Monthly Archives: December 2010

Taking Stock…

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of old lang syne?

2010 has been an interesting year for me. Lately, I’ve had to take a deep breath and take stock of all the things in my life which have impacted me in a good, bad, or indifferent way.

Friends: I’ve gotten to meet many new people this year, I’ve also gotten to enhance some of my deepest friendships this year.

Me and Sarah

Sure, I’ve grown apart from other friendships which is somewhat sad, but sometimes necessary.

Health: I’ve seen so many sides of this coin this year. I feel like I can finally say I’ve kicked my smoking habit. Which has been a decade-long fight. With some encouragement from a couple friends, I took up running, which I hate, but I really enjoy how I feel after and how much weight I’ve actually lost. There is something really rewarding by seeing this:
4.09 Miles
…And then, I ended up in the hospital. I’m feeling much better, 30 days later, but it’s a slow go. My life has definitely changed this year thanks to my health, but I’m not complaining.
Muppet Me
I’m much stronger because of it, and that’s never a bad thing.

Looking forward: I’m not sure what 2011 will bring, and I’m not in the mood to rush it. Life has been pretty eventful for me in the last 12 months and I imagine the next 12 are going to be something to watch. The journey is always worth the trip.
Beaverton

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

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2010… My Music

It’s time for me to start “Navel Gazing” for 2010. To kick things off: The music that got me through the year. As anyone who has been reading my blog this year would know. I like music and these are some of the songs which either: Made me happy, got me groovin’ or just plain caused me to think. I’ve included links if your unfamiliar with the song.

Enjoy. (In no particular order)

Pink: Raise Your Glass
Bruno Mars: Grenade
Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin In Love
Eminem ft. Rhianna: Love the Way You Lie
Ke$ha: Take It Off
Enrique Inglesis: I Like It
Taio Cruz: Dynamite
Katy Perry: Firework
Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
Jason Derulo: In My Head
Eminem: Not Afraid
Owl City: Fireflies
Michael Buble: Haven’t Met You Yet
La Roux: Bulletproof
Jay-Z: Young Forever

Solo-Christmas

“You can’t be alone on Christmas”

I heard this many times in the last week. I didn’t have any plans for Christmas. My family is close and we planned to have Christmas on New Years Day. So I didn’t have any plans for Christmas.

christmas tree 2004 (Used under creative commons licensing. Photo Credit: Scottfeldstein)

As I woke up on Christmas day. Not having any plans, I decided to go to church. I never go to church. The last time I stepped foot in a church, not counting Weddings, Funerals or a Christmas Pageant, was far too long to recall. I fired up the googles and found a church in the area. My friend who called me to see what I was doing, decided to go with me.

Having not gone to church in a while, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Though, I didn’t expect it to be so empty, nor did I expect to be the youngest person in the room by about two decades.

It did feel weird being the only person in the entire room who didn’t take communion. That garnered a little more that a couple weird looks.

There were a couple of things I took away from being at this particular church. We all seek to be a part of something greater. We all seek to understand and you’re not alone, ever. Especially not at Christmas.

Crowd (Used under creative commons. Photo By: James Cridland)

Happy Elven Christmas

I couldn’t resist. Please feel free to watch for a serious giggle. 🙂

My little elf dance

I promise it’s worth a look-see.

Shopping Anyone?

Being at home is bad.

Me being stuck at home, is really bad.

With all my forced free time, I’ve been shopping. There is nothing like digging through some of my favorite websites’ clearance sections for things I’m sure I do not need, but suddenly, I want.

Some of my favorites: (In No Particular Order)

www.buy.com
www.overstock.com
www.Walmart.com (Don’t judge me!)
www.Target.com
www.gilt.com (If you like labels, you MUST sign up for this website. Here’s a link to sign up, if you want. CLICK ME

Those are just a few. I’ve also done some Christmas shopping.

I just have too much free time.

Erased

In the past weeks I’ve had a lot of time to think, reflect and mull-over so many things in (and out) of my life. I find myself with a little less patience, but I’m full of love. I’ve spent many days thanking the powers that be for all the things I’ve been privileged to be a part of, all the friends I’ve made, both on and offline. I’m a pretty lucky guy to have all I do. I know that.

Even though I”m very thankful for those who are in my life, I sometimes dwell on those who are no longer a part. I’ve found solace in this song.

Try not to read anything more into it, than I’m just reflecting.

What song/songs do you find yourself getting lost in, at the moment?

Speech: Final Persuasive

Finally. I’m done with all my classes for the term. This makes me happy.

While I would love to rant and rave on and on about how fantastic I was. I really don’t have the energy and I’m really just glad this term is over. Hopefully I can relax for the next two weeks, before we start all over again.

For those who have been riveted. I wanted to put up my final speech. I know my final grade already and I’m pleased with the outcome.

Enjoy.

The beginning of the speech, for the first minute, I showed the following clip, feel free to watch it before the speech.

And without further ado?

My final speech, a persuasive on why voting is important.