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Pinnacles, weekend, etc.

by on Feb.29, 2004, under General

Was an awesome weekend, spent saturday hiking through one of my favorite parks – the pinnacles. Was absolutely gorgeous weather, and was a LOT of fun. It brough back some interesting memories, of previous visits there, and in a way was difficult, but looking at God’s creation, seeing his world, it’s an interesting sensation, a sense of peace and calm. I love seeing God’s world, and all the beauty that he has created. Here’s a few pictures:

Here’s another one, with Beth, one of the friends who came along:

And one last one, of a very very cool old tree:

I absolutely love traveling, seeing cool places, visiting parks, hiking through the woods and trails, doing things like that. Some day, I want to travel a lot, just visit all the different places in the world. I’m very much looking forward to that day, the day when I have enough free time to just visit places. Only one thing – it helps to have company visiting all of this stuff. So, kudos to my friends who went with me, kept me company – it’s always nice smile

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A web based dynamic comic

by on Feb.26, 2004, under General

Well, he’s finally posted it. I know I’ve sent a few of the link, or at least talked about a new comic Christian Cosas has been working on. I did the php coding for the comic, so I’m kinda proud of it smile It’s fully dynamic, and changes as you refresh the page. The dialogue and panels all change.

Check it out! Let me know what you think!

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Guess I have to visit the Northwest US sometime…

by on Feb.26, 2004, under General

A friend, Tonya Brady had this posted on her site. I decided to take a look, and tried to remember all the states I’ve visited. It’s kinda interesting, in that it seems I’ve avoided the Northwest, or at least, managed to thus far avoid it smile I’m figuring with all the scenery up there, sometime I’ll have to correct that smile. This is my best memory of all my travels from a young pup into an old dog, so please keep in mind that my memory of my younger years isn’t the best. But, I think it’s pretty accurate. Check it out, see where you’ve been!

create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide

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Tis the season of Lent!

by on Feb.26, 2004, under General

It’s an interesting time of year. Lent is a time of “soul-searching and repentance”. I know I’ve already done quite a bit of soul searching, already trying to do some major repentance. I’ve of course got more to do, and in some ways, will never complete either, as with time, new soul searching and repentance become necessary. But, hopefully for this season of Lent, I can do some more major soul searching, figure out my life, it’s direction, where God is calling me, what he’s calling me to do. I have hopes, prayers, and dreams, but it’s hard sometimes to know what are mine, and what aren’t. I’m just going to do the best I can. It’s all any of us can do at the end.

We just try and follow God’s will, try and make his will our own. I think I’ve been doing a much better job these last two months, in that once I started praying again, and decided that I really couldn’t do it all on my own, God has been a MAJOR force in my life. More than words can describe. With all the struggles I’ve had lately, God has been there at every turn, helping me, carrying me through the difficulties. I still struggle on occasional days, struggle with feelings, with understanding my feelings. But, on each of those days, I’ve been praying. Often, I’ll pray the rosary, or I’ll just sit for an hour, and pray. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so much in my entire life. I can now see why it’s so … powerful? I just wish I’d seen all this earlier.

But, one can’t change the past, one can only work on the future. And as such, I’ve got a few things for this season of lent which I intend to work on.

  • First, I’m going to stop eating out as much. This is not only a major expense, but also fairly unhealthy. I’ve been doing better about avoiding this, but I still need to work on it. SO, no eating out during work this season of lent. This is primarily related to eating out at work. I still plan (and will) take dates out to dinner, but that’s the limit. I’m going to place some heavy limits on ordering pizza in the evenings, etc..
  • Second, it’s called health time. A friend challenged me in a lot of ways, including that faith above, and this is another challenge I need to take up. It’s one I’ve needed to take up for quite a while. I started last night, when I bought veggie cups, multi-grain bread, lots of skim milk and orange juice, vitamin tablets, and things like that. I’m going to do my best to get onto a major health kick here. It’s hard doing it alone, particularly since I generally don’t cook, but I think I need to start, and probably will start cooking more as a result.
  • My last public lenten goal, is to continue my prayer life, to continue going to daily mass, to work more on my faith, and deepening it. I’ve been doing better, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do, and it’s one I want to make it such a part of my life, to integrate it as I’ve never done before.

Some last notes, before I close. I actually cooked last night, on Ash Wednesday. I cooked some veggie lasagna, along with garlic potatoes, and garlic cheese bread (I’m a garlic nut it seems). It turned out pretty well, although the lasagna probably could have used a few more minutes, and cooled off wayyyy too quickly. But, it was actually kinda fun to cook. And thankfully, I had help in cooking. I don’t think I could cook alone for myself, but I can if there’s someone I’m cooking for. Mary, a friend of mine, joined me in cooking and she even made brownies! WOOHOO (*sigh* Have to have exceptions on the health kick). But, hopefully I can keep up the trend, maybe cooking on a regular basis. if nothing else, it helps to have leftovers the next day, and even more, helps me with that whole health kick thing smile

So, as I close, I ask once a gain for prayers, not so much for me, but more that God’s will be done in my life, that he help us find his will, to follow it, and with that, I leave you with an old, but very cool prayer:

Grant me the Serenity to accept
The things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.

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by on Feb.24, 2004, under General

Just went out for lunch, and saw some snowflakes. DANG IT. WHERE’S SUMMER! I’m ready for shorts, sandals, water sports, short sleeves, running around, windows down, cheaper gas bill, cute women in white t-shirts on a rainy day…..umm, yeah, lots of fun spring and summer stuff smile

Course, after today, it’s supposed to get warmer and warmer and warmer. I just hope this is a last gasp of winter, and that spring is calling around the corner. I mean, I know it’s coming, but I’d rather it come SOON. I’m tired of having to wear my coat all the time….

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And while we’re at it…

by on Feb.23, 2004, under General

I guess I’m Canada. Not sure how I feel about that, but ok smile Same thoughts as seen below – your mileage may vary smile

You’re Canada!
People make fun of you a lot, but they’re stupid because you’ve
got a much better life than they do. In fact, they’re probably just jealous.
You believe in crazy things like human rights and health care and not
dying in the streets, and you end up securing these rights for yourself and
others. If it weren’t for your weird affection for ice hockey, you’d be
the perfect person.

the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

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I can live with being Douglas Adams :)

by on Feb.23, 2004, under General

Caught this from Christian’s blog. Was kinda cute, and I tried it a couple of times – got some interest responses, and it’s hard, because like any quiz, sometimes I can go either way on the question. But, take a look, see what you think, and get smile I find the descriptions more enjoyable, and not too accurate, as I’m often bits and pieces of everything.

You’re The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!
by Douglas Adams
Considered by many to be one of the funniest people around, you are
quite an entertainer. You’ve also traveled to the far reaches of what you deem possible,
often confused and unsure of yourself. Life continues to jostle you around like a marble,
but it’s shown you so much of the world that you don’t care. Wacky adventures continue to
lie ahead. Your favorite number is 42.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

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Date’s are cool :)

by on Feb.22, 2004, under General

As a general rule, going on a date can be a lot of fun. And this was one of those where it was fun not only because I had the company of a beautiful girl, but because that girl was intelligent, a lively discussion partner, had views on politics, religion, life, and wasn’t afraid to share them, and a host of other things. Altogether, the evening went really well, and I’m looking forward to at least a few more dates, and who knows, maybe more than that smile

As a note, I’m not looking for anything in particularly, no expectations, and no “plans”. I’m just enjoying the company of a cool girl, and enjoying living life. It’s hard to describe right now, but everything feels pretty good. I’m just not making plans, and have no plans for what will happen – I’m just letting things come as they do smile

So, the first date went well. Now, we’ll just see how the future dates go smile

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I had to post this link…

by on Feb.20, 2004, under General

Some of these are a little on the bad side, but some are oohhhhh so good smile Seriously, check out these pictures of random weirdness. smile Enjoy, and let me know what ya think!

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Yet another welcome :)

by on Feb.20, 2004, under Site Updates

Welcome, welcome to the newest poetshome.com member – Sara Slaughter. We were talking the other night over IM, and she mentioned that it’d be cool to have a site to post info, pictures, etc. on Australia, where she is studying abroad. So, welcome to poetshome.com. smile

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