We got a new artificial Christmas tree this year, as the old one finally wore out. As the kids were setting up, guess what they discovered? It rotates! Who knew?
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer, so while Ann and I were in Charlotte for the weekend, we decided to stop by the IKEA store there and take a look around. It’s a huge (blue) building, and they have tons of furnishings for the house and apartment, but overall I was underwhelmed. The quality of so many items was low, especially the furniture. The upside is that a lot of things were inexpensive. I suppose if you’re setting up a college dorm or if you’re a recent grad with $40k in college debt and setting up your first apartment, it’s an affordable way to furnish your place. But I don’t think I would shop there regularly. Even so, we managed to buy several items, including some candles and a bunch of wooden hangers.
We learned the value of cases the hard way. Emilee had saved and saved and finally bought an iPad Touch. Not long after it slipped out of her grasp and landed on the driveway, the glass shattered. Oh, the tears she cried. That moment made us lifelong fans.
When we needed cases for our iPhone 4s a couple years back, we went to the kiosks in our local mall. They had a decent selection, but the prices were brutal, usually $20 to $30 for a simple case. We bought ‘em anyway.
This time around, someone suggested the rooCases on Amazon. After looking over their selection, I bought a couple sight-unseen for our new iPhone 5s’, and they have not disappointed. I got the T2 Hybrid Armor in yellow. It has a soft inner case that’s easy to get on, then a hard shell that snaps on for extra strength and support. It’s got excellent protection and isn’t too bulky or heavy. As an added bonus, it’s got a stand, so I can prop it up on its side, and a belt clip. All for $9. That’s a good deal!
Ann got the Hybrid TPU in blue. It’s similar, though the inner case is more vinylish than rubberish. The size is slightly too small, and it took a lot of work to get it on. I actually had to get a little help from my Verizon rep, cause I didn’t want to break the phone. (If I had to buy another case, I would might get another T2 instead.) Once the inner case was on, however, the outer hard shell fit without any problem. Ann’s case doesn’t have the stand or the belt clip, but it only cost a money-saving $7. Good deal.
Oh my, shelling peas is tedious work! But I’m glad to have fresh veggies from the garden. The lettuce is almost done, but tomatoes and cukes are a-coming!
While we were in Texas for our vacation, Ann’s father, Tom, taught Jacen how to use his scroll saw to do some woodworking. Just before we left, he bought Jacen his own saw. (How cool is that!) Naturally, we needed a place to put this saw, so Jacen and I built our own workbench. It’s as simple as workbenches get. (Here are the plans to build it.)
I am preparing to preach through the texts containing the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus in the gospel of John. I’ve posted my notes from the first three to the NT page.