Saturday, June 28, 2008

And so it begins...

So yesterday was my last day working my day job at Kawasaki. They were very nice to me there. After working at Macaroni for the last 3 years, it was so refreshing to work at a place where I actually felt appreciated (of course, I feel appreciated at Olive Garden, too). I was but a lowly temp there and on my last day, the 2 gals in Payroll gave me a card with a thank you note and a Target gift card in it, and the gals in HR brought in lunch from Mr. Goodcents to say thanks for my help.

Now starts a new time in my life. For those who don't know, I'm starting my own business. It's a dog running business called See Spot Run - Lincoln. You should check out my website. It's not perfect, but I'm not a web designer, and I can't afford one :) The gist of my business is me running people's dogs who are either hyper or overweight or just really like to run. It seems like it'll be a great thing for me...I'll get to be outside, which I enjoy...I'll get to be active and run, which I enjoy...and I'll get to hang out with dogs, which I enjoy. Now I just need to get me some customers. So if you live in Lincoln and either have a dog or know someone who does, you should hire me to get the dog some exercise. I'm going out today to distribute flyers around my neighborhood and I'm working on figuring out where would be the best places for me to target. So if you live around here, let me know where you think would be a good place for me to aim my advertising money. Also, look over my website and give me some feedback with the "contact us" form. Maybe let me know some questions you'd have if you were a customer of mine.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Black and White

So it turns out that some pictures just look cooler in black and white. We brought a bunch of black and white film with us to Europe (yes, we still have a film camera...but if anyone wants to buy us the digital Cannon EOS, you're more than welcome to) and got some cool artsy pictures, and if you take pictures of random people in black and white it's not weird or voyeuristic, it's artsy. So here's some fun pictures:

Very hip, cool Parisian kid

Turns out tons of people smoke in Paris (as is the stereotype)

Big Ben

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliment

A cool lamp post somewhere

The Louvre

Ahhh, Paris...

Cute little girl in Rome

Sunday, June 15, 2008

father's day part 2

So it turns out that:
a) at church today Jim wasn't there...Phil Canarsky talked, which is always great.  He's such a great speaker...always makes me think I need to go to the Hispanic church, but I never have.
b) they didn't really talk too much about Father's Day, other than people doing announcement type things wishing people a happy Father's Day
c) Darth Vader was at church today...that was odd...
d)  I sat next to Vern "dad" in Lincoln...hooray for the Moores...I hope some day I can be as good a dad as Vern has been...those kids have all turned out great.  Each of them is their own unique person, they all love God and they're all just such great young people (I'm 30 now, I can refer to people as young people now).  I've still got a picture in my bible of Nic, Bree and Kami from when I first met the Moores and they were all little kids...crazy that 2 of the 3 have graduated high school now, and Kami's next year...makes me feel a little old. 
Side note...we FINALLY got our black and white pictures from the Europe I'll have to put some of those on here before too long.  Never ever ever use York Photo for your picture developing.  We'd used them jsut fine for several years and never had a problem, but they jacked up our order so bad from the Europe trip it's insane and they're being jerks about following through on the guarantee they clearly post on their website.  We eneded up taking our film (some of which York messed up) to Target to get it developed.  They did it faster, cheaper and better than York did.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

father's day

So tomorrow's father's day...that day tends to make me a little sad.  Maybe it'll be different some day when I'm a father, but for now just being the child and not having a dad here, it's a little sad.  I do think back to the fun memories out in the back yard working in the and him going to watch softball games down at the park and bringing oranges...he'd cut a hole in one end and we'd squeeze out the juice and have really yummy orange juice...I can still remember his voice.
The older I get, the more people that knew him tell me how much I'm beginning to look/sound like him.  I like that.  Not that there's anything wrong with my mom's side of the family...they're all great, and that's the side that we did stuff with as a kid.  But it's just nice to have that connection.
And, of course, I'm sure tomorrow at church, in Jim's lesson he'll probably talk about how for some people it's not an easy day, perhaps they have a strained relationship with their dad, or their dad abandoned them, or as in my case, they died...and praise be to God that we have our heavenly Father looking out for us, comforting us and guiding us.  Which is true.  Over the years, I have relied so much on the comfort and peace that can only come from Him.  Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have my dad alive still...but that's a pointless thing to dwell on.  Life is what it is, and God is in control.
Happy Father's Day.