Monthly Archives: July 2008

Dish on documentaries

We’ve always been a fan of random documentaries, especially the ones that showed up on VH1 and MTV long before dvd’s made an appearance. I love checking them out from the library when I can, and when we had Netflix, that’s about the only thing that showed up in our mailbox. Anything from music to mountain biking, skiing, political stuff, to social issues that interest us. I think for me it’s a quick way to educate myself about a particular topic without having to spend days reading a book about it.

Living in Boulder, we were exposed to alot of the outdoor independent film festivals like the Taos and Banff and had a blast at Warren Miller’s ski movie showcase every year at the Boulder Theater. You showed up, got a free ski pass, watched a killer ski movie with some great filming and had a chance to win cool stuff. It can’t get much better! Fun times…..

I’ve compiled a list of some of the doc’s we’ve seen lately, and tried to list the ones who have left a lasting impression.

  • War DanceBeautiful  film about school children in Northern Uganda trying to make it to the capital to compete in the nation’s music festival. Very hopeful, but honest about what these children and their families have been suffering through to get to where they are today. “The war stole everything, except their music.”
  • What Would Jesus Buy?-I heard about this film from listening to a podcast from Imago Dei community in Portland, OR. They interviewed producer Morgan Spurlock from Supersize Me, about his newer film during the church’s focus on their Advent Conspiracy movement.
     It’s pretty darn funny and follows the tour of a “preacher” who goes into shopping malls, churches, and even Disneyworld to preach the gospel of STOP SHOPPING!!!! It’s a fairly honest portrayal of where we’ve come as a culture . Christmas is now more of a marketing scheme then ever before rather than the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Advent Conspiracy is an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption.

  • The Journey– Great story about a guy, his dog, and some friends who set off on a journey to meet and question some really well known folks around the U.S. and ask them some of the major questions in life. Oh yeah, they travel in a 1971 Volkswagen bus!!! It’s worth every penny, and when we are needing a little inspiration, like now, we pull it out and enjoy every minute of it. Check it out!
  • Go FurtherSo take Woody Harrelson and a bio-fuel bus and add some others to the mix. They take their lives on the road to teach others about alternative fuels and choices we can make to improve our health and living. It’s great, man, we really need to watch that one again…………
  • Shut Up and SingOk, shameless ad for these chicks! Yes, their song “Taking the Long Way” did inspire this blog………….
  • An Inconvienent Truth-If you don’t know what this one is about, no excuses, just watch it!!!!

Ok, so I won’t bore you with more titles…………….. more later

Feel free to leave a comment on some documentaries that speak to you, maybe have changed the way you think about an issue, political view, way of life, or culture, or just make you laugh. It’s good to have those too!!!

Finding Marley A New Home

If you know us, most of you are aware of the child that came before Parks. Her name is Marley, she’s a chocolate lab mixed with something small and silly! We aren’t quite sure what the other half is, we lean towards boxer. She’s a great size and has that beautiful chocolate lab face.  Anyway, because of our future plans to live on the road, doing demo’s around the country, we don’t feel that it is best for her to travel with us. We would rather her have a stable home in which she could be free to play. So, with that being the case, we wanted to get the word out that we would be actively looking for a new home for Marley before we hit the road. 

Marley is a pound puppy who loves to play and has been amazingly great with our rough and tumble 3 yr old. She can be a little aggressive on the leash, but is pretty good about listening to commands, etc. She has been great in the apartment and small houses we’ve had, just wants to be near you and have a little playtime. She can get really small to curl up in your lap too!

Please leave us a comment if you would like us to give you more information about Marley.

September update to this post: At this time, Marley will be traveling with us……………

Doing Dallas the Green Way

I’m finally making some time to post about our last couple of weeks. Jeff had a pretty rough few days last weekend making the trip from Seattle to Plano in 4 1/2 days in an RV that he had NEVER driven before! He’s such a great dad and husband for making the 2,400 mile trip with no co-pilots.  He didn’t get time to enjoy the sights, but he was able to make a quick stop in Boulder for a chance to chat with a few friends and stop driving the beast for a bit.  Parks and I were very ready for him to make it home safely!!!!

 We finally had the time and energy to explore and start working on the Live Lightly RV a few days ago. We hope to accomplish some painting and freshening things up over the next month or so and just begin to make it feel like our new home. It’s weekend warrior time!

So, to take a break from all of Jeff’s traveling and our stress we took Parks to the Dallas Zoo on Saturday. It ended up being quite the adventure. We parked the car, our only vehicle since April, at the DART rail station in Plano and boarded the train that would take us directly to the Dallas Zoo. Parks was way excited to ride the train and he had a great time. He just kept asking every stop, “are we at the zoo yet?” We finally made it an hour later to the zoo stop, hopped off the train and went straight to the entrance. How convenient is that, no parking, no fighting traffic? I vote for that!

We all had a great time checking out all the animals, the guys liked the snakes and reptiles, of course,  which make my skin crawl, but we all enjoyed watching the elephant drink water with his trunk and cool himself off by slinging mud on his back! Oh, and the monkeys that Parks wanted to tickle. We were entertained to say the least. The Dallas Zoo is a really big place, and we only made it through half of it on this trip. Once we made it to the Children’s Zoo section where there was a water park, it was time for Parks to cool off, get out of the stroller, and play a bit.

We made our way back to catch the train because we had planned to make one more stop in Dallas before heading all the way to Plano. We boarded the train at the zoo and the conductor announced that there was a problem on the tracks north of us, so we’d have to go back south for a bit. Something about a building collapsing near the tracks. Hmmmmm, sounds interesting………A good while later we were dropped off at a station instructed to board a shuttle bus that would transfer us to another train station. Needless to say, we got the tour of Dallas and some interesting stories from that detour.  Parks slept in Jeff’s arms throughout all the transfers, so that was great! Finally we made it back to where we needed to be in Dallas, rushed down probably at least 15 blocks to Green Living which was soon closing.  We just made it in time to pick up some no VOC paint for the RV and a wedding gift.

We caught a bus headed back from the store to the train station, realizing 15 min later that it was taking us in the wrong direction. Luckily Parks made friends w/a 2 year old that rode with us most of the way, so they entertained each other.  An hour later we finally made it back to the station, headed back to Plano, grabbed some dinner, and we all crashed hard after our fun filled 12 hour day on the town!

You can see our zoo photos here.

We also had a great July 4th. We are lucky enough that the City Of Plano puts on such a fun parade and the whole town really gets involved and supports it. Oh, and what makes it even better is that  we can just stumble out of bed and down the sidewalk because the route comes just down from our house! An early evening visit to IKEA wrapped up the day!

You can check out the July 4th Plano parade photos here.