Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
She was getting right in the middle of it all.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
(12-0) - idle Ohio State
- USC (10-1) vs. UCLA (6-5)
(11-1) - idle Michigan Florida(11-1) vs. (10-2) Arkansas
- LSU (10-2) - idle
Louisville(10-1) vs. (4-7) Connecticut (11-1) - idle Wisconsin (12-0) - idle Boise State Arkansas(10-2) vs. (11-1) Florida
- Notre Dame (10-2) - idle
(10-2) - idle Auburn Oklahoma(10-2) vs. (9-3) Nebraska
- Rutgers (10-1) vs.
(9-2) West Virginia
- Virginia Tech (10-2) - idle
West Virginia(9-2) vs. Rutgers(10-1)
The World Wide Web gets its name from its sense of all-encompassing connectivity. But the word web has another, less-friendly meaning, too, as in trap. And a lot of Internet users—be they kids, teens or grandparents—aren't applying that connotation to today's world of virtual gathering spots such as Xanga, PureRave and, to mix metaphors, the Web's 60-million pound social gorilla, MySpace.
A Multimillion-Member Public Forum
Myspace.com was founded in 2003 by Tom Anderson, whose primary motivation was to provide a means for independent musicians to gain fans and publicity. Since then, the interactive Web community has grown to more than 60 million user profiles.
Even though there's nothing to prevent an individual from creating multiple online profiles as long as each has a unique e-mail address, that's still a gargantuan number. And according to MySpace, the site adds nearly 85,000 profiles a day—about 2.5 million a month. (Users spend a mind-blowing average of one hour and 40 minutes a day on the site.)
Clearly, this is a new social phenomenon. Businessweek reports, "Although [online] networks are still in their infancy, experts think they're already creating new forms of social behavior that blur the distinctions between online and real-world interactions. ... Increasingly, America's middle- and upper-class youth use social networks as virtual community centers, a place to go and sit for a while (sometimes hours)." When Plugged In Online posted a poll asking about readers' relationships with MySpace, nearly 10,000 responded within a week. While just over 20 percent said they'd never heard of it, better than 60 percent said they themselves or a friend already had a page on MySpace.
Who, exactly, has a page on MySpace? And what do they do with it once they have it? The site requires users to be at least 14 years old, although founder Anderson admits there's no way they can check all registrations, never mind that anyone can lie about such information. A user creates a profile that can include as much or as little as she wants. She can post photos, a "life quote," the name of her school, the results of a personality quiz and a listing of favorite music, movies and TV shows. The site also allows users to create a Web log (blog, in Internet-speak) and to communicate with each other either through e-mail or by instant messenger (IM).
Scrutinizing the Spiders of MySpace
MySpace has a few built-in safeguards. Most, though, appear feeble in the shadow of its sheer size. In an attempt to monitor the nearly 2 million photos uploaded by users every day, "flaggers" manually view images and delete any that violate the site's no-nudity policy. But they know their limitations, as evidenced by this disclaimer in fine print: "Information provided by other myspace.com members (for instance, in their profile) may contain inaccurate, inappropriate or offensive material, products or services and myspace.com assumes no responsibility or liability for this material."
So, for example, MySpace takes no responsibility for Darin, a 21-year-old who recently popped up as one of the "Cool New People" who were being introduced to other users. Darin's profile opens with several f-words, features a provocative photo and discusses his "porn star name." The background wallpaper shows a woman clad only in lacy bra and panties. Those aren't the worst photos on the site, either. Not by a long shot.
Another stab at safety involves the site's commitment to never providing a user's last name, address or phone number. Also, users can set up their profiles so that before outsiders can view their page, they must be explicitly invited to become an online "friend" (a word you'll see over and over again on myspace.com). Still, some "residents"—many of them teens—volunteer far too much information about themselves. They'll list their hometown, school name and church name. They might post several photos of themselves, sometimes with classmates and friends, thus providing a smart predator lots of clues. And predators have become a serious issue on MySpace.
At least one fatal crime has been linked to the Web portal; a 14-year-old New Jersey girl was allegedly murdered by a man in his 20s whom she met on the site. And a federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted two men whom prosecutors allege used myspace.com to set up sexual encounters with girls who were 11 and 14 years old. Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, is crusading for tighter rules and more supervision of Internet gathering spots, MySpace chief among them.
On the lips of teens everywhere right now, of course, is the assertion, "But I don't post too much of my personal information. I just use MySpace to meet my friends." Assuming that's true for a moment, MySpace still presents problems. Big ones. For every "Christian Singles" group, there are literally thousands named "Touch Me, Tease Me" or "Make-Out Whores" or "Gay California Boyz."
Added to that concern is Playboy magazine's announcement that it intends to publish a "Girls of MySpace" photo feature. Julia Angwin writes for the Associated Press, "The site has so many explicit pictures that Playboy Enterprises Inc. has launched a casting call for a ... nude pictorial for an upcoming issue of its magazine." Michael Sprouse, senior vice president of marketing at Playboy, told the AP, "We've done a lot of these types of castings, and this is by far the best response we've gotten to date."
According to MediaPost Publications, the pornography giant established its own MySpace page promoting its search for models, and has purchased advertising on the site.
In response to those who are concerned that the upcoming feature promotes pornography to teens, a MySpace spokeswoman insists that the majority of the site's users are 18 or older. But online marketing expert Pete Blackshaw, of the firm Intelliseek, doesn't agree. "We're in an environment where half of all teens have created blogs or personal home pages. Venues such as MySpace have fueled those percentages. MySpace is deeply woven into teen culture—that is without question."
A Teen's Dream; a Parent's Nightmare
What is MySpace: good, bad or ugly? Actually, all three. As with so much else in the world, Internet sites such as myspace.com mix everything up in one pot before it's served. Some parents, then, will choose to ban these congregation sites altogether. And they'd be in good company doing so. "It's a parent's worst nightmare to have a young person on this Web site dispensing all kinds of information," says Blumenthal. Fellow Connecticut public servant Bill McKenna, who is a police sergeant investigating a spate of MySpace-related sexual assaults on seven 12- to 16-year-old girls, adds, "It's a predator's dream come true, this Web site."
Others will allow teens access provided that they adhere to strict rules and fully understand the need for caution. But as more and more sleaze is slathered onto the site, and as more horror stories emerge from its depths, that's getting harder and harder to do. I'm a dad myself. My 16-year-old daughter has a MySpace profile set so that only her friends can access her page or communicate with her, and she knows not to engage anyone she doesn't recognize. Many of her Christian friends also host pages. (Indeed, despite being woefully outnumbered, the various Christian groups on MySpace boast hundreds of thousands of members.)
Still, we may have to rethink our membership, since even the most vigilant user can so easily stumble across unsavory—and unsafe—content.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Most of my posting has been random. I don't have a theme I go by. If it's on my mind when I sit down to write, I'll probably end up writing about it. I have tried to keep people annomous when I write about them, even if it's on a positive note. Of course when it comes to family all gloves are off. (Most of the time)
I don't consider myself a great writer. As I sit here to do this post I have already re-written it several times because I don't like how it sounds.
So much goes on in my head, that I'm not really sure how to get it out so that is sounds good. Delilah can attest to that. I actually drive her crazy by not saying a whole lot. It's not that I don't have anything to say, it's that I am not really sure how to say it so that it makes sense. Ok, enough randomly.
If you have been following Delilah's blog you know that we have decided to attend another church. We both felt it was time to move on. It was a tough decision for us to make. One that we have been struggling with for 1 1/2 years. Although we very much loved the people at our old church and enjoyed being able to serve there we decided it was time for us to move on and serve at another church. We are enjoying our new church we are attending and hope that God will use us in a powerful way.
Recently Delilah added this cool new feature to her blog it is called Stat Counter. It's pretty neat. It offers a lot of information about who visits your blog. It tracks a how many pages they have looked at and other various stuff. I just enjoy seeing how people get to my blog and where they are from. It's pretty neat stuff. I have decided to use Stat Tracker and Site Meter at the same time. The only reason I really use it, is because I just enjoy seeing where or how people get to my blog. So keep on visiting and don't worry, I'm not going to track you down or anything like that.
Friday, November 24, 2006
With my adrenaline racing, I ran back to house which was only about 150 yards away. I was "yelling" I shot a deer and need a light. Now, you would think people living in the woods would have a decent flashlight. But not the Miller's. Anyways, Tim, Kellen, and myself went back to woods to try and track the deer. We decided would head down towards the creek in the hallow. By the time we got to the creek it was dark out and we decided we would try in the morning. As I laid in bed that night, the scene kept running through my mind. I kept seeing the deer taking a step then me taking a shot at it. If only I would have made a little noise to get the deer to stand still. Ugh!!!
Thanksgiving morning I headed out hunting again. As I walked back to the spot I enjoy I kept my eyes open for my "lost" deer. I saw three deer that morning. I decided to head back up to the big ridge and try to track my deer again. I got to the spot where the deer was standing when I hit it. I was able to track the blood pretty good. I did lose it a couple of times and had to really look hard to find the trail again. My heart started racing when I found larger amounts of blood on the ground. I started thinking, maybe I actually got a decent shot off. The trail took me down to the left side of the ridge and it followed the ridge and the crossed over the logging road and went down the right side of the ridge towards the skinny ridge. I saw white object laying next to a log about 30 yards down from the logging road. I heart skipped a beat and I continued to follow the trail until I ended up at the white spot laying next to the log. The doe seemed a lot smaller than what I remember it being. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't larger than it was. Feeling proud but yet disappointed, I walked back to the house to get Tim since I haven't had any experience field dressing a deer.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Jimmy Johnson won the Nextel Cup this year. I don't care that he won. Actually I didn't follow NASCAR very closely this year. It was because Ryan Newman did not have a great season. He finished 18th and 979 points behind 11th place finisher Tony Stewart. It's hard to watch your guy not finish well race after race after race. My props off to Jimmy Johnson and Hendrick Motor Sports even though I don't like Hendrick Motorsports at all. I kept hoping that Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson would wreck each other during races. That would have been funny.
Monday, November 20, 2006
- Ohio State (12-0)
- Michigan (11-1) - lost to Ohio State who is 12-0
- USC (9-1) - lost to Oregon State who is currently 7-4
- Florida (10-1) - lost to Auburn who is 10-2
- Notre Dame (10-1) - lost to Michigan who is 11-1
- Arkansas (10-1) - lost to USC who is 9-1
- West Virginia (9-1) - lost to Louisville who is 9-1
- Wisconsin (11-1) - lost to Michigan who is 11-1
- Louisville (9-1) - lost to Rutgers who is 9-1
- LSU (9-2) - lost to Auburn who is 10-2 and Florida who is 10-1
- Boise State (11-0) - Boise who?
- Auburn (10-2) - lost to Arkansas who is 10-1 and Georgia who is 7-4
- Texas (9-2) -lost to Ohio State who is 12-0 and Kansas State who is 7-5
- Rutgers (9-1) - lost to Cincinnati who is 6-5
- Oklahoma (9-2) - lost to Oregon who is 7-4 and Texas who is 9-2
There are a couple of key games left to play that will help sort some of it out or possibly make it a little more confusing.
- Ohio State is packing their bags for Arizona
- Michigan is in a holding pattern to find out where they are heading
- USC still has Notre Dame (10-1) and UCLA (6-5) to go through
- Florida still has Florida State (6-5)
- Notre Dame has USC (9-1)
- Arkansas still has LSU (9-2)
- West Virginia still has South Florida (7-4) and Rutgers (9-1)
- Wisconsin is waiting to see what bowl they will be playing
- Louisville still has Pittsburg (6-5) and Connecticut (4-6)
- LSU still has Arkansas (10-1)
- Boise State still has Nevada (8-3)
- Auburn is waiting for the BCS to sort itself out
- Texas still has Texas A&M (8-3)
- Rutgers still has Syracuse (4 -7) and West Virginia (9-1)
- Oklahoma still has Oklahoma State (6-5)
I think the best system to use would be like this. There should be a 4 team playoff. The top 4 BSC teams would play in 2 bowl games. If they win the first game, they get to play in the championship game, if they lose the first game they get to play for third place in the second game. The way the BCS is now, Ohio State definitely deserves to play for the championship, the question (at this point) who should Ohio State play? Michigan? USC? Florida? Notre Dame? This picture will hopefully clear itself during the next 2-3 weeks.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Proverbs 31:10-31 The Message
I have a great wife. I don't always treat her like she deserves to be treated. A lot of times I am selfish in my actions and thoughts but she keeps treating me with all her love. We are going through a rough time in our marriage right now. It is all from my doing. I started taking her for granted and did not put forth the effort and energy to make things right. Now I am putting forth the effort. It is much harder now than what it should have been. I have a great wife. She is a great mother and my best friend. She is always looking for the deals and ways to stretch the dollar. If you have seen me recently you also know that she is a great cook. This post does not do justice of how great of a wife I have.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Let's blow this joint (an old school saying for me) (to bad none of my old school friends read my blog)
Monday, October 02, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Studio 60 - a funny show that my friend Nate Torrence is in. Actually I don't know of he is my friend or not anymore. We went to church and youth group together. Went on a missions trip to Guatemala together. When he and his wife moved to LA and went out and visited them and was actually at their little studio apartment. I've e-mailed him a few times but never get a response. Maybe he thinks I am trying to hang on to his coat tails or something like that. I'm not. I'm just trying to remain his friend and be supportive of him. He has come a long way from Berlin, Ohio to LA. A major accomplishment. Go Nate.
-see you on the flip side
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
As a parent you are waken up by your son saying that his sister is dead and he has admitted to killing her. What would you do? I think as a parent you would do everything in the world to protect your son. It would be a double edged sword, hard to swallow isn't it?
Is it possible this could have happened in the Ramsey household that terrible night/morning on December 25-26, 1996? Colorado has a law which states a child under 10 years old cannot be held accountable for murder. So in the law's eyes in Colorado, it would be like JonBenet was never murdered. Protecting the privacy and the interest of the child which committed the act supercedes any wrong doing by the family.
John Mark Karr had an outstanding warrant for child pornography. He needed to be arrested. But my question is, why couldn't they have taken DNA samples long before trotting him off to Boulder like a circus show.
My theory -- I blabbed about being there when JonBenet was killed so he wouldn't be in the general population of prison when he was sent there for child pornography. What do you think?
Monday, August 28, 2006
We went to a little kids school next. I didn't feel that I was doing anything for the glory of God. We handed out bracelets to the children. I didn't know whether or not they understood our skits. I hope that they did.
In the afternoon we to a prison. Everyone was so scared when we first went in. I was so scared, I wasn't so sure why I volunteered to talk. I was scared. When I said "Hola," I felt at peace. I shared the story of the crucifixion mainly the part of the robbers also being crucified with Jesus. I felt great after the talk and wasn't nervous about anything. About ten people came up and gave their life to Jesus.
After supper I had a chance to observe wrestling. All of them were quick and good. I wrestled a guy who was 2nd or 3rd at nationals. I had a few take-downs. He was stronger than an ox. I had a fun time overall. It was good for me to relax and get some strenuous physical exercise.
Tonight is the last night for us in Chimaltenago.
I will explain in more detail about this Guatemala prison during my next post.
Friday, August 25, 2006
This will probably be a short list.
1. I never thought that I would let my child sleep in my bed with me.
2. I never thought I would intinctively catch barf in my hand. (This happened several times, once was while I was eating dinner, I simply wiped my hand off with a napkin and continued on with dinner not missing a beat)
3. I never thought I wouldn't have a college degree before having kids.
4. Never thought that having kids would interfere with my sex life. ;-) ha ha ha ha
I guess that is basically it. Told you it wouldn't be much. I don't think guys think a whole lot about kids before they are married.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
We were going to head to Maine in October for a nice little vacation with the family. We choose Maine because we loved it there the last time we went and we were going to have some inexpensive housing. The company I work for in Hudson owns a house in Maine for the employees to use. It turns out that they will be re-roofing it and rebuilding the chimney from the ground up during October. So we are on to Plan C. We are thinking about the OBX but have not firmly decided on it yet. We are going to look at some other possibilities also. That is all the update I have for now. Check ya later.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
You know what I would like to do? (I have't even told Delilah about this) I would like to get rid of our car and van and replace them with hybrids. I already know what I want to replace them with. I was thinking about the Saturn VUE or the Ford Escape. They offer a little more room than a sedan which we need since we have 2 kids and are "trying", "practicing", "not stopping", "using the prayer method", or whatever you would like to call it for a 3rd child.
The downside about replacing the vehicles is that the new vehicles would cost around 45k. That's a lot of change for our shallow pockets and since we don't own a house I don't think this would be the best way to spend our money. Maybe we could start with the van, it IS a gas guzzler.
I hope you are all enjoying a walk back in time with my journalings about Guatemala. I went on a missions trip to Guatemala the summer after graduating from high school. I found this journal when we were moving and thought it would be something of interest to hopefully a few people out there in blog world.
On to other subjects......
The family and I went Geocaching on Sunday. It was great. I hadn't been able to go for a long time. I've got the itch to go again. I'm planning to do a whole day of geocaching later this month. I just need to find a baby sitter for Elise, it's a little difficult at this point to have her go. Jude loves it. He always says "are we going caching?"
Monday, August 07, 2006
The first school we went to was fun. The children had a good time. Some of them listened well. While others did not listen at all. It gets frustrating at times, but if I so my skits for the glory of God everything will turn out all right. The next school was in the town. It was a small school. We had very little space to hare our dramas.
We then went to a private school to share our dramas. (We first went to the private school then we went to the public school in town.) Everything went great at the private school. I believe we got the message of the gospel across. After we went to the public school we went back to the private school to share with the high school age kids. It seemed like nobody's heart was fully into sharing the message of Christ. I was trying my best to put my full heart into it, but it didn't seem right. Ryan stopped everything after the box skit and told them we have sinned against God and Guatemala.
We had a heart to heart experience at the church full of prayers. Prayers of forgiveness and prayers for strength.
My prayers has been answered. I haven't felt like God has used me to touch anybody in Guatemala. The family Mike is staying with, the father is the coach of a local wrestling team. I pray that I will be able to share the gospel using wrestling terms. I hope I know what to say in front of the wrestlers. I can't wait. Praise the Lord.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
We went back to the orphanage and rested. The children at the orphanage are so special. They don't care how you look, they don't really care if you can't speak Spanish.
Today we moved to Chimaltenango about an hour and half away by bus. We went to 2 public schools
At the first school we went to had a huge courtyard and we performed several songs and dramas. We didn't have a chance to talk to the kids.
The next school was great. We started walking up the street and all these kids started running away from us. As we reached the school the children started to swarm us. We went inside to a big lobby there we performed our dramas and sang to songs. As we were leaving, the children just swarmed me. It felt great, like I was some famous person. It feels so good to have the children and teachers accept us like they did. It has been a real blessing from God.
This afternoon we ended up at a church camp, but we had planned to go to an orphanage. It turns out that the director for that camp is also our host family. He also knows some English, which really helps Eric and I out a lot. Jose said he had a little house. But the house is nice size for a three person family.
The people show their love for us so much. They are so courteous to us. We don't deserve anything but they really do care for us.
Tonight we had a powerful prayer time. There were a lot of tears shed. Some happy, others sad. But I felt that we all bonded together more.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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Monday, July 31, 2006
I pray tomorrow will go smooth. That we have no rain and cool weather. I hope that the children will be open to what we have to offer them, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Protect us from harm Lord. I have faith that no one will be threatened or injured tomorrow.
I'm thankful that we have a place to stay and a roof over our heads. And people to prepare the meals for us. Let us be rested and in a good mind set for tomorrow.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Peace out and stay cool today.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Later from the one who forgets his age.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
While at PK God revitalized a desire I have had for 8 years, in my heart which was pushed to the back burner. I have had a desire to open a non-threatening Christian youth center to reach out to teens from middle school through high school. I would like have x-boxes, pool tables, a computer area for kids to do homework on, tutors, good Christian rock/hip hop/rap music blaring through out the area.
While praying and doing a little research on this idea I came across a great website. The Mill - Youth Stop, which is in Toledo, Ohio, is an organization I would like to model the youth center after that I open up. Except I would like to call it: IGNITION - Sparking the Soul. You can view The Mill website here.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I felt so bad for him. I know it has to hurt. Maybe next time he will think twice about picking up a 2*4. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
The fire that is lit is like no other fire I have ever seen in my life. It is intense. Bright. Not as bright as looking into the sun on a clear day, but none the less it is bright.
I can't wait until my next opportunity to head back to a power plant.
-later from the "pink house"
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
John 7:16-18 NIV
In my Bible under the application section to verses it states the following:
Those who attempt to know God's will and do it will know intuitively that Jesus was telling the truth about himself. Have you ever listened to religous speakers and wondered if they were telling the truth? Test them: (1) their words should agree with, not controdrict, the Bible; (2) their words should point to God and his will, not to themselves.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Onto other things........
....from the "pink house"
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
That's all for now.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Jude is in WV, this is the first time he spent away from us, other than when I was in the hospital or when Delilah was in the hospital birthing Elise. I hear he is doing well there. I'm glad he is having fun. I do miss him, but it nice to have a little break from his whining. But none the less I still love him. He loves it WV, he's always outside playing when we go to visit. He is due to return back to us on Wednesday afternoon. He will probably be upset to come home. :-(
Well all is going well here, can wait until we can start moving. Yippee
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
In September I will be going to Maine for a week long business trip with the rest of the sales team. Wahhoo. Lobster here I come. Other than that everything is going really well, are front yard was even mowed today (because I mowed it) now we will be able to see Elise a lot easier.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Well.... at work I have talked to several customers. It went pretty good. But I feel like I am feeling around in the dark at this point. Luckily there weren't any big questions asked for me to not answer.
um yeah I started this post on Tuesday night and now it is Wednesday night.
Friday, May 19, 2006
I'm hoping someone like Bill Gates will come across this blog and think, "oh they sound like good people let me give them .00001% of my net worth. ;-)
Oh yeah - I'm heading to WV with the kids this weekend. Should be fun.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
So while driving home from small group tonight Jude asks if he can have a horse. I asked Jude where he would keep the horse. Reply- In our back yard, and we can put the cage in the dirt. I told Jude we need to have a farm to have a horse. Instead of saying anything about the farm he goes on to ask about having cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals he wants for the farm. The kids loves animals.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Needless to say I am really enjoying this job. I talked to my first customer yesterday. It wasn't to horrible. If I must say I think it went really well.
-More to come-
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
The team is a co-ed team which is always fun to play on. Today I was trying to catch a pop-up I had to run it down. I reached out and grabbed it just off the ground. My glove got caught on the ground I rolled over and hurt my left ribs or bruised a muscle in that region. So I am a little sore tonight due to the fact that I am so out of shape.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
-More to follow later this week-
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I remember a nurse came into my room to draw some blood out of my right arm. She got the first vile or 2 ok, but it took her forever to draw the last one. She kept poking me in a new spot to try to get more blood. I was becomeing very frustrated with her.
My left arm always have an IV hooked up to it. My veins are still sore. Does anyone know if they will return back to normal? When I rub my right arm I do not feel any veins, but when I rub my left arm I can feel my veins and it actually hurts to touch them. Is this normal?
I have been trying to take it easy this week. Is it possible for a Miller to take is easy? I doubt it. I have been trying to help out as much as possible to keep/get the house back up to par. I've been mainly focusing on laundary. I fell asleep last night from 3-5:30 and Delilah actually yelled at me. (Because she wasn't feeling good and Elise was sick) She said if this was how it was going to be (meaning draining myself during the day) she would have taken this week off also. Oh the fun.
I don't think I'm meant to be a stay at home dad. I get side tracked doing other things and don't get the important things finished. I haven't worked since April 5th. It has been a total of 20 days since I worked. I won't work again until May 1st, 5 more days. I am looking forward to it.
In a previous post I had mentioned about the possibility of us moving to the Atlanta area. At this point it seems that transition will not happen. Which we are fine with. We always enjoy looking at the possibilities that come before us.
I must get going - if you read this and have a blog please post on your blog - you know who you are, I miss reading what's going on in your life. Don't be a blog abandoner.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
During late summer of my 6th grade at Fredericksburg Elementary, Lady decided she wanted to go to school. Now she never followed me to school or anything like that. So, I'm not sure how she decided to come into the school building. Anyways, it was in the afternoon probably 1-2 hours before school let out. Lady had decided to come into the school building, the second grade classroom actually to cool off. Someone came up to my class to inform me that my dog was in the building. How they knew it was my dog is beyond me. I guess she was a very popular dog. Anyways, I walked down to the second grade classroom to get her back outside. She did not want to go back outside, she was enjoying her attention from all the students and the fresh water she had received to try and cool down.
She eventually went outside and everyone returned to what they were suppose to be doing while taking care of Lady.
-What a smart dog-
Monday, April 24, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
One evening I had pasta with a stew over top of it. It was really good and the food was actually hot when it got to you.
My dad mentioned that each floor had it's own kitchen. Very impressive.
Five stars on the food.
Friday, April 21, 2006
The first thing you notice when you walk through the doors of the Cleveland Clinic is the utmost respect everyone is treated. This respect resonates through the clinic; the custiodial crew, door-men, dietary aides, nurse aides, nurses, and doctors.
While at the Cleveland Clinic my room was located on the 8th floor of the "G" wing. I'm not sure how many wings there are but I think it went through "M". Every morning a young man would buff the floors. Now I'm not just talking about the main aisle but actually your room floor. He would politely ask if you minded him buffing your floor. (It was kind of noisey) He would take most of the furniture out of the room and then continue on with buffing the floor. Needless to say the floors were spotless and sparked in the sun.
As many of you know I was at one time a custodian at a local school district, I hadn't seem floors this clean in a long time. I can almost guarantee the hospital custodians made less than half what school custodians make.
Needless to say the Cleveland Clinic was a(re) very clean building(s). I was very impressed with the cleanliness.
More to come tomorrow.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I don't know all the medical terminology the doctor's spoke the past week. That is really Delilah's area, and hopefully she will post some of that on her blog sometime this week.
Delilah has mentioned names of people over the past week which have sacrificed their time and energy to help our family during our time of need. I will mention a few people but the list is not inclusive of all who prayed and gave their time. First off I would like to thank my family (mom, dad, sister, bro-in law, bro) for taking time out of their hectic schedule for coming up to Akron to help care for my family, next I would like to thank Delilah's parents for coming all the way from TN to help out too. Thanks to all from Fallscreek for you support to Delilah, your prayers definitely went a long way to help us. This was definitely what church was all about... supporting one another when another is down. Thank you so much.
When I got home yesterday, Jude sat on my lap for about 10 minutes. I actually thought I was going to have to pry him off of me to get a drink. I could tell he really missed me. I know I missed him and Elise. It seems that Elise grew so much of the last 9 days. She started to walk, which she was so close to doing when I went into the hospital. She didn't seem to be so surprises or happy to see me when I got home, must be an age thing.
The doctor's from CCF told me I needed to take it easy for about a week and build my strength up. The problem with this is I'm not really sure how to take it easy, I have a list of things in my mind which I want to accomplish... must be the Miller in me. I imagine I will start my new job April 24th. I am excited about the new possibilities it will bring.
IT FEELS GREAT TO BE HOME
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
*11:00 pm - headed to AGMC after a week of high fevers and some seriuously powerful dry heaves.
*Early morning sometime - admitted into AGMC
April 12th - April 16th......
*These days were pretty much a blur I do remember seeing a couple people, it felt like I fell asleep Tuesday morning and woke up the next Monday morning which wasn't really the case you will have to read Delilah's blog for the details if she decides to post them.
*2:00 or 3:00 pm finally enroute to the CCF.
*9:30 am - discharged from CCF
*10:45 am - arrived home.......FINALLY
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
One time during a hot summer day, Lady decided she was going to head down to the post office and lay inside to stay cool.
I'm not sure how she got in, I can only imagine she snuck in after some one else walked through the door. I guess she didn't want to come out either. So they just let her be.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
In the summer time there would be this worn path around the house. We didn't really know what it was from. One day we saw Lady doing "laps" around the house. She had other various trails going from here to there and there to here.
Monday, March 27, 2006
When we got to my parents house, the kids did not want to go to bed. Jude stayed up for a while but Elise went to sleep fairly well in a "new" bed.
Saturday was our only full day. We spent the majority of the day playing a card game called Garbage, it's a fun game that takes forever to play. The day had various weather moving through. It was cold the whole day but it snowed, was sunny, cloudy, and hailed at one point or another.
Sunday we went to church with the family. After church Steph had a baby shower and Delilah attended. I took Kellen and Jude geocaching. They both really had a fun time despite the chilly temperture and periodic rain. We were geocaching at Wine Cellar Park in Dunbar, WV. It is a neat little park with old wine cellars on the property. I was hoping to find all 3 caches on the property but since we all got a little sidetracked with the wine cellars we only attempted to find 1 and we found it. Both Kellen and Jude were excited about the find.
The trip back home went well also. Both children slept over half the way, they woke up almost an hour before we got home. All in all the trip went really well. It was a lot of work for only one full day of visiting.
Friday, March 24, 2006
I only have 14 more working days until my new job at Control Systems. Very excited and a little nervous. We have to find a baby sitter for the rest of the school year because Delilah will still be working.
Welcome to the Miller way of life.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I feel so numb this morning that I almost want to puke. Speaking of puke. Last night at the middle school, there was a mother/daughter dance from one of the elementary (actually the one I'm going to this morning). One of the girls puked in the cafeteria. Russ and I had to clean it up even though it was not in our area. The reason being was because the person working in that area had left for dinner. So being the professional custodians we are we cleaned up the mess instead of leaving it for her when she got back (some people would have just left it because it wasn't in their area). Before the dance I was checking the bathrooms on the first floor. Now part of our job with bathrooms is to throw away the feminine product bags. This task is not usually a problem. Except for tonight. All three containers were overflowing. The were used products on the floor of all three stalls. Mind you, I checked these boxes 1 hour after school let out. It's hard telling how long they had been overflowing. I can only surmise that they have been this since about lunch time. Which is sad because this means that the 2 day custodians were not doing their job. Hmmm.
More to follow, I must leave for my wonderful day of work as a custodian.
And, if you are ever at a school and a restroom is not clean, don't feel bad about going to the office about it.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
But I have been pretty busy the last week with all that I have mentioned before. I am so bored with work right now. Do you realize how hard it is to get excited to go into work to CLEAN. Oh it's so much fun to clean up after students who could care less if they made a mess or not or teachers that don't hold the students responsible for cleaning up after themselves, I won't even get into coaches. Seriously though it is almost impossible to get excited about going into work.
I can't wait for the day (lets say daytime) to come when I can start a new job whatever it might be.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
Hope you enjoy it.