10 songs that take me back

1. Lady in Red – Not sure of the artist

2. Money – Pink Floyd

3. That I Would Be Good – Alanis Morissette

4. That Summer – Garth Brooks

5. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. This Magic Moment – Jay and The Americans

8. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys

9. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones

10. Maggie May – Rod Stewart



A-Z: Things I like

A – Africa (the continent I love)

B – Basset Hounds (there is no greater breed)

C – Christmas (everything about Christmas makes me happy)

D – Dexter (easily one of my top 5 favorite TV shows)

E – Eating (not gonna lie, I like to eat)

F – Funnel Cakes (is there any sweet treat that’s better?)

G – Geocaching (my favorite hobby)

H – Harry Potter (probably the greatest book series ever)

I – In ‘n Out Burger (mmmmm)

J – Jenny (my wife, she’s awesome)

K – King (Stephen King to be exact, his books frighten me)

L – Los Angeles Dodgers (my favorite baseball team)

M – Monster Energy Drinks (they keep me awake when I need to be awake)

N – Newcastle United (my favorite soccer team)

O – Outback Steakhouse (yes it’s a chain, but it’s one of my favorite restaurants)

P – Podcasts (so many great podcasts, so many great topics)

Q – Queen (some of the best guitar solo’s ever)

R – Rain (I love rain, I just wish California got more of it)

S – Survivor (recently got hooked on this show, now I’m watching every season!)

T – Traveling (I love seeing new places and old places)

U – Uganda (the place I truly consider home)

V – Vanilla Latte (iced or hot, I’ll drink them)

W – Words With Friends (play me! username: adamansel)

X – X-Files (Mulder & Scully, need I say more?)

Y – Yahoo News Ticker (this is where I keep up with the world)

Z – Zoo’s (Santa Barbara and San Diego have great ones)

22 must read books

  1. A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (This book will make you laugh out loud as you read it, people will stare)
  2. Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux
  3. Acts of Faith – Philip Caputo (An amazing novel about NGO workers in Sudan)
  4. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling (Need I say more?)
  5. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins (Reading this right now, on the 2nd book, can’t put it down)
  6. The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
  7. An Arrow Pointing to Heaven – James Bryan Smith (A biography about the life of Rich Mullins)
  8. Land of a Thousand Hills – Rosamond Halsey Carr (She lived in Rwanda for 40 plus years and I had tea with her in her home by Lake Kivu)
  9. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo Dallaire (Written by the head of the UN forces in Rwanda during the genocide)
  10. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow we will be killed with our families – Philip Gourevitch
  11. In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
  12. Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving (Probably my favorite novel that I’ve ever read)
  13. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  14. It – Stephen King (This book will scare you)
  15. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway (I went through a Hemingway phase, loved all his books, but this one made the list)
  16. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (For many years I wanted to be Sal Paradise)
  17. The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman (Graphic novel series, not finished yet so new comics are still coming out)
  18. Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller (Better than Blue Like Jazz)
  19. The Belgariad and The Mallorean Series – David Eddings
  20. Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley
  21. What is the What – Dave Eggers (You gotta read this one)
  22. Watchmen – Alan Moore

My 10 favorite podcasts

(In no particular order)

1. Frank the Podcast

2. The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack

3. Media Junkyard

4. We’re Alive – A Zombie story (don’t laugh at me)

5. All TV with Jay and Jack

6. Stuff You Should Know

7. Hype

8. Mugglecast (okay, really no laughing this time)

9. The Geocaching Podcast

10. The Walking Dead TV Podcast

My (current) 10 favorite iPhone apps – December Edition

Back in May I posted about my top ten iPhone apps at that time. 7 months later I thought it was time for an update, so here are my ten favorite apps at the moment:

1. Tap Zoo (free) – an app that is super addicting. You start from scratch and build your own zoo. Mine is pretty awesome. Jenny introduced me to this game and now I’m hooked.

2. Angry Birds ($.99) – I missed the Angry Birds craze when it first came out, but I finally succumbed to all the peer pressure and bought it and couldn’t stop playing until I finished all the levels.

3. Facebook (free) – a favorite that I use every day all the time.

4. Echofon (free) – a repeat from the original list, because I like to tweet and keep up with what’s “atwitter”

5. Foursquare (free) – at first I wasn’t a fan of Foursquare and I stuck with Gowalla but I finally made the switch and I’m glad I did it. I’m at “Home in the Heights” right now in case your wondering!

6. Words With Friends (free) – another repeat from the last list. So fun to play a scrabble-like game with friends! Challenge me, my user name is: Adamansel

7. eBay (free) – there have been a few auctions I’ve been bidding on and having this app has been super helpful for keeping up the pace on who’s winning.

8. Netflix (free) – I can watch movies and TV instantly over my phone and then pick up at the same place I left off on my laptop! How awesome it that!

9. Flashlight (free) – it always seems to be dark in the new house I live in so this helps a lot.

10. Holy Bible (free) – it’s nice having a Bible with me all the time, especially when I forget mine at home on Sunday morning!

10 blogs I recommend

1. Stuff Christians Like – http://stuffchristianslike.net/ (Very funny blog about Christendom)

2. Further Dispatches – http://furtherdispatches.wordpress.com/ (Jorge Garcia from Lost)

3. Hyperbole and a Half – http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ (Funniest blog I have ever read, you will laugh out loud)

4. Mossy Foot – http://www.mossyfoot.blogspot.com/ (Awesome organization that works in Ethiopia)

5. The Baseball Codes – http://thebaseballcodes.com/ (For all baseball fans)

6. From Mourning to Morning – http://marisapaigehenryfranson.blogspot.com/ (A friend’s blog, lots of great pictures)

7. Atherstones in Uganda – http://stonesinuganda.blogspot.com/ (Friends who are missionaries in Uganda, keep up with their adventures)

8. Pray for Daisy – http://prayfordaisy.com/ (You have to keep up with this blog)

9. Mon amie Kelly – http://monamiekelly.blogspot.com/ (A friend’s blog about life in France)

10. Because Everyone Needs to Laugh – http://becauseeveryoneneedstolaugh.blogspot.com/ (A friend’s blog full of hilarious videos)