable episodes of the series, that the future of TV was downloading TV shows onto your computer, in better quality than cable and without commercials, that you could then watch whenever and wherever (with a laptop) you wanted and you could share them with your friends (on CDs back then) without loss of quality.

Some shows you really need to watch all of them to understand everything and if you miss one, you're screwed. That's why downloading episodes is so nice. If you want to start watching a series half way through a season, you can easily download all the earlier episodes and catch up and then join in the conversations at the water cooler, or Facebook wall, or whatever kids do nowadays. It's good for the show b/c it increases viewership. I got several people hooked onto Dark Angel by distributing CDs way back when and b/c of this pseudo-legal activity, more people were watching it on TV and watching the commercials. I started watching a lot of shows this way - 24, Buffy, Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, and Grey's Anatomy. DVDs of TV shows are good and all, but they only started coming out after people started downloading TV shows. Plus, the DVDs don't come out until after the season ends, which does you no good when you miss an episode or want to catch up mid-season. Plus, I think they are unreasonably priced.

Back in 2000, the servers were centralized and slow, very few connections were allowed, you had to make sure that you didn't get yourself banned from the servers (you were so screwed if you did). All and all, it was a laborious process. Now, with the advent of bittorrent, everything is much easier, plus, downloading TV shows has gained in popularity and pretty much every show is posted online, often times by multiple ripping groups.

The problem now is that I download all my TV shows. I just don't watch TV on TV anymore! This means that for the 10 TV shows I watch, I have to download all 10 each week, and I have to remember which day that the show airs, if there's a new episode this week, and figure out when the episode makes it's way online. It's a hassle.

Introducing... BitTorrent RSS feeds for TV shows!!!!

What?

Ya.

What this means is that TV shows that I want are automatically downloaded to my computer as new episodes air. I don't have to touch a thing! It's like Tivo for your computer, but free, without commercials, you can burn them to DVD, and share them with friends (alternatively, you can force your friends/family/significant other to watch shows you like). I no longer have to know what day shows are on or whether there's a new episode this week, and I don't have to go and manually click and download 10 shows a week. I just come home late in the evening or wake up the next morning and I have TV shows to watch! Amazing!

There's a bit of a set-up, but it's worth it, b/c you only have to do it once. Set it and forget it!!! Here's how you do it.


Step 1: Get the right software
You need a BitTorrent client that supports RSS feeds, this is what I use:
  1. Azureus (multi-platform BitTorrent client)

  2. RSS Feed Scanner (RSS feed plug-in for Azureus)

I don't know the settings for any other BitTorrent client and I'll only show the settings for my set-up. Figure it out yourself if you use something else. Apparently ĀµTorrent has an RSS feed built-in and they have a tutorial. I haven't tried it though.


Step 2: Get the feed
Get the BitTorrent feed for a TV show. I use tvRSS.



Step 3: Add the feed to the BitTorrent client
Go to the RSSFeed Scanner tab in Azureus (#0). You may need to go to "Plugins" then "RSSFeed Scanner" in the menu to get to this tab. Go to the "Options" tab, add a new feed (the +), then fill in the appropriate values. Paste the link from the previous step as the URL in #3. #5 is needed for mininova links to work (just do it).



Step 4: Add the filter
This step may differ, or may not be needed, for other BitTorrent client set-ups, but it's necessary for the set-up listed above. The filter tells the feed reader what episodes to download and where to put them on your computer. Note in #6, you tell it which episode to start downloading at. You can leave it at the default to just download all the episodes from the beginning.



That's it!

To confirm that it's working, your screens should look like this:

The "Status" tab will show which torrents have been downloaded



The "Download history" tab also shows torrents that you have downloaded through the feed



Downloads are automagically queued up for you as long as Azureus is running!



Disclaimer: Do not illegally download stuff. Don't steal. Don't do drugs. Don't smoke. Don't kill. I am not responsible for your actions. I did not actually download the file shown in the images. The images are faked.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Congratulations Dr. Battelli!!


I have to say Michele, I am impressed. You said that you were gonna graduate within like 6 months and you pulled it off! I've heard that no one ever graduates until they have some sort of hard deadline that motivates them to finish, like a job or marriage. I guess you had both :)

I leave you with a quote:

Parental disappointment ends with a medical degree
-- Grey's Anatomy


You're so close that you can fake the title :)

Congratulations again, doctor!!!

You would think that I'd learn by now

It's just after 10, I just got up. The bus left for Blue Mountain at 8.

Serves me right for going to bed at friggin' 3 am....

Sound familiar?

I'm gonna try and hop onto the bus that leaves at 2 pm. There should be space...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Taken


Taken took over my life for the past few days. It was as if I watched 10 movies in 4 days.

Taken is a mini-series produced by Steven Spielberg and aired on tv a few years ago and it won an Emmy award for Outstanding Miniseries. I saw a lot of commercials for it back then and I intended on watching it, but I missed it. I downloaded it over a year ago and it just sat on my computer and I almost deleted it to clear up space on my hard drive. I'm very glad that I didn't. I was procrastinating from work the other day and I had caught up in all my tv shows, when I remembered that I had Taken, so I started watching it.

It's 10 episodes, each 2 hours long, but without commercials only about 1 hour and 25 minutes. The basis of the show is the visit to Earth by aliens from the 1940's and onward. The cool part is that it mixes fact and fiction and is a multi-generation story that takes place across a period of over 50 years, with the real story about the people and the human side to everything. You follow people as they get older, and then you follow their children, and then the grandchildren and great grandchildren. It starts off slow (give it 2 episodes), but it's important b/c it builds up the family tree and the history behind the Roswell sightings, etc. It's also confusing at first b/c of all the characters and the next episode everyone looks different or there are different actors/actresses for the younger characters b/c the episode takes place in the next decade. But believe me, it gets really good.

The story is quite well written, the characters are well developed, the history elements are accurate, and it explores interesting aspects of humanity. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably re-watch at least the first episode now that I have more context for the characters. It's available for download, or you can buy it on DVD if you want to be legit. I recommend it even for those that aren't usually into sci fi, b/c it isn't hardcore sci fi.

I leave you with my favourite quote from the mini-series:

When you're a kid, anything can take you away. Soap bubbles, or a hose spraying a rainbow up over a new mowed lawn. I guess growing up means that it gets harder and harder to find your way back to that kind of place where you can be taken. The one time I see grown-ups with that same sort of look on their faces is when they are first falling in love.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Chindian fried noodles

I've been asked if I was Chindian before - a mix between Chinese and Indian, though I think she meant Native American. Anyways, this cooking experiment is fusion food with Chinese and "real" Indian.

I got the idea from who I think was the owner of Charisma East Indian Restaurant in Winnipeg. Upon discovering that me and my family was Chinese, he said that in India, a big trend was fusion food with Chinese food. Apparently, using Chinese noodles with Indian spices is big and he was contemplating adding it to his menu.

I completely made this up as I went along. I figured that I still had the jar of Indian curry and I had instant noodles. Why not try and make some fried noodles?

Ingredients: curry and instant noodles



Put some water and oil in the pan. More water required than the fried udon b/c the instant noodles need to be reconstituted. This wasn't enough water as I had to add extra water later.



Add the instant noodles



Cook the noodles until they break apart and is no longer hard



Spoon in some curry



The finished product


It was ok. Not that flavourful. I also put in too much oil as I was afraid of the noodles sticking and I was having problems getting the curry paste mixed in. I probably should've added the curry paste earlier when there was still some water in the pan, though the noodles were crispy, which was nice. The excessive amount of oil combined with the concentrated nature of the paste, it ended up being pretty heavy. It seemed like I needed something else in there. Maybe I should've made it more like real curry by having the noodles in a soup-like base. I don't think the curry paste is supposed to be eaten without adding additional stuff. Maybe I was supposed to use other Indian spices for the fusion dish. I also may have used the wrong type of noodles. Got any ideas?

Saturday, February 03, 2007

I'm feeling lucky

Waiting for an hour and a half for the bus


Luck was definitely on my side yesterday.

My typical Friday is as follows:
  1. Wake up at an ungodly early hour (7ish) after just a couple hours of sleep

  2. Get on the bus to Blue Mountain

  3. Immediately fall asleep

  4. Wake up and snowboard

  5. Return to the bus and sleep until the bus arrives back in Toronto

The problem yesterday was that between steps 3 and 4, I missed an important announcement that we should take all our stuff with us, as the bus will not be staying at Blue Mountain and a different bus will be returning to pick us up. We always get to leave our stuff on the bus and I figured that if it wasn't the case that the point would be emphasized several times. In my groggy state when I woke up, I did recall hearing some sort of announcement by the bus driver, but he said it in a humorous tone, as if he was a flight attendant, and I thought he was joking.

Apparently not.

I left my bag (with iPod and glasses), shoes, and snowboard bag on the bus. At step 5, the bus wasn't in the parking lot as it had left and the replacement bus hadn't arrived. I found out the hard way by going around the parking lot like 5 times. This was especially fun half-blind, as I snowboard with contacts, but I take them out before going back onto the bus so I can sleep without my contacts sticking to my eyes. I figure that it's just a short walk to the bus from the lodge that I can manage without any visual aids.

I had most of my important stuff with me (wallet, cellphone, keys). My shoes were old. My snowboard bag was ripping. My iPod doesn't play videos. My glasses would be nice to have though, but they're replaceable and I've just switched to the U of T health plan, so I can get new glasses covered.

I was all prepared to write all the stuff off b/c I didn't have much hope that I'd be able to get it back from the bus company, at least not in a timely manner.

After a while, of all people, my face of all evil in the world announces that a snowboard bag was left on the bus. It was mine! What luck! I managed to recover my snowboard bag, that would at least make carrying my stuff back to my apartment easier.

It was actually good that the bus was late, b/c with all of us waiting in the parking lot, people started talking. On the bus, no one talks, except the people that already knew each other before hand. It's made worse in that everybody has their own seat. We've also been playing movies in the bus, so people either watch the (very loud) movie or sleep. On the slopes, everyone just goes their separate ways.

After an hour and a half, the bus finally arrives. Someone says that it's the same bus b/c he/she was sitting in the same seat before and the seat adjuster thing was broken. I looked around briefly, but didn't see my stuff. I figured that I'd wait until we get back to Toronto and everyone leaves before I look more carefully.

I wake up and in the first overhead bin I open, I see my bag and shoes!

Amazing!

My luck still didn't stop me from having yet another "of course" moment, but I still wouldn't have bet against me yesterday.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Nice try Rob

Rob, having seen my lack of blogging in January and his unusually high blogging activity, decided to try and out-blog me for the month. Both of us then noticed Jill's unusually high blogging activity for January. The race was on!!! Hence the more frequent posting here recently.

Rob's mistake was mentioning that we were in competition, otherwise, he would've just silently passed me. The final count was:
  1. Me (23)

  2. Rob (20)

  3. Jill (18)

Both Rob and Jill had record months in terms of number of blog posts. Rob says that he's gonna beat me for this month b/c he has something up his sleeve. I'll let him win. I just wanted to kick it up a bit at the end of January, as I hadn't blogged much.

I've really slowed down the blogging. Last January, I posted 50 times!!! 11 of the posts were b/c of my grass though...

My previous goal was a post a day. Now I'm trying to get on average, a post every other day, which will really mean that I blog about twice a week and post multiple times in one day :)
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