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So, as for original content, I’m not there right now, however:  here’s a link to a fun article in’s Page 2. about the various people you meet at the gym.  This is a funny and true picture of the gym.  Disclosure:  I am probably mostly The Meathead, with a little Grunter thrown in.




I have been very busy lately and have been very bad at blogging.  I am sorry to the faithful few who read this and I will work to get something up here soon.  Until then, enjoy the coming fall and aloha.

Until then, rock on friends

Today has been quite an interesting morning.  I have been pretty tired lately, and this usually happens after we have had house guests and so I was not surprised when I slept in past 8 (despite going to bed at around 10:30).  I groggily got up and made some french toast for the whole family.  Annie finished up her meal and headed off for a meeting, so Ellie and I finished eating and then I changed her diaper, put a dress on her and went to take out Rowdy and take Ellie to Annie over at the offices.

So Rowdy is in the back yard, I take Ellie over, and come back to get the excited dog and bring him inside to feed him.  As we open up the screen door to the back porch I notice that the poop smell I smelled earlier is still around (yes this is a poop story, continue only if you have a strong stomach or really want to laugh).  I had thought the smell was from the bag of diapers on Ellie’s changing table and I was partly right.  The rest however, came from our dog pooping some giant turds on our back porch.  to his credit he clearly was trying to keep it contained because it was all in one spot, but he also had clearly been sick last night because more than one giant turd lay before me at the edge of the porch.  I called him over, gave him a swat and sent him into his kennel, then began the task of removing this gross pile before me.

As I got a hose and hooked it to a spigot, then sprayed down the edge of the porch I was thinking a couple things: 1. Really?! Really?! Those two times I took you out before bed last night were not enough to satisfy your intestinal needs?! 2. This is so gross and so funny.  It looked like some large man had been sick and it all came out the back end on this spot of my porch.  I also wondered how all that fit in my 40 lbs dog. 3. I’m glad I already ate breakfast. 4. I’m glad Ellie is not here, she would find a way to be inquisitive and make this experience horrible. 5. I’m glad Annie’s not here, she has a week stomach for poop episodes. 6. I am thankful that God is making me more patient.  I didn’t yell at the dog, I only swatted him once and it wasn’t out of anger, and all this is happening when my neck has a really painful crick because I slept on it wrong.  I  often worry about my anger and temper, and frequently ask God to make me more patient and gentle.  It is nice to see this little improvement and that God is faithful in literally working against all my nature to make me more into who God wants me to be. 7. I really wanted to take a picture to accompany this post, but thought that my words would have to suffice in describing the grossness of this episode.  8.  This is ridiculously gross and funny.

To wrap the episode up, the porch is clean, I used bleach and then vinegar to sanitize and remove/cover scent, Annie laughed, Ellie didn’t even know and Sean Palmer empathized through the many different dog-poo-episodes he has shared with me.  Welcome to paradise

So that’s an update from Casa de Groves, heres hoping the weather improves, the waves improve and my neck feels better so I can cleanse myself with some surf.

This past weekend I caught a powerful bug and spent 3 days in my bed. Wondefully, Ellie caught said death-bug just in time to begin her funk as I said aloha to mine. So she has been sick for the past 2 or 3 days and has been miserable. Our family has also, therefore, shared in Ellie’s misery. It has been a rough couple of days and the really sad thing is that she is not being nasty or mean or anything like that, she has just been miserable and we all feel so sorry for her in all this.

Anyway, Ellie was supposed to have her one-year-old appointment at the doctors. I overheard today that this is called a “well baby appointment”. These are the terrible appointments where the babies are checked and vaccinated and kept well, I guess. Apparently they aren’t kidding around about the name. I just also over heard our wife canceling said doctors appointment due to our daughter’s cold.

So I guess nowadays you can’t come to the doctor if you are sick. Unless it’s for a” sick-baby appointment” or something like that. In the midst of my grouchy, sleep-deprived stupor I found this pretty funny.

So I was perusing my google reader this morning when I checked out our favorite New Testament Scholar’s Blog. The guy is Ben Witherington III and he is absolutely a genius in terms of New Testament studies and he is one of those scholars who applies these studies to  and for faith, not just purely for the purpose of studying.  Anyway, Annie and I love his work and I recently found his blog, where we found this gem of a video.

I feel bad for them but this is funny in so many ways

Even though I don’t have cable or access to any tv programming (outside of our friends the Palmers having us over to watch some shows)  I try to keep up with some sports stuff through, and one of the columns I really like is their Tuesday Morning Quarterback or TMQ.  I was reading this week’s article and noticed a little something about a congressionally-mandated-mpg-standard.  I really think Eastbrook’s take on the situation has razor sharp wit that penetrates our government’s ridiculous love affair with oil (and the lobbyists putting money in their pockets).  Anyway, I try to stay away from politics in this blog because I honestly don’t know much about them nor do I care enough to know much.  I feel this issue transcends politics, though; as a Christian who is called to be a steward and caretaker of God’s creation, that means that we are about taking care of not only people, but the earth God has given to us.

I love that people are waking up and realizing we need to take care of the world, and I love that Christians are championing the cause.  I hope our voting public makes a stand on this little problem and calls our leaders to hold up their decision.  Hope this wasn’t too heavy handed, but when it comes to the environment, I get my feathers all ruffled up.  Thanks for indulging me and please pay no mind to the random cheerleader pic in the article.  The specific section is a little more than halfway down the article and is titled More on Mileage and Politics“. If you like football and have time, go ahead and read the rest of the article, he says some funny things, even about UCLA’s high-school-jv caliber performance against a good BYU team (I give BYU all the credit, they played great; they were faster and stronger and more explosive than our beloved bruins).  Click here for the link if you havent yet.

Ellie has gas. What created a big problem the first month or so of her life has become a wonderful joy in my life. Ellie doesn’t burp too much, she’ll usually give us one or two per session, but for the most part, Elianna gets rid of her gas the other way. So when she was brand-spankin-new this was a painful process for her, and we could tell (she let us know) and so it was painful for us to. She now has very little trouble passing that gas and it is just hilarious. She will squirm a little and grunt some and then you will hear some little baby barking spiders. Ellie, of course, reacts as is nothing even happened; it’s the most natural thing in the world for her to be tootin’ her horn. And that makes it even funnier. We love it. She takes after dad and is gassy, and it brings us so much joy. We’ll see how she feels about it 13 years from now, but for now, we will keep loving how gassy our little girl is.

The whole purpose of this post is to link you to a hilarious story Annie recorded from the dinner we had tonight with a few high school guys.  She tells it well and the only way I can prepare you is to let you know we figured out where the devil went to school and what his major was.

Click here, read on and enjoy, btw Go Bruins!

I saw this on my friend Rhett’s Blog and I love it. I love Colbert’s immense scriptural and theological knowledge and how he intertwines his lightning-quick wit with it. I love the message the bishop is preaching here as well. How wonderfully hopeful and encouraging.

BTW. The Colbert Report is something I miss big time in my life now that I don’t have cable.

BTW #2. we are still without a baby. the due date was Saturday and we have no labor and no baby and we are getting pretty stinkin’ anxious. This is a time when I really need patience and it seems like I have so little.

update: I am an idiot and am still learning to use wordpress, therefore I cannot get the video to embed. if you click on the Colbert link and scroll down the video clips you can check out his interview with Bishop NT Wright.  That is the one to watch. sorry to those who were trying to watch that and could’t.

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