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A Wonderful Christmas = More Stuff

29 Dec

Alright so, have I shared with you that I am a borderline hoarder? With such a small space, this is not really productive. You really can’t tell walking into our house because thanks to years of working in tedious retail jobs, I am extremely good at organizing.

YES! It's color coded, and just in case you're wondering, so is my side of the closet.

But I mean, I am a proponent of “reduce, reuse and recycle”. I do admit I am mildly harkening back to elementary school platforms (or more recently, bureaucratic 60-year-old’s platforms) where the little green arrowed triangle is stamped on to our mushy little brains in hopes that we may some day throw that cream of mushroom soup can and our soon-to-be non-existent newspapers in the recycle bin and save the world!! (Cue Star Wars theme music)

But here’s the thing, I still have my Cabbage patch doll from my 1st birthday, Valentine’s Day cards from when I was 7, and I’ve taken up an ever-expanding collection of old clothes and various fabric in hopes that some day I will make something wonderful out of them.

Why do I still have these?!

And since some extremely lazy residents in our complex couldn’t walk another ten feet to dispose of their trash in the correct receptacle, we no longer have recycling in our apartments. So now I find it extremely hard to throw away beautiful glass jars (despite the fact I have not come up with ONE idea as how to repurpose them).

But wait, didn’t global warming get de-bunked? Shouldn’t all these ‘green’ practices that we have so happily adapted be making some sort of dent in this ‘horrible’ place we’ve created for ourselves? Who knows and really that’s an argument for another day.

Anyways, in our tiny little piece of the universe, it’s getting to be a bit much.The other day, as I was trying to pull out my gift-wrapping ephemera (i.e. re-used boxes, recycled tins and wrapping paper, ribbons, etc), I thought I was either going to be killed in an avalanche of stuff or have a panic attack complete with mental break down.

Watch out!

I even considered shelling out the extra dough each month so we can have a glorious chunk of real estate (comparatively speaking) for storage space, aka ‘a garage’. All of a sudden I had wholesome daydreams of a house (rented or bought is neither here nor there) with a lusciously green back yard for the dogs and multiple rooms complete with craft room for me and man cave for Kyle. Swoon!

Then… suddenly remembering our current balance in our checking and savings accounts… I dreamt of becoming a minimalist. Ravenously throwing things out left and right. Living off of dried beans and rice, no cable/internet, and the good Lord forbid, only two t-shirts and one pair of shoes, or shall I say sandals.

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO THANKFUL for the gifts we have received, but we are dealing with limited space here people! Luckily we received some things that are going to encourage organization. Yeah for bookshelves!

I believe the exact words I chanted upon opening were “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Is that blasphemous?

So needless to say the top of the list for resolutions and all that… CLEAN HOUSE!! But can I rid our place of things that I KNOW we will need at some point???

Ummmm…..

I think we need more storage.

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A Few Random Thoughts…

19 Sep

First of all…

I officially HATE the HEAT!  Living in Colorado you have to get accustomed to the fact that on any given day you can have every type of weather there is excluding hurricanes.  You have to get used to the fact that you will have snow into late April and maybe even early May and that the month of August is going to be HOT with lots of rain.  Colorado is awesome in the fact that it has 4 distinct seasons and you have enough time each year to enjoy them.  That said it is September 19th and today’s temperature is 93 degrees!  At this point in the year I am looking forward to the coolness of fall, spending some time with Helga with a few more layers and just getting mentally prepped for the holidays, not sitting in the apartment sweating like a fiend while watching the Broncos beat the Seahawks on a field that is 120 degrees!  Don’t get me wrong I love summer, but please lets move on to FALL!

Next….

I was listening to some AM talk radio this morning on the way to work and heard about some important left-wing movie director (maybe the guy that directed Al Gore’s movie) talking about the fact that he was developing a movie about what is wrong with the American public education system (I guess it is called “Waiting for Superman“).  According to this guy, the reason that public schooling is so bad is that all public school teachers suck.  As a public school teacher I take extreme offense to this thought.  Granted there are some horrible public school teachers out there, but there are also some AMAZING public school teachers out there.  In my opinion without getting too involved into this debate the problem lies in funding and with testing…how do you expect teachers to succeed when the system they are confined to doesn’t work and in fact hasn’t changed for a couple hundred years?  Anyway it just continues to amaze me how many misinformed people there are out there and how easy it is for people to become instant experts on subjects they know nothing about.

Continuing…

Today is Sunday and I am happy to say that my family and I have done absolutely nothing all day (expect get some groceries).  Sam, Molly and even Kaleigh have already taken a nap today in the stifling heat of our apartment while I have been watching three professional sporting events at one time!   I have been splitting my television time between the Rockies vs. Dodgers and the Broncos vs. Seahawks.  At the same time I have been watching the U.S. Pro Road Race Championships which was won by a 21 year old named Ben King who soloed for 50 miles to win against the best American professional cyclists.  Amazing!  That is the way to win a bike race, alone after indescribable suffering…

Furthermore…

Kaleigh recently lost her job.  And while this was a very sudden, very surprising event I do think that nothing but good can come from this.  GOD has a plan for us and a plan for her and while this change of circumstances is going to change a lot of things in our lives I am really excited for her and the things that in store for her career and our lives.  So if you here of any good job openings in or around the CO area send them our way and we definitely take any of your prayers and thoughts as we transition to a new phase…

Lastly…

On a musical note there is one band that has been totally rocking my world lately.  A band that if you have not yet checked out you definitely need to check them out on your next iTunes surfing session (I’m not the only one that does this right?)  The band is Bon Iver and they are KILLER, ROCKIN, THE BEES KNEES (insert your favorite descriptive word)!  I don’t quite know what it is about them, but they have a very crisp, clean sound almost like you are listening to a jam session that is taking place in your living room that is soooo very addicting.  Skinny Love is a great song to start with as is Flume, but the new EP has some great songs on it as well.  Be sure to check out Blood Bank and Woods.  Below is the music video for The Wolves (Act I & II), another gem.

I hope everyone has a great week!  Remember to pray for us!

To Jam or Not to Jam? (And a few other tidbits)

25 Aug

A good time to think...

I always seem to think of the coolest most creative things when I am on my morning training rides.  And of course when I get home I forget all those great ideas that have accumulated in my head.  This morning was the exact same thing.  I know I thought of a great many things this morning in regards to what I wanted to do today, what I wanted to talk about, things I wanted to make, ways to make our apartment more stylish and the like, but when I got home did I remember any of it???  NO!  Kind of frustrating but oh well, maybe I need to rubber band a small notepad to my handlebars with an attached pen to jot down my musings.  Anyway just needed to get that out, the reason for this post is two-fold, first of all I want to see what everyone’s thoughts are in regards to listening to music while you exercise.  Especially cycling.  Personally whenever I ride by myself I usually bring Herbert II (My iPod) along but sometimes I love just listening to the sounds of nature and the wheels of the bike.  So what does everyone else think?  To Jam or Not to Jam?

Secondly what are some good work out songs?  Anything goes as long as it isn’t country, because lets be honest, country really isn’t music…

P.S.  This is how my ride ended today…..excellent!

Seriously!?!

That’s got to be a pretty lucky (or unlucky actually) shot.  How did I hit that nail at such an angle that it was propelled through the bottom of my tire and through the sidewall?  Somehow I think I should have bought a lottery ticket today!  By the way who leaves nails this big on the road?  Granted I didn’t see the offending nail until I saw it hanging out of my tire but why are nails this size on a busy street.  This could take out a tractor-trailer tire, let alone a 21mm bike tire.  Needless to say I rode home gingerly on a CO2 inflated spare tube with a giant hole in sidewall…not the kind of nervousness that I like.