Day 9

Today started like most.  I woke up around 8 and had a bagel for breakfast.  After my bagel I started to work out.  Chest and abs today.  I got about halfway through and had no motivation to keep going.  So I stopped.  There was no superior rationalization.  I just stopped.

After I showered I started looking at my assignments for my summer class.  I decided to take micro-economics.  It should be interesting.  I had planned on doing this week's assignment this afternoon...but that didn't happen.  Oh well.

Lunch consisted of a sandwich and a hot dog.  I melted some cheddar on my hot dog.  It was really good.  After lunch Kimmy, Byron and I went on some errands. I'm doing an anonymous gift exchange through Reddit for their self-made holiday "Arbitrary Day" on June 11.  I should have taken a picture of it.  Shoot.  Oh well. My person lives in Canada, so at mom's suggestion I got some candy and things that are Ohio or USA specific.  So I got a Findlay mug, buckeyes, salt water taffies, and some other candies.  They're all super tasty.

When we came back I pretend to do some cleaning and such, but that didn't happen.  Oh well!  Around 3:45 Aunt Terri came to pick up Byron, so we got to sit around and talk with her for a while.  I went to UPS to ship the package.  It took a while because of customs forms and all of that.  There were people behind me.  I felt bad that they had to wait for me.  But I eventually got it sent.

We had ravioli for dinner.  After dinner dad's soccer team captains came over and he talked with them for a while.  I worked on laundry.  And I just woke up from a nap!

At this point, I regrettably must inform you that I will be unable to update my blog for approximately two weeks.   But fear not: when I return I will have a massive update with all of my goings on.  And it will be legen- (wait for it...)

Day 8

Today had an eventful beginning.  I woke up to the sound of my phone going off.  Dad was calling me.  He had been riding his bike and got a flat tire, so he called to see if I could come pick him up.  That was around 8.  That's never the first thing I particularly feel like doing when I wake up, but it needed to be done.

When I got back I had a bagel for breakfast while I wrote yesterday's blog entry.  After the update, I worked out.  Biceps and triceps today.  I go a lot slower when I'm on my own.  I think that I lose track of how long I take between sets.

When I was done working out, I went outside to finish the mailbox.  Which I did!  It is all done!  The snow plow will no longer be victorious over our mailbox.

Hm.  After that I had lunch.  I had some of last nights rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, and potato salad.  It was tasty.  And then after lunch I took a nice, hour long nap.

I don't remember what I did after that.  I think I read.  Around 4:30 we left to go to the grandparents for dinner: hamburgers and various side dishes.  I cooked the hamburgers on their George Foreman (or George Orwell as Mama likes to call it).  It worked really well.  I was quite pleased.  And then we had ice cream for desert!

After dinner Kimmy and I went to go hang out with Miles and Becky.  It was fun. Miles just got back from bicycle school, so now he is certified to help his dad in the bicycle shop.  Then we discussed the relevancy of different geometry (specifically spherical and hyperbolic)... while Kimmy and Becky talked about making dresses.  It was a unanimous victory. When it got dark we went inside and played Mario.  Eventually James and his friend Matt came around and we played more Mario while Kimmy and Becky went to get popsicles and cookies.  And... I can't remember any other relevant events, aside from James and Miles wanting to hang out soon.

Alright.  It's late and I have a big day ahead of me.



Day 7

My most sincere apologies for not actually writing this yesterday.  Yesterday evening was busy.

Yesterday morning I got breakfast (plain bagel with butter and honey) and read my book until we went to church.  I think that yesterday was the first time I'd put cologne on since last Tuesday.

After church we came home and had lunch.  I fried a piece of chicken, chopped it up and put it on a salad with some celery, feta cheese, and pineapple.  It was quite tasty.  When we were done with lunch, dad and Byron went to go run some errands and I read my book some more.

So my book.  It is called Love is an Orientation:Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community.  It's really good.  Thus far the book is about the misconceptions the church has about the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) community and what we should do about it.  A recurring theme is that regardless of our view on the morality of that lifestyle, we as humans do not make the final decision about whether they go to heaven or hell.  So, we need to stop judging them and be friends with them.  When we say blanket statements like "homosexual people are going to hell," we are attacking the very core of their being.  Like many people find identity in their job or family, people of the GLBT community find identity in their sexuality.  So by directly attacking their sexuality, we are attacking them as a person.  The author of the book makes it clear that we should not change our view point on whether homosexuality is wrong, but merely that we should learn who each person is as an individual and help them meet the loving God that cares about everyone.  This is far more difficult in practice because most people of the GLBT community have gone through so much pain and discrimination on account of the church that they have no desire for and see no need for a God.  And frankly I can't blame them.  If I kept getting rejected by Christians, why would I want to be part of them?  The sins of the GLBT community are no better or worse than the sins in the Christian community, and it would be naive of us to think that there is no sin in the Christian community.  The difference is that "Christian sin" is accepted by the Christian community, where as "being homosexual" is not.  When someone spreads a piece of gossip in the church, no one cares.  But if someone finds an attraction to people of the same gender, then everyone freaks out and ostracizes that person.  Christians tend to group people as "heterosexual, celibate, or sinful."  That "sinful" category includes many people that don't want to be there, but are attracted to things deemed "sinful."

In recent days I've thought a lot about that "sinful" category.  That includes many people of various sexual orientations, needs, and desires.  And misconceptions.  Another group that I have heard more from in recent years is pedophiles.  Like homosexuals, the majority of them are normal people who have an attraction that they do not like or want, but cannot help.  But to an extent I feel even more sorry for pedophiles.  In recent years, people have begun to actually understand homosexuality.  Homosexuals are not rapists, child molesters, or anything of that nature.  Just like in the heterosexual community there do exists rapists and molesters in the homosexual community, but being homosexual does not make you a rapist.  And neither does being a pedophile.  Let me explain that I do not agree with pedophilia, but that doesn't meant that I'm going to judge those people or think that if I am around them I'm going to get an STD simply by being near them.  Pedophiles are just people that are attracted to children.  This doesn't mean that they abduct and do horrible things to children.  Yes, there are some that do and they are the ones we hear about on the news.  But the news gives us the extreme cases because it's more interesting, just like how we hear more about crazy extremist Christian groups than the majority of Christians who live normal lives.  Anyways, being a pedophile does not make you a rapist or even a child molester.  Molesting children makes you a child molester.  Most pedophiles hate the fact that they find children attractive, waking up every day to face the reality that they are unlike nearly everyone else.  Personally I can't imagine going through everyday hating and being disgusted by myself because I have an attraction that I don't want.  The thing that makes me feel worst about their situation is that they can talk to no one about it.  People have begun to be more open to the lifestyles of homosexuals, but pedophiles?  Who can a pedophile talk to?  Sadly, the most laughable answer is "the church."  People have gotten enough judgement already.  They don't need more.  They need someone who doesn't care about their attractions and will just be their friend, be supportive, and learn about who they are.

So anyways.  That's just a little bit about what's going on in my head.  Light stuff :)

After dad and Byron got back, dad and I worked on cutting up some old cabinets and things for firewood.  That was all sorts of fun!  I'm so excited to be a homeowner some day!

For dinner we had rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes.  When dinner was over, we had a half hour discussion on the sentence "It smells horrible."  We were trying to determine whether we should be using horrible to describe it or horribly to describe smells.  After much discussion and looking up of terms, horrible was the final decision.  Oh, I love my family :)

Here are some pictures from mailbox digging on Saturday!

The old mailbox

It was a really deep hole...
Then we finished the night up with watching The Guns of Navarone.  One of my favorite movies.

Alright.  I think that's all for now.



Day 6

Ah Saturday.  That magical day where we can sleep in and neglect our responsibilities.  And apparently by that I really mean wake up at 7:50 and spend all afternoon in the yard.  But I'll get to that.

Let's see. Yeah.  Woke up early... because apparently my body no longer feels like sleeping past 8:15am.  Win.  I decided not to do a work out this morning because... well I just didn't want to.  So that solved that issue.  Hmm.  I went to the grandparents to help Poppy move some shelves.  Then I came back, played a little bit of TF2, and got lunch.  Today I had some left over pizza from last night.  It was pretty tasty.

After lunch Kimmy and I started to put in our new mailbox!  I took pictures... but I'm too lazy to upload them to my computer.  So yeah.  Mailbox.  It took a lot longer than I was expecting.  The old mailbox came out pretty quickly, but we had to dig a really big hole for the new post.  We finally were able to put the new post in, but ran out of concrete.  So we'll have to finish that tomorrow.

Hm.  Kimmy and I then made dinner (meatloaf and mashed potatoes!)  It was all sorts of tasty.  Dad and Bryon got home around 5ish.  We waited for mom to get home from work, but apparently they kept her an extra hour, so we ate without her.

After dinner, we played Bananagrams, Scrabble, Bridge (Byron taught us how to play a basic version), and Scattergories.  It was pretty fun and such.

And now it is relaxing time.  Not much excitement going on right now.  Just hanging out and trying to keep Byron entertained/make him feel like part of the family.  I'm not really good at entertaining people and I haven't really interacted with 13 year old people in quite some time.  But it's been good so far!

Alright.  That's it for now.



Day 5

Good evening/morning/afternoon.

This morning began like most others.  I awoke at 7:45 and did my obligatory internetting (Gmail, Facebook, Reddit) and after determining that there was little for me to do at those domains, I had breakfast.  By the time I got up mom and dad had already left to go shopping, so I (being one of sound mind and little motivation) ate breakfast as I played Crysis.

I didn't work out today.  Adam and I never worked out on Fridays because he usually went home, so I don't really know what to do.  I've already exercised all of the normal muscle groups that we did.  Maybe tomorrow I'll do some leg exercises and... more abs.  I'd really like to tone my stomach a bit this summer. We'll see how that goes!

I think I played Crysis most of the morning.  When mom and dad got back, I believe that I talked with mom for a bit.  Or something... I don't precisely recall. For lunch I had hot dogs and yellow rice.  I discovered the most exquisite topping for hot dogs: relish, ketchup, and dried minced onions.  I might add something else, but the onions really added a nice touch.  A+, would eat again.  My recommendation is to not use too much relish or ketchup and have sufficient onion (since dried onion does not have the same potency as fresh onion).

After lunch Kimmy and I went to go see the grandparents.  I helped Poppy move some shelves into the garage and he and Mama told Kimmy and me about their new apartment.  It sounds really nice.  When I finally see it I'll be sure to take pictures to post.  Also Poppy discovered that he is entitled to a nicely sized veteran's pension for serving during a war.  So that will help with the cost of the apartment.

Kimmy and I then went to the UPS store to return a book I was renting over the semester.  The book rental company was really nice... they paid for return shipping so the only thing I had to purchase was the envelope.

Hm.  After errands and things... Kimmy and I made pizza for dinner!  Well.  Mom made the dough and then we finished it.  It was really tasty.  I forgot to take a picture!  :(

Yesterday at the soccer game I was reading The Last Lecture again.  In part of it the author mentions that we should have specific goals that we strive to achieve in our lives because it helps us stay proactive and determined, among other things.  And it occurred to me that I don't have many specific goals.  Part of this is due to my naturally generalized mindset (which is certainly aided by my fluency in mathematics), but I've never really sat down and concocted a list of "I must do this, that, and these other things for my life to be complete."  I live with more of a framework than a checklist.  I strive to make a positive impact on people.  In everything I do, I seek to in some way make that person (and consequently myself) better because of our interaction.  This is not a solitary item that I can mark off of a list once it is done: it is a philosophy that I apply (or try to apply) to every aspect of life.  Perhaps if I were to have one goal, it would be the apex of such a lifestyle, to one day have someone tell me that I have made such an impact on his/her life and that they would be significantly and noticeably different had I not been involved in his/her life.  That would be pretty awesome.  Perhaps if I were to have a goal... it would be that.

Anyways.  Moving on.  After dinner... parents and Kimmy and I played Boggle.  I won.  Naturally.

I don't recall any additional significant events that have occurred.  So fare thee well, kind people.



Day 4

Today was just delightful.

I slept in til about 8:15, then got up and had breakfast with mom.  I've been trying different derivatives of Cheerios.  Today's rendition consisted of honey and bananas.  Apparently I was really hungry because I also had a bagel.  It was odd- after all of that my stomach was full but I still felt hungry.  Quite peculiar indeed.

Following breakfast mom went shopping.  I was going to join her, but I really needed to work out and neither of us had any idea how long her shopping adventure would take, so I opted out of shopping and worked out.  Today I biked.  I wasn't entirely sure where I was going.  Yesterday dad gave me vague directions for some roads that would not be very inhabited by cars, so I sought this mystical road.  I found it.  According to Google Maps I went for approximately 9.4 miles.  It appears that I have never really tried to bike fast for an extended period of time.  I really had to focus on not just taking my time.  When exercising in the past it has been really easy to run or swim fast or such... but for some reason biking fast requires more intention than doing other cardiovascular exercises with haste.  Oh well.  I enjoyed the ride.  There was one point where water covered the road and my shoes got wet, but it did not inhibit me from continuing my ride, so that was good.

For lunch I had a similar sandwich as yesterday (I forgot to take a picture) except as a wrap and without the mustard.  It was good, but the wrap made it seem like there was far more lettuce than there should have been.  All of this would be phenomenal with some slices of red pepper, but alas I will make do with what I have.  Also there was clearly less flavor without the mustard, but it seemed like it was missing something as well.  Poo.
And obviously more Big Bang Theory was watched.  Woo!

This afternoon I played some more Crysis.  I'm really enjoying that game.  I just realized that if you attack while cloaked, the energy bar completely depletes.  But uncloaking an instant before attacking will not cause this to happen.  This will be incredibly useful.

After Crysis, Kimmy and I made dinner.  It was a type of chicken parmesan which used stuffing mix, dried parsley, and parmesan cheese.  It turned out really well.  It appears that I am having difficulty uploading pictures at the moment.  This makes me sad.  I will try to change this later.

EDIT: picture added

Following dinner dad and I went to his team's soccer game.  That was a lot of fun.  It would have been even more fun had I not been asked to be the "club linesman."  My job consisted of raising my flag when the ball went out of bounds, even though in all actuality my raising of the flag had no impact on the game, as the center ref has the final evaluation.  I inadvertently tested this theory when I mistakenly called a ball as "out of bounds" when approximately 30% of the ball was still "in bounds."  It appears that my original hypothesis was incorrect and the center ref did in fact make the call that was based upon my ill judgement.  I felt empowered.  Until the game got called on account of lightning, that is.

After the game Kimmy and I made brownies.  Where I able to upload pictures you would be seeing a picture of intensely tasty looking brownies.  In their stead, I propose a moment of silence on your behalf in lieu of your ability to partake in my brownies.
[Initiate moment of silence]

[Please continue to observe a moment of silence]

[You may now cease your moment of silence]

EDIT: picture added

Let's see.  In other news, my cousin Byron will be coming to Findlay this weekend.  Hopefully we can think of some exciting things to do with him.  Sadly this visit is predicated by my uncle's entrance into the hospital due to a previously troubling lung condition.  Hopefully we can make the best of things.

I think that is all for now.



Day 3

What a day.  Let's start with the beginning.  Last night I was determined not to be all silliness and go to bed early/wake up early, so I stayed up until about 1am playing TF2.  I felt like such a rebel.  It's amazing how a week ago 1am was normal, yet now I'm so exhausted at 11.  Woo.  Anyhow, I woke up around 8:15, ate breakfast, and began my workout.  Today was shoulders and back.  It all went really well until the end.  I was doing "side lateral raises" and my shoulder started to hurt.  Not in the "oh yay my muscles are getting stretched" kind of way.  It was more of the "STAB YOU WITH KNIVES AND BITE INTO YOUR BONES" kind of pain.  Yeah... not really how I define fun.  I'm probably not going to be doing that one again.

These are the weights that I use.  I mentioned them yesterday.
Today I discovered that their maximum weight is 70 lbs.
Let's see.  After working out I did some more weeding outside.  I was really surprised by how quickly the bed out back went.  None of the weeds had very deep roots.  I'm guessing that has something to do with the fact that that bed sits in the sun literally all day and rarely gets water.  Not surprisingly, few actual (read: pretty) plants grow there.  I finished weeding more quickly than I had anticipated, so I celebrated by browsing Reddit instead of being productive.  Then I showered, ate lunch with Kimmy, and watched the rest of Disc 1, Season 1 of Big Bang Theory.

My sandwich from lunch.  It was so good.
Honey roasted turkey, provolone cheese, lettuce,
spicy honey mustard, mayonnaise, and some dried
tomato/garlic pesto.  The mustard was a little over-
powering, so I won't be adding as much tomorrow.

After lunch I cleaned my room.  The word clean is actually a derivative of the Greek word klaen, which translates roughly into English as "to play video games."  So I cleaned very thoroughly for a while this afternoon.

So then- the plot thickens!  After cleaning, Kimmy and I were just starting to make dinner when the weather alarm radio went off and said "BEEP BEEP BEEP TORNADO!! TAKE COVER OR DIE!"  So after putting the chicken in water to defrost, we fled to the basement in case the big bad wolf tried to blow our house away.  Thankfully, Mr. BBW was unsuccessful in his attempts to blow our house away.  After a bit mom came home and sought shelter with Kimmy and myself in the basement.  There we all texted various people to determine the severity of the storm in different locales... or maybe just because we were bored.  Both were possible and equally like (though neither probability was actually computed).  Thankfully we were not harmed in the storm or it's threats, so we were able to return safely to our dinner.  I got frustrated with my forgetfulness when I earlier neglected to defrost the chicken before 4pm, so I decided to make spaghetti instead.  Even I with my limited cooking ability do not have the capacity to mess up spaghetti.

This is a weather map from this evening.  The red
dot on the left is Findlay.  It was... ugly outside.
Well I guess that's it for today.  I think I'm actually going to do some legit cleaning.  I'd like to get all of my clothes into drawers instead of my duffel bag.  

Thanks for listening.  If there is anything that you think I should add, delete, or reformat leave me a comment.  And can everyone see the background image ok?  Yes?  I moved it because I was having trouble seeing it on my netbook.  Ok the end.



Day 2

Today started interestingly.  I woke up at 7:30 with no alarm or anything!  It was silliness, for certain.  So instead of taking advantage of the extra time, I just sat around browsing Reddit as I ate breakfast.  I decided to have cinnamon/brown sugar oatmeal... and I added some apple slices.  Such a good choice.  It was so very tasty.  Perhaps I'll start photographing my days as well... hmm.  Thoughts?

Workout today was chest and abs.  The weights I use are individual hand sets with no weights, but I have various weights that can be added.  However, the weights have sand (or something) inside...which makes them kind of wide.  This might not make any sense, but I'll take a picture tomorrow.  Either way, the weights are too thick to make a 45 lb weight... and it took me about 15 minutes to figure this out.  Other than that, it went decently.  I have a hard time finding an ab workout that works really well.  For some reason I just have difficulty getting a good exercise.

After working out, I went outside and did some hedging and weeding.  I hedged the neighbors' bush... hopefully they don't mind.  It was kind of hanging over our yard and was getting all up in my grill.  So I ended that nonsense.  A worm/caterpillar attacked me while I was weeding.  It was all slimy and bright green and nastiness.  So I returned him to the grass from whence he came.

Lunch consisted of hot dogs and potato salad.  So yummy.  Kimmy and I have begun watching Big Bang Theory.  I now understand why people say I remind them of a "more social Sheldon."  I take that as a compliment... Sheldon is pretty awesome.  He talks like a mathematician: each word he uses has very specific meaning, and it only means that thing.

Following lunch Kimmy and I went to visit the grandfolks.  They're moving to a new apartment/condo thing, so we're helping them get all packed and things.  I can see that it's physically and emotionally draining for them to do all of this.  But maybe it's a good thing.  It gives them something constructive to do and it forces them to relive their memories.  So often we save things because it has emotional value, but then never look at those things to elicit the emotions.  Perhaps this act of moving is just the type of closure they need at this point in life... revisiting the past and remembering all the old times. I'm sure that some of those memories would have been forgotten if they had not been rooted up in the moving process.

After we left the grandparents', Kimmy and I went to go have dinner with Becky at Waffle House.  Oh goodness I love that place.  Such pure unadulterated amazingness.  Ah!  Then we went back to Becky's house and made banana ice cream/milkshakes!  It was a magical experience full of tastiness and win.  Except that the doorbell went off and kind of scared me.  It even went off when there was no one at the door.  It was probably the relatives of the bananas we were blending....  ಠ_ಠ
Then we played Mario.  And we were all really bad at it, but it was fun.

After Becky's we went to see grandparents again.  Apparently mom tried to call them and they didn't answer so she got all sorts of concerned.  But they're doing just dandy, so the concern was handled in short time.

I believe that is all for today.



Day 1

Greetings.  I have created this blog for the purpose of logging my daily adventures (or lack thereof) and any thoughts that I come across in my goings-on.  This may or may not be interesting to read, as it is mostly for my own purposes.  You are more than welcome to partake in the reading of these entries, though I do no guarantee anything.

Though this is Day 1, my adventure began on Saturday May 21 when I graduated from MVNU.  Hopefully in these next few weeks, I will begin to understand what all is encompassed by graduating.  We shall see.

Yesterday was good. I got up around 9:30 and began to unpack my stuff, as well clean out things that I no longer want/need.  So far I have a box of books, games, and CDs.  And my paintball stuff.  I might put them on Craigslist or Ebay or something.  Let me know if I can pawn any of my junk off to you.  Anyways, cleaning has been quite productive.  I should be done in the next two or three days.

Today has also gone well.  I got up around 8:15, had some breakfast, and then began my workout.  It took longer than I suspected, but I am in no rush.  Then I did some vacuuming, trimmed the bushes outside, and began chopping up firewood.  I'm learning that using a hatchet is far slower than using an ax, but I'll make do with what I have.  i also watched I Am Legend.  Such a good movie.  I need to read the book sometime... as I have heard of it's excellence.

Well, back to more cleaning for now.