204/365 Audacious Expectations

Today we had a meeting at church in preparation for our upcoming growth group semester. Lee and I are so excited we’ll be covering Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still in our group. The book is about having audacious faith in God. Here’s a description of the book from the author.

This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.

202/365 So Long For Now

Tomorrow morning my kids head off for a 10 day vacation in North Carolina with their mom and her family. It’s always tough being apart from my kids for an extended period of time, but I am so happy of how they get to take in so many new places and experiences.

So before I kick off a week sans the kiddos, we went out for dinner and some family hang out time.

It’s going to be long week.

201/365 Part Of The Club?

I love my circle of friends, especially those with whom I run in social media circles. Today, we met up with the idea of launching a Tampa chapter of Social Media Club. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones that share my passion of social media.

Here’s hoping tonight’s meeting leads to very awesome things in the Tampa Bay area.

199/365 Batman Bonanza

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday night, I decided to take this week – the week before my kids are gone for 10 days with their mom on a summer vacation trip to North Carolina – to introduce my children to Christopher Nolan’s magnificent interpretation of the legendary DC Comics hero.

When Batman Begins was first released in 2005, my kids were still a little too young to experience the dark portrayal of the iconic figure, not to mention how Gotham and the villainous character of the Scarecrow were represented on the silver screen.

Now that they’re older, it’s time to queue up the Amazon Prime streaming and make some popcorn. So with giddy anticipation, let Batman Week Begin!

198/365 Last Time For A Long Time?

So …. Lee and I are on what I am calling a minimalist diet. We’re trying to cut out 95% of the meats we’d normally consume and go as vegetarian or vegan (really … vegan-ish) as we can.

Like Freshman on the first day of high school, we are really small fish in a ginormously huge and new pond. It’s not that we don’t know what we’re doing, it’s that we don’t even know what it is we’re supposed to know. Still, thanks to Pinterest and our circle of informed and healthful diet friends, we are managing to ease into this new mindset with some success (and by we I mean Lee b/c she’s been the research hound. I’m just eating what she makes).

The goal: clean up how we eat. The process: eat more whole and plant-based foods.

Don’t get me wrong. I can never go 100% vegan, if for the only reason being that honey (somehow inexplicably to me) is not vegan, and I’ll be damned if I am not going to drown my salads in some zesty honey mustard dressing. That and the fact I can’t imagine a true breakfast without eggs, or a special dinner without steak. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think I am crazy for even trying this (but I digress).

What is really going to be an adventure is trying to minimize our dairy intake. Talk about tough! No cheese. No milk. No ice cream. No *sniffle* frozen yogurt from our favorite froyo shop (Cherry Berry).

The good news is that I am going into the healthful eating plan knowing I cannot/will not get a 4.0 on my final grade. I will fail to be vegan. I will barely pass at being vegetarian. Still, I WILL make a difference in the fuel I put into my body, and I am confident that it will yield both short and long-term positive results on my well being.

So as I polished off the last of our cow milk and dropped the gallon jug in our recycling bin, I can’t help but think, “When will be the next time I go out and buy some more cow milk?”  We’ll just have to wait and see.

PS. Before you judge, those empty cans of Coke are not mine. Part of our new plan is to cut out all sodas. The empty can of Monster and the discarded bottle of beer, however, are totally mine.

197/365 In Phases

So what I thought would be a two or three hour project turned out to be about six and a half, and the entire effort is still not done.

I finally managed to get the bulk of operation “Garage Rearrangement” completed, but there is still a lot left to do, including a space making trip to Goodwill. The only problem is my calendar for the week is pretty full with extra-curricular activities. So unless I plan on working on Phase II in the later part of the evenings, it will all have to wait until next weekend.

196/365 Rain Delay

So after taking care of the much needed yard work – we’ve had so much rain this past month I basically have to mow the lawn twice a week – I started tackling the long overdue task of cleaning out my garage. Of course, that means taking everything out of the garage in order to arrange and re-arrange it back into the garage. Of course this plan only works if it’s not raining. Yep, you guessed it. As soon as I got everything situated outside of the garage, that afternoon rains rolled in.

NOT cool!

Following the rain delay, the motivation to finish the project was gone. Guess I’ll be tackling that on Sunday.

195/365 Reconnecting

Life has a way of making friendship meander to and fro. It had been years since I’d connected with a work buddy of mine, and through life’s crazy twists and turns, it turns out he’s practically my neighbor now and living in the community next to mine.

So, what else do you do when you haven’t seen someone in years? Go out for dinner and drinks, of course. And tonight was pretty awesome as Lee and I met up with my friend Bryan and his wife Elizabeth at Stonewood Tavern. From there, we meandered over to World of Beer for a couple of cold ones.

It was really great to get reconnected with my long-time friend, and also to see Lee and Elizabeth hit it off so well. I know we’ll be getting together again very soon.