Thursday, February 23, 2006

Getting Anxious

I have been so stinking busy lately that I haven't had time to post. So lunchtime break and here it is. I was sick all day yesterday, not sure if it was bad food, or the flu. Whatever it was, it kept me on the couch. Besides my physical impairities it was actually kind of nice to just sit and veg. I caught up on some serious Tivo time. CSI Miami, Without a Trace, Four Kings, Grey's Anatomy, Biggest Loser. Also watched 2 movies: some old nicholas cage movie, "fire birds"? and "that thing you do", one of my favorites.

I don't know why, but I am helpless when I am sick. I can't read, I can't surf the net, I don't even like eating. I am one pitiful mess and I praise God for a wife who goes non-stop with no time for herself. Hopefully next week she will be able to relax as we hit vegas for our trip.

It feels like I have senior-itus. I have a lot of work to do, but I am so excited for our trip. Also, big things happening with work. I'll blog as soon as all the details are worked out. Just know that God always provides as soon as we figure out that we can't.

Friday, February 17, 2006

A True Story

Okay, this man to the left is Shaun Groves. I have been reading his blog for awhile now. Always witty, delving into thought provoking questions of the faith. But a little over two weeks ago, that all changed. He is a musician who has three albums on a major label. He is a husband, a father, and he is real. He is part of a group called Ikon. In the last week, Shaun has gotten really honest with his readers. He has battled depression, doubt, and truth. Please...Please go read his story. Click Here. You need to scroll down and start reading on his February 12th entry. This will take you awhile. Maybe even an hour, but trust me, print it out, read it on your break... today. Please.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Guy Night

So, Last night I was going to reconfigure my whole Home Theater set-up when I got a call from Dave Lebda. Amanda, his wife, is chilling with my wife down in the inland empire, so Dave called me and we through our steaks on the BBQ. His help was greatly appreciated especially since my new TV weighs like 160 pounds! But, we got it all organized, grabbed our steaks, I made some pasta thing from a box, and drank my other favorite, Wild Cherry Pepsi. It was nice to just chill, talk, eat some good meat, and watch the Olympics. This was my first time this year to actually watch them. So the girl above, Lindsey Kildow wiped out so freaking hard the day before that she was airlifted to the hospital. It had something to do with her pelvic area, but she fell so hard that her ski suit actually ripped on impact. She competed last night, and that is the victory in my book. Check out this statement: "Not racing wasn't an option. I was gonna go through everything I could today to start and I really wasn't thinking about not racing at all. I just learned that your body can go through a lot. And that you can push yourself as far as you want to push it." My first thought: Where is that kind of devotion in my life. Where is that passion that pushes me. I pray to God all the time for that kind of zeal for my faith. Last night I was so pumped up that I couldn't fall asleep. I normally go to bed before 10pm because I get up at 5am to go to work. The Stock Market opens at 6:30 here on the west coast. But, last night, even though I knew I had to wake up early, I was just driven to organize, clean, work, anything I could do productive at that time of night. I ended up not hitting the pillow until 1:30am. I just pray that God gives me that kind of spiritual vigor. Do you ever just want something so bad that you don't even know what to say or do? It's like my mind get's stalled. Anyway, I put the picture below because I don't know how this actually became an Olympic event and it's hilarious to watch. It's called curling and it is like ice-shuffleboard. I know that it takes finnesse but, it doesn't seem very athletic. I would say that cheerleading would be closer to a sport than this! Yeah, you heard me, bring on the comments girls!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Convert

Bloggers: I have widened our influence. I signed my friend blake james up. So, check out his blog and make him get going. No pressure blake. Bring it.

My Family Has Left Me!

That's right on Valentine's Day. Jacinda, Kiara, and our friend Amanda all drove down to LA to visit Heather and her girls. They are hitting the Fashion District in downtown today and not coming back until Thursday Night. What does this mean for me: Chipotle, movies, sleep, and my favorite: BBQ Rib-Eye Steak.

I bought the "King's Cut" at our local grocery store last night. Even now, it is sitting in the fridge marinating to perfection with my personal recipe of herbs and spices. You see, when you are married and have kids, even Taco Bell is going to cost you $15. If you hit say, Red Robin, You're talking $30 and that's drinking water. You think, I'll just get a burger: $9, Jacinda gets a burger: $9, then you have to buy some $6 Grilled Cheese Sandwich for the kid. Ahhh! So unless you want to pay $60 for dinner @ Applebee's, you won't be eating too much steak. So tonight, I feast. I even got a six-pack of Creme Soda in the bottle (my favorite by the way!).

I love going home everyday and coming through that door and hearing Kiara scream, "Daddy Home!" Tonight won't be that good, but at least I'll have a pound of meat to dry my tears. If you're reading family: I love you. Have fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Vegas Baby! Vegas!

In a couple weeks Jacinda and I will be hitting Las Vegas for the first time ever. We are going with our friends, Carlos and Heather. They are a little more "seasoned" at sin city, but we still need some fresh ideas. So, if you know of any restaurants, shows, clubs, or lucky casinos, let me know!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Golfing on Water

No, I don't normally wear capri's with black socks. I was just rolling up the pants so that I didn't get them wet. If you check out the pictures in the previous post you will see that it didn't matter. The mud slapped all the way up to my chest. Anyways, this is my first video post. My buddy Tim forwarded me the link, so I can't really take any credit for it, but I'll try this on my own soon. I promise. I have a couple great video shorts of Kiara.


On Saturday, Tim, myself, Joe, and Mike drove up to Sierra Meadows Golf Club and spent the day chasing a little white ball. Jacinda's uncle Mike is the General Manager and Pro at the club and let us all play for free. What a guy! It had been a long time since Tim and I had played and Mike is still in the beginning stages. That makes Joe the pro in our group and he proved it by beating us by almost a stroke a hole. It was a good time and lots of great memories, most of which include Mike leaving his clubs on previous holes, mike hitting someone else's ball, and mike's clubs falling off the back of his cart! Oh, and my Tiger shot out of the shallow creek. I took a bath on that one. You can see the whole slideshow here.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Grammys!

Well, I'm glad U2 cleaned up on the awards. I was actually scared that Kanye West was going to win. I don't know what it is about that guy, but I can't stand him. He is so cocky and I'm glad that he didn't win after just saying in his performance, "I better win this thing". Was it me, or was the production terrible? The sound was bad, people were getting cut-off by videos, or the videos didn't start. You would think that such a big event with all the pros, would run without a hitch. The worst was during one of U2's acceptance speaches when the speakers were buzzing in and out. When they panned to Sir Paul, he was pointing up as if to say, "what the heck was that?" Anyways, I thought it was terribly done. Man, I must be in a bad mood or something. I am going to my first local hockey game tonight. We are right on the glass, no kid, and we are hitting Dog House Grill right before. Tri-Tip steak sandwiches that will make you wish that you would never get full.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Coldplay Pics

Coldplay was awesome! I can barely explain how cool it was. I don't think I'll ever go to a better concert. The whole show was honest, raw, and just enjoyable to watch. I told my buddy, carlos,, that it was practically a spiritual experience. The way that their music just ebbed and flowed throughout the night created an atmosphere of worship. I did an entire concert review on Los' Podcast which you can find by going to (a must for all you worship leaders out there!) Even though Coldplay doesn't promote God in their lyrics, their music speaks to the soul. Christ Martin...I mean, Chris Martin (freudian slip) didn't seem rehearsed with his words and won over the crowd from the first word in his british accent. Everything from the rocking, "Politik:, to the mellow, "Fix You", was amazing to watch and sing-a-long to. I can't remember a concert that I've been to that the crowd was so sold out. I saw on their website that they are coming back through California in the summer, so I would definitely check them out!


I just wanted to let you know that I am still alive. I have been so busy this last weekend and with work this week. Thanks to all for visiting and I promise to post soon. I can't wait to tell you about the Coldplay concert and for you to see the pics.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Posting on the Road

I am posting this from the lobby of our hotel in San Jose. Four guys: Trevor Jones, Nick Chandler, Derrick Bryant, and I are all hitting the Coldplay concert tonight. Last night, after we checked in we hit a bar called Tres Gringos. As most of you know, I don't drink a lick of alcohol, not because I am some spiritual superpower, but because, I've tried it...and it's nasty! But, that didn't stop me from giving the other guys a bad time. "dude, I think that is maybe the second time i've ever had to show my ID to get into a place." "ahh man, I feel like we are corrupting you." Yeah, they don't know my other friends. Anyway, they had great dollar tacos which became my dinner for the night. After seeing one of the single guys hit on a girl with her boyfriend right there, we decided to go back to the hotel. After about 5 minutes back at the hotel, we got our first noise complaint. The father in me was freaking out. "oh man, this is going on my permanent record!" But hey, we're young. I thought I was young...about 1am was all i could handle. And I was fighting to stay awake that long. The other guys didn't hit the pillow until after 3. So here we are, 11:30, eating breakfast. Normally, I would be getting ready to go to lunch. Well, today should be awesome: downtown San Jose, buying food for only one person (i can get that steak i've been wanting), and Coldplay tonight. Their songs have been blarin' on our radio, on my iPod, and being sung in our heads already. "Where do we go, nobody knows Don't ever say you're on your way down, when.. God gave you style and gave you grace And put a smile upon your face"