Archive for November, 2006

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Blog sayings…

November 29, 2006

The word blog has always been funny to me….and I like to make up phrases with the word blog replacing other words that rhyme…like…

*Its a blog eat blog world.

*When you talk, all I hear is blog, blog, blog.

*Its like the tail wagging the blog.

*Don’t try to take the splinter out of your friends eye without first removing the blog in your own.

*I can’t concentrate…my head is in a blog.

*He lives in a cool place on the mountain, its a blog cabin.

Heading to bed now.  Gonna saw some blogs.

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Busted

November 27, 2006

Keeping a secret from my wife Calendar_for_allison_011 Allison has never been easy.  Well, I tried again and didn’t get too far.  My plan was to make her a calendar this year of Macy and I. 

The first part of my plan involved setting aside a Monday that would work with my sister in law Kim to take the pictures.  Once that was secure….more tasks needed checking off…like getting Allison to make Macy look presentable.  I had to come up with the reason…all I could think of was I was taking Macy to the mall so I wanted her to look "cute".   At first this didn’t raise any suspicion with Allison, and she told me that she would do that for me.  I think when I reminded her 3 or 4 times that’s when she started wondering.

So…day of.  Every thing’s going great.  Allison gets Macy ready, and she’s just about to go to work.  The phone rings.  Its my sister-in-law.  Allison answers which Kim was not expecting so she tried to cover and said, "Oh…I thought I was calling my mom".  Pretty good thinking on her part…but it caused a little more suspicion.

Then I go through all the lectures and bribes possible to get Macy to A. Smile at the photo shoot and B. Keep it a secret no matter what. 

So..we’re at the photo shoot…things are going well…Macy is smiling and having a good time. Calendar_for_allison_018 

We move outside to take a few out there…and that’s when Macy steps in dog poo somewhere on the path.   Calendar_for_allison_261 

So now we’re heading to the club where my wife works, and I start to smell the poo and realize its on Macy’s shoe.  So we arrive at the club, dressed up in our picture clothes, and Macy has no shoes on, (they were baking on the hood of my truck) and I tell Allison that the neighbors dog must have pooped in our yard and that Macy stepped in it getting into my truck.  (which was parked in the garage).  She seems to buy this at the time.

One of the first things Macy says when Allison gets home is…"We have a surprise for you but we CAN’T TELL you until Christmas…its a SECRET.

Allison began to question Macy further about the dog poop…

"Macy, where did you step in poo?"

Macy looks at me nervously…completely aware that if she says "At Kim’s house", then the secret we had discussed would no longer be a secret.  So Macy just looked at me with a helpless look…

So I quickly say again.."Ginger the neighbor dog must have pooped in our yard." (He has never pooped in our yard.)  "Or a cat or something". 

I look at Allison’s face…and I knew she knew.

Another surprise bites the dust…and it didn’t even take a full day!

At least Allison will have a nice calendar for Christmas!

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Random topic Friday-The Gym

November 24, 2006

My friend  Matt usually has Friday funnies on his blog.  This won’t be Friday funnies, but it is random topic Friday.  Today’s random topic?  The Gym.

Dumbell 

I’m your typical 2 weeks on, 1 months off gym attender.  There are some things I love about the gym and some things I hate.  I will list the top 10 of each.

Top ten things I love about the Gym.

#1.  Just showing up somehow makes me feel healthier for like 10 minutes at least.

#2.  Seeing people more out of shape then me. (Shallow but true)

#3.  They have really good food and since its at the gym it has to be good for you. 

#4.  Wow…I just realized there’s not ten things I love about the gym.  Guess I’ll have to move to the top ten things I hate. 

TOP TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT THE GYM

#1.  Feeling guilty for not going.

#2.  Seeing people more in shape than me.  (Shallow but true)

#3.  It takes like 10 minutes to get there.  How inconvenient!

#4.  2 weeks on and one month off doesn’t seem to work.

#5.  See  Matt’s blog on spandex.

#6. Please, do review #5.

#7. There’s way too many mirrors.  I really don’t need a reminder that my shirt is having a hard time covering the bottom of my gut when I lift my hands above my head.

#8.   Seeing the people that are always so consistent, and hearing the inevitable,  "Haven’t see you in here in a while." 

#9.  I’m 32 and still haven’t really embraced the whole community shower concept.

#10.   Big men who use little deodorant.  Bad combination.

I would love to hear your top reason you love or hate the gym.

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Random topic Friday-The Gym

November 24, 2006

My friend  Matt usually has Friday funnies on his blog.  This won’t be Friday funnies, but it is random topic Friday.  Today’s random topic?  The Gym.

Dumbell 

I’m your typical 2 weeks on, 1 months off gym attender.  There are some things I love about the gym and some things I hate.  I will list the top 10 of each.

Top ten things I love about the Gym.

#1.  Just showing up somehow makes me feel healthier for like 10 minutes at least.

#2.  Seeing people more out of shape then me. (Shallow but true)

#3.  They have really good food and since its at the gym it has to be good for you. 

#4.  Wow…I just realized there’s not ten things I love about the gym.  Guess I’ll have to move to the top ten things I hate. 

TOP TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT THE GYM

#1.  Feeling guilty for not going.

#2.  Seeing people more in shape than me.  (Shallow but true)

#3.  It takes like 10 minutes to get there.  How inconvenient!

#4.  2 weeks on and one month off doesn’t seem to work.

#5.  See  Matt’s blog on spandex.

#6. Please, do review #5.

#7. There’s way too many mirrors.  I really don’t need a reminder that my shirt is having a hard time covering the bottom of my gut when I lift my hands above my head.

#8.   Seeing the people that are always so consistent, and hearing the inevitable,  "Haven’t see you in here in a while." 

#9.  I’m 32 and still haven’t really embraced the whole community shower concept.

#10.   Big men who use little deodorant.  Bad combination.

I would love to hear your top reason you love or hate the gym.

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Encouragement

November 22, 2006

I was talking to my good friend Kurt today over lunch, trying to figure out why my last post on the pop update generated the most response I have ever received in my short blogging life.

I’m not quite sure, but I can tell you it was AWESOME to get notes of encouragement from people.  And this is a trivial issue really, my goal of no pop for a year.  How often do I fail to be even as encouraging as the people who posted on my blog to people who are fighting addictions far more enslaving?

So my take away?  The spoken or written word is POWERFUL.  I want to refocus on being a source of encouragement to people.  We all need it, thrive on it, are better people because of it.   

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POP UPDATE

November 19, 2006

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On September 20th I blogged that I was going to stop drinking soda pop for one year.  Today marks the two month anniversary of that statement.  And I’m still sober. 

Here are some of the comments I received on that initial post.

*I believe in you, Jay… I think you’ll make it for… the very minimum… 1.5 months.

*I believe in you too Jay…I think you’ll cave the day before Donna does:)

*Uhhh…I give you until Tomorrow night when we all arrive at the beach.

🙂 We’ll bring the Diet Coke 🙂 and the freezer cups to make it slushy 🙂

*I love you like a brother…but I have $5 against you. Sorry man. I play the odds. 😉

*i was going to comment but i figure this game is already over and another has begun.

*Wow, you got dogged before you even started! Maybe everyone is playing reverse psychology on you and they really want you to win so are trying to make it sound like you won’t to motivate you to stick it out. I’d like to refer you back to Jesus. Doesn’t it say someplace in the Bible that nothing is impossible with God?

Here is an example of the encouragement I’m looking for.

Way to go Jay!  Hang in there!  You can do it!  We knew you could!  Its just like you to stick with something! 

10 months to go. 

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Anticipation

November 17, 2006

Disneyland.  My wife and I have been dreaming of stealing away for a few days 103106_001b as a family.  We keep running into people who have just gone and tell us how great it was.  Glossy brochures keep showing up in the mail reminding us we are not there. 

Saturday Macy turns four.  The theme of the party?  All things Mickey Mouse.  It also ironically happens to be Mickey’s b-day on the same day!103106_065

You know that feeling you get the week before leaving on a desired trip?  Somehow, the anticipation and knowledge of what is coming, enables you to mentally climb out of the day to day you are currently in.  You know what I’m talking about?  Your mind is already living out the next week.  The uninterrupted family time.  The new memories that will be formed. The adventure.  And suddenly, the job, the routine, the whatever, is lighter, less consuming.

People….Jesus is coming.  It literally could happen before you finish reading this.  And quick comparison…Disneyland vs Heaven. Man’s best attempt at fulfilling dreams vs the Creator of the Universe’s best attempt.  If you know Christ, there is an adventure fast approaching called eternity that will far surpass the best dream you could ever come up with.

We forget about it though.  We live in the day to day, the here and now.  We get consumed.  Take a moment, at least one moment and reflect on the reality that the day of the Lord is fast approaching.  See if it doesn’t change how you live today. 

Scripture for today 2 Peter 3 (The Day of the Lord is Coming)