Poetry Monday 9/30/13

September 30, 2013

My alarm sounds
I pull myself up
Time to get going
Time to wake up

Face a new day
Conquer a new week
Keep pushing through
Even though I feel weak

Go through the motions
Do what I need to do
Just keep on trucking
‘Till I pull on through

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The Week in Review

September 27, 2013

So this past week has been crazy. Sunday I fell out of a hammock for the first time ever. I was folding it over to make a seat, but had it strung too tight and with not enough angle, so it wasn’t balanced and I got thrown. I didn’t have it super high, but it shocked me. Monday I found out I was going to have my first full day off since my vacation because of the weather front coming in Tuesday. I also got a migraine in the afternoon. Tuesday, the weather didn’t come as forecasted and I had to go in for a couple hours in the morning. When I got off I crushed cans and cleaned some in my office until my migraine came back full force and made me want to rip the back of my neck off and poke my eyes out to pull the pain out of me. You already know I stated Wednesday thinking it was Thursday. It seemed the end of the day would never come. My migraine came back a bit that afternoon too, but not as bad. Thursday I just wanted to stay in bed. I didn’t sleep well at all. The end of the day on Thursday I got a call saying one of the crews had flipped the smaller tractor and I needed to get the big tractor out there. So I had to get on the slow behemoth and make the twenty minute tractor drive out to the job site. On a small bridge a school bus passed me and made the bridge shake and the wind from the bus shook my tractor. It was not fun. Now it’s Friday. I hope it goes well. I have work, then my wife’s high school reunion is kicking off at a football game tonight. Then tomorrow I have work and another reunion thing. Another busy weekend. Sorry this wasn’t exciting, but I just needed to get my week out there. How was your week?

Wednesday Blues

September 25, 2013

So I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday. Yeah, I tried to skip Wednesday. This week has just drug on already to the extent that I feel like it should be a day later then it actually is. I feel like there should be some sort of term or phrase that describes this, yet I don’t know what it is. Does anyone else ever feel this way? You wake up and think it’s closer to the weekend than it really is then you realize your mistake and just want to curl up and cry? Part of it may be the fact I was sick last night and didn’t get enough sleep. I think part of it is simply what I call the Wednesday blues. Yeah, all you optimists out there are like, “The week is half over! It’s hump-day,” but us realists/pessimists are all thinking, “We’ve barely made it halfway through. How are we supposed to make through the rest of this week?” Also, not to bring you down, but just for purely logical reasons, I must point out that you’re not halfway until after lunch on Wednesday. Oh, and Wednesday means nothing to those of us who work Monday -Saturday. So, what are the cures for the Wednesday blues? The only thing I know to do is keep pushing through and prove to yourself and to the week that you are stronger then it is. Keep fighting and struggle on. Find joy in whatever you can and make the little things count.

Do you suffer from the Wednesday blues? How do you handle them?

Poetry Monday 9/23/13

September 23, 2013

This past Sunday (yesterday for those keeping track), our pastor of many years announced his retirement. He has been ministering to us since the forming of Providence Presbyterian Church, and to many of us before then. He’s been my pastor my entire life as well as my dad. Nobody is going to take his place, but I do hope we find another minister and not just a preacher.

A preacher hoots and hollers
And talks at his flock
A minister comes alongside
And helps his people take stock
Of what’s really important to see
And where our hearts should be

A minister is hard to come by
But worth the long search
Someone who takes the time to love you
Is exactly what’s needed in the church
Another minister is what I pray we find
To fill the hole our retiring one leaves behind

Hammock Fun

September 20, 2013

I recently received my Pares Hammock from Sierra Madre Research, and it is amazing! I’ve had the chance to string it up a couple of times and I really love it. Check out their website http://www.sierramadreresearch.com (for some reason my wordpress app is acting up and it won’t let me make a link). They are super cool and really work to advocate change in our world. Please take a few minutes to look at what they’re about and if you’re in the market to get a hammock or want to preorder one of the most innovative and complete hammock shelters available that website above is where to do it. Here are some pictures of my wife and me having fun in my Pares:

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And one of it all packed up:

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Another Non-Post

September 18, 2013

I’m running a bit behind today it’s been a crazy hectic week, so I don’t really have anything new to share but I wanted to link you over to my buddy Joseph’s blog. This post is a rare post of honesty amidst a sea of people wanting to hide the truth. I hope you enjoy it.

Poetry Monday 9/16/13

September 16, 2013

First Car

Freedom from others
It means not relying on older brothers
Really feeling like an adult
Stepping out on our own
To see just how we’ve grown

Could be ugly, we don’t care at all
A car gets us to the movies and the mall
Riding around in your first car is the best day of all

My first car was a 1990 Toyota Camry and I loved it! What was your first car?

Neighborhood Driving Etiquette

September 13, 2013

This past week I’ve almost been run over by people speeding four different times. The really bad thing is that these people are speeding in my neighborhood, where there are a bunch of kids waiting for busses on every street every morning. Three of the four incidents were not teenage/young drivers, they were 30-50 year olds who should know better. These people were not only going 35-40mph in a 25mph zone, but were not coming to complete stops at stop signs, not giving right of way to people when going around vehicles parked on the side of the road, and not paying attention to what they were doing (every one of them was on a phone typing or talking). Here’s the etiquette for driving in neighborhoods:

1. Go the posted limit or slower. There is never any reason to be going faster in a neighborhood where pedestrians are everywhere.

2. Pay attention to what is going on around you. You never know when a kid may chase a ball out into the street and you NEED to be ready.

3. When vehicles are parked on the side of the road, anyone on the un-blocked side has the right of way. That means you wait on the blocked side until the unblocked side is clear.

4. Always come to a complete stop at stop signs. None of this rolling stop stuff. First gear isn’t stopped either.

5. Be calm, patient, and polite. Don’t get in a rush. When you’re feeling stressed and hurried you’re more likely to make stupid driving decisions, so plan ahead and don’t get rushed.

That’s it. It seems common sense enough to me, but apparently people can’t even drive properly and safely in neighborhoods. Please be more careful, not just for me, but for all the residents in the neighborhoods you drive through.

What dumb stuff have you seen people doing behind the wheel in neighborhoods?

Culinary experiments

September 11, 2013

We’ve been doing some new recipes and trying out new ideas in the kitchen lately. I got a book of waffle recipes and I’ve made a couple of them. The first one was the gingerbread waffle and last night I made the cornbread waffle. They where both very good. The gingerbread filled the house with a delicious scent and tasted super moist both the evening of making them and the next morning. The cornbread was almost like eating a skillet of fresh cornbread, but in waffle form. We also have been making up some marinades for meats because we’ve been low on wine or didn’t want to open a good bottle just for marinating. We marinated some chicken in lemon juice and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey and it was delicious. If anything we could’ve used more of the JD Tennessee Honey. This morning we prepped some steaks for tonight in some Jack Daniels Mr. Jack’s 160th Birthday and Coke. It should be pretty good. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

What have you been doing in the kitchen lately?

Poetry Monday 9/9/13

September 9, 2013

Where can I go when I feel this way
Alone, in a crowd, and I don’t want to stay

I’m aching and longing for friendships gone bad
And letting myself get down, feeling quite sad

Wishing for places and situations that can never be again
Stuck here, looking back, wondering what might have been

-This goes out to all my friends that I’ve done a terrible job keeping in touch with. I miss you and wish I had been a better friend.

-Sorry today’s poem is a little bit of a downer. I’ve had a long hard week last week and a rough weekend. I’m feeling a bit used up. I hope your weekend was great and I hope your week gets off to a wonderful start.

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