Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Wildcats Lair

Last Saturday Phillip and I were able to head over to Lexington to watch the UK Men's Basketball team play Arkansas. A couple of guys Phillip knows from A&M work for UK now and they were able to round us up some tickets for the game. We had a chance to go earlier in the season with the Coppengers to see the Wildcats play Tennessee. And, they were victorious then, mostly due to our cheering I think. So, we had high hopes for the game against the Razorbacks. And yet again, the Cats proved themselves and pulled off an exciting home win. Therefore, we've decided that when we're in the arena the team can't lose.

The best part of the day might have been after the game though. Our friends invited us over to see the UK practice facilities and get an insiders tour of the place. We saw everything from the coaches offices, to the practice gym, the video/film rooms, the players lounge, and even the locker room. It was awesome! A great way to cap off the afternoon and definitely a unique experience.

But I must say even after seeing a bit of basketball lore, I am still quite fond of that campus down in College Station...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Visit from The Snake

Last Monday night, I was in the kitchen finishing up cleaning a sink full of dishes when as I neared the end I noticed something. The drain was moving a little slow, which sometimes happens if there is food caught in the basket, so I just figured I needed to dump the food particles as usual. But when I went to remove the basket, alas no water moved. I checked the other sink and no movement was happening there either. Well, now we have a problem on our hands.

I baled the water out of the sink so I could get down to the drain and get a closer inspection. I had some Drano crystals in the cupboard so I decided to give them a go and see if they would get things going. That was an abysmal failure. The crystals did not sink down into the drain they just bubbled up in the sink, fizzing off probably toxic gases. Now I'm thinking is my flesh going to burn off do to these green gases coming from my sink? Or worse yet is Al Gore going to knock on my door screaming, "Come out with your hands up you Ozone destroyer!" Thus, I resolved that this problem would not be fixed until the next day, so I headed to bed frustrated and tired.

But then the next day we had 4 in of snow and the seminary canceled class and thus there was no one to fix our sink...(here's where I was relegated to washing dishes in our bathroom sink, which is pretty difficult considering the inefficient nature of the sink.)

So on Wednesday morning, Phillip was Johnny-on-the-spot and called them first thing to tell them of our need for a plumber. So the guys arrived at about 1 pm with plunger in hand. Now, the first guy to arrive was about 6 ft 1 and about 275 lbs. He plunged, and plunged, and plunged some more. At one time, he was up on one leg putting his whole body into the plunging effort trying in vain to get things going but to no avail.

Then his compadre unscrews the pipes from under the sink and decides to dump all the dirty water in our trash can. Now it smells like dead fish in our apartment--great. They look in the pipes and mumble in Spanish for awhile then the big guy looks at me and says, "It is not good. We are going to have to get the snake."

Now the Snake is a character we were familiar with because our friends The Coppengers had been visited by the Snake not too long ago at their apartment and now it was our turn. So the guys go downstairs and come back up with the Snake in tow. And they grind, and grind, and grind. This thing sounded like a combination between a jackhammer and a bleating goat, which if you hadn't guessed is a bad sound. After about 10 minutes they stop and put the pipe back on and test the drain. Then they take the pipe back off dig around in there, use a little more Snake and voila! They happily declare that they fixed it.

The plumbers head out and now I go over to inspect it myself. The drains work, but that stinky fish water has spilled all under the sink and on the floor. So I got out the trusty cleaning products and went to town sanitizing everything and drying out the cupboard. But, in the end I was glad to have a working drain made possible by the persistent Mr. Snake and our good friends from the maintenance crew. Gracias mis amigos!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Under Construction

Dear faithful readers, please bear with Courtside as it undergoes some cosmetic surgery. I have recently been fiddling with the colors and there will probably be more fiddling until I settle in on a design I like, so stay tuned for the reveal.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Let the Good Times Roll

Well, Phillip has successfully finished his first week of classes for his last semester as an MDiv student. Only a few months to go until graduation...I can't believe it! Seems like only yesterday we were driving the Budget truck like road warriors all the way from College Station...He will find out in March about the PhD application so you can continue to keep that in your prayers.

We had a Superbowl party last night at our place and definitely had a rip-roarin' good time. The game was close and the food was tasty! Mom we did wish we had you as an executive chef, but I managed to pull off some queso and some guacamole in the spirit of Tex-Mex. We might have to fly you in for next year.

This weekend we will be heading to Huntsville, AL for a Disciple Now weekend with a youth group. And Phillip, the oh so talented husband of mine, will be the main speaker for the weekend. He will teach Friday night, 2 times on Saturday, and then get to preach for the whole church Sunday morning. We are excited to go and experience a different city and a new church. It is always good to see how things are done other places to get fresh ideas and new outlooks.

Lastly, January was (as always) a big month for us. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary, Phillip's 26th birthday, and my 24th birthday. Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and the presents! Looking forward to a great 2008.