My Sad Addiction

About 6 months ago, Mike and I finally gave in and got digital cable along with a digital video recorder (DVR). I love it! Unfortunately, since we have got it I spend way too much time in front of the TV. But I guess since we don't have children and I 'm still able to be productive I should just enjoy it while I can.

In order to let some of you get to know me better I thought I would display my DVR list for the entire world to see. The shows aren't listed in any particular order, but I did highlight all the reality shows in red.

So here is my current DVR list:

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Lost (ABC)
American Idol (Fox)
Survivor (CBS)
Big Love (HBO)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Dog Whisperer (National Geographic)
Work Out (Bravo)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
The Hills (MTV)
Three Sheets (MoJo)
Flipping Out (Bravo)
Project Runway (Bravo)
Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC)
Tori & Dean/ Home Sweet Hollywood (Oxygen)
Amazing Race (CBS)

Now that I have them listed in front of me I think I have a sad addiction.
By the way, here are the shows Mike picked for the DVR:

CSI: Miami (CBS)

Mike's 2 shows compared to my 23, I do think I have a problem:)

The Shack

For those of you that do not know, I LOVE to read. It was a habit that started in college. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I do not remember reading a book prior to that time. Sure I used to read the text books in high school, but when it came to reading books for literature class I was a cliff notes kind of girl.

There are four category of books that I read:
1. Oprah's Book Club
2. Harry Potter (LOVE!)
3. Nicholas Sparks
4. Anything else that has controversy attached to its name (DaVinci Code, A Million Little Pieces, etc.)

Well, a couple of weeks ago I read a christian fiction book called "The Shack" by William Young. I am embarrassed to admit that as much as I read, this is the first christian fiction book that I have ever read. I think I have stayed away from christian fiction because I thought that it wouldn't be as interesting as the books in Oprah's Club, or the story line would be boring or hard to follow. Boy was I wrong.

This book was amazing. I am not going to give away the story or any of the details, partly because this is the kind of book that can mean different things to each individual person. What I will say is that this book for me has really made clear the relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and what kind of relationship I personally can have with them. It also answered a lot of questions that I think almost every human being has asked before or wanted to ask especially when going through a tragedy. I couldn't put the book down.

I am going to have to stop typing because I keep wanting to tell you all the details in the book. So I will end by saying if anyone reads "The Shack" let me know so we can talk!

Renaissance Festival

I know this post is a couple weeks late, but I had to blog about our Renaissance Festival experience. A few weeks ago Mike and I decided that after 5 years of living in Nashville, it was time to visit the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. The festival is very interesting. It takes place on several acres of land that have been made to look like a 16th century English Village. Most everyone seems to go all out. Not only do many people dress the part, they also speak as if they are living in England during the 16th century. At times it was a little creepy. The festival runs each weekend in May and each weekend has a different theme. The theme for Memorial Day Weekend was "International Jousting Tournament."

We arrived at the festival around 10:30 and headed inside to meet up with our friends Kyle & Janna, and their two boys, Cody and Wyatt. We quickly headed to the jousting arena and grabbed a seat for the tournament. The tournament was fun. You could tell it was staged, but I'm sure all the kids really enjoyed it. After the tournament Janna and Cody enjoyed a camel ride (who knew they had camels in England during the 1500's). The rest of our afternoon was spent eating and browsing at the merchant tents, which sold costumes, jewelry, & arts and crafts. The last item on our agenda was to visit "Castell Gwyn".

Castell Gwyn was built by a man who had a dream of living in a castle one day. This is actually someones home. Construction was started in 1980 and was finished just a few weeks ago. Because the castle is someones home we were not allowed to tour the entire residence. It was neat, but very short and not really what I expected, but it made for some good pictures.

The festival was fun. Mike and I will probably never go back, but at least we can say we have experienced the Tennessee Renaissance Festival.

Mike having a little too much fun in the children's area:)

Mike being silly

Cody and the Knight

Wyatt taking a break

The whole gang!