Thursday, November 30, 2006

On Flavored Ammo

Okay, this morning on my way to work I heard about this new product on the radio...and I think it's brilliant! I think we might have to incorporate this into next year's annual Beeson Family Thanksmas Hunt.
Season Shot is made of tightly packed seasoning bound by a fully biodegradable food product. The seasoning is actually injected into the bird on impact seasoning the meat from the inside out. When the bird is cooked the seasoning pellets melt into the meat spreading the flavor to the entire bird. Forget worrying about shot breaking your teeth and start wondering about which flavor shot to use!


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sandy is Feeling Better!!

Dear Sandy,
You are my favorite teacher because you are the most beautiful teacher. I hope you feel better.
love, Cesar
I got a call from Sandy tonight and she is feeling much better! YIPPEE!! She spent 5 days in the hospital in the Domincan Republic...which I was nervous about, until she told me tonight that her room had air conditioning and a T.V. which they don't have access to anywhere else. She seemed fine with her 5 days there. :0)

I asked her how she was doing other than that, and she said we should pray for the rain to stop long enough for her clothes to dry. She has to hand-wash everything...which was fine until the rainy season began a few weeks ago. Since then, everything she washes get's layed out to dry and basically gets rained on continuously. She said they are running out of clothes, and are planning on wearing what they have on today from now on until something else gets dry.

I am never complaining again about having to run our dryer twice in order for our clothes to get dry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I told you, I don't have an accent...

Ryan thinks he hears an accent from me sometimes...and claims that certain family members of mine could be mistaken for Texans. Just because my mom says "chuck hole" when referring to "pot holes" in the road doesn't mean that she has a southern accent.

According to this highly accurate test, I don't have an accent...and I have a great voice for radio, thank you very much.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
The South
North Central
The Inland North
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Take the test and see for yourself...

Monday, November 27, 2006

I love it when THIS happens...

The Elderly

What is it about aging that makes everyone look and act pretty much the same?

This is my rendition of what I might look like when I am

I went to the UPS store this afternoon, and everyone in line was a cute, tiny, elderly person. I was amazed. They all could have been my Grandma, they were all very kind, most of them had hats/gloves (eventhough it is 54 degrees today) and they were chattering amongst themselves as if they had known one other for a lifetime.

As I stood there in line at the UPS store observing their mild manners and their lovely fashion sense, I realized that I loved them. Maybe it was the joy of the Holiday Season in my heart, maybe it was memories of my own grandparents, either way, as I pulled out of my parking spot and waved good-bye to my new old friends, I loved them.

Why so many elderly people at the UPS store? Perhaps because they are the majority of people in society who get their Christmas Shipping done before December 1st.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksmas Pheasant Hunt

The annual Beeson Family Thanksmas hunt was a huge success this year, not only because the weather was warm, but because everyone came back alive.
So we may be a little bit hill-billyish...but we're okay with that because pheasant is some gooood eatin'!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Contraption of the Day

All I can say about this is "WOW." I'm not a mom, but I did have a nightmare once where I had this tiny baby and I didn't know where to put it...until now.

Introducing the Babykeeper, a patent pending infant carrier seat that hangs from public bathroom stalls so you can go about your business without worrying where to put your baby.

If this is something you need in your life, you can pre-order at a special introductory price of $39.99 until the end of the month. The price goes up 20 bucks after August 31.

Monday, November 20, 2006

20th Anniversary Weekend

This weekend was INCREDIBLE! We celebrated 20 years of Granger Community Church and had such a fun time seeing pictures and watching medias from a long time ago. I never knew Granger did a commercial for TV in the early days, but they did, and it is Hi-Lariously 80's. I am hoping to get my hands on it so that I can share it with you, the blogosphere.

The most incredible part of the weekend was when the 5:30 service on Saturday night got hijacked so that the church could surprise mom and dad with a gift! Watch the end of the service HERE

Mom has never had a nice car...let alone a new one! She used to have a huge Buick...which she drove over 200,000 miles. Then she was blessed with an Astro Mini-Van which was affectionately known as "the brick" due to it's non-aerodynamic shape. Most recently she has been driving a broken down Honda Passport with no AC, broken power windows, and a door that won't open. To top it all off, the Passport has been the hunting vehicle for years, so there is a certain aroma which I will not try to describe here.

It was such a perfect gift from the church to my parents.
I love when I get to see churches loving their pastors!
What a great weekend!

I found The World's Oldest Blogger

So, this morning I came across a man who very well may be the worlds oldest blogger. Born in 1913, This Guy has a lot to teach the rest of us. His blog is witty, clever, and absolutely brilliant considering the fact that he is 92 years old. Read some if his'll get a kick out of it. Here's an excerpt from his blog for you:

With Respect To Age
I have been moved to write one on how I am regarded, treated, looked at, and all that. I thought of "My Age is Showing", "People Are Getting Nicer", "A Grin in Time Wipes Whines", but maybe I can write this again, later of course, with a different tag like one of these, or maybe "It's the Way I Walk".

People have begun to hold doors, to wait for me in various circumstances. Is it pity, is it admiration, or just respect to old age? True, I am older than I have ever been, in fact older than any related male I know of. My maternal grandfather mowed by hand all day, and that evening ran over a mile to help the bucket brigade up the lake to put out the fire at the local creamery, owned by them all, and got "cold in his kidneys" and died at 87. My paternal grandfather died with a knife in his back when he was throwing a troublesome drunk from his saloon restaurant in a mining camp in Colorado. But I am the oldest male living past 90. So perhaps my age is beginning to show.

Maybe I should lie about my age and say I am only 85 or so, or perhaps I should lie the other way and say I am 99. Depends on how much respect I want, or do I want pity? Not that, please, as it might be catching and I might begin to pity myself, and that would interfere with my plans to go see my grandchildren in Wales, and come back by going the rest of the way around the world.People do form opinions about age, and their attitudes are affected, sometimes for the better. Altogether, getting older, and even old, does have its advantages in some respects, sometimes including more respect, I think.

Friday, November 17, 2006

On Bad Hair Days...

When I came in to work this morning, the team greeted me with the usual "Hi, how are you this morning?" All I could say was "I'm Kinda Weird Today."

I feel weird, because I know that I look weird, because my hairbrush broke and my hair is weird as a result.

I looks like my hair is upside down.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Flashback Wednesday

A Tribute to Holly, the Wonder Dog...

We had a crazy dog that we got for Christmas one year. I remember in the van trying to think of a good name for a Christmas dog. Aaron kept saying "CLAWS" (he may have meant claus, like santa claus) but mom thought "Holly" would be better.

Holly was pretty much the dream of every child and the nightmare of any adult. She was absolutely insane...which was a conclusion we drew from years of watching her do crazy things. We had a crop-circle looking track of dead grass in the back year where Holly would stretch her leash as far as it could go and would run the extended leash perimiter the entire time she was ever outside.

She ate the wood in our house, doors, cabinets, cupboards, door frames...basically anything low enough for her to get her jowls around.

One winter when Sweetwater Lake froze over, we tied our sled to her collar and she mustered up the might of her 12 pound body and drug all three of us onto thin ice and toward the open water. Dad ran her down and rescued us from certain death.

We loved her, none the less.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

what I'm not blogging about

I'm not going to blog about Ryan's interview process...because you never know what residency program directors are sitting out there reading my blog in their free time.

All I can say is that we are currently in Wisconsin at his 4th interview...tomorrow is his 5th, and we are having a great time doing this interview thing together! I work remotely from the hotel while he is interviewing, then we jump in the car and head to the next place. Life is an adventure!

At his 2nd interview, spouses could come to the dinner, and somehow I ordered the LOUDEST bruschetta that has ever existed. I am not sure what conversation was going on around me because the sound of my own chewing in my own mouth was louder than anything else in the room! I'm hoping I didn't ruin his chances of getting accepted to their program.

We learned yesterday that we simply do not want to live in a house in our price range. We're not the "fixer upper" types. I think we'll probably check out condos from now on!

Other than that, we have a few more major visits coming up over the next few weeks. Cleveland, Indianapolis, Cincinatti, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, etc.

That is all I can say. If you want more info, you'll just have to call us.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Turkey Time

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Yes, it is November 11th...
You may think it is a bit early for a proper Thanksgiving dinner, but not at our house in Chicago!

We decided a few weeks ago that we needed to celebrate Thanksgiving as a house, so we got together and made some plans and a grocery list and off we went!

The boys were in charge of the bird, which turned out AMAZINGLY good! Nicole and Michelle and I split up the rest of the fixins and when it all got put out on the table it really looked like a feast!

Our feasting was followed by some football, of course, and now it is 5pm and it feels like 9pm at least. I might just go to sleep.

I am blaming the triptophan...

Thursday, November 9, 2006


When I was in Kindergarten...

  1. Mrs. Wetzel was my teacher and I loved her
  2. I had a crush on Darin Glick, who had a spike hairdo
  3. I was the library assistant - helping to stamp library cards which I found to be a great honor
  4. I wore a white sweatshirt nearly every day that said "GO FOR GOD - IT'LL BE GREAT!" in huge red letters
  5. Mrs. Zacrocki was my bus driver and I would sit with my friend Krystal every day on the bus.
  6. Until the day that Krystal told me we weren't friends anymore...which broke my heart.
  7. Until the next day when we sat by each other on the bus and everything was fine.

What were you doing in Kindergarten?

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Shhh...don't tell

Pulled this one out of the archives for ya...

54 Years of Love

Happy 54th Anniversary Grandma & Grandpa Cox!

Tuesday, November 7, 2006


It's official. I now have two blogs!
  1. A Time For Shenanigans : which will continue to be filled with shenanigans, stories & pictures of the everyday life of Amber & Ryan.
  2. amberWIRE : Which will be targeted for my more professional audience who is not as interested in hearing about my recent adventure falling down at the grocery store.

So, each of the blogs will have a link to the other blog under the "other places to find me" section in the sidebar. As you can see on the side of this blog, there is a link to, which takes you there at the click of a button. On my amberWIRE site there is a link in the sidebar that says "A Time for Shenanigans" which will take you directly here.

This is so fun! I love writing with you in mind...and now I can expand my audience by separating my personal life from my professional one.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this transition, so check out both blogs and leave me a comment!

Happy 88th Birthday Billy Graham!

"My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ."

Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—over 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.

Monday, November 6, 2006

One Word-Beautiful

I thought I should share something with you that has not been in the front media coverage of the Haggard Scandal. Can i just say that I am heartbroken by all that has happend, mostly ticked off at the way Satan messes with people, ruines lives, hates us, lies & decieves.

Ted's letter was not the only one read to his congregation this weekend. In a separate letter, Haggard's wife drew laughter when she promised to remain with her husband and said church members no longer had to worry about her marriage being so perfect she couldn't relate to them.

Click HERE to read Gayle Haggards letter to the women in her church.

How incredible are these artists? DrawerGeeks are a bunch of professional artists (mostly from the animation, comic book, illustration and design fields) who do stuff like this for fun on Fridays.

This recent project included taking children's drawings and transforming them into incredible creatures!

Friday, November 3, 2006

Cool Church Websites

Did you know that there are actually cool ways for churches to raise money? I know that many churches turn to the "bake sale" or the "pass the offering plate multiple times per service" thing, but First Christian Church in Surf City USA did it right. Check out the site for their "Next Wave" Capital Campaign!

Kudos to Keith and the team at AspireOne!

Two Emerging Churches

Tim Schraeder's post this morning really got me thinking.

"I was having a conversation this morning with a friend and he told me that he heard a guy say that in our world today, there are two emerging churches.

One church is emerging into the true idea of the way Jesus meant for us to do church by creating a counter-culture - translating who God is to our culture, meeting people's needs in a practical way, becoming more and more like Christ.

The other emerging church is emerging into culture by embracing the culture, translating the church to match culture, meeting it's own needs and becoming more and more like the world.

Those quotes weren't exactly what he said, but a general idea.
That gives you (and me) something to think about."

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Yes friends, the day has come for me to step up to the plate and officially own a domain name.

Proudly announcing ... Bap da da da dat dat DAAAA...

You can still access my blog through or you can just hit the AmberWIRE!!

This is very exciting, don't you think?

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

watch and laugh

My favorite clip from Nacho Libre...enjoy

Update from the DR

Sandy & Greg had electricity just long enough to update their blog! Woo-Hoo!! Sandy called me over the weekend and told me a hilarious story about the new scooter that they bought to get around town. Apparently in the DR stuff gets stolen regularly, so I thought I should show you a picture of their scooter before it gets snatched out from under them.
Click HERE to send them scooter-replacement money...