Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Defying gravity

Our friend and neighbor, Rebecca, entered the bale toss contest at the Douglas County fair.  She is strong for her size.

Picnik collage Rebecca

Dan was tossing the football and Aaron catching as he jumped off the dock. 

Picnik collage Aaron

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Audio Books and podcasts

I am always amazed at how much I get done while listening, especially to a book.  Podcasts are also an option, but I prefer books.

The CD player is in a little “fanny pack” with ear phones that fit over my head.  Talking about old school.  No, I do not have an IPod, but I do have a small MP3 player that works well for podcasts. 

Something about listening to a book or once in a while music that keeps me focused.  I can clean a room top to bottom without even thinking about what I’m doing while listening.  Without the distraction, it seems I am running around the house jumping from task to task.  Somehow listening to the book quiets part of my brain that is constantly coming up with distractions and allows the other part to concentrate on the task at hand.

Where do I get my material?  Mostly from the library.  The have the latest in audio books available for free.  Also, Kansas Audio Books has books available online.  You either have to sign up or have a library card from cooperating libraries.  Both Topeka and Lawrence are members.  Also LibraVox has books that are in the public domain.  So far I have not downloaded one of those. There is a small learning curve to downloading these books because you basically check them out.  Don’t ask me how it all works but installing Overdrive Media Console was a great help for me.  I download, they show up in the program and I then burn or transfer to the player.

Also, once in a while I listen to podcasts.  I check NPR’s local station or the National site for health or technical stories.  NPR has a program called, This American Life that is also very good.

The reason I am thinking about this right now is because I downloaded a book entitled, “True Colors” from the Kansas Audio site several days ago.  I burned half the book onto CD and then ran out of blanks.   Turns out, the book is pretty good.  I’m trying to decide if I should wait until I can get more CDs or put the rest on my MP3 player.  The other option is to start another book checked out from the bookmobile. 

Or, I could finish the old fashioned way a book I started at the beginning of the summer.  That is to sit down and read.  Nothing wrong with that as long as I don’t go to sleep.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hatteberg's People

Our sister-in-law Janice's mother, Dorothy Snider, was featured on Hatteberg's People on KAKE news in Wichita. She has worked for years as a tour guide at Abilene's Seelye Mansion. She does an excellent job talking about a fascinating house. Check here for the video.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taekwondo tournament

Picnik collage

All ages and abilities were encouraged and applauded at the tournament today.  It appeared many parents take lessons right along with their children.  

Adam did very well as he competed in form, weapons and fighting.  It seems to me this sport teaches lifetime lessons in discipline, self defense and concentration.