Thursday 10/29/2009 – Bob & Vera Pumpkin Pie

Breakfast: 2 Special K bars (180)
Lunch: Beef Manhattan @ Second Chance Grill in Dunkirk (600)
Snack: yogurt (100); 2 string cheese (280); granola bar (140)
Dinner: vegetable soup /w crackers & Pumpkin Pie (650)
Late: quick bites of BBQ chicken on crackers (350)

Calories: ¬†2590 ūüė¶
Exercise: 0

Bryan’s first day was today and he settled in quite nicely. ¬†We got a few ads done and the day was very productive.

I went to Redkey to tan, and I tanned for 12 minutes.  I got a little burned.

@ 6:00 we went to visit Bob & Vera.  They are an older couple from church.  They are just the happiest people to be around in my eyes.  Vera cooked up a big batch of vegetable soup and 2 pumpkin pies (one of which she let me take home).

The food was excellent, but the company was even greater. ¬†It was the first time we had sit around a kitchen table in a long while. ¬†After dinner we listened to the story of how they came to purchase the house they were in and the story of Bob’s mother who had it built.

Dunkirk Indiana had always been primarily a very blue collar working society. ¬†In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s they found a giant gas pocket under east central Indiana. ¬†Dunkirk was the crown of this gas well, hence the nickname Crown City.

Dunkirk has been known for ages as a place of heavy drinkers and pool halls and such.  Well Mrs. Farling decided she was going to build a recreation center for children, and she did; without help from the city council.  Her idea was to portray God in her home and center.  She was strongly against her home turning into a tavern (which is located near two).

So Bob even years after his mother had passed, found the house up for sale, and snatched it up, before anybody else could purchase it. ¬†Since those days that house has been renovated a few times. ¬†In it’s history it had been 2 churches and 1 kids center, but now it just makes a nice place for Bob and Vera to rest their heads.

We went home right at 8:00 so we could catch Survivor.  It was another bland week of Survivor.  I am getting tired of watching Foa Foa lose!  However; they are keeping their spirits high somehow.

Grey’s Anatomy was also very lame. ¬†The whole episode revolved around Dr. Shepherd doing some miraculous surgery. ¬†Then when the drama had peaked and the suspense had us, they cut to commercial. ¬†Then on the return the suspense was over as the patient was in a bed and moving his toes. ¬†That was the first seen! ¬†I was like… What!!! ¬†Are you kidding me! ¬†Who writes this crap?

There wasn’t some miraculous parapalegic that understands he is going to be paralyzed then his toe twitches. ¬†He’s just perfect as ever! ¬†/sigh

Private Practice was boring as well.


Wednesday 10/29/09 – First Volleyball game

Breakfast: 2 special K bar (180); coffee (25)
Lunch: Subway BMT on Flatbread (750)
Snack: yogurt (100); granola bar (140); graham crackers (80); candy (200)
Dinner: Burger King – Whopper /w fries (1200)
Late: Cerial /w milk (1000)

Total Calories: ¬†3675 ūüė¶ ūüė¶
Total Exercise: 1 hour of volleyball

Wow, I am just understanding while typing this in how much I ate yesterday. ¬†I am really¬†disappointed¬†in myself. ¬†However; I think I understand now why I need to have this blog, because it keeps myself accountable to myself, and let’s me self reflect my errors.

Dev brought home food last night because she and I both had plans. ¬†I didn’t expect her to bring me french fries; however I am not blaming her for me eating them. ¬†It was just hard to resist them. ¬†Then after volleyball practice, I settled down for a heaping bowl of Cherios, and then I refilled it! ¬†What a crash.

Dev had her first meeting with her Bible study group РSIC (Sisters in Christ), and Ka-Kay went to church with a friend.  So I took lil Dude and Mori-Dori to the gym with me for my first volleyball game.  We got beat in 2 sets and we played the third set for fun.  I did have sweat dripping off my head so I believe it was good for my weight.  However, I probably lost 100 calories exercising and consumed 1000 extra that evening.  I am still bitter at myself for that.

At work I have a couple of new projects happening.  Multicasting IP addresses for the intercom system, and I am readying for an additional programmer who starts on Thursday.  I am anxious to have an additional member on my team if only for a little while.

I read a little deeper into Mark, and am taking my time reading the study notes and trying to imagine myself and the times to better explain the story of Christ and his gospel.


Tuesday 10/27/2009 – The Rock in Portland: men’s group

Breakfast: Special K bar (90); coffee (25)
Lunch: Pete’s Duck Inn in Albany Indiana – soup and salad (450)
Dinner: Turkey Tenderloin and leftover Mac & Cheese (750)
Snack: Southwest Salad /w grilled chicken (400); cheese plate (200)

Calories: ¬†1915 ūüôā
Exercise: 0

The fellas at the office got my feathers ruffled first thing in the morning.  I had a bad decision, followed up with an oopsie and it set me off in the morning.  I did have a productive day.  I am not moving on any new projects that are not in my inbox already.  By the end of the week I am going to clean out the inbox, and I will never let it get this bad again.

After work I ran to Hairway to heaven in Redkey to tan. ¬†I went for 12 minutes this time. ¬†I did notice when I got home there I had some red on my back, so I probably won’t do much more than that on Thursday.

After tanning I ran to Becky’s house to give her the software for CCL. ¬†She is going to help them reconcile their accounts. ¬†Becky is a busy little be at the office. ¬†She assists Roy in doing the payables and balancing the money. ¬†She is always going 100 miles an hour. ¬†Her house is so beautiful, and it seems to be unlived in, but she just cleans and cleans and you can tell.

I went home for a few minutes to get a bite to eat.  Dev was already home because she had taken off early to get Ka-Kay some glasses at the eye doctor.  Ka-Kay had to increase the prescription on her lenses.

After eating I talked for a bit, caught up with the daily activities. ¬†Then bid my family a fairwell, because it was the first meeting of the Tuesday Night Men’s group at the Rock Church.

The group went really smooth, kind of a slow start at first; but I was anxious to get the Bible open and start letting God move. ¬†The introductions were neat. ¬†I gravitated towards a gentelmen named Roger, who was a Harley convert. ¬†I always seem to like those guys, because I can relate to their knowledge. ¬†Some Christians have been Christians there whole life and I can’t relate to them. ¬†I don’t fault them for not having a vivid past, but I can’t communicate with them well. ¬†And they never understand my drinking, which I don’t expect them to.

Brad (the leader) and I stood outside the meeting place for about 20 minutes in the rain. ¬†I listened to his take on life, and what a guy. ¬†This guy was socially backwards¬†until¬†he found Christ, and now they guy is a social butterfly. ¬†It’s amazing. ¬†He is producing fruit, and I am that fruit.

I went home and took a shower and headed to bed.  I konked out pretty soon after.

Monday 10-26-2009 – The book of Mark

Breakfast: Special K bar (90)
Lunch: Pizza King buffet in Portland (600)
Snack: Yogurt (100); granola (140); fruit chews (100)
Dinner: 2 cheeseburger (700) & Mac and cheese (350)

Calories: ¬†2080 ūüôā
Exercise: 1 1/2 hours of volleyball ūüôā

God is revealing things to me. ¬†I couldn’t keep my nose out of the book of Mark yesterday. ¬†I am skipping around and moving from NIV to KJV, but his story is playing out in my head. ¬†I am grateful to be able to understand.

Jake worked diligently on a brochure for the GIE expo in Louisville this week. ¬†We¬†received¬†last minute news that there wasn’t a brochure prepared. ¬†Let me tell you how awesome the brochure looks. ¬†Jake did an amazing job!

After work I went home and rested on my love seat.  I read a bit in the bible and dozed off, immediately.  Devon cooked up supper and woke me up with it.

Soon after dinner, I had volleyball practice for our adult league at the West Jay Community Center.  It was a blast!  A decent workout, with some sweat going on.  We all had a good time.

I went home and opened up the Bible once again. ¬†I was really able to unveil Jesus’ story via Mark’s eyes.

Went to bed.

Wacky Weekend

Calories: I did terrible! ūüė¶ ¬†Average: 3000 /per day

Friday I wasn’t feeling good at work in the afternoon. ¬†My heart was skipping and I was exhausted. ¬†I went home to take a nap a little early (around 3:00). ¬†I started feeling better around 6:00.

I took the girls to Dairy Dream to get some Ice Cream (I know I just blogged about this place).  When you have girls you have to take them out for ice cream alot.

I stopped by McDonald’s and rented a couple of DVD’s from RedBox. ¬†Hannah¬†Montana¬†Movie, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. ¬†We watched Ghosts of Girlfriends Past first. ¬†It was ¬†pretty good movie. ¬†Wasn’t really good for the children.

We went to bed and woke up early to watch Hannah Montana, it was a really good movie.  I was choking back tears during parts of it.

After the movie we got dressed and headed to Portland, then Muncie to do some shopping.  Devon picked up a couple of items at a country store, then we did some grocery shopping.

On our way home we rented “The Proposal” and “Aliens vs. Monsters”. ¬†They were both good movies.

On Sunday we woke up and headed to church, after church I headed home to watch some football.

Take your mask off!  LOL

Take your mask off! LOL

Boo!  It's a Zombie

Boo! It's a Zombie

Lori was going to go to student ministries at our church in the evening, so we got her dressed up for the costume contest.  She won first prize for scariest costume.

She came home, and she was excited telling about funny stories and funny videos. ¬†I hadn’t seen her all wound up like that for ages. ¬†She was talking so fast that her tongue couldn’t keep up.

The Rock “Student Ministries” is now on her list of priorities, and I am thankful for that.

I went to the Dunkirk Church of the Nazarene for the evening service.  They are going through revival and I was really happy to be a part of it.

Second Class citizens got swindled. It makes me angry.

This is a long read, but it explains everything with our economy.

Wall Street’s Naked Swindle

Here is just a snippet:

Wall Street now serves, in the words of one former investment executive, as “Lucy to America’s Charlie Brown,” endlessly creating new products to lure the great herd of unwitting investors into whatever tawdry greed-bubble is being spun at the moment: Come kick the football again, only this time we’ll call it the Internet, real estate, oil futures. Wall Street has turned the economy into a giant asset-stripping scheme, one whose purpose is to suck the last bits of meat from the carcass of the middle class.

Thursday 10/22/2009 – Getting Tan

Breakfast: Special K bar (90)
Lunch: Chef’s Salad from Pizza King in Dunkirk (550)
Snack: 2 granola bars (280); yogurt (100)
Dinner: 3 chicken fajitas – small tortilla shells (1100)
Late: popcorn (220)

Total Calories: ¬†2340 ūüė¶
Total Exercise: 0 ūüė¶

It was a beautiful sunrise! ¬†I wished I would’ve rode my bike. ¬†I had interviews scheduled so I wanted to look presentable. ¬†The morning flew by, and lunch went twice as fast.

I went to tan at Hairway to Heaven in Redkey. ¬†I decided to keep a slight tan over the winter. ¬†It’s a self confidence thing.

On my way to tan I seen Brad. ¬†Brad and I were brothers growing up from about 13 to about 22. ¬†Our bond during that period was so strong that we still keep in contact with each other’s well being, even though life has dragged our¬†responsibilities¬†in different directions. ¬†Brad is a major blessing to have in my life, and his new boy Elijah; looks just like him.

We stayed and visited with Brad for a few hours, then headed home and supper was cold on the table, and Dev was letting Calgon(r) take her away! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Wow, now there is a commercial I haven’t seen for awhile. ¬†Only those of us older than 25 will get what Dev was doing. ¬†If you read this you should send me a comment telling me what Dev is doing. ¬†Kudos to those that get it.

Russell Swan (Survivor competitor) received oxygen after collapsing.

Russell Swan (Survivor competitor) received oxygen after collapsing.

Thursday night is Survivor night, and this episode wasn’t very good. ¬†They were building up Russel (the leader) because the commercials showed that he was going to take a tumble. ¬†I with that they would’nt have leaked the whole story in a 10 second clip for commercials. ¬†Because as I recap the whole episode. ¬†Nothing changed from what I already knew. ¬†Russell went home feeling bad, and I could’ve told you that prior to the show. ¬†No other survivors got booted, and no one won the challenge…. Boring!

Grey’s anatomy however; wasn’t a whole lot better. ¬†But I think this episode had to happen to bring the new cast members over to a likable position. ¬†There had to be a merging point between the old team and the new team. ¬†They are coming together quite nicely. ¬†Hopefully we can get out of character building in the next few weeks and get back into the nitty gritty.

Dev and I actually finished watching Grey’s in bed, we fell asleep directly after. ¬†Well, ¬†almost directly after :).