Daughter Carrie hosted an Arbonne party at our house last night. That meant I went out. I went to our usual spot and actually got to watch the Illini win in basketball - AT Iowa. Carrie was still here when I got home, and it seemed everyone had a good time. Marci is the seller, and besides Jane and Carrie there was Molly, Ruth, Erica, Amanda, and Amanda's sister. There may have been more but that's about all I can remember this early on the day we set our clocks ahead. We are also hosting our small group before church this morning, so I best get myself in gear. I think a nap is definitely in order for this afternoon.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Saturday, March 08, 2014
My mind is fried and my body is beat. I did quite a few rentals and reservations at work this week. I don't think it would normally be as physically taxing, but with all the snow and ice we have... ugh. When I take a reservation for a storage unit - if it's a conventional unit - I usually go out and clear away the snow and ice from in front of the door. Partly as a customer service, and partly because they otherwise won't be able to get the door open. Most outside units have anywhere up to a foot of snow in front of the doors, and then several inches of hard-packed ice underneath of it. I have a metal shovel, a pick-ax, and a hammer and chisel that I use to try to break up the ice. I also try to do several other units every day just to be a little proactive in getting rid of the stuff. Plus there are always a few people who come in and complain that they can't get their door open, so I do those too. It's nasty stuff. I will be glad when it all melts away.
Yesterday I shoveled out 3 rows of doors. I only chipped the ice out from in front of maybe a third of them though. I had one guy call in and rent a unit and thought he was going to start crying on the phone when I asked him his address. He said that was why he needed a storage unit - his girlfriend just kicked him out. He named every single thing he needed to store. I felt bad for him, so I cleaned his door out completely. Then, when he came in, he also bought 12 boxes. I haven't sold 12 boxes total since I've been working there.
I also had another couple come in yesterday that were brother and sister. Their dad had just died and they put their mom in a home, so they were storing all of their parents stuff. They were very nice and I felt good helping them out in this small way.
Otherwise... today I kind of feel like a vegetable. My arms and shoulders are sore, and my mind is in sleep-mode. And what happened to the sun???
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I think I am finally going to delete my old email account from the church. I may wait another week, because I think I still have a few subscriptions connected to it. I have already unsubscribed from or changed just about everything else. It will be nice to not have to see it anymore. It just seems really sad to me that anything associated with my life over the previous 14 years brings so much pain to mind. And I still don't know why it had to be that way. Certainly it couldn't have been a total waste... right? Time to move on though.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I'm not sure if I can keep up with posting something everyday or not. The new job is starting to pick up, and it's a little more demanding on this old man than I thought at first. I still like it, but maybe I'm not yet used to the physical aspect of it yet. Or, maybe it's just working in general. Anyway, when I get home I'm pretty much spent. So... if you don't see something everyday it's not because I'm neglecting the blog, but... Well, actually, it is because I'm neglecting it. I don't have much time for Facebook either. I want to write something everyday, but my day-to-day life has changed pretty drastically. We'll see how it goes.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
We rented our second Redbox movie ever the other night and got the movie Nebraska. We had heard bits and pieces about it and thought it sounded good. So last night we watched it. It was good. The IMDb blurb says of it:
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
If you're looking for fast cars, pretty girls, and lots of action - this movie may not be for you. But if you are into character study, childhood memories, and personal relationships... you just might enjoy it.
It is a very slow-moving film for the most part, but it's pretty funny and a little touching throughout. It reminded me a bit of 'Fargo,' but also of 'going home' - personally. A slower-paced time when life seemed easier. Plus, Bruce Dern is splended, and even though June Squibb won a well-deserved Oscar nomination, I really liked the role of the sons, Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk (Sol on Breaking Bad).
Anyway, you know me and movie reviews - the only thing I know about is whether I liked it or not - and I liked this movie. It was great on a cold Monday night with m'Lady, wrapped up in a blanket in the living room. So... there.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Son Isaac flew to Emory University yesterday for an invited visit to their graduate School of Theology. It is in Atlanta, GA and was the first school to contact him and actively recruit him. I'm not sure how long he is supposed to be there, but they paid for his flight and everything. He is hoping they will also reward him by paying him to go to school there. I think he is going to work on his Masters of Divinity. There are a couple of other schools he is considering too (Duke and Vanderbilt). Anyway, I'm praying all goes well on this visit and it is everything he wants it to be, and he is everything they want him to be. Or... that God will speak as he needs. Something like that.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Jane's 50th birthday week came to a fabulous conclusion last night. It all started the previous Saturday night with a family supper at Club Soda. Last night we finished things off with the Applebees gang. 10 of us were able to make it to Chops for supper. Several of us went with the filet mignon, and once again, it did not disappoint. Jane also got a free dessert since it was her birthday. After we ate we all headed to Applebees to end the night. The place was packed though, and for the first time I can remember, we had to WAIT to be able to sit at the bar! We finally just put two bar tables together and did that.
It started to rain/sleet at some point, so we didn't stay out too awful late. Everyone's cars and the road were completely covered in ice. Carrie drove herself, so when she got ready to leave, Jane rode with her and I followed. We all made it fine.
Unfortunately not everyone could be there for the finale, but those who were able to make it were: Carrie, Mike, Kenny, Amish John, Dave and Joni, and Tim and Kesha. This was Tim and Kesha's first outing with the group outside the "b".
I think a fun time was had by all. I know it was by me - even though Jane did spill red wine on both of us. Completely worth it. :)
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
I was a little worried I might be the only guy there, but there were plenty of guys; and besides, I would have enjoyed it anyway. I like to paint and draw and things. I'm guessing there were about 50 people there ranging in age from their 20's to their 80's. Some people were quite experienced, but I would guess most had never painted a picture before in their life. No one needed to feel intimidated.
All of our painting supplies were included in the $35/person price. We were set up with a framed canvas, our paints, brushes, and aprons. For this particular picture (Moonlit Birch) we only needed 4 colors: black, white, blue and purple. We also had 4 different sized brushes. They also have a small bar stocked with wine, beer, soda and water, as well as snacks for munching before, during, or after painting (grapes, cheese & crackers, etc.). I went with the Miller Genuine Draft - which was reasonably priced at $3 a bottle.
The event was scheduled from 7-10 pm. We arrived at 6:45 to get checked in, get our drinks and supplies (I guess they were kind of the same thing), and so we could get seats together. People were still straggling in at 7:20, so we didn't exactly start on time, but there was plenty to keep us occupied while we waited. They have music playing throughout the night - at one point we all joined together in song - and there is a very party-type atmosphere.
If this is something that interests you, I would suggest going to the calendar on their website first and picking out the picture you would like to paint. Then you just call or stop in to book the night you want to go. I think it would be great for a date night, a girls night out, or a group of friends looking for something fun to do together. We even painted half-decent pictures ourselves. A great time.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I was told that I got a raise at work yesterday. 50 cents an hour. The owners also told the person who told me about the raise to tell me I was doing a great job and to keep up the good work. It probably doesn't seem like a lot, but as a "words" person, the second part actually meant more to me than the money. But maybe that's just me. Anyway, it was nice to get a raise. I had completely forgot that I was supposed to get one when I was done with training, and another one after 90 days.
Speaking of work, I spent a large part of the last two days inputting data in the computer to schedule rate increases for my tenants over the next several months. I also had to chip ice out from in front of several people's units so they could get the door open and closed. Yesterday I helped a couple ladies load a glass-topped table and chairs into their truck. It was kind of a workout. And I've been cleaning the hallways in the climate control buildings while it is not too awful wet outside.
So.... that's about it for this Friday. Tonight we paint... as in paintings.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Her present is supposed to be delivered today, and I'm hoping it will be on time. It's not a lot, but something special just for her. We are planning to go out for pizza tonight. She hasn't decided yet where. We already had one party with the family, Friday night we are going to a Wine & Canvas night, and Saturday we have reservations with some friends. It should be a good week for someone who deserves better than she's gotten lately.
I love you, dear. I can honestly say I don't know what I would do without you. Happy Birthday!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
One of my favorite books from my days in seminary was Henri Nouwen's 'In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership.' I think it means a totally different thing to me today than it did then, but it is still a wonderful book.
In my devotions this morning a writer has quoted from that book:
“The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But: Are you in love with Jesus? . . . In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, that reaches out and wants to heal.”
I have been pretty wrapped up lately in how much my heart has been hurt (and my wife and daughter's), and this little snippet reinforced one of the great points of the recent Ragamuffin movie we saw: Do I know that God loves me? That Jesus loves me? And do I love him?
If Jesus' mission in life is somehow wrapped up in the 'reconciling of all things'... then am I living out of his love in that direction, or am I living out of fear and regret and guilt? Am I more in love with Jesus or with preserving my own integrity, or being "right," or fitting in, or... whatever?
Right now, I don't know. Right now, I want to go to work, do my job, be nice to people, practice smiling, and get to know Jesus as best as I can. What about you?
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