Wednesday, August 25

Closet Readers

Come out. I mean seriously. I know you're there because you've told me.

Clearly this is not a chair. But it felt as good as one after I stuffed myself at the Cheesecake Factory after a dinner celebration of Pops' birthday. He prides himself on the perspective of this picture so I figured I'd give him a shout out.

Now on to the chair. The chair you see here is orange, well cushioned, and generally finds itself sitting alone and unattended in the foyer of the women's bathroom at church. Miss Maldonado decided it should go on stage during Frequency tonight so that Kevin could speak sitting down. More of a chill family talk, right? So here's Zack, who practically begged me to put this picture up. Here you go.

Let me just tell you, this chair gets mad props just for being old-fashioned looking and cool. Grandma's don't really sit in that sort of chair, so I felt kinda like a Grandpa about to read a story or something when I sat in it. But due to the cushion on this thing and the incredibly cultured look it has, this chair gets a 4. The comfort isn't superb, but it's the vibe that counts. I almost feel like I should name it. Too sentimental? :)

Monday, August 23

You must understand, I am not a self-proclaimed artist. I am also not proclaimed an artist by anyone else. It's well understood that I am not born to draw or paint or sculpt. I do however enjoy little humorous things as you might have guessed. At Music Camp with Vanguard this year, our teams were named according to big cities in the world, and our overall theme was "Greater Things Are Yet to Come," a phrase in a popular Tomlin hit called "God of This City." So me and my other two teams leaders, Brooke and Julee, created our team poster in a short amount of time - they painted and drew, and I worked on the little beauty you see below.

I would have liked to dress up as him as a team mascot, but didn't have the time. Or energy. Or money. :) Still, he makes me laugh, especially his teeth.

Chair Over Food

Chair next in line: Del Taco.

Now I realize the great controversy between Del Taco and Taco Bell is still raging; however, I refuse to pick a side for good. Sometimes one sounds better than the other. Both are equally gross, I think, in a weird desirable way. Regardless of the quality of their food, I was focused on the chair. As I'm sure you've noticed, these chairs are not made for people to enjoy a luxurious meal. Literally this chair receives a 0.9. I cannot bear to give it a 1 simply because it really did suck. I constantly wanted to lean backwards in it just to create a distraction for my mind. Subconsciously I was hoping to focus more on balance rather be miserable sitting there on such an awful chair. Now that I think about it, maybe 0.9 is a little generous. IS purple.... :)

Sunday, August 22

Coinciding free time is a rarity for us, so Pops and I headed out for adventure down at the San Clemente pier...if you look closely You'll see him all decked out and headed into the water. Just a beautiful summer day in SoCal. :)

Saturday, August 14

Back to VU

Well, starting yesterday I headed back to school to be a part of the leadership team for Music Camp, which starts next week. I admittedly was depressed having to get up and go there yesterday morning, but when I got there, my depression was lifted and instead I was filled with joy at seeing everyone again. One such individual was my friend Michael Tavani, pictured to the right. Tavani was part of our China team where people in all provinces equated him with Captain Jack Sparrow.
Anyways, I was showing my new Flip to him and he shot the following video.

In other news, last night David Karstens proved himself as a fire/grill master as you can see in this picture. I redact my former statements about his inability to do manly things in my blog about my flat tire which he may or may not have helped me with.

And furthermore, my mom planted sunflowers to grow in our backyard, one of which has decided to open up and it is absolutely breathtaking. Sunflowers are so amazing. I still am on a quest to find a field of them, by the way.

Friday, August 13

Scratch Tracks

At Ocean Hills we're working on an album of some regular songs that have come to be an integral part of our church's worship music. A couple days ago I went through my tracks to make sure everything is clear in my mind...I'm super stoked.

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Tuesday, August 10

Fat Free

Well, vlogging is maybe my newest favorite hobby.

Though it's not mentioned in the video, the chair I was sitting in was one of those green, metal seats that are almost always outside your local strip mall. This chair is the ultimate prank, so it would seem. It's like if you got asked out on a date and said yes out of some sort of obligation and decided you wanted to sit outside. Did you really want to sit outside? No, you just said that so your dinner would be faster. These chairs are literally so uncomfortable after the first 30 seconds that you're constantly trying to sit in a different way just to last 30 more seconds in that seat. It's like a game. I rate it a 1. It still serves its purpose of providing seating, AND there are even "arm rests," if you can call them that. (Your arms do not feel rested, nor will they ever after using said "arm rests".) But there is no comfort. And yet I've sat there countless times. Must be the food that keeps bringing me back.

Monday, August 9

A Real Chair?

I purchased a Flip today, an UltraHD 2nd Gen. 120min. Flip. I'm not sure if this is better than the minoHD yet or not.

To piggyback off of my recorded assessment of the dollar theater chair, I must say that my estimated value of the chair has since been redacted. It is no longer a 3.8, but a 1. Through the endurance of our movie, I felt the constant necessity to move in order to quench the discomfort caused to my back due to the chair. Though I still believe the discomfort is justified by me only paying $2, I am displeased with the "upgraded" look at the dollar theater. The chairs may look cooler, but the older, sketchier cloth ones were more tolerable than the current faux leather ones.

Thursday, August 5

Nothin like beef jerky at ten am! The chair im currently in gets five out of five stars. Simply because it brings me great happiness. Im driving with the best people ever Jessica, Alex and Avalon. We are driving up to Mammoth right now!!!

Wednesday, August 4

2 in a day? This whole mobile blogging thing is so easy! This chair is especially made for youth pastors but its worth a sit her and there. It provides a great source of cushiness pretty much all around. I imagine after extended sitting sessions it might ou provide sufficient bak support, but for a quick sit its the bomb. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Chair number 3! This is the chair from which I teach piano lessons. It's your standard folding chair that we have at church...the kind people normally put out for their guests at events that won't last long. After sitting in this chair for longer than an hour, the average person decides to peace out. Good thing my lesson is only an hour. I give this average chair a 1.

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Tuesday, August 3

Bailey's using the snazzy soda machine at pick up stix! :)

Catch Up

Well, I have this awesome memory card on my phone that stores lots of pictures, most of which I take while I'm on the go. Unfortunately, I don't have time to blog about every picture I take, so there comes a time when you get a bunch of pictures to reminisce about. That time is now. Here's some of my mobile photos.
Note, I recognize that this interrupts my chair blog series, but don't worry, I'll be back to chair blogging ASAP. After this.

Picture #1: "World of Color."
Description: I love the World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure. If you have not seen it yet in person, you must go. This is a little tease.

Picture #2: "Pump - N - Stretch."
Description: I snapped this at a gas station while filling up. Even though you're not supposed to use your phone while pumping gas, I took a risk. My first thought was that this is ridiculous. My second thought was that this is ridiculous.

Picture #3: "Solar"
Description: Yes, this is from last Christmastime when we made gingerbread houses at the Karstens home. Brittany and I crafted this beauty and gave it a solar panel.

Picture #4: "Mochi"
Description: This is the MOCHI van, seen enroute on the freeway. I took this before it was illegal to text and drive at the same time.

Picture #5: "Phantomess"
Description: I'm not sure if "phantomess" is a word, but if it is, that's the perfect word to describe how I felt as I sat at this organ found in a secondhand consignment store.

Picture #6: "Midget Chairs"
Description: Steve and I sitting in teeny chairs at the same consignment store as mentioned above.

Picture #7: "Math"
Description: Math. In action.

Picture #8: "Do Work Son"
Description: Steve and I like to think we contribute to society every month or so by recycling. We also have a tradition of getting Slurpees after.

Picture #9: "GLOW!"
Description: Some of us at a glow party fundraiser at Chapman University for Invisible Children. Notice's glow hat. The other pictures from that night seem to have gone missing.

Picture #10: "Thinking of You."
Description: What a big though, eh? This was seen in the parking lot outside of Ralph's in Santa Ana. It was not around Valentine's Day. Why was it on this person's car? Was it a surprise? Did they like it? Was it a joke? These questions remain unanswered.

Picture #11: "For Steve"
Description: It's never too late to go back to the basics.

Picture #12: "Flip-a-B"
Description: Don't turn down a street that will be impossible to turn around in once you realize you've made a wrong turn. Lesson learned the hard way by Bailey as she and Bat and I nearly were impossibly stuck while turning around during one of our daily adventures. I got out of the car to take this picture. We did get out. Eventually.

Picture #13: "Find Me"
Description: Missed the memo of wearing black.

Picture #14: "Find Bailey"
Description: It's like she's in the cast or something...?

Picture #15: "Hallelujah"
Description: I am extremely envious of this guy's job. That was at one point my dream job. It's not quite so high on the list now but I would never turn it down.

Picture #16: "RUN!"
Description: Creepiest pot you've ever seen. You never know what you'll find at a thrift store.

Picture #17: "Grounded"
Description: Bailey, Bat, and I filled all the centerpieces for Bailey's wedding in one night with coffee grounds and flower things. Yes, it was a year ago.

Picture #18: "Best Idea Ever"
Description: How spoiled are our dogs?! Good grief. I can't believe it. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen and yet...pretty funny. I believe Evan either was going to or DID purchase one for their dog Mango.

Picture #19: "Look Out."
Description: I often find myself in funny situations like this and don't really know what to do. This particular time I took a picture. In Mexico, they dont' flush their toilet paper. They don't at the Ross in Santa Ana either.

Picture #20: "Crack Kills"
Description: Saw this guy at Six Flags one day last summer. Those big dog shirts are awesome.

Monday, August 2

Day 2 of chair blogs! I'm now using mobile blogging too via my old school Samsung Sway. :) this chair pictured is my work chair. It provides comfy arm rests and a cushy seat. The mesh back is rarely needed for me because I sit upright all day while I work, on the edge of my seat, ready to complete any kind of filing task set before me. It has many adjustable features which have graciously allowed me to find my own perfect personal settings. It does not provide lumbar support which is a downside to this little fellow. It's also not very cool looking. I give it an average grading of 3 out of 5 stars.

Well decided that I should create a new blogging series about the chairs that I sit in on a daily basis, or perhaps not quite so often. This one is at Starbucks with a great height factor as I sit at the bar with my feet up on the metal bar beneath me. The back support is slightly lacking and in order to enjoy this chair I have to slouch more than I'd like. I do however like to sit up straight sometimes so this chair is acceptable to me. Out of five stars I will give this one a 3.5.