Saturday, December 20, 2008

Citizenship

Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?

You answered 85% of questions correctly. Here's your rating: 

0-20%: Maybe you're still thinking too much about the Old Country.

25-40%: Mmmm. Do you really want to be a citizen? This kind of performance isn't going to impress those nice immigration folks.

45-60%: Not too bad, but you really need to break out the civics books again -- word is, the INS is looking for an 80 percent score.

65-80%: Hey, you may make a good citizen yet! Look at your wrong answers and a little revision should do the trick.

85-100%: Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13442226/?score=85&resp=2,4,2,1,2,,1,4,2,3,1,4,,3,4,4,3,,2,2,#anc_July4CivicsQuiz

I'm a little upset that I got the questions wrong.  I didn't even answer them.  I'm at work doing this and was not paying a ton of attention.  Oh well.


Friday, December 19, 2008

work

I'm sitting at work, it's 2:30, and I have nothing to do until 4:00AM.

I like this job because I'm learning a ton, but the hours are going to kill me. I don't know what I'll do on overnights to occupy my mind while my body wishes to be doing something a little more carnal... namely sleep, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. It's my first time on overnights, out of training, so I'll get there.

On a completely different subject. As a kid there was an activity that occurred around Thanksgiving and Christmas that I hated, dreaded and loathed...the practice of telling everyone what you are thankful for while standing praying.

This didn't happen with regularity, but sometimes we would stand in "family prayer" pose, with everyone in a circle and we'd go around saying what we were thankful for. Now, mind you, I have a lot to be thankful for, but I hated saying it and hated more to try and think about being thankful. I *KNEW* I was thankful, wasn't that enough?

Apparently not.

This is still an issue for me, so Becky suggested that I start a "gratitude journal." I of course scoffed at the idea, but later decided to try it. I started with "stupid" things like: Sunshine, Flowers and Children Playing. Soon, I realized that these seemingly superficial items are things I am thankful for. I started to realize that even though I didn't like working at the kiosk, that this was a means of income, I was thankful of that. My attitude started to change.

Then, I stopped doing it. Like EVERY journal I've ever started, I stopped writing in it. The only person who knows when I write and when I don't write is myself. Becky doesn't know and up until now, she was the only one who knew about this journal, I think.

Anyway, I only write 3 things, and I'll write 3 now.
Three things I am thankful for:
Having Christmas Eve off.
Having a job I like and learn from.
Having some time to spend with family and friends.

I didn't realize how much that sounds like a MasterCard commercial.

Anyway....
Tomorrow (Well, today) I will get off at 7:00AM. I'll see my doc at 9:00, get home about 11:00AM. I need to be at MOA for work from 4PM-10PM and at USI at 11PM. I'll be tired, grouchy and probably pissy. But, I have work. I get the weekend off to see Becky's family on Saturday and maybe some friends on Sunday.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Overnights

So, I'm on the "overnight" week at USI.  This is the week of training that is the geek version of bootcamp.  Sleep little and work hard.  OK.  I guess I haven't been working hard.  And if I'm updating my blog at work, I'm working even less!

The overnight crew trains us in on tasks that need to be done on all shifts, but is easier to train when there are fewer calls, the 11PM-7AM shift.  So far it seems cool.  No details.  I'm too tired.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Working...

OK, folks. It was unanimous. I wasn't surprised. My Mom, Dad, the two comments on here, the email from Moe, and honestly, the most important 2 votes... Becky and me: all voted for USI. I started today. I could have canceled and I'm not sure this was smart, but it will be a great challenge, emotionally, mentally and maybe even physically.

I listened in on the phones for a while, just to shock me. They don't have the scripts that other places have, but rely on their techs to be smart enough to do it. They get the whole spectrum of customers and that will be interesting.

But here are some cool things...
The town in which one of USI's owners grew up was recently hit with high unemployment because of Ford layoffs. So, USI opened up a call center in that town. That's cool. That's really cool.

If a USI customer hangs up on tech support, for what ever reason, whether it was before or after talking to a person, a Techie will call them to help them with their issue instead of assuming that they will call back. That's less cool, but still really cool.

All in all, this may be a huge challenge, but I'm excited for it. Thank you all for your helpful input. It's great to have friends.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Work related illnesses

OK. Here's what's been going on with me as far as work is concerned, please comment, I need help.

I currently work part-time at ListenHear. It's a kiosk job. I sell custom ear molds for music, ear plugs and bluetooth, etc. I hate it. Passionately.

On Monday, I'll start at US Internet as a call center tech support person. The turnover rate is high. Really high. Like if I make it 6 months, they are really excited. They pay the same as ListenHear, but it's full-time and I'll learn things there.

Yesterday, I had an interview with SuperAmerica for a Co-Manager Trainee. This is an Assistant Manager Trainee with the plans of becoming a store manager sometime soon. It pays better than USI and ListenHear, but the schedule is going to be across the board. It's like retail, only I'll be in charge AND either an 18 or a 24 hour period of the store being open. Meaning, I may end up with overnights, early mornings and mid-afternoon shifts within the same week. Yikes!

USI is open 24/7, but the shifts are stable until they change. Meaning that I'll have the same shift for a few months, I think, and then it will change for a few months.

Both promote readily. Both seem to promote based on quality, not kiss-up-itude, which is always good, even for an up-kisser. I think that monetary promotions are more readily available at USI, because it starts lower than SA, but SA starts about $5,000 higher.

Becky thinks that USI is a better choice because I may get supervisor experience there, which is a lot of why I like SA. I don't know if I will. They already have supervisors and it's a small organization.

I originally LOVED the idea of USI, because I'll get more involved in computers, a thing I have some skill and would like to develop. It comes in so handy! But I like the idea of upward mobility at SA.

I've really made up my mind, but still want others to chime in. BTW, I'll probably be quitting at ListenHear next week. Let me know if you want any custom products, I'll get a gift certificate for you!

102?!?!?!?!?!

OK, so I totally missed my 100th post. It took me a lot longer than it should have, but here's 102, enjoy, since 103 will be up in a few minutes.

Monday, November 10, 2008

LMAO

First attempt at an embedded video. If this works, yea! If not, hilarity shall not ensue.
Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Be jealous

Becky and I are going to be on a cruise next week. Woot! So we voted in absentia for the first time.

Another first for me is the fact that I voted for someone for president that I actually believe will be a good one. This is my third presidential election and I had not even voted for a pseudo-qualified person, just the one that I thought would be slightly better.

I will not tell you the person I for whom I cast my ballot, but if you have read recently, you'll know.

US Senate and House, on the other hand... both candidates stink. Well, maybe in two years!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

politics

While I don't usually do politics on this blogging thing, I have extremists on both sides as subscribers, I'll make an exception for this.

I've never believed the "Maverick"-ness of McCain, but I didn't know much about him personally.  I did like in the RNC the sign that read, "Original Mavrick."  That made me giggle.

My favorite part in this article, so far is:
This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.
What's with these presidents with daddy issues? 

Monday, October 06, 2008

Marathons

I have this friend, who is the only regular comment poster. She set a goal to run the Twin Cities Marathon.

She did it!

A month ago she felt under-prepared, but she followed through with this goal. I now feel inspired to follow through with some of my goals that I have been slacking on.

I'm so glad Beck and I got to see you run. I just wish I could have found you at different spots instead of just one. Way to go, Moe!

Friday, September 12, 2008

J-J-J-JADED!

So, there's this new guy at work. He's a little bit older 50's-ish (I was the oldest until he came!). Well, he made me realize something, how important a good job is.

I've been complaining about this job, which isn't all that bad, and he comes in and talks about how wonderful working here is and... it puts things into perspective. I haven't really had to live from paycheck to paycheck. Well, not since I was the producer of paychecks. I am pretty sure my parents scraped by many months of my youth. But now that I listen to his story, I am reminded that I have it really well.

Thanks, New Guy!

(Oh! We each got sales today at the mall that only gets 1 sale a week!)

Friday, September 05, 2008

hypocrite

I recently commented on a friend's blog that she should run the half marathon to commemorate her success at running, even though she hasn't trained well enough for it.

I'm a hypocrite.

Tomorrow is the Jesse James' Days 100-mile bike ride. I was planning on riding it, but I never signed up.

Sorry, Moe. I guess I was just trying to get you to do something that you'd be proud of, unlike this guy who bailed on one of his goals. Go for it! I will cheer you on from the sidelines.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Like the wind

There are many ways I'm like the wind, but today I will tell you only this way. I keep changing directions.

I got a package in the mail from Amazon on Saturday containing 2-2GB cards for Sean and Becky's new phones (Chocolate 3, we switched to Verizon from TMobile) and 2 books (so that we could get free shipping. That's the only reason, I swear.

Well, now I started reading them, they are short, so I won't divert much attention away from the other books, plus it's good practice for my "How to Read a Book" book that I'm reading.

Anyway, I screwed up on the order and got the original edition of "The Elements of Style" by Wm. Strunk, Jr. I was thinking I was getting the Strunk and White version, but alas, the first edition. Oh well, it should help prevent atrocious writing such as the last few paragraphs, but this is just stream of consciousness writing anyway.

I also bought "The Elements of Grammar" by Margaret Shertzer. I don't know anything about it, but it was highly recommended to me by Amazon, maybe they had too many of them. I still am planning on reading Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (9th Edition) by Joseph M. Williams, but that will come. "Style" was suggested by an English professor-friend.

Any suggestions on other books to peruse? I have lot's of reading time now.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Patriotic Elephants

I'm surrounded by elephants adorned with stars and stripes. The Republican National Convention has hit the Mall of America and all the press is wearing Qwest lanyards with the GOP logo. It's nice for me, they are an easy mark. And they seem ready to buy. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Goal update

Hey group. I realized that I haven't updated anyone on my goals, so here goes:

I'm still at about the same weight and body fat. I have been swimming many days a week, so I am thinking that my aerobic activity will soon show improvement.

I've been climbing at least once a week, but I plateaued, and quickly. I'm reading a book with training tips in it to help with that.

I've read a couple of books thus far and am excited to be working on a few right now.
I finished: "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach, "Prayer of the Faithful" by Walter Huffman, HG Wells' "The Time Machine" and I'm now working on "How to Read a Book" by Adler and Van Doren, "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift, and "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tze.
Note: All of these are being read while I "work." I get more than enough time to read here. And now, I'm updating you all on my goal progress, while I'm "working."

Well, I'm off to read. I've only conversed with 3 customers today. Maybe I'll get another before I leave at 4:00. Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Reflections

I sit in a busy mall, all by myself.

I've never realized just how weird it is as a kiosk employee. I've realized why so many jump at every person that walks by, while others become secluded in a book or internet or some other non-work activity. I'm try to stay in the middle and not avoid people with another task or freak people out by harassing them.

While I was living at home, my mom started reading everything in sight, John Grisham, Danielle Steele, pretty much anything. She would read in the living room with the TV on, us asking her questions, pretty distracted. I would marvel at her ability to tune out and in depending on need and still know what was going on in the book.

Reading in a busy mall is giving me that ability.

I kind of like my newly practiced ability. I might soon read in a plane terminal or on the light rail. With these new powers, I may even be able to conquer the State Fair!

Yes, I'm that bored.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ch-ch-changes!

Here's the short scoop.

Becky and I moved to Bloomington.  No Internet.  I have not been reading my friends' blogs or updating my own.  I think I'll try to add the blogs to Google Reader so I can access them at work.

Yes, I wrote work.

I work at a kiosk at MOA and Burnsville malls.  Not simultaneously, but I alternate between the two.  My schedule is erratic and my alternations are not patterned, but it's OK.  It's called ListenHear, clever huh?  It's a division of Starkey hearing aids.  We sell custom ear mold things like MP3 earbuds, ear plugs, and the like.  I get a lot of swag, but I sit by myself for long periods of time.  I do get to read, but I get bored too.  It's part time, so I'm looking elsewhere too.  

I interviewed at a school in North Minneapolis today.  What an experience!  On the way there, I got lost and I was solicited... that's all I will say.  They want me back for a second interview with the director.  I'm excited.  I think it will be good.  It's a new challenge, a GREAT school and it's non-church ministry.  You should check them out at http://www.wiseschool.org.

I don't have much more to say.  Bye.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

By popular demand.... my life.

OK, so I haven't posted in a month. I'm sorry. My life hasn't been that interesting and I haven't had things to write about. That being said, here's an update:

Becky and I are moving! We are leaving the cramped seminary apartment for another apartment that is larger(!). We will be moving back to Bloomington. I say back because we grew up there, but we have never lived, together, in Bloomington.

I am taking this next year off of Seminary to "discern" our calling(s). I am really excited for the change. I'm still looking for a job, but I'm sure something will come up. I'm almost to the point where McDonald's is looking good.

On a similar note, I did resign at Christ as their Choir Director. I actually did that before Becky and I talked about taking this year off. We've been worshiping at a lot of different churches and I've been having a lot of fun with that. I don't know about Becky, though. I think she likes the stability. I did preach at a church in Hector, MN for the 4th of July weekend. I liked that! The people were simply amazing.

There's everything in a nutshell. I might post the sermon on the other blog, just for something to post. Have a great week, friends!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Rock Climbing

Oh, I forgot! I'm OK to belay at Vertical Endeavors now, so anyone who wants to go, let me know and all the top-rope climbs are free for the conquering. Yea!

I went on Thursday with Beck's younger brother. He's good. He hasn't climbed since Elementary School and was showing me up. We went bouldering, and he did quite well. I hadn't tried it since my first trip to VE, but I did much better than I did that time. I love gaining skills.

OK, that's all. Anyone who wants to go, let me know, you know how to reach me.

"Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you, you see."


So, a little while ago, Polaroid announced that it will no longer make their instamatic cameras, as in, "polaroids." This was a shock, as Kodak hasn't stopped making film nor is any other company getting rid of good old, analog film. However, it is getting harder to find.

But now, there's some news on the horizon! Polaroid is making a battery-operated, pocket-sized photo printer. This is really exciting, because now the Polaroid is back! It will take as long to "develop," but I'm sure it will be a great boon to the photo world. I won't be buying one, but I know some geeks that will be!

Thank you Polaroid, for bringing back the wonderful world of tiny, instant pictures.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Failure

I don't recall if I wrote about this before, but I want to share this with you all.

I wrote something and attached it to my computer monitor. I rarely see it, because it is always there, but for some reason I looked tonight.

Strive for FAILURE

I realized sometime last year that I have this fear of failure. I have set myself up so that I cannot fail, or that failing would be difficult. So the last few years I've been purposely putting myself into positions in which I could fail.

Strive for FAILURE

I guess I don't need to strive to fail, but because of this, I have realized that I am not my failures. I am my reaction to those failures. Or, as was the case, my preconceived reaction to perceived future failures. I make my own destiny by creating self-fulfilling prophecies.

I don't know where I am going with this blog, but I wanted to throw out some of my self-actualization stuff. It's weird getting to know one's self.

Rock Climbing and other goals

I've been rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors and have been having a blast. I bought some equipment, so I don't spend too much each time I go. I'm willing to go with anyone who has a desire to learn, as long as you realize that I'm a complete novice too.

My 5K dreams are soon fading... I don't think that I'll be running one this year. However, I talked to my cousin and he's interested in getting ready for a century bike ride this fall. He has done a couple of 62 milers, but never a century. So, I think I'll start getting ready for that.

Now that I know a little about Rock Climbing, I have an official goal:
By May 14th, 2009, I will be able to lead climb a 5.11 difficulty level indoor climb.

I will be adding a goal tracker for my Rock Climbing proficiency. On Monday, I climbed a 5.9- for the first time and today I repeated that climb and did another 5.9- that seemed really easy. Yea for progress!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

2 Things....

Softball
Becky and I have joined a Softball league through her work. This was the third game I played with them and the first one I've had more than one at bat. (Actually, I only had one at bat total in the first two games). Well, here are my personal stats.
  • I hit a pop to center, out.
  • I hit a triple (that I over ran and pissed off the third base coach who was telling me to stop at 2nd)
  • I hit 2 doubles.
  • I caught 2 flies to the pitcher.
  • I made the last play a diving, grounder-stopping play, with a throw to first.
  • I pitched 6 of the 7 innings.
  • We won our first game in 3 years!
I'm really proud of our team. Becky struck out once and hit solid singles (one should have been a double or more, but our team is conservative on base running).

Piano
So I wrote earlier about being asked to play piano at a church this Sunday. Well, we rehearsed tonight. I tried to back out of it and get some friends to cover for me, and I'm glad I didn't. I was less than stellar, but I need to be publicly humiliated into practicing more.

So, I get there and the Pastor introduces me and gives me a huge, over-the-top introduction. Then says that I'm in charge and leaves. I was not ready to lead, in fact, I was hoping to follow. I was kind of thinking that the guitar and choir would be the main leaders and I would be providing the bass and a little melody, because I was told that they knew all the music.

They didn't.

So, I worked them like I would any other choir. I think they appreciated it. I also think I talked too much, which is a common critique for me, but I had fun and I think they did too.

I am so used to 1-1/2 hour rehearsal that I didn't even look at my watch, just let them out when we were done at an hour 28 minutes. I laughed. They normally don't practice for a set time, so this was new to them.


I have one of my goals down, I played in front of people. On Sunday, I'll be driving in that goal and will have finished it undeniably. I'm glad for this opportunity, even if it is beyond my ability. I need a good challenge to rise up to, otherwise I won't challenge myself.

Thanks for reading, many blessings to all you all.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Goal-Oriented

Well, I was at the Saint Paul Area Synod's Synod Assembly this weekend. Well, our Bishop was re-elected. Yea! One of the first people I voted for who actually won! Anyway, something else happened. A goal for this year is about to be completed and it just fell into my lap.

This Sunday, I will be playing the service music (with others) for Zion Lutheran Church. I will be playing piano in public! Ack! Well, I have 8 hymns to practice, and I need my sleep. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Birthday Wishes and Goals

Well, Last Wednesday, the 14th, was my birthday. I had sushi with Becky and my folks and then went shopping for dress pants that fit. (I did lose those 20 pounds, BTW, so nothing fits anymore.) On my birthday for the last few years I've been doing my fiscal New Years' resolutions. I take these more seriously than I do my Jan 1 resolutions. Birthdays do that.
Without further ado, I present my 2008 goals for my 30th year of life (I turned 29 last week):
  1. On May 14th, 2009, I will have 10% body fat. (This is a huge goal, but I want a six-pack for a little while in my life).
    -Along with this, I will run (the whole way) a 5K.
    -I will finish a century bike ride (100 miles).
    -I will master a knew skill: rock climbing.
  2. Sing
  3. Play piano.
  4. Perform piano in public (I don't know how, but I will)
  5. Read 10 books of my own choosing!
I wrote these up here, because I know someone (M. Filly) will harass me about them until they are completed. I need external motivators (by the way, thanks to everyone who harassed me about the weight).
Well, I'm out of here for probably a couple weeks, it seems as that's the trend. I will see if I can place some sort of goal realization sheet up here and then I might post more frequently.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Running and Nature

Well, this morning Becky and I decided to go for a run around Como Lake. It is a 1.6 mile track around the lake and we thought it would be a good route, pretty and such.

It was. We saw a few loons and two beavers, a ton of various other fowl including a Great Blue Heron, a Wood duck (in a tree!), mallards and Canadian geese. What bothered me were the dead fish in the lake. There was a nice-sized fish floating just off the shore, I think a walleye, but I didn't look too closely. I know that fish die, but it always seems like it's from some extra-natural process when you see a dead fish in a lake with that many fish-eating animals running or flying around.

Any way, our run consisted of running the first 1/3 of the lake, then Becky wanted to walk for a bit, so we walked another 1/3 and then ran the final 1/3. This was really impressive, since I haven't run since the second week of January and Becky is running a 5k next weekend and has been "training" for it. Maybe if we work on this weekly, we'll be able to actually run the whole lake. It's not far, so it should only take a few weeks, huh?

After that, I came home and hit some softballs. I can't seem to get the distance that I should get. My first mistake is that I'm hitting the ball and not through the ball. I think I'll hit the batting cages this week. That should be good.

Peace all!

Monday, April 07, 2008

More weighting around

I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything substantial in a while, this will be nothing different. I weighed myself and was 188.0 on Saturday and 187.4 on Sunday. Either way, I'm at nearly 10% weight reduction. When I reach 185, I'll be over that.
However, I did go to the doctor and had my blood-glucose levels checked and I was 101. That's 1 point over normal. My family has a history of diabetes, so I am paying more attention to that than the average person would. I've had a rather stressful semester, so this is probably a result, but I'm still watching my diet and looking at changing my weight goals. They suggested 3 pounds ago to lose ten pounds. Mom suggested 10%, without realizing that I'm close to that already. But, I guess another 18-19 pound wouldn't be BAD, it would jut be difficult. I think that my goal will be in the 170's. Unfortunately, that leaves me close to the "Overweight" Body Mass Index. I guess I'll keep revising my goals until I am no longer overweight, huh? "Another" 10 pounds is easy, but losing the "last" ten pounds is hard, huh?

Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Writing Tips

I stumbled upon a list of writing tips that I think everyone should know. This is only part of the article, but I'm sure you'd enjoy all 100 tips.

  1. Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one.
  2. Excessive hyperbole is literally the kiss of death.
  3. ASBMAETP: Acronyms Should Be Memorable And Easy To Pronounce, and SATAN: Select Acronyms That Are Non-offensive.
  4. Finish your point on an up-beat note, unless you can’t think of one.
  5. Don’t patronise the reader-he or she might well be intelligent enough to spot it.
  6. A writer needs three qualities: creativity, originality, clarity and a good short term memory.
  7. Choose your words carefully and incitefully.
  8. Avoid unnecessary examples; e.g. this one.
  9. Don’t use commas, to separate text unnecessarily.
  10. It can be shown that you shouldn’t miss out too many details.


The best and funniest tips are scattered throughout, I thought of picking and choosing, but I'm lazy. Enjoy!

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Crystal of Peace

There are a few of my readers that abhor poetry, but I'll still post this, because it's interesting to me.

My first year at MSU, we sang a piece composed by Frank Ticheli, "There Will Be Rest." It was one of the most beautiful works I had ever sung. I have one recording of it and listen to it constantly, in fact, I was just listening to it when I decided to blog. The poem is by Sara Teasdale.



There Will Be Rest
by Sara Teasdale

There will be rest, and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops crowned with snow,
A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
The music of stillness holy and low.

I will make this world of my devising
Out of a dream in my lonely mind,
I shall find the crystal of peace, – above me
Stars I shall find.


The recording I have is of the Augustana South Dakota Choir singing this as part of the Ellingboe "Requiem." Peace.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cleaning

Well, I get in moods. Most people figure that out quickly, but tonight I got into a cleaning mood.

Becky hates it.

She likes me cleaning, but if I'm in a mood, I don't actually clean. I tangentially move stuff. I will sort stuff into piles in various places. It's not cleaning, it's messing up.

I should stop right now. Hmm. What to do then?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Holy Week

Nothing new to report, but it's Easter Vigil in my world, which is great news. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and I can relax a little.
Easter to most church musicians is extremely busy, but for my choir it's Good Friday. We always sing more than we can prepare and that usually ticks me off. It's most likely not my idea nor something I had any control over.

Anyway, that's my life.

Monday, March 03, 2008

weight

So, I thought posting this stuff (my weight) would be a good motivator--it is not. I haven't really been diligent in my working out. In other words, I haven't. I've been sore, I've been tired. I've been whining.

So that all being said, my weight this morning was 192.2. I've seen it lower, but this is the lowest it's been while still on my trend. 185-ish is my goal weight, so that's looking closer than ever. Maybe I'll just keep lowering the goal by 5-10 pounds. According to Body Mass Index charts, I should be at about 170 or lower, well 130-170, but THAT'S not going to happen! At least not the 130! I was 140 in High School and looked like I belonged on a "Save the Children" commercial.

That's all for now, bye.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Crappy night

I just got back from a concert. It was a crappy night. Four of the people, with whom I went, got really drunk. One picked a fight, which I helped stop. Two or three were using my left butt cheek as a drum... really hard (I've had 4 surgeries on that spot, not fun), they were repeatedly told to stop.

I'm sore, I'm pissed, I'm tired and my adrenaline is going full speed. I need sleep and I have work in the morning. Grr.

Here's to getting rid of poisonous friendships!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Apostles' Creed Hymn Sing!

I posted to the other blog about my Worship Project. I hope you enjoy it's at: http://seminarymusician.blogspot.com/2008/02/apostles-creed-hymn-sing.html
Peace.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

weight 2

OK, sorry about the delay....
I've forgotten dates, but here's what I know about my weight.
A couple of weeks ago... 194.2
last week...193.6
yesterday...193.2

I haven't been working out, nor watching what I eat. I haven't been eating anything disgusting, but I don't eat a salad for lunch or anything. I shall get up in the morning for a workout. Wish me luck.

On the other side of my life, school is going well. I have my final project this semester and am looking for a few good singers for Tuesday night rehearsals. It'll be fun! I'll write about my project later. It should be interesting--a Hymn Sing on the Apostles' Creed.

Blessings to you all!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weight

OK, so a while back I said that I'm going to lose 10 pounds by May. I'm going to be listing my weight on a semi-weekly basis so that people can make fun of me or encourage me. I'll title them all "weight" so that if you don't want to read it, you don't have to.

This morning, I weighed 194.0 pounds. I'm going to say that I was 195.0 for my goal start, because my original weight was 205 and 195 is 10 pounds lighter. So my new goal weight is 185, which is closer to my doctor's "ideal" weight for me...170.

So that's my story, thanks for watching. Place your bets on when I reach the target goal.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I need some help...

Why? I'm an adult, I should at least have a PG-13 rating. I need to swear more. I mean, a "G"? Kids don't even go to "G" rated movies anymore.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

More on Resolutions

So, I have a few blogs I regularly check out, one being http://www.makeuseof.com/. This site has a varied bunch of things, but all technology related. I found it through http://stumbleupon.com/, which is a place that puts a toolbar in your browser and when you are bored, you click a button which opens up a site that fits your selected preferences. I like web-related stuff, so I stumbled on this. I love that little button!

Anyway, because this is a new year and people are "resoluting," they put this on their site: 5 Tracking Apps to Help You Out in 2008. And I found one I am starting to like called, http://www.43things.com/.

On this site, you put down your goals and they put you in touch with people who have that same goal, or have completed that goal. I put mine up there and have not really played around much with it, but I'm liking it so far.

So, check out those sites, some might be neat, some might suck, but have fun.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Resolutions

Happy New Year!

A friend, Moe, blogged her resolutions. Since I know that my resolutions won't work, I normally don't make them. However, since this is a public space, which people can poke and prod at someone if they don't fulfill a resolution, I will write some "goals" for 2008. Also, I used to work for Franklin Covey, so they are SMART-Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented and Timely. Except for a couple that it would be cheesy to set actual SMART goals. (Thanks for the idea, Moe!)
  • By June 15th, 2008, I will reduce clutter in my home by storing papers and class notes in an electronic format.

  • I will lose 10 more pounds by May 15th by working out 3 times a week.

  • I will decrease spending by eating outside of the home no more than once a week. (Unless someone is treating!)

  • I will read one book this summer for fun (due date August 15, 2008). (I don't read for fun right now.)

  • I will keep in better contact with family and friends (I'm really bad at this.)

  • I will spend more time on studies.

This is all I have, I guess they were only SMART-ish, but a little better than what could have gone up here. Wish me luck.