Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
As you already know, I am getting older. Recently I turned the ripe old age of twenty-four. My body no longer recovers quickly after playing sports. I tried some football last week and I couldn't walk for days afterwards. My back constantly aches and my dentures don't stay in like they used to.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This should be a short list, but it's not. These are some of the things that I dislike as of late. I'm not grumbling or complaining, just sharing.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I'm not really feeling the whole writing thing today, but I am feeling a little guilty about not blogging. To compromise, I will concede a brief update on life as I know it.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
On Sunday I went to church.
I’m getting good at my beginnings, aren’t I? That is one good sentence; it’s nicely composed and yet it’s very simple; it conveys meaning without too much confusion; it's really rather elegant. Picture me patting myself on the back.
Anyway, Pastor Justin is about to start a Proverbs series, but he has taken the past two weeks to talk about the gospel. Last night was about idols that get in the way of the gospel. He gave a long list of things that are common idols and after much soul searching I believe I have identified my major idols. So, I thought I would share some of the things I idolize.
But first some of the other contestants.
Competitiveness – being first or better than other people
Not lonely – being with a boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife, and not being single
Feeling good – drinking, drugs, or sex that fills this need inappropriately
Money – not being poor
Fame – everyone knowing your name
Power – being able to tell people what to do
These are not where my struggles typically lie. There are three main areas that I generally place too much of an emphasis on.
I idolize being right. I don’t like people to think I’m wrong, because I never am. Ever.
I idolize my appearance. I strive to be attractive and work really hard to stay in shape and dress well.
I idolize knowledge. Being smarter than everyone else, knowing something about everything is extremely important to me and knowing more than other people
The really bad news is that I am turning 24 soon. Which means that I will no longer be cool. Which means that I can’t rely on my coolness to mask my character flaws any more. Which means that I am going to have to start praying harder. Well, actually, I guess that’s really not that bad after all.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Call me Ishmael. What a great opening. I was reading a book that discussed this very line. It delved into the idea of changing the punctuation of the line and how a single comma could irrevocably and completely destroy this thing of beauty. For example, "Call me, Ishmael." Could imply that the author wanted a dude named Ishmael to return his call. Or if you put the comma in a different place, "Call, me Ishmael." makes it sound that the author is a caveman introducing himself to another named Call. Which makes no sense whatsoever.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sometimes when I began to post, the words just seem to appear. I sit down at the computer and inspiration strikes as my fingers began to navigate their way around the keyboard seemingly of their own free will. Actually it's quite the experience because I will be sitting there, staring at the screen wondering what's going to happen next. Once I was sitting at the computer and my fingers started typing a scary story - it scared the willies out of me.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
As the loyal reader probably knows, my wife and I have two dogs. To help catch up any new people let me explain. No, there is too much. I will summarize: I have two dogs.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
First off, sorry about the cutesy picture. I try not to endorse that sort of thing. Second, I'm not a big fan of cats. So there.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
You know what really bugs me? Medically themed TV shows. I love them and hate them at the same time. Scrubs and House are some of my favorite shows to watch, but invariably I see something that's wrong and it makes me grumpy. Like every episode of CSI. But we won't get into why I frown on that show today.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
So my buddy posted this little ditty on his blog and now I'm supposed to do the same. Since it has been a while since I last wrote anything, I thought this would be a good way to ease my way back in.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I stumbled across this web page one day and felt compelled to share it with you. It's very informative, and I feel that I am now better prepared to prevent what could have been a tragedy to my uninformed family. Who knows what could be lurking around the next corner?
Friday, April 04, 2008
Tax season has crept up on me and it has been crazy. We just got a letter from the IRS saying that we made a mistake on last year's taxes that needs to be fixed. It took them a year to find this??? Oh, boy. So now I have to make a bazillion corrections before April 9th. Good times. The upside is that I got this year's taxes done and hopefully they are mistake free. The bad news is that we owe about $1400 in taxes this year.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
People, people, people. Please stop sending me hate-mail. I realize that I haven't been posting as much as I promised, but well, sometimes life gets busy. And when things get hectic, sometimes you have to remove some of the clutter until things slow down again. I have found that when life gets busy for me, posting is one of the first to go. The good news is that I have been keeping up with my writing in general, so all is not lost.
I emailed one of my favorite professors earlier this week and sent her my latest short story. When I had let my wife read it moments before sending it off, she was very emotional about it and begged me to change the ending. I refused and sent it anyway. We'll see how that goes. In my professor's reply she mentioned that she had made copies of one of my essays that I had written for her Advanced Composition class and gave them to her freshmen class with the idea of inspiring them to achieve such literary perfection. Apparently that was a bad idea. In short, three of the little guys couldn't handle the pressure and dropped the class, four more haven't shown up in the past two weeks, but have not officially withdrawn, and another two switched their majors from English to Accounting. I guess I just have that sort of effect on people. Yay me.
(Disclaimer: most of the above story is untrue in any way, shape or form after the words literary perfection. As such, it should be disregarded and/or taken with a grain of salt)
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Well, the MMDC saga continues. I have now been at it for almost a full week and it hasn't turned out quite the way I planned. Some of the things that I have been hoping to accomplish are: pick up fencing or boxing, develop my writing, study anatomy and physiology, workout daily, study Spanish, practice on my guitar, play basketball, and, of course, spend more time with God.
However, I have had to work the past couple of days and random events have arisen that have prevented me from sticking to my carefully plotted schedule. Most days I get in a decent workout and I have my quiet time, but everything else has been pretty haphazard. Here's hoping next week goes a little more as planned...
The two cool things that have happened are that I started cutting at work and I just finished the first draft of a new short story. I have been wanting to be a cutter since I started with the Donor Network five months ago, and last night I made my big debut. It is a lot tougher than it looks. Some of those techs are able to slice, slice, slice and poof! out pops a tibia. But for me, it was like, slice... slice... oh crap... sliceslicesliceslice... slice... slice?... um... is this something we need? They tell me that I will get better with practice. Oh boy. I hope so.
The short story that I worked on is interesting for me because I wrote it in first person, present tense, not a usual style for me. I bought a book called Now Write! that has a bunch of short writing exercises in it, and so I am slowly making my way through this book trying different styles, but mostly using it for story prompts. I haven't read through the entire finished story yet, so I'm excited to do that sometime next week and look at it with a fresh perspective. If it's any good, maybe I'll post it here. So it'll probably stay offline.
At least I'm good at my job... sigh.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Before we begin, let me introduce MMDC to you. It is a new acronym that will certainly change the way I live. But more on that in a bit. It sure has been a while since I last posted. I am really hoping to get back into the routine of writing every day (except maybe Fridays, but those are negotiable). Let's discuss the events that have led up to this point.
Earlier I mentioned my new job with the Donor Network of Arizona. I am still working there. It is because of this job that my life is in a state of... upheaval. I suppose that's the correct word. You see, things are going well. My wife and I are getting along famously and we are definitely enjoying marriage. Our house is wonderful, our puppy is healthy and we don't usually worry too much about money. The problem is the job. Or rather, the problem stems from my job.
We have started a new schedule at the Donor Network where everyone is on call for twelve hour shifts that last from six to six. I signed up for the 6pm - 6am shift for two reasons. First, I am hoping to get more cases this way and in turn, more money. Second, it allows me to be home during the day with the dog and in the evenings with my wife. However, the problem arises when I don't get a case. Because then I am sleeping at regular times and I have absolutely nothing to do during the day. At first it was fun, but now I am feeling lazy (and rightly so).
So finally last night I sat down and made a list of goals. For the most part they were things I want to accomplish, but some, like spending time with my wife, were things I wanted to make sure I didn't neglect. Once I could see what I wanted, I started developing a plan to accomplish my goals. Today is Day One of the epic saga of Making My Day Count. Hopefully in 10 years we can have a reunion and celebrate Day 3650. I was going to make it some really cool acronym like "S.O.AR." or "D.R.E.A.M." but I have decided that I'm not that creative today. Instead I'm left with MMDC.
Expect more update goodness tomorrow!