Hip Ablation, Fun at the Dentist & the Black Bean Co. 

Today was awesome! Well, not really. It kinda sucked, but in the end, there was some good.

To start out, I had to take my daughter to the Orthopedic doctor due to some hip pain she has been having. It started after an intense workout on the bridge with her Summerville XC team and has not gotten better with time. Turns out she has an ablation where her quads attach to the top of her hip bone. Prognosis is good, but she will have to rest it for a couple of weeks, which she was not happy about.

After dropping her back at school, I had to head back to Charleston to have my obturator realigned AGAIN after not being able to eat last night without filling my sinuses with couscous (yeah, it’s as gross as it sounds).

The good news is, the “new guy” in the office did a better job today than he did the first time on Wednesday.

The entire morning while at both doctor offices, my phone was blowing up concerning some issues at work that needed my attention. As soon as I was done with my appt I decided to test out my realigned dentures and get on WiFi to deal with some work issues. I used the new Zomato app to find the closest vegetarian friendly restaurant with WiFi and discovered a new gem: The Black Bean Co.

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The Green Beach Burrito (black bean burrito w/ mango salsa, roasted tomatoes & mixed greens) was great and thankfully I was able to eat it!  Also, I was able to log in and solve a couple of problems for work while I ate.

After all that, I still managed to get back to the plant and put in about four hours so I could enjoy a three day weekend!

Of course, I got home and foun that out i-net, phone & cable have been out all day and a service tech won’t be out until Tuesday. To be honest everyone in my family (including me) is tech-addicted, but although everyone was frustrated, they were all dealing with it and reading books!

So, now that dinner is done, I’m typing this post up on my iPhone and the I’m planning to read my new copy of UltraRunner Mag before bed to inspire me for tomorrow ‘s long run (8-10 miles).

Just another day in the life…’till next time!

Relentless. Forward. Progress.



NoShavember…Who’s in?

Well, it’s that glorious time of year again:  NoShavember.  The name says it all.  It’s November. There’s no shaving. It’s brilliant.  So who’s in?  Ladies, although not necessarily encourage, are welcome to join in too!

Go to the NoShavember website (http://www.noshavember.com) and sign up.

You can also join in on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/noshavember) and twitter (http://twitter.com/noshavember)

Here’s the theme song for this year:

Thursday Randomness

Haven’t had much time to blog since the give-away.  Lots of stuff in Evernote that I want to blog about, as well as random stuff bouncing around in my head.  Here’s a peak (in bullet points):

  • Listening to Caffeinated Faith podcasts this week. Incredibly sincere in their faith. Funny. Raw. Juvenile. Get over it. Listen.
  • Might sponsor a child through Compassion International.  Given before, never committed.  Talking with the kids tonight.
  • Currently reading three books (not counting the bible), have three more I haven’t started yet, and a list of about 30 to buy.  It is frustrating .
  • Support Kevin‘s book “Addition by Adoption” by clicking here for a twibbon.  Quick read, inspiring & proceeds provide clean water in Ethiopia.  Buy it here.
  • Disappointed with Tuesday’s Lost episode.  After the shock of the opening scene, it was too predictable and ended lame.
  • Thanks to Shawn, I dreamed about crashing into a wall on a light cycle last night.
  • Have been inspired to write haiku today, thanks to Brett. – – by the way, Brett the word “haiku” is both singular and plural.
  • Think (hope) Fringe will be good tonight.
  • I like crating links in my blogs.

Inspiration Overload

SO much crazy stuff going on lately, I haven’t had time to blog.  Here’s a few of the people responsible for adding to the craziness in my life (in a good way):

1.  These guys are hilarious and have been making me laugh a lot lately:

Tripp Crosby
Tyler Stanton
Brian Allain
Jon Acuff

2.  This guy has been challenging me spiritually through his blog and his new book:

Pete Wilson

3.  These two guys have been challenging me to start working on my writing again:

Jason Boyett
Shawn Smucker

4.  These two guys have been challenging me to start working on my music again:

Carlos Whitaker
John Mark McMillan

5.  These guys have been challenging me to get organized, focused and follow through on 2-4:

Michael Hyatt
Seth Godin

If you are looking for some inspiration in any of these areas, check out the links.  You can thank me later.  Now, I’ve got to go work on my novel a bit before bed.

Easter and randomness…

Happy Easter everyone!

Just a few quick thoughts going through my head this morning:

  • Saw this tweet early this morning before my bike ride (by @JRVassar):

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal.

Christ hath burst the gates of hell!

Death in vain forbids His rise.

Christ hath opened paradise!

– from “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by Charles Wesley

I love Charles Wesley’s songs and, and this quote really stirred something in me today.

  • Also reading in Leviticus today (M’Cheyne One Year Reading Plan on YouVersion.com).  Not usually a very exciting read, but I am so thankful that our Messiah’s work on the cross put an end to the need for all of those sacrifices and rituals!
  • I am so thankful for the wonderful friends that God has brought into our lives over the years, and for how He brings them back around at just the right time for some much needed encouragement and an extreme amount of laughter!  Woods Family…you are awesome!
  • I’m sitting on my front porch typing this, while sitting on an antique church pew.  I don’t know why that seems ironic to me, but maybe it’s because this is the first time I’ve actually sat in a church pew on Easter morning in at least 15 years.  (The churches I have attended typically use chairs).
  • This book is still making me laugh.
  • This video is still making me cry.

Celebrate the resurrection today.  Christ is risen….He is risen indeed!

Random Stuff…

LOTS of stuff going on today (in my life, and in my head).   Here’s a sample:

1.  My brother-in-law, won his parental hearing yesterday.  He’s an awesome dad.  God is Good!

2.  Saw this video from Fancis Chan the other day…excellent!

3.  Beautiful Things and Hello Hurricane are blowing my mind/speakers lately.

4. It is 68.5° at my desk right now.

5.  My wife is awesome.

6.  I currently have 24 books on my “To Read” list. No matter how much I read, this list only gets longer.

7.  Listening to a podcast series by Craig Groeschel  (Lifechurch.tv) entitled “Once Upon a Marriage” that is challenging me.

8.  Being colorblind sometimes leads to embarrassing situations.

9.  I hate updating graphs and charts.

10.  When I finish this post, I have to update my production graphs and charts.

What’s going on in your head today?

Stats Suck Sunday


Welcome to Sunday.  You all know how this works, and if you don’t, clink here, and Brody will explain it to you.  The point?  There isn’t one.  It’s just a time for randomness, and to throw things out that don’t merit an entire blog post.  Here’s my randomness from the week:

  • Came across this video last weekend.  Thought it was funny, but now the song’s stuck in my head!
  • Also discovered JullianSmith.tv this week  Very funny (and not stuck in my head!).
  • I hate waiting in doctor’s offices.
  • Three of my four kids have eaten Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pop-Tarts every day for breakfast for an entire week.  I hate the smell.
  • My life is becoming consumed by potty training at the moment…Both kids and puppies (yeah, she’s only a puppy -5 months old!).
  • Whoever came up with the idea of Saturday night church service is a genius.
  • It still cracks me up that the spell-checker for wordpress.com doesn’t recognize the word “blog”.
  • I need more coffee, and it’s time to watch Monk & Psych with the kids on the DVR.

What’s on your mind today?