Thursday, May 28, 2009
While we were gone, it rained - pretty much non-stop. As we came back home monday evening, I pulled onto the block and it looked like the Clampits had moved in - white trash folks!
Since we've been home, its rained and poured non-stop and now I'm past embarassment. Its to the point now that I fear lions ready to pounce in the savanah I call my backyard. The possibility for snakes has escalated exponentially. And i'm not talking about garter snakes. No, we're talking anacondas and pythons and boas and cobras.
It is not pretty folks.
This morning I woke up and didn't hear rain. I think..."wow, a break, I can mow." Welp, I just didn't hear it. It was still raining.
So to all of our neighbors....I apologize. I know how it looks and I'm sorry. But at this point, I'm seriously considering releasing a goat to graze - just to get it down to a level my mower can actually mow.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I had Algerian Lamb and goat cheese crapes w/ potatoes and Kate had dessert (strawberry and nutella crapes). Top all that off with some coffee and we're gangbusters for the rest of our shopping trek.
Today was our last in Chicago. We set out this morning for the Art Institute. TONS of amazing art and lots of opportunity for fun photography. Here was our last day:
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Our legs were sore, so we hopped on the bus and took it north, just past Superior St. to Gino's East (awesome pizza!). Waited 45 minutes for the medium, 4 cheeser; but it was well worth it.
Now i'm back typing this and getting ready to head out for sound check at 7PM. Later tonight, we might head back over to Rebar at Trump Towers for some late night coffee...we'll have to see.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The tour starts in Philadelphia - more brotherly love than necessary.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here's some awesomely sexy pics.
Also, I'll be playing at The Birds Nest on Saturday night. 8PM w/ Valentiger. So if you're in the area, come on out!
Monday, May 18, 2009
After the graduation (by the way, has anyone ever been to a riveting graduation? i have not.), we went to a sweet place on the river called Cooper's Landing and had Thai food, drank PBR, listened to some world music, and lit wrapping paper on fire. Twas' as grand ole' time!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Then, today Cora and I went back to the Depot and picked up a jalapeno plant, a habanero plant, a red chili plant, and a red pepper plant...how can you not smell that peppa'?!
We bought this awesome antique whiskey barrel a few weeks back at a garage sale and did a cool paint job on it. It holds the tomatoes. We put the peppers in the other smaller pots and have herbs growing in the kitchen window. Oh the joys of renting...
Now we water and wait. I can taste the ridiculously hot salsa now...only 80 days!!! Seriously, how can you not smell all that peppa'?!?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
And this is why churches should do away with the concept of "special music" (make sure to listen at least a min...it gets amazing!!!)
(also, that's a lot of yellow sweatshirt...you gotta give the guy some respect for that one!)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I think it must be hereditary though. For me, there's nothing better than a long drive on back country roads looking for wildlife. I love driving the roads, looking to the corners of the fields and spotting the deer or turkey before anyone else. Cora does the same exact thing - she see's, points, makes animal sounds. She's awesome!
So today we went to Grant's Farm and rode the tram throughout the park and Cora spotted most of the animals before the tour guide did. She was pointing at all the elk, antelope, coy fish, falcons, and snakes. What and eye!
It's so much fun watching her develop and grow and show interest in the life happening around her! There's truly nothing quite like being a dad. I've said it before, and I completely believe it. Cora brings me closer to God. She teaches me lessons on awe and wonder. She teaches me love. She's great!-Ross
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Hear me carefully though, I believe that statement to be so far from reality! I believe we live in a truly Spirit-drenched world, time, and era. However, a quick glance at society would look much, much differently. And unless you've resisted the "norm," you might be agreeing with me today.
Have you ever struggled with self worth? Depression? Addiction? Laziness? Restlessness? Lack of attention giving (or getting)? Struggles in marriage? Etc.
The list (as you can imagine) goes on and on and on...
BUT, today we have drugs! We have prescription medication at our disposal - to dispense at the first sign of any of the above. Who needs anything spiritual? It is no longer an issue of spiritual wrestling. Instead, its Pfizer's role to cure a marriage that's petered out (excuse the pun).
Have you ever wished your life looked differently? Maybe you don't have the job or the title or the income or locale that you'd dreamed of.
No worries, you too can have that dream _____________ (fill in the blank), via 2nd Life, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc etc etc.
These are all examples of technological mediums/forums, where you can create a life for yourself full of truths, 1/2 truths, or just flat out lies. Its a facade-laden horizon, and its quite the norm. Its a social network without really getting or needing to get too close and personal. Its self-medicating to many, and again, can void any need for the spiritual. Remember, the notion of authentic community, is a spiritual matter.
And lastly (for today - trust me, this is not the exhaustive list), we no longer must choose to live lives of justice, social concern, charity, and activism. Instead, our government now mandates things like service, philanthropy, donations, etc. And even with the best of intentions, any government taking away the initiative from the people, takes away the will to be led by the Spirit. And when that choice is gone, it acts as a drug - a self-medicating body that counteracts spiritual formation and leading (the job is already done FOR YOU).
Of course, as I already stated, I believe this world to be DRENCHED in the Spirit, but I think for many, our eyes, minds, and souls have all but medicated, forgotten, and dismissed it.
Are you with me?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Cora and I rushed around for a bit as I made her breakfast, packed her lunch, gave her a quick bath, got her dressed for Mom's Day Out, and in 20 minutes, we were out the door.
No time for a home brew.
So after I dropped her off, I hit the gas station before I got to the office.
Ahhh, 20 ounces of the black brew!
NOTE TO GAS STATIONS: just because you serve it up SCALDING HOT, doesn't mean we can't determine that the coffee is completely NAST!!!
How hard is it to brew a decent cup of coffee??
I wasn't expecting top notch stuff (I wasn't at QT :-)
But I also wasn't expecting liquid nast.
What a day...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
And today marks TOMS 3rd birthday...Happy B-day TOMS!!!
One for One
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about.
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair 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 caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.
Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.
GO TO www.TOMSSHOES.com NOW and get a pair. Kate and I LOVE them!!! So comfy and for a great purpose! We own a combined total of 6 pairs...and love them all!
-R, K, & C
Monday, May 4, 2009
(c) 2009 Ross Christopher Donaldson
When there's loneliness abounding
And there's hate across the land
We are the church song
When the death of nations rise
And the world is stuck in war
We are the church song
When there's sickness and crying
And gnashing of teeth
We are the church song
And when there's sad eyes
In every man, woman, and child
We are the church song
Cause we are the church song
the voice of the people
the cry for justice
salvation is near
Yeah, we are the church song
united and ready
peace in our bloodstream
and love on our tongues
We are the church song
We sing Alleluia,
songs of mercy
love in every breath
Friday, May 1, 2009
I take on submissions (for a fee), take an initial listen to decide if I accept an artist/band, then if selected, they send me a CD to review. As you can imagine, I hear some pretty rough stuff. But every now and then, you run into something worth talking about...check this one out...