24 April 2009
21 April 2009
Sarah and I got to do one of our favorite things on Saturday...catch our beloved Texas Rangers in action at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (RBiA). We took advantage of a special promotion the Rangers had and were able to get two decent tickets and a parking pass for $25. Speaking of special promotions and good deals, if you are a baseball fan I highly recommend you check out this and see just how little money you can spend to go to a Major League Baseball game. Anyway, we drove down to Arlington with enough time to eat at a "Macaroni Grill." Notice the quotation marks and listen to this cautionary tale:
As you probably know, Sarah has an iPhone which is near and dear to her heart. Most of the time, it is a great little device. However, we used it to give us the location of Arlington (TX) Macaroni Grills and, whaddya know, there is one RIGHT ACROSS FROM RBiA! AWESOME! We drove down there, followed directions and started to worry:
(Me) "Turn right here, babe."
(Sarah) "Are you sure? This looks like a one-way street."
(Me) "I'm sure, this is where the Macaroni Grill is supposed to be located."
(Sarah) "I don't think this is a Macaroni Grill."
(Me) "No, but it sure does look like a good place to get shot."
Turns out that iPhoney had taken us to an empty parking lot with overgrown weeds and rusty construction equipment. There very well may have been a Macaroni Grill there in 1987 but there wasn't one there now. We ended up eating appetizers at On The Border--a decent enough restaurant but one we have in Wichita Falls.
No worries though, on to the ballpark! Here are the high (and low)lights:
- First really good pitching performance I've seen in-person at RBiA...a true pitcher's duel and I actually got to give a standing O for a Rangers starting pitcher (Kevin Millwood, 9 IP, 2 ER) as he walked off the field before the bottom half of the 9th inning. (Highlight)
- Surrounded by friendly and fun fans in our seats (all total strangers). (Highlight)
- Sarah got to eat a Lemon Chill. (Highlight)
- That Lemon Chill was $4.75. (Lowlight)
- It was the first game all year the Rangers hadn't hit a home run and the thing Sarah had most been looking forward to was hearing "the music" and seeing the fireworks when a Rangers hitter hits a home run (FYI it's the theme from The Natural). (Lowlight)
- Josh Hamilton's inability to hit a baseball this season. (Lowlight)
- Seeing Ian Kinsler steal a base in person. (Highlight)
- In the 7th inning, the fans in the centerfield bleachers started the wave. (See below)
I HATE THE WAVE! It's obnoxious, it obstructs my view of the actual reason I am attending the BASEBALL GAME, and it shows a distinct lack of fan awareness. Millwood was pitching in the bottom of the 7th (I think) and trying to keep the game close. He twice had full counts that inning and were we (the fans) standing up and making noise and cheering him on? Of course not, we were too busy worrying about doing the FREAKING WAVE. Not only that, but this was the wave that would not die. I think the thing made it around the stadium intact 5 or 6 times! The people in front of me were laughing because I was getting so angry.
Even though the Rangers lost and I had to sit through TWTWD (bonus points if you get this initialism), we had a blast! The weather was gorgeous and we were watching our favorite baseball team play in front of our eyes.
16 April 2009
March 31, I am staying pretty busy, but not overwhelmed. I work 8-5, Monday through Friday, use my lunch hour on three of those days for school, meet with a girl I have been meeting with for about 4 years, once a week, meet with another girl every other week, doing a Beth Moore Bible study with a group of girls, and I'm also a math tutor twice a week. That's plenty to do.
So why did I add something else? Because I thought it would be a quick buck, and it was stupid. I agreed to edit a video for a local high school soccer team, and it just isn't worth my time. The video needs to be done in a week and I have a 12-page and 3-page paper due in a little over 22 weeks. And I'm starting all of it today.
Guess I should have added procrastination to the list.
12 April 2009
Easter is a special day, especially to followers of Christ, because this is the day that we celebrate his rising from the dead, defeating death and sin, and ultimately, we celebrate our salvation.
However, it is incredibly easy to look over this point, and focus on the secularization of the holiday. Now, don't jump to conclusions. I don't have a problem with Easter Bunny, coloring eggs, egg hunting, or candy. I did it as a child, and all of my young siblings still do the same.
So what do I celebrate today? I celebrate the fact that Jesus died on the cross and rose three days later. Because I am an imperfect human, I can in no way earn or gain access to God because of my sin. (Even as a born again Christian, I still need the grace that only God can give to cover my iniquities. The word "christian" is not synonymous with "perfect" and I think sometimes others forget that.) I have to deal with the same temptations, issues, and problems that everyone else does. The only difference is because I believe that Jesus did conquer sin on the cross, paying my debt to God that I could never pay on my own, I can have a relationship with God who helps me to look at those temptations, issues, and problems in a different light.
Today I celebrate what my faith in Christ hinges on: the fact that 2009 years ago, God had it planned that Jesus would be the sacrifice for MY sins (and yours!) if we would only believe. "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
09 April 2009
08 April 2009
I was telling Sarah last night after I got home from playing tennis that I think I may be in the best aerobic shape of my life right now. Tennis was easy and I feel like the runs, while challenging, aren't just killing me. Now if I could only lay off the Kahlua cake...
I went outside at 7am because I heard a truck in the alley and saw flashing lights. For the second time in as many months, there was a nice little fire burning in one of the dumpsters in the alley behind our house. Both times I only saw a bunch of ash and flames so who knows what's going on. (Homeless person trying to stay warm? Neighbor who's an idiot and dumps smoldering ashes from a wood stove in the dumpster? Arsonist? Bored kid?)
Here's an extra twist...the two days that it has happened on have also been days where the Congressman was in town....weird huh? Anyway, thanks to WF's Bravest for taking care of the scary Dayton Dumpster Fire!
07 April 2009
Why tell you that? To point out that while I may be a pretty disciplined person (keeping to a running schedule, taking care of the garden, getting up early to take care of whatever), I have no self-control when it comes to food (as opposed to my wife who has no problem saying no to good food). None. I am one of those people who doesn't eat to live...I live to eat. Self-control for me is refusing another spoonful of brownie a la mode because if one more bite enters my mouth I will literally throw up. Well, this occasionally rears its head when certain foods jump in front of me. Foods like Dark Chocolate M&Ms, any kind of chocolate cookie or cake, queso, finger foods, (you know what...pretty much any good food). Some may not think this a big deal (even if it may be somewhat unhealthy). I, however, think it's a huge deal.
Why? Personal conviction. The Lord has recently convicted me of this...self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and one that I MUST cultivate. Additionally, I am scared of becoming overweight (which is a two-edged sword...keeps me running and exercising). Therefore, I am saying right now that I am asking the Lord for help in this area of my life. He has to cultivate self-control (not only in food but also in all areas of life) in me.
One last thing...I had Kahlua Cake for breakfast this morning...and I'm pretty sure that I would eat it for every meal of the day if I could. Here's the recipe! You will love it I assure you!
06 April 2009
Baseball's Opening Day has become my new favorite sports day of the year! Beginning of spring, optimism because the Rangers still have a chance to make the playoffs, warm weather around the corner (or here already), and lots to do in the garden! It's magical! :)
04 April 2009
03 April 2009
This semester, I have taken on two additional on the side jobs. One, is a one time only thing for this semester, and that is Video Editing. Through my time as an intern for Junior High here at First Baptist and as the Upward Sports Director, I had to learn how to take the footage that was recorded at an event, edit it, and make a video. Now, I'm not amazing at it, and it's not something I would want as a job right now, but I can do it. My Dad was assigned to film every girls soccer game for my alumni Rider High School (my step-sister is the starting goal keeper for Varsity) and he was going to use me to make the end of the year video. When it didn't work out, I wasn't crushed. But, he did send my name to the guys side of the program, and I will be producing their end of the year video. Kind of random, but I'm excited. The other job is something I've done before, and that is tutoring, specifically in math, for Junior High and Lower High School grades. Who couldn't use a little extra income?