Archive for January, 2007
January 31st, 2007
January 30th, 2007
and these animal crackers had a $0.65 label on them in the vending machine. i put a dollar bill in, and got $0.30 back in change. and not only that… the bag was open when i got it out of the machine.
ahhh… america… land of mislabeled, overpriced, STUFF.
January 30th, 2007
that’s a great description of my fingers right now. cold as ice. *brr*
i suppose the combination of my habit of eating ice… and the fact that the ‘garage door’ at my office was opened a couple times today… is probably a good reason why i’m sooo cold right now.
i guess it also doesn’t help that i haven’t been feeling exactly 100% lately. some sort of a) cold or b) bug that is going around is just not leaving me alone. it’s nothing that really prevents me from doing stuff… just prevents me from having a whole lot of energy while doing so.
last night i had a worship team rehearsal/brainstorming time at divine word. it’s times like that when i realize how much i miss playing the drums in a worship setting. i’m excited to start something up… and also excited that i won’t have to keep dragging my drums back and forth.. since there’s a drum set there that i tuned up a bit last night. i’ll make sure to keep everyone updated on when we’ll be playing at church.
ok. that’s really all i got. i gotta go blow my nose again. see ya
January 28th, 2007
you missed a good show. we had a pretty good turnout at our gig tonight. we just finished and i’m utilizing the free wi-fi here at the mosaic. it’s past my bedtime. i probably slowed down all the songs because i was so tired. but i did record it so we’ll see how that turned out. anyways. i’m gonna go pack up my drums now. next time… you milwaukee area peeps need to come out for our gig!
January 22nd, 2007
this is such a great quote. it was posted by a friend on a myspace group that i belong to… i love it so much.. i just had to blog it.
Be someone who listens, and you will be heard.
Be someone who cares, and you will be loved.
Be someone who gives, and you will be blessed.
Be someone who comforts, and you will know peace.
Be someone who genuinely seeks to understand, and you will be wise.
Be someone kind, someone considerate, and you will be admired.
Be someone who values truth, and you will be respected.
Be someone who takes action, and you will move life forward.
Be someone who lifts others higher, and your life will be rich.
Be someone filled with gratitude, and there will be no end to the things for which you’ll be thankful.
Be someone who lives with joy, with purpose, as your own light brightly shines.
Be, in every moment, the special someone you are truly meant to be.
– Ralph Marston
January 21st, 2007
this morning i woke up to the most beautiful covering of snow i’ve seen in a while! and it’s PERFECT packing snow! man. i miss the days of snow forts and snowball fights i think i might have to make a snowman in my front yard just for old-times sake
yesterday was a day full of surprises and travels. it was super fun. michele had a martial arts seminar in berlin, wi. (#1 on the map). my friend nick invited us to his wedding that day as well.. and since that was in kiel, wi (#3 on the map), we figured we would drive together, and just bum around the central-ish area of wisconsin for our saturday. when i looked at google maps where berlin and kiel were, i noticed how close i was to coloma, wi (#2)… so since michele’s seminar was 4 hours… i took that time to drive to coloma and surprise my parents, who were up at the hotel working on stuff. i got the chance to take pictures of the newly-finished pub/bar, and a nice back deck that was added. i also finally got to try out this “new” coffee shop in coloma that my parents were always talking about. and to my surprise.. they had all alterra coffee, fair trade chocolate, organic foods and beverages, etc. i never would have thought that a trendy-ish coffee shop like that would actually “work” in a central wisconsin town with less than 600 people in it.
anyways. after showing my parents how to download songs from the itunes music store, i headed back to berlin to pick up michele.. and i was reminded how thankful i am that i live in a place where we have freeways that have more than TWO lanes! arrgg! those country roads were frustrating me to no end… especially when we had a whole parade of cars behind someone going REALLY slow! grrr.
but then we went to kiel and attended the wedding reception of nick and julia.. it was super fun and we chatted with more nerds (computer nerds, martial arts nerds, etc.) after the dinner.
and today was a lazy day. the snow is so beautiful. but now i have to go move my drums over to michele’s so we will be ready for our jazz quartet rehearsal
January 20th, 2007
You Are 20% Left Brained, 80% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
speaking of right brainded things… i re-designed metafourjazz.com… go look.
and now.. i’m going to bed.
January 19th, 2007
so far i’ve got kristen, matt, and my mom on the list. anyone else want a mix cd? anyone?
January 17th, 2007
wow. i’ve just been draggin’ all week! some of my co-workers and friends have expressed the same feeling. i just feel like this week was three mondays in a row… energy-wise… ambition-wise.. etc.
other than being so tired.. i had a great little trip to the band today during my lunch hour. my mom had called me a while back saying “hey.. we have these bonds that your grandma & grandpa apps gave you when you were young… i don’t know much about them.. but you do have them here.. just so you know.” so i took them to the bank and asked some questions.. since i know little to NOTHING about bonds. (i do remember my grandma handing an envelope filled with them when i was little.. and as i opened it up she said “you probably won’t appreciate these now.. but later.. you will” boy was she right! ) so the guy at the bank was explaining that bonds stop making interest after 30 years… and a couple of the bonds i had were getting close to them (since my grandma bought them when i was born.) so i decided to cash them in and put them in my savings account. and i was just amazed.. three $50 bonds from 1979 were worth over $530! it was a nice little surprise. and the $30 in my savings account was looking a bit lonely.
yesterday i got a little package in the mail from my online friend, jenn. it was her ‘2006 soundtrack’ cd. i’ve been ‘bumpin’ it’ in my car ever since. and i really think it’s such a good idea to make a little mix cd of ’songs that meant a lot to me’… so i think i’m gonna
steal borrow that idea from her again. SO! if you are interested in getting a little mix cd from me… leave me a comment, or drop me an email.. and make sure to give me an up-to-date address to send it. i won’t be getting around to the cd this week.. but probably by the end of january i’ll be sending something out. i’ve already started thinking of songs that are going to be on it.. and (of course) a DESIGN for the cd. (yes.. i understand that graphic designer-ism is a decease.. and i’m fully aware of how infected i am… thankyouverymuch)
January 16th, 2007
we were talking at dinner last night about being truly aware of our surroundings. and what it would feel like to live life in a true ‘aware’ state of being. just think of the example of eating… one piece of chocolate. like.. one herseys’ kiss. experiencing and noticing EVERY aspect of that event… the weight of the chocolate… the feel of the tinfoil… unwrapping the tinfoil and listening to the sound it makes… looking at the color of the chocolate… noticing the shape and texture… etc. and that’s just one piece of chocolate! what if we experienced life that way? what would that look like? people would probably think were were a nutcase.. but that’s besides the point. we also would be better and more calm drivers… we wouldn’t feel that we ‘wasted’ those precious times with our family and friends… we would notice if someone needs something… we would notice what we were stepping in… we would hear all the ‘music’ that surrounds us every moment of every day… we would be aware of how our actions are effecting those around us.. our earth.. fellow living creatures… nature.. etc.
so speaking of being ‘aware’… there’s a tremendous odor in our break room. it’s bad.
and a completely different topic… i spent my whole lunch hour looking through pictures on nejsum.net… the webpage of the nejsum family in danmark. it was so great to look through those pictures.. and see all the kids growing up… getting older… growing taller.. etc. seeing the family continue to grow… and just seeing the complete joy of family gatherings in the eyes of all in attendance. it reminds me of why i love pictures so much. i love taking them to capture moments (especially when people don’t notice the camera… and just live life like they were normally).. and then being able to look at that picture later.. contemplate the moment.. cherish the moment… sometimes learn from the moment. seeing the moment… taken out of ‘context’… and maybe having a clearer view of that moment…
… so maybe that wasn’t a different topic after all.