28 June 2008
If you're in the Boise area and need family pictures taken, you should give her a call!
25 June 2008
Eric has basically had to peel my fingers off the steering wheel, but it looks like we're selling our Nissan Pathfinder.
It's been a great car for us, and we love it's brute strength, but since there are only 2 of us, we've decided to downsize.
Please let me know if you're interested or know anyone who might be.
23 June 2008
I do miss "home", family, friends, all of it. So, I know it's a little early, but I'm thinking about flying home for Christmas. You know a girl's homesick when she's willing to travel about 60 hours and spend $1300 on airfare. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that Eric will have the time or the money to join me, but I'll work on him. Maybe if I dangle the bowl season in front of his nose (TV is a week late here, and the games are always on at funny times, if at all).
Persuading men to do things is so much different than persuading women isn't it? I remember when Eric and I were playing with the idea of moving to India, and I was concerned about living in such a foreign culture and raising a family there and putting them through school, etc. Eric didn't seem to think those were very big issues, but as soon as he heard that they don't serve red meat there, India never came up again.
I know it sounds a little strange to want to fly away from a tropical island in the middle of winter, but since no one's mentioned a family Christmas on Saipan as of yet, I think I need to go to them - before I forget what my nieces and nephews look like. Plus, it's not just about family; I'm not ashamed to admit that one of my first items of business is to run into Target and Wal-mart and kiss their floors. And I think I'll go to a new restaurant for every meal, just because I can!
I'm excited for so many things - taking a bath (bathing doesn't work so well in our 2x2 shower), having electricty...Aww, heavenly splendor.
16 June 2008
The sad thing is I was pretty happy with our humble little Nikon Coolpix L6. Eric actually won the camera during law school, and we've been pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, it stopped working a couple weeks back after a very wet hike so now we're looking for a replacement - which is entirely too much fun for a tech nerd like myself.
I've looked at the smallest ultra-compacts, I've browsed wi-fi cameras, I've dreamt about the Nikon D40, but I think I've narrowed it down to 2. Although, I would still love any advice I can get!
It's between the Canon SD870 IS & the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5. Here's the DP Review side-by-side comparison.
Basically, the "Can" has 8 megapixels & 3.8x zoom, whereas the "Pan" has 9.1 pixels & 10x optical zoom. They both have the image stabilizer, high res 3" LCDs, wide angle lens, but the "Pan" is supposed to be pretty great for its HD video capabilities. Ok, ok, so I'm leaning toward the Lumix. The only advantage I can see that the Canon has is the reputation and size/design, but the Lumix has a 10x zoom! Of course it's going to be a little chunkier!
Ok, so it sounds like I've basically made up my mind. Now I just need to come up with the money. Suggestions and donations are welcome!
Which would YOU choose??
09 June 2008
|James Bell, photo by Jacqueline Hernandez|
He made it! James Bell, a member of of our church, called Eric ("President Nelson") a couple of days ago to inform him that he wanted to celebrate his 70th birthday by swimming from Tinian to Saipan (completely alone). That's a 5 mile distance in pretty rough water. All we knew was that he'd done it once before almost 30 years ago, and it took about 12 hours, and everyone was really concerned that he wouldn't make it. As you can imagine, we were even more concerned this time. Amazingly, not only did he make it, but he made it in 4.5 hours! Wow.
Happy 70th Jim! Here's the Saipan Tribune Article.
04 June 2008
I will say, however, that it was fun to have Sarah & Lisa here. We did all of the typical touristy stuff - Banzai, Suicide, Bird Island, Forbidden, Grotto, Hidden Beach, King Fisher, American Memorial, etc. We did do a couple of things that we didn't do with previous guests though. We got to climb into a scary, dark cave with human skeleton remains. Sarah and Lisa camped out on Managaha one night. And, they were fortunate enough to help me chaperone the Youth/Single Adult "Prance" which, by the way, the youth absolutely love those girls and are trying desperately to get them to move out here.
Thanks for coming Sarah & Lisa. I hope you enjoyed it!
So I'll just keep this post short and sweet. If you're really curious, shoot me an email, and I'll respond with Eric's much more detailed message.
The abridged version: Eric Frank Nelson, at the ripe age of 28-years-old, is now the Branch President of the Saipan Branch in the Guam District.
Matt Smith (1st Counselor), E.N., Eddie Tamayo (2nd counselor)