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ending Nov 29th, 2009
was your Thanksgiving and time off?
you got a little vacation time in! I had Thursday and Friday
off so I of course took it easy, hung out with friends, etc.
On Thanksgiving I hung out with my friend Jack and his family.
It was really cool to spend time with them and I even got
to help make food. If you know me I am not much of a chef,
lol. I did get to help make pies so that was cool.
still sore from workouts last week. In fact, I have bruises
on the top of my shoulders from doing squats on Wednesday.
I didn't think I had that much weight on there but apparently
I did because the bruises are right where the bar was. I guess
I should take it easy and not over-exert myself. The workouts
are going good and I plan, after the New Year, to go back
to my personal trainer. I still have to work in more cardio
as I have a desk job and don't get to run around as much as
I'd like. We do have stairs though and I'm up and down on
them every day.
things are going pretty well. It's a relaxing Sunday and I'm
watching the Bucs play the Falcons. It's the 4th Quarter and
we're up by 4 and the Falcons are driving from inside the
10 with about 30 seconds left. Whether we win or lose, the
defense is playing a lot better now that Raheem is calling
-- I missed it on Saturday but got to watch it online. If
you have never seen my Pastor talk and are interested, go
to HORIZON.ORG and take a listen. He's amazing to listen to
and the message is always something that you can apply to
your life every day.
that is about it for now. Short and sweet. Going to finish
watching the game and then get some chores done. Hope you
have a great rest of your holiday weekend. (Boo, Bucs let
ending Nov 22nd, 2009
I hope you had a fun week. I did, that's for sure. I've been
taking it easy (as I mentioned last week), sticking to work
and the gym as always. I haven't gone out and done anything
in a while, mainly because I am saving up and planning a snowboarding
did whip out my guitar a couple times this week to work on
my chops. It's amazing how much I have lost since I haven't
been playing regularly. Back in the day I used to be able
to down pick (correctly) all the old Metallica songs. I definitely
can't do that anymore. In fact, I've forgotten how to play
most of the songs haha. It's ok though, I am not planning
on covering any more Metallica songs, lest I plan on doing
something on my AW-16G (recorder). It was good to jam and
little bit and play around.
related, things are good. I am finishing up a lot of testing
that has taken me about two months to complete. Most of it
has been simply waiting for things to get fixed. It was a
considerable amount of configuration work. It gave me a lot
of good experience though and something that will help me
for when I move on eventually (Europe, I hope, haha!).
was awesome on Sat even though Pastor Bob was out. We got
a short video message from him and then one of the Associate
Pastors came out to talk who had a really heart-felt story
about being thankful. All in all, a good message and a heady
reminder that as bad as you (we) think we have it sometimes,
there are many more things to be thankful for.
reminds me. It's Thanksgiving week. What are YOU thankful
for? I'll list a few of many things I am thankful for.
Brian is thankful for...
God. 'Nuff said!
... my awesome friends and family. Love you all!
... gainful employment -- a job I actually like I lot.
... a roof over my head, food and transportation.
... living in a great city like San Diego.
... the Military who keeps us safe. Semper Fi!
... everyone who fought in wars past.
... having a mom that cared to give us the best and sacrifice
her own needs.
... living in a Country where I am free to express my faith!
... coffee! Some days you just NEED it. (haha)
... every person I've ever come in contact with. I learned
from them all!
... never having to deal with a bad marriage :)
are many more but you get the idea. I am thankful for many
things. What are you thankful for? Feel free to comment on
this weeks blog post on the guest
book (don't think anyone's signed it in a while).
the way, this is the 4th year of blogging. There's 4 years
of history on there. Like I've said before, it's cathartic
for me to write and has the added benefit of letting me come
back and reflect on things I've learned and how I've grown
as a person.
that's it. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I'll be
spending it with friends and then to Church after for the
Thanksgiving social. And hey, we get two days off, so that
alone is something to be thankful for :)
a good one!
Week ending Nov 15th, 2009
Going Week :)
week has been relatively "chillax" (haha). We had
Wednesday off for Veteran's Day so this weekend overall I
just rested. I've been feeling ok, just a little tired. I
actually took the entire week off from the gym to just rest
my muscles. As it turns out that was a good idea because when
I got back to the gym on Friday I was able to push it past
the normal limits. I should probably do that more often. Every
1/4, take a week off and just let my body recover.
else is going well. Work "is what it is" hehe. Busy
and lots of stuff to do, politics and agendas to deal with,
but that's just part of the job that I have. I try to ignore
that stuff and keep my eyes on the projects that I am working
on and stay out of trouble. I do have my hands full and that's
good enough reason to keep my nose in my business and let
other people deal with that stuff. I've been really quiet
lately and doing my own thing (which means my work). There
are lots of things going on but I just prefer not to get involved.
are pretty fantastic otherwise and I can't complain. Most
of my single friends want to go out and drink/party and I'm
just not down with that. Mainly because of my faith (which
had been faltering but now is back to full strength -- I think
we all have those periods in life where we question things
but God is faithful to bring us back 'round!). So I keep myself
occupied by my hobbies and try to stay out of trouble (which
I've been doing a good job of).
holidays are coming up soon so I am trying to plan a trip
up to Mammoth for a week's worth of snowboarding. I plan on
leaving on a Sunday and staying through to Friday AM. That
way I can avoid most of the weekend boarders and not have
to pay through the teeth for expensive rooms and such. I may
bring a friend with me -- haven't decided yet how that will
racing until March/April so I'm glued to the NFL. Yes the
Bucs lost today but at least they made a game of it. The defense
is just porous right now (we can't get a stop when we really
need it). We should have won that game today. I know it sounds
like whining but we had a very bad call that I am sure the
NFL is going to review and issue an apology. The refs really
messed that one up and basically handed the Dolphins a TD.
was great on Saturday as always. Good to see my friend and
co-worker, Brock there. He runs a small group at the office
which happens on the days I mostly work from home. I'll try
and catch one sometime my friend, I promise.
political to whine about, other than I don't really see this
"Government" healthcare system working out. From
what I have read and seen, it's going to be as big a disaster
as "Social Security". We can't pay the bills now
and are deep in debt to China -- who holds all our bonds.
Bah. Crazy stuff.
that is about it for now. Nothing excited. Like I said, pretty
ending Nov 8th, 2009
it has been a really busy week at work. I've been swamped
so much that I worked a 13 hour day. Probably many of you
work that long but sometimes I just need some time away from
the PC. I've been on it entirely too much lately. Not just
with work but at home as well. That is probably because I
have not been feeling well this week at all. I'm a little
concerned that I have the same problem as my mom did but I
am aware of what happened and how to prevent it. So that's
what I am doing, trying to keep myself healthy and avoid the
kinds of foods that upset me.
else is going fairly well. I rested all this weekend after
hanging out with friends most of the week. Had a great sushi
dinner and met up for socializing after. This weekend I vegged
at home and slept a lot, even taking some naps. Today (Sunday)
I watched the NFL and got to see the Bucs in their "creamsicle"
uniforms finally win a game. And they did it with their rookie
QB who ended up throwing 3 TD passes. At least we're no longer
I sit here and write this I am watching the last MotoGP race
of the year. This is the first race for Ben Spies who isn't
doing well but Nicky Hayden is! I won't spoil it for you or
for him, but let's see what happens. Next year MotoGP should
be off the hook with all the changes, new riders, etc. The
AMA is going to be boring again but WSBK should be interesting,
even without Ben Spies. Maybe some of the AMA riders will
move over to the WSBK. I know they don't pay as much but the
competition and tracks are better.
of International Racing, you wonder why I want to move to
Europe? LOL. The house deal is off the books even though they
have extended it. I am at a point now where I can move anywhere
in the world that I want to so I am keeping my eyes and ears
open before I decide to settle down anywhere. I love San Diego,
don't get me wrong, but I still have a hard, earnest desire
to experience all that Europe has to offer.
didn't get out to Church this weekend because of how badly
I was feeling but I did watch the services online. Gotta say,
I really enjoy listening to my Pastor. He is such a well-grounded
person with God's priorities first -- and he's pretty funny
too which always helps. The messages are great and I always
take something new home with me that helps me to deal with
the sort of situations that come up daily in my life. He's
been a really good influence on me and I am very thankful
to have Horizon's in my life.
is coming up soon which means SNOWBOARDING (yay!) and lots
of stuffing one's face with Turkey! Can't wait! And we have
Wednesday off so I am trying to figure out what to do :)
I think that is about it. Hope you also had a great week.
ending Nov 1st, 2009
you had a great week and a fantastic weekend. I know I sure
did. I don't really celebrate Halloween anymore. Well, not
like I used to knowing what the Holiday is based on but I
did hang out with friends this weekend and had a GREAT time.
More fun than I've had in a while, lol. Nope, I did not dress
up (everyone else did though so I stuck out like a sore thumb,
was a good week overall. Work-wise I've been really, really
busy with a bunch of projects and now I have two more big
ones that have been dropped on my lap. Not that I am complaining
(because I am not!) it's just good to have a lot of work to
do. Keeps me busy and keeps the days flying by.
WSBK is over and CONGRATS to Ben Spies. A rookie on the World
stage with 3 AMA titles to his name and goes out and beats
the best of what Europe has to offer. I mean, I knew the guy
was good in the AMA but wow, I never expected this. He goes
off to MotoGP next year but not without a stand in appearance
at the last GP of the year next weekend. It'll be nice to
have another American to root for on the world stage. I mean,
I've been pulling for Nicky all these years and other than
2006 there hasn't been much to cheer for. (I blame Ducati!
things are going great. The house situation hasn't changed
but I did just hear that the Government has extended the "First
Time Homebuyer" tax break to the end of April 2010. That's
good news as it gives me some breathing room to try and find
a place that I really like. So far, much like all of this
year the places I have been shown have been subpar. The good
ones, the ones that I like and always OVERBID for, I am still
losing out on those offers. Let's face it, I am not going
to live in or pay for a bad place to live in a not-so-good
neighborhood. If things don't pan out there is still always
Europe to look forward to. Never know about that one :)
trying to think if I missed anything pertinent but that's
really about all there is to report on this week. I have all
this vacation time to blow and still haven't figured out what
I am going to do with it. I honestly am thinking about spending
an entire week up at Mammoth snowboarding my brains out. The
only thing is that I'd need a bunch of people to go with me
to make it financially feasible. Hey, if you want to snowboard
for a week this winter in Mammoth, let me know! Besides, I
am itching to test out the 4WD on the new Tacoma. So far in
the rain it works good, so let's test it on the snow :)
Bucs games this week but my Gators did put a number on the
Bulldogs. :) Good job, fellas. Keep it up!
care of yourselves and talk to you next week!