Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings.

My sister has always made these lists and books about "things that make you happy", continuously writing things that make her happy, and making others write things that make them happy. I feel I've under appreciated this idea or maybe thought it'd be a bit girly for me to do all the time, but really I'm finding it's so healthy to recognize the things that you find joy and beauty in. You should fill your life with these things, make the time for them in this busy world, and define yourself in this happiness. It's good to count your blessings, God has blessed so many of us so much, we need to live it full and hard. So these are a few of my favorite things:

Current Dominant Joys of All Time - Forgiven Sinnerhood, Husbandness, Job Finding (it'll be joyful to have a good interview in the morning, wish me luck!), Familyhood, Good friendness.

5 Bands that get me amped on life - Muse, Death Cab, Coldplay, Jon Foreman, Watashi Wa/Eager Seas. These are musical and/or lyrical inspirers to me.

Joyful Hobbies right now - Exercise! - Climbing on rocks, Running on trails and streets, Swimming in springs, lakes, pools, Surfing waves, Tennis with wife or strangers, Hockey hopefully soon in the league across my street, Soccer around the house, B-Ball in the driveway of the in laws, Football when around Eric MW, Racquetball with the father in law. Biking with our soon to be bought bikes. Food! Cooking - Salads, Pastas, Tacos, Bean Dips, Nachos, Tofu, Noodles, Crepes with Monica, friends, or by myself, something about creating good taste is fun. Music! - Drumsets, Djembe, Guitars, Didgeridoo, Piano, Singing recently learned songs - Danny's song, Kenny Loggins; Square One, Coldplay; Up and Up, Relient K.

I enjoy connecting with friends near and far. Blogs, Facebook, Texts, Phone. it's good talking to Aaron V. Aaron H. Dustin B. Phil S. Cameron S. Eric MW. Jason F. Amy W. Trina Y. Dad, Mom about hobbies, progress, struggles, plans, future, funny incidents, memories, life...

Boating with the Mattingly's, Night Hikes, Camping, Canoeing, Fireworks in the streets, fires in the wilderness, sleeping outside, Kayaking, Adventure, wearing costumes, eating sweets, eating out, playing Tetris, painting, sidewalk chalk.

Top Silliest People I know that make me laugh: Devin D. Aaron H. Ben F. Eric W. Joe K. Brad E. Anthony H. Scott B. Phil S. Amy W. Ludine P. Zach M. Nick L. Jeff T. Bjorn H. Monica M. - this changes a lot too, many people making me laugh. but just think about these people, if you know them, you know they are hilarious.

I've shared alot, And now I feel good. Now share with me.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Headlines and Flash, Flash, Flash Photography

To escape the terrible toilet situation, Monica and I went on a trip to the historic city of St. Augustine on the East Coast of Florida with the ever so exuberant Zach and the splendid Rachel Roddy. Where we'd have a trip full of historical tourist attractions, gelato, art galleries, candy, project runway, pools, beaches, and jolly laughter. hohoho!

On Labor Day, Monica folks and us kids went out on the boat on the St. Johns River up to Blue Springs. We swam with a few manatees who usually are only there in the colder months of winter. A couple guys got arrested while we there for harassing the creatures. The endangered Manatee! Monica's father often mentions they are the stupidest animals, while Monica's mother talks about how they are not meant for this world anymore. I did not take this picture, though I could've.

The other day, Monica and I did chalk art in the backyard to get some fresh air. She made a magical Unicorn, or a Monicorn. hehe.

I just went on a run this morning, 3/4 in the rain and 1/4 in the sun, the rain is so much better. But I ended in the sun, and seriously I think I came the closest to passing out I ever have before. I had to close my eyes, take a knee, after I started walking, breathing deep, and fighting off the lightheaded feeling. I've ran hard and long before but this Florida sun is a killer. Oh. Ya i setup the drums in the living room, for the neighbors sake. : )

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Crappy Toilet Story.

So last week I dropped a guard for my beard trimmer in the toilet. A small plastic piece that would immediately fall out of sight when dropped in to the clear yet foreboding waters of the toilet. Initially, I figured it wouldn't flush through and would cause toilet cloggination. So I tried to get that piece of plastic out with a hanger. No good. I tried the plunger. I think that made it go farther in. I put a plastic bag over my hand and reached in. it was too far. I took a break. Later, I had to use the restroom, so I used it no problem. That was to pee. I put it the plastic piece at the back of mind. Later on, due to the other kind of use of the toilet, it began to clog and only get worse and worse. I tried to fix it again but could not. Days later, It would be so bad we had to do something, the look and smell was quite terrible. We needed help. We turned to Handy Man, Mr. Mattingly/Dad.
He told us to pick up the toilet and bring it to the backyard. Shove a hose in it from either end, and work that hose around till successful. Easier said than done.

Monica and I spent a good morning working. We struggled to unbolt the toilet from the floor, I broke the nut for the hose to the water tank, we carried the toilet to the backyard leaving a trail of water through our house, we tried shoving a hose through it, Monica stuck her gloved hands in any holes she could. Unsuccessful. The whole time it was smelly, and oh we got dirty, and we had to turn our water off to disconnect the toilet, no cleaning off. We were so fed up, we left to vacation in St. Augustine that afternoon for the night, leaving the toilet in the backyard and a trail of toilet water through our house, Trying to forget our troubles...yes, it was pretty bad.
The next day we had to face the music. We knew that our problem had not simply gone away. We drove a not long enough couple hours back home, we called Handy Man for much needed help, and of course we got down and dirty to get the job done. Hours later, getting our feet seriously soaked in brown water and with water splashing everywhere as Mr. Mattingly plunged and shoved that hose deep into the toilet, the job got done. We got through. Sweat, Blood, Tears, Poop, Pee. .all elements to decent story I guess. good times that will never happen again, a lesson has been learned.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Don't Stop Me Now

---------Idaho, Groomsmen at Tifstin Billington's wedding. -----------

------------------- Maui, Honeymoonin Two Weeks! --------------------

-------------------- Wedding Party, Ryonica's wedding, Florida ----------

------------ Chillin in Santa Barbara, Yeos with Cuzins Tony, Mia, Aunt Alane -------