FOR JANUARY 2009
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ending January 25th, 2009
how did your week go? Mine was awesome, as always!
there are some interesting things going on, especially with
this high priority project I've been assigned. In fact, as
soon as I am done with the blog (and after eating this huge
bowl of rice, chicken and beans - yum!) I have a couple of
ends to tie up. I have my laptop from work and all my docs
so I'll listen to some music and try to finish things up.
of the rest of the week has been rather uneventful. I guess
I've been working myself so hard at the gym that I *think*
I might have either torn a biceps muscle or maybe tore a ligament
in my right arm. Whatever it is, it hurts a lot when I try
to lift my arm up so I might have to make a trip to the doctor's
office to see what's going on. I know I was pushing my heaviest
weight last week (presses) when it happened. Funny but it
was more or less the remnant of my broken collar bone that
is limiting how much I can lift. I should have forced them
to screw the bone together instead of letting it heal all
screwy like it did.
the weekend I took it easy. Watched a few movies and vegged.
Of course I got the other things done that needed to be done.
I was going to run but as much as I've been pushing myself
I felt that I needed to recharge. Church on Saturday night
was great as always. It's funny but our Pastor admitted he's
"looked" at another woman with is wife right there
and apologized to her. It's good to see that he admits to
be weak and human, just like we all are. The difference, he
said, was recognizing when you make those mistakes and doing
your best to correct the behavior. Something I myself have
been striving to do for some time.
Great news! We (my friends and I) have decided on a place
to have Bx4 (Brian's Big Birthday Bash). If you have a facebook
account and are on my friends list the invitation is already
there, just RSVP. If not, drop me an email: brian at brianspad
dot com and I'll give you the info. The place we're going
to has 1/2 off sushi rolls "happy hour" specials.
By the way, it's February 21st which is on a Saturday so no
excuses! You don't need to bring anything but yourself (or
a friend, lol). Your presence is all the "gift"
I need. There's already like 20 people confirmed so DON'T
MISS IT! (Seriously)
bud still hasn't set a date for snowboarding. Can you tell
I am jonesing to go? I mean seriously, that's something I
have been looking forward to since winter started rolling
in and first snow fell.
a sad note, it doesn't look like my Grandmother is doing well
-- or that she is going to make it on this planet much longer.
My Aunts told me that since my mom died, she has been on a
downward slide. I can't imagine being a parent and out-living
your child. I didn't want to upset her, but part of me wanted
to talk to her and see if there was something I could do for
her. I'm at peace where my mom is now (and she's in a better
place). I hope "Nana" has found that peace as well.
to end the blog on a sour note, but everything's in God's
hands and I trust Him completely.
it for this week. Talk to you later!
ending January 18th, 2009
is quiet this week -- and that's always a good thing!
was your week? Things were pretty quiet all around and certainly
no complaints. Definitely at the office. I like it when it's
quiet, ya know?! Especially when I am trying to hammer out
documents for important projects.
weather this weekend has been beautiful but I haven't really
taken advantage of it. I've been a homebody all weekend. Plan
on getting a run in tomorrow since we're off work on Monday.
Yay! I'll probably end up spending most of the rest of today
(after the playoff games of course!) cleaning the house and
playing "Mr. Domesticated" - haha. Yes, I do chores
and keep my house clean. Pig-styes are not my style :)
of the NFL (this is the boring part if you want to skip over),
Jon Gruden got fired. I was coming back from the gym on Friday
after work and normally don't listen to the sports stations
but something told me to flip it on. The first announcement
was the firing of Jon Gruden. Then the announcement the Bucs
were hiring our Defensive Backs Coach as Head Coach. We also
fired our GM and hired from within. Lots of big changes in
Tampa. I hope that translates into better play on the field,
guess if I am able to talk about sports then overall it was
a pretty good week, right? LOL. Saturday night services were
great. Pastor Bob was back. It's also good to hang out there
as I have a co-worker who attends the same service I do so
occasionally we hang out together. I stopped bringing my cell
phone in to the services as well. I prefer to leave it my
truck so I am not distracted and can listen intently. Some
poor lady apparently didn't share the same idea. Her phone
went off during the service and it was one of those odd, LOUD
ring tones. She nearly dropped everything out of her purse
trying to shut it off. It was hard not to chuckle when Bob
smiled her way :)
tomorrow is a day off and I won't be going to the gym (those
are bonus gym "days off" and allows my body time
to recoup) I will probably go ahead and run 5 miles. It's
always good to get some cardio in since I have really packed
on a good balance of muscle and a little fat. Gaining fat
is inevitable but at least I can manage it somewhat with cardio
work. I really should lay off the pizza (and I have been lately)
more haha. I just love relaxing on a lazy Sunday with a pizza
while watching the games.
Cool news! The guy who bought my race bike sent me some pictures
from his race this past weekend. I guess the first real ride
on the bike and he qualified and obtained his WERA racing
license. I have to admit it was weird seeing him on my race
bike with my old number (602) still prominently displayed
on the bike. It's all good though. I was really happy to sell
the bike to someone who was going to get the most out of it
and bring them as much joy riding it as I did.
I guess that is about it. I know, nothing really exciting
to report. Like I always say, some things you just gotta keep
the very personal info tight to the vest and I do :) Hope
you have a great rest of your weekend and be safe out there!
ending January 11th, 2009
-- how are you doing?
the first week of your New Year has started out well. On my
side, things are OK. Some things are great and other things
just so-so I suppose. I really don't have anything to complain
about -- it's just that some situations could use some improvement.
That's why having faith is so important in one's life. The
more faith you have in God, the more you are rewarded with
His will in your life.
not so good thing is the migraine headache I had on Friday
(and it's still lingering a bit today). I haven't had one
that bad in a while. A co-worker said she had the same thing
and she had to take the entire day off on Wednesday. I woke
up with it on Friday morning and would have stayed home except
for the fact that I had some important meetings. I didn't
end up going home until 2:30 (which would have been most of
the day anyway). Either way the meeting went well and a lot
of issues that need to be worked out with this new solution
are going to be fine I think.
that ill on Friday meant that I missed the gym, which I hate
doing. But on top of that I had no appetite either so I didn't
eat for a good 48 hours (maybe a divine way of saying "It's
time for you to fast, young man!" haha) Either way, I
do plan on getting back to the gym on Monday. Don't want to
ruin all the good gains I've had lately. If I didn't mention
it already I am almost to my weight goal. That means I'll
probably back off the heavy weights and start mixing in more
cardio. I've been doing that already with the running but
I'll have to start running more than once or twice a week.
night I did end up going out again (after Church) with my
friend. Definitely keep her in your prayers. She is going
through a rough time in her life. I want to rush in and help
her but I also know from past experience that it's better
to help those who want to help themselves. You can figure
out what that means I am sure. She is a good, Godly woman
and I really want her to get her life in order.
for Church, Pastor Bob took a needed weekend off for his birthday
so we had the Children's Ministry come in and speak. Kind
of hard for me to relate to a lot of what they have to say.
In fact, it always is when they talk about marriage or kids
being single your entire life, It's not that the message isn't
welcome or received (it is). It's just that I have a hard
time relating for the most part, lol. Maybe that's God's way
of preparing for things to come? We'll see on that. haha.
and might I say: YAY GATORS! NATIONAL CHAMPS! Robert, if you're
reading this bro, that's two in the past three years. Whatever
they are paying our Head Coach, they need to double it. It's
not enough. Hopefully he stays for a long time and makes Florida
a powerhouse in NCAA football.
to really complain about so I guess that is a good thing.
Well unless you want to count the number of times I've been
behind someone on the freeway lately and they toss out a cigarette
butt (light ones mind you). You would think after the fires
we had here in October of 2007 that people would think twice
about throwing a lit cigarette out the window. I guess they
don't respect the beautiful area we live in.
hopefully my friend gets his butt in gear and we hit the slopes
soon. We've been talking about it for weeks but so far it
hasn't materialized. I'm really looking forward to getting
away for a weekend and having some fun.
it for this week. I know, nothing really great to talk about
but hey that's also a good thing. Remember to keep your chin
and your EYES up. Being happy is a choice :)
ending January 4th, 2009
trust your New Year went well! Mine was excellent, thank you.
We had a short week at work so that meant I got to leave early
on Wednesday and get in a little golf. Haha. Well, we played
a 9 hole executive course and I played badly. I am really
hooking the ball (opposite of slice) on all of my iron shots.
I have to figure out why that is happening -- and maybe more
time at the range is in order? Well see :)
I mentioned earlier, work was a short week so I did a lot
of cleaning up. My board is wiped clean and I will start with
a new slate on Monday. That's good because I have a lot of
projects to finish and then start on some really cool new
ones. I still have this one really big project to take care
of that may have a huge impact on the account. Only time will
tell, I guess. The work overall has stayed interesting and
I really like what I do and where I work. That's always a
Years Eve I went out with a friend. She's a performer so we
went to Orange County for her show. It was this private party
thing (don't worry, I kept myself out of trouble haha) and
overall it was really G rated. That's good because I don't
normally do these kinds of things but it was a long drive
and we had plenty of time to chat on the way there and back.
That does remind me, the fog was completely terrible. The
thickest I've ever seen it and I am not kidding. There were
several times where I had to slow down to about 20 miles an
hour. On the freeway that's just dangerous. Needless to say
I didn't get to bed until around 4am. haha.
was "chill out and watch bowl games" day. Actually
I got a lot done around the house. Halfway through the day
though both my mouse and keyboard decided to go kaput so I
had to run out and get new ones. The reason I mention it is
because I've never had BOTH go bad at the same time. I bought
replacements but don't really like the keyboard as much as
the old one. The buttons are more nice but the layout is rather
blah. Haha. I'll get used to it I suppose.
I got some things done in the garage and then went out again
with my friend. We went to Claim Jumper and I had a huge T-Bone
steak (sorry if you are vegetarian -- I'm not haha). Needless
to say I pigged out a lot. Then we did some shopping (coz
I hardly every go -- maybe it's just a guy thing lol). Anyway,
I did get to watch the Charger game earlier in the day. She
lives right by the stadium and we were leaving as the game
ended. We saw all the fireworks go off so we figured the Chargers
won. So I turned the radio on the sure enough, I was right.
today is Sunday and I am taking it easy. Life is good, ya
know? Get my chores done, watch a few NFL games and hang out
with friends. What more could you ask? haha. I trust your
2009 will be great because I know that mine will be. I am
grateful for a pretty remarkable 2008 as well. So many great
things have happened in my life and God, as always, is taking
exceptional care of me. I wouldn't change anything that happened
for anything! As I have said time and time again, God has
your life planned out and if you just give Him control, everything
works out. No stress, no anger and no disappointment.
it for now. Talk to you next week and be sure to take it easy,