– I’ve been pretty sick the last two days. Upset stomach,getting a headache every time I stand up, so yeah, it’s been really fun. Since Sunday night, I’ve eaten 3 apples, a couple hand-fulls of oyster crackers, 2 chocolate chip cookies, and a grilled cheese sandwich. But even with all of my “suffering” (overdramatic?), I’m sure my story doesn’t compare to Mark’s story, though.
– We started a 3 Week series on sex in MSM on Sunday and the first week seemed to go pretty well. We are using a series I got from Simply Junior High called “Exposed” and it’s a GREAT resource and gave me some awesome direction for how to approach this sensitive but very important topic. Thanks Kurt (Jr. High Pastor @ Saddleback) for sharing such a great resource with us!
– Started our free month of Netflix which was a Christmas gift from Amber’s brother (thanks Troy!). Started out with Changing Lanes and Wall-E. Changing Lanes was okay, the ending was kind of “ehh.” Wall-E was really good. I love Pixar’s attention to detail and subtlety like facial expressions and gestures. Getting ready to send ’em back and get two more! Suggestions?
– In our Middle School service on Sunday, we sang “God is Great” (Hillsong) and I realized that I really liked listening to it, but I didn’t really like singing it. The original key is a tad too high in the chorus, so I dropped it a whole step. But after the drop, the verses were way too low. So as much as I like it, for the sake of audience participation, I might have to Derrick Rose that bad boy and “one and done” it. (Check out the song below)
– I got a new phone! It’s a Palm Centro and I finally have a portable calendar and contact list that will sync with Outlook. I’m still trying to figure it out, but it’s definitely an upgrade from what I had. It was also a buy one get one free deal, so Amber got one too. Giddeyup on that!
– In case you didn’t know, the Cavs are tied with the Lakers for the best record in the NBA and are a few games away from clinching home-court throughout the playoffs. In case you didn’t know.
– I’m heading to Cinci to see The Eagles with my dad. I love shows, so I know this is going to be a great one. And the funny thing is, I’m pretty sure my dad is more excited than I am. Should be a good time.
– Cruising through a series in Middle School right now called, “Deal With It” and we’re talking about how to, you guessed it, “deal with” some of the things that life throws us. We’ve talked about guilt and worry, and this week we’re talking about pain. And while they don’t seem to be overly “exciting” or “fun” topics, they seem to be hitting the students where they are, because many of them seem to be “dealing with” these issues.
– Just a little tip, if you’re planning on leaving your sunroof to your Jetta open overnight, make sure it’s not supposed to rain or you’ll have to sit on 2 towels on your way to work. Just a tip.
– We’ve got our “MSM Blowout” this Saturday night. Now, if we could just have a softball tournament, a cookout, and Godsound getting shut down by the cops half way through their set, it would look a lot like the SAB Blowout for which it was named. We’re also going to pop 100 balloons with prizes in them. That’s also where the “blowout” comes from.
– My favorite game of all time is “Loaded Questions.” And let me just say that I’m terrible at it. And let me also say that we don’t even play it like it’s supposed to be played. We just get together, ask questions, and try to see who wrote what answer. I’m terrible at it because I don’t care about guessing who wrote what. I just love answering and coming up with rediculous responses. And if you haven’t played this game, then sugar, you haven’t lived……(Norm: “Note to self: I don’t want to live.”)
– I saw a car with a McCain/Palin sticker on it yesterday. I wonder if they’re just in denial. I wonder if they tried to take it out but it began to rip and leave sticky residue, so they just left it on. I wonder if they’re holding out for a McCain/Palin ticket in 2012. But mostly, I wonder why people put stickers on their car.
– Gas (in my area) is “down” to $3.25 a gallon. That shouldn’t excite me, but it does. I want to just drive around all day in a JC Penny parking lot so I can go fill up.
– Today was the first day of the new season that I wore a hoodie (hooded sweatshirt) to work today. I’ve been fighting it, but it was chilly enough and breezy enough to make me throw on my good ol’ sweatshirt.
– Went and picked pumpkins with some friends last Saturday night and it was pretty fun. It was fun until the pumpkin that I had been carrying the entire time made it all the way to the edge of the patch, almost paid for, and the stem broke and it dropped to the ground. Lousy pumpkins.
– Got four movies from the library and the most recent one was made in 1987. Could it be that there are no good movies being made? Or is it just that there are no good movies at the library? I got Lethal Weapon (’87); Rocky (’76); The Omega Man (’71); and of course, Planet of the Apes (’68). I didn’t realize until I got home that I had gotten 2 movies featuring Charlton Heston. I was also a little shocked at what passes for “PG” in 1971.
– Heading out to Grace next week with Matt Carter and Paula Boehm to play with Jeremiah and Marcie Olson, Jeremy Byng, and Aaron Winey at Grace’s “Conference on Missions” or “Missions Conference.” I couldn’t be more pumped to play with all of them. I get to play drums (which is my first musical love) and actually get to play “again” with everyone except for Jeremy. Everyone else, dating back to when I was 15, I’ve played with in some capacity. It should be fun; I can’t wait.
– I love what I do. If you’re not working with students (7-12th grade), you’re missing out. (I’m kidding of course. I’m sure you love what you do too. And if you don’t, hang out with 30 7th and 8th graders for a couple hours. You’ll either love them or love the fact that you don’t have to do that all the time. You can’t lose!)
– I didn’t try out for American Idol. First of all, I couldn’t find anyone to go with. Second, the registration and regulations that I printed out were 5 pages long. Yeah, about 4 pages too long. And lastly, even American Idol is not worth me driving and spending more than 5 minutes in Kentucky. Nothing personal to anyone from there, I’m just saying.
– I recently realized that I like tennis. I hadn’t played it since Individual Sports when I was in college, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Amber and I went and bought racquets @ Wal-Mart (I of course got the Roger Federer racquet) and we hit the courts with Danny and Jess Artrip and it was money in the bank. We found some courts with lights, and whenever we play, it feels like it’s on primetime and I’m getting beaten thouroughly by Bjorn Borg (it’s almost as fun as when Greg and I were partners and played racquetball together).
– The Dark Knight was amazing. Heath Ledger was really good as the Joker (and not just because he died). I don’t know if it was “Oscar-worthy”, but it was still good. I’m trying to find a time so I can go and see it again. It was seriously one of the best movies I’ve seen in the theater in a long time (unlike “The Happening” which might end up on an upcoming Great 8 List). In other news, it came out that Christian Bale (Batman) got busted for assaulting his mom and girlfriend. Seriously? That’s a shame.
– I’m going to see Coldplay in Cleveland in October with Matt Carter. Oh yeah.
– My mom and Amber re-covered our dining room chairs and I did what I could to stay away from all of that mess. They needed me for the occasional twist of the screwdriver, but that was about it. It made me thankful that I had no idea how to help, so they had no expectations for me to do so. That philosophy is actually how I got to be the man I am today. Oh yeah.
– Speaking of worthless television, “So You Think You Can Dance” just came on and I just got the sudden urge to re-re-cover those chairs in the dining room. What a disaster of a show. The host with the accent makes Ryan Seacrest look like Ed McMahon. The British judge (hmm, that’s original) is seriously a 15th rate Simon Cowell, sans the creativity, personality, or v-neck t-shirts. The female judge seems like she’s trying way too hard to just be awful. Her laugh is piercing and her comments are mind-boggling. This show is completely unwatchable……….so why am I watching it?
– I’ve been seriously considering getting rid of all my movies and just keeping the concerts and the tv shows. I don’t know, but I feel like even my favorite movies of all time are just sitting there, reminding me how much money I spent to put them there. I’ve been thinking about taking them to a used cd/dvd place and seeing how much I could get for them. It’s sad, but something I’ve been trying to wrestle with.
– Speaking of movies, Redbox has revolutionized my world. I’ve been able to rent 3 movies with it so far and each one was a pleasant experience that ended in me watching a cheap movie. So far, I’ve gotten “28 Weeks Later”, “Michael Clayton” and, “There Will Be Blood.” The best part? When I’m 2 days late on returning a movie (lousy movie), it’s still less than if I would have gone to Hollywood or Blockbuster.
– I guess it’s Barack Obama vs. John McCain. Too bad it’s not Barack Obama vs. John McClane! Oh yeah, put ’em in a skyscraper and see which one comes out alive. Now that would be worth watching. And buying on dvd, and then a year later trading into a used cd/dvd place.
– Coldplay has a new album coming out. I suppose I’m excited. I’m more skeptical because of how good their last album was. I’m sure I’ll pick it up, but it’s going to be hard to top “Fix You.” Mark, is this one of the bands that everybody loves that you hate?
– After a brief hiatus, I’m back on the Simpsons train, plowing through my 9 seasons of dvd’s (2-10, the first season is barely watchable). I’m in the middle of season 7 right now and I’m laughing out loud still. There’s just something timelessly funny about Homer gaining 300 lbs. on purpose to go on disability.
– The Celtics beat the Lakers in game 1 last night. I still hate Boston.
– So David Cook won American Idol. I was more shocked than excited. And I’m fine with that because I realized that if I’m actually excited about it, then I care too much.
– I started getting up at 6 in the AM to workout. The waking up part has been okay, but it takes me about an hour to actually get going and head down to the ol’ gym. It’s kind of like doing your devotions in the morning because the whole rest of the day, you’re going off the energy from the morning. It’s been a good thing.
– I’ve realized the longest 30 seconds that exists is the commercials during online television. It’s the worst on The Office because I have the first 3 seasons on DVD and there are NO commercials and the online commercials are the exact same every time. So in a 40 minute episode, I’ll see the same commercial with it’s offensively louder volume 6 times. On the other hand, it’s free tv, and I’m also realizing that I can pretty much complain about anything.
– I can’t stand Boston. Any team that’s from there: Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins (like anybody really watches hockey), can’t stand ’em. I can’t stand the way that the NBA has done everything but crown the Celtics champions already. I can’t stand how Kevin Garnett is being compared to Bill Russell as one of the all-time Celtic greats (How many championships has he won? How many season(s) has he played for them? I can’t stand the Patriots and their unpunished cheating. I can’t stand Bellichek’s cut off sweat shirts (and I don’t care enough to look up how to spell his name correctly). And I just can’t stand the Red Sox. Period. I can’t stand Curt Schilling’s mouth and his fake blood during the ’04 World Series. And most of all, I can’t stand all the complaining about how it’s been SOOOO long since the _________ won a championship. What’s it been, 1 year in football? 1 year in baseball? 22 years in basketball? Gimme a lunch break. The Cavs haven’t won a championship since they’ve, well, become the Cavs. The Indians haven’t won the World Series since Truman was in office. And the Browns haven’t won a championship since before they called it the Super Bowl. (this point started out as 1 or 2 lines then I just kind of got going.)
– I thought I was going to get pulled over as I made a left turn at an intersection while I was on my cell phone right in front of a cop. He turned his lights on, did a u-turn, got right on top of me, and then turned off to nail the guy who had run a red light.
– I almost ran over a little dog today. He darted out in front of me, I hit the brakes, he proceeded to cross the street, unfazed by his near-death experience, and I played out the scenario of what would have happened had I, well, you know. (My guess is it would have ruined someone’s week).
– I’m planning a Jr. High service that I’m going to be absent for and I’m thinking about relying heavily on video, leaders, and students. Any ideas?
– I’m going backpacking in the Smokies on Thursday-Sunday (hence my absence from church) with some of my old buddies from high school and college. I’ve never gone packpacking before. I just hope they have a place to plug in my Powerbook.