Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Addition to the Lindsley Family

Arbor Hills 003-croppedI’ve been enjoying time off from work and spending time with my family.  Working with multiple projects, it’s sometimes hard to take a break from work.  However, during the Christmas season, it gets pretty quiet with my church customers.

We had Ursula’s sister, Cheryl and her boys stay with us during Christmas.  It was great to have her visit.  Ursula’s parents also came out for Christmas.  Like usual, John loaded up a suit case full of his awesome smoked meats and divided them up between the sisters.  Besides a great leader, he sure can smoke some awesome BBQ.

Cheryl brought 4 dogs and went home with 3 dogs.  She left Peanut, a little black poodle.  He’s a pretty good little guy and has really grown into the fold of our family.  He’s a lap dog and loves to be around everyone.  Jacob, our cat and Peanut have gotten along OK for now.  They keep their distance and have had a couple of funny interactions.  One funny interaction is when Peanut jumped on our bed, but didn’t realize that Jacob was on the bed.  Mid-air Peanut did an about face and retreated to the floor.  Priceless!

Peanut doesn’t yap and bark at every single noise which is a bonus. Cairo has claimed him as a sleep buddy.  The picture above is from a family walk that we took in Arbor Hills in Plano.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christianity in Action – The Abebefe Family

The Abebefe family has always been one of my favorite families that I’ve gotten to know over the last 10 years as I’ve grown as a Christian at Grace Outreach Center.  I don’t know any other family that loves God more them!  David is such an awesome man of God.  Karen is the epitome of love.  They both have the largest hearts for others.  They could be consumed by the satisfaction given to them by giving to others, but yet are humbled by wanting to give even more.

David and Karen were led to form Zoya Ministries.  This ministry allowed them to reach out to others in need through missions trips and other ways of care.  In their missions trips they came along orphaned children that were neglected.  God opened up possibilities to accept these children into their family. 

You will be blessed by this story that was aired on Channel 11 news.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Great Way to Spend 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

IMG00027I had a great time running the Half Marathon yesterday in the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  Thanks to all who were encouraging me and cheering me on near and far.  I thank God for the ability and courage to run.  My official time according to the website was 2:10:20.

startinglineThe course was challenging and toward the end very windy!  In the beginning I met up with my friends from the Dallas Running Club (DRC), Lucy, Polly, Paige, Christine, and Richard.  It was great to start out with them.  We started pretty close to the beginning of the pack.  I’m sure we weren’t suppose to be there.  However, we did get to be on TV because of it.  To the left is a picture of me on Channel 8’s race coverage.  You can check this out on www.ESPN360.com as they have it there as well. 

We started out at a slower pace and then were able to move quicker when the crowds thinned out.  After a couple of miles, I had to take a potty break.  I hate when that happens!

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Then after the 5th mile my heart started acting up.  My heart rate popped up to 250 beats per minute.  I really hate when that happens!  To try to fix this problem, I have to squat and simulate a bowel movement.  Don’t ask me… I just do what the Cardiologists tell me.  There must be a reset switch down there.  The great thing is that it only took a few minutes and my heart rate went back to normal.  I did have a spectator come and ask me if I was alright.  It sounds funny now, but I told him “Don’t worry, it’s just my heart.”  He was going to walk me to an Aid Station a couple of blocks up, but my heart went back to normal and I was back to running.  I couldn’t wait to get back to running!

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I lost about 4 minutes with that heart incident.  However, I’ve already planned on taking care of that… on Monday, January 5th, I have a surgery scheduled.  It’s called Catheter Ablation.  According to Wikipedia - Catheter ablation is an invasive procedure used to remove a faulty electrical pathway from the hearts of those who are prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  I should be back to work within a couple of days and physical activity in about a week.

It was great running with all of the bands, water stops, and spectators rooting you on.  It really makes the miles go by.

The last few miles were pretty darn windy.  It was my first time running on Katy Trail.  The race promoters said that it was mostly down hill, but it felt uphill.  Must have been the crazy wind.  During the last half mile I caught up to one of my friends from the DRC, Paige.  She was one of our pace leaders for our fall training team.  It was a such a great experience to finish the race with someone you know.  We cranked out that last few hundred yards together.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Day After the Marathon

I haven’t run a full marathon yet, but have felt like these people in this video.  I thought I was the only that felt like this after long runs!

3 more days until I run a Half Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  I cannot wait!  I think the weather will be in my favor.  The forecast for Sunday is a low of 52 and a high of 72.  My kind of running weather!  I’m a fair weather kind of runner.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

1 Week Until the Dallas White Rock Marathon

12-6-2008 8-52-27 PM1 more week until the White Rock Marathon on Sunday, December 14th.  I’ll be running the Half Marathon (13.1 miles).  You can follow me as I run by signing up for text messaging alerts.  If you do this, please turn your cell phone on vibrate as I’m sure you’ll be in church at the time of the race.

This morning I got in my last training run with my running group around White Rock Lake.  A great way to spend 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Afterwards we enjoyed breakfast at Chubby’s.  Great place for runners to eat, huh?  There were about 30 of us there.  Good times!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Am Second

12-4-2008 8-53-11 AMHanging out on Twitter, I came across a website called I Am Second.  This website is the best Christ centered website that I’ve seen in a long time.  Check it out!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Take Time to be a Dad today

I love this video!  Sometimes we have to act the fool to hang out with our kids.  However, these are the most treasured memories of their lives.

Cairo likes this one…

Monday, November 24, 2008

Black Friday

If you’ve got to spend money on gifts… you know you want to… you might as well save while doing so.  Check out www.BlackFriday.info for the upcoming sales on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  Check out the origin of the name of Black Friday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Spend Less on Gifts. Give More Presence!

With Christmas coming right around the corner, I thought this video would put us in the right state of mind. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Save $1,000 in 30 Days

I’m a bit behind in getting this info out, but still felt it necessary as there our a lot of great tips in saving money in this challenge.  On Ramit Sethi’s blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich, he posted a Save $1,000 in 30 Days Challenge.  Even though it started November 1st, you can still take advantage of the tips posted from the previous days.

If you like eating out once in awhile, make sure to take advantage of the $25 Restaurant.com gift certificates for $2.  Hurry, because the deal expires in 2 days!  Use the code “SURPRISE” to get the discount.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Getting Closer to Briana

I love my kids – Briana and Cairo!  I love to spend time with them.  I love to be a part of their lives.  I don’t want to be the overbearing dad, but I want to be involved in what they’re doing.  There’s a fine balance between being their dad and being their friend.

Cairo and I have always seemed to have common interests, such as XBox 360 video games, kicking the soccer ball around, common TV shows, etc.  It’s just been easier to bond with him than Briana.

Briana is unique in her own right and it’s taken a bit more effort to get close to her.  We’ve done things with each other, but nothing has really gelled until recently when I took up reading one of her favorite book series – Twilight by Spephenie Meyer.  She was always so excited about the book series and always talked about the characters.  When the release date for the movie was announced a few months back her excitement was over the top.  I told her that I couldn’t wait to see the movie.  She said that I couldn’t see the movie since I didn’t read the book.  Jokingly, I said, “OK. I’ll read the book.”  She ran to her room and gave me the book.  She was totally jazzed when I started reading the book.  We instantly had a common bond.  We would make comments about the characters in the book and the storylines.  We could say lines from the book and have the shared – “You know, right” moments!

A bit about the book series – no spoiler info… it’s a young adult love triangle fiction involving vampires and werewolves.  Crazy, but it works.  I’m not a big fan of vampire stories or similar based fantasy stories, but Stephenie Meyer does a very good job of writing it toward the relationship aspect vs. the gory topic.  The books are a pretty good read.  I’m toward the end of the fourth book.

All of this to say… keep looking for things to do to connect with your family, your wife, your children.  I love seeing Briana’s face light up when she sees me reading the book or when we’re discussing where I’m at in the book series.  She’s been awesome in not spoiling any of the books for me.  I’d ask her a question out of impatience and she’d say… you’ll see!

Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:01am – Briana and I are going to the first showing of the Twilight movie.  I’m super excited to be spending this experience with Briana.  I normally wouldn’t have Briana out until 2:00am on a school night, but she’s a good kiddo and one sleepy Friday at school won’t kill her.  She’s excited about seeing the first showing.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Funny Video – Before He Speaks

I’ve been a bit behind in getting the weekly funny videos out.  I really enjoyed this one as I visit a lot of churches and get to hear about the pastor’s wife – funny or not. This video is pretty funny!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Briana Makes High School Soccer Team!

DSC_0308-9 Great news!  Briana made the High School Soccer Team!  She’s been placed on the JV team.  She practiced a majority of the time with the Varsity team, so we thought that she might land up there, but was placed on the JV team.  The coach let her know that she’d get so much more playing time on the JV team.  The cool thing is that teammates from the Varsity team went to the coach and asked if Briana could stay and play on the Varsity team, but the coach let them know the same answer.  There will be plenty of time for her to move up to Varsity over the next four years.

Some of Briana’s friends didn’t make it and she told me that she was there to console and comfort them.  I’m proud of her compassion for her friends.

The high school soccer games start in January… Brrrr!  Her club team has 3 tournaments coming up – November 21-23, November 28-30, & December 12-14.  Of course, I’ll keep ya posted on how things go.

Cairo finished up his season a couple of weeks ago.  His team will be playing this Saturday in the Tournament of Champions tournament.  We’re sure that he’s excited about it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

First Half Marathon Reflections

DRC Half-1 I’ve been pretty busy since running in the DRC Half Marathon on Sunday.  So I’ve been behind in getting this post out.  I was also waiting for the race photos to be published.  You’ll see how much of a ham that Denise is!  :)

It’s such an awesome feeling to achieve something that seems so out of reach!  13.1 miles sounds like 1,300 miles when you’ve never been much of a runner or a walker.  However, with a proper training program and support from family and friends, you CAN achieve it! 

What made this achievement so much better was sharing it with my sister, Denise.  We ran the whole race together and had so much fun!  I think the smiles in the pictures show how much fun we had.  Denise is the one that got me into running and is the first one ever to say that “I could do it!”  Of course others encouraged me, but I’ll always remember last year when she came for the Dallas White Rock Marathon and always seemed to have a smile on her face.  I wanted that smile, darn it!  I just didn’t know that you had to work so hard for it, but of course it’s so worth it!

Thinking about running?  You CAN do it!  Just take it slow and gradually build up your distance/time to meet your goals.  It’s such a joy running farther and faster.

6 more weeks until my next Half Marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Denise’s Texas Visit

Wow!  What a fun and quick weekend it was with Denise here this weekend.  She sure does know how to show a guy a good time!  :)  I’ve been so busy having fun that I haven’t had a chance to blog about it.  There’s so much that I want to say about the weekend’s happenings, but am a bit short on time.

In the meantime, check out these photos that she took while here.

Over the next couple of days, I’ll post my thoughts and emotions about achieving this awesome goal of running a Half Marathon.  To say the least, I cannot believe that I’ve achieved something of this magnitude.

I give God all the glory for being able to run and for giving me the courage to push my body off the couch!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Twitterific

I’ve finally decided to give Twitter a try.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been hearing others singing the praise of Twitter.  I just hope that I don’t get sucked into following so many others.  I follow over 80+ blogs and can control that reading.  If you’re on Twitter please let me so that I can stalk you… ooops, I mean follow you. 

Just a couple of days until Denise gets to Texas!  Also a few more days until I run in my first Half Marathon race!  JOY!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Anniversary Video

Here’s a little video that I put together for the last 18 years together.  Don’t laugh too much at the old pictures!  :)

18 Years and Counting!

It’s that time of year again that I get to celebrate that Ursula said, “I do!” back on October 21st, 1990.  Sometimes it seems like forever ago and sometimes just yesterday.

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Here’s a picture of Ursula and I a few months after we got married.  I just finished training into Computer Programming with honors and received a 3 day pass.  This was taken back in 1991 while I was stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, OK.Mark-Urs1991

  You’ve got to love this blue suit that I was sporting!  I think I still might have it… not!

I wish I still had my Air Force uniform.  It would be cool to see if I could fit into it.

That’s it for nostalgia… I cannot say this enough… I thank God for bringing Ursula and I together.  I truly believe that she’s what I need and I’m what she needs.  I long for her and love to see her happy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

5K PR

DRC-GroupI had a blast at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K this Saturday.  There were so many people out there for this worthwhile effort.  I was so glad that Briana came along to cheer me on.  We had fun hanging out together.  We don’t always get to ride the DART train so that was fun.  We got to meet up and hang out with my Dallas Running Club (DRC) friends.  We ran the race and then had a great breakfast at Panera Bread.  It was Briana’s first time there and she loved it.

SGK-5KMy last timed 5K race was back in the beginning of July at the DRC Independence 5K race in which I ran a 29:14.  That race pace was at 9:25 minute miles.  I was very happy with that at that time.  After training with the DRC group since that time I’ve been able to run farther and faster.  I ran the 5K on Saturday in 26:44.  Crazy!  That’s a 8:31minute mile pace.  I knocked off nearly 1 minute per mile for my 5K.  I definitely won’t be running at this pace for the Half Marathon, but what a satisfaction to see all of the hard work and training come through.  Briana got a picture of me and I made sure to smile!  I think I went over the top with the jazz hands!  :)

Speaking of the Half Marathon, our running group and others ran the course for the DRC Half Marathon yesterday morning.  I did it in 2:08 with about 4 stops.  That’s a 9:40 minute mile pace.

In other fun news – Cairo scored a goal in his soccer game on Saturday.  He received a well placed pass from his teammate, lined up the shot, and shot it into the air.  It was from a good amount of distance.  The ball hit the top cross bar and dropped in.  There was no way that the goal keeper was going to get that one.  It’s so exciting to see your child score a goal.  He was so happy afterward!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Funny Video – HDTV Upgrade

It seems like every time you’re watching TV, every 5 minutes, you’re reminded that February 2009 will be end of Standard TV signals.  Finally… a Public Service Announcement for the masses…

By the way, I cannot wait for…

  • Tomorrow – I’ll be running with 20,000+ individuals in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure.
  • 2 Weeks – I’ll be running in my first ever Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) with Denise.  Did I mention that I cannot wait!?!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure - SATURDAY

sgkI’ll be running in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure in Dallas.  It’s a very highly participated 1K/5K with over 25,000 participants running last year.  It’s great to see so many people taking part of this worthy cause.

General Race Information
The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® is a 1K and a 5K fundraising run/walk event held at NorthPark Center.  It is a co-ed race and great fun for the whole family.  The Race is in its 26th year, and is part of a national 5K series sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The goal of the event is to heighten awareness and education about breast cancer as well as to recognize and celebrate breast cancer survivorship.  The Race is also the largest fundraising event for local breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research.

Up to Seventy-five percent of the race net income remains in Dallas County to fund local breast health education, screening and treatment programs.  A minimum of Twenty-five percent  of the net income of the race supports the National Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program.

If you’d like to donate to this worthy cause on my behalf, please click here

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Let It Rain

I just love this song and video.  The song is Fall Down Like Rain by Andy Kirk.  The video was put together by Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX.

It speaks volumes of how God’s mercy rains down on us.  No matter who we are or what we’ve done, God wants to cleanse us with his mercy and grace.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Weekend Highlights

Soccer-HomecomingDance 002Briana attended the Homecoming football game and Homecoming Dance.  I feel like I’m getting older all the time as I watch her and Cairo grow up.  She looked very lovely in her dress.

Both Briana and Cairo had soccer games on Saturday.  Cairo won his game.  The great news is that he scored a goal and had two assists.  The bummer is that I missed the game as they both had games at the same time.  Briana tied her game.  It was very evenly matched.

I had a 15K race down at White Rock Lake with the Dallas Running Club.  It’s a part of their monthly races.  I did well with a time of 1:29 which is a pace of 9:32 per mile.  However, my left foot was killing me.  Before the 9 mile race around the lake, I met with my training group and we ran 3 miles before the race.  We were scheduled to run 12 miles for that day.  The 3 miles was definitely a good warm up.

I hope you have a great week!  Only 4 more weeks until I run my goal of a Half Marathon!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday Funny Video

OK… I don’t know what’s going on, but all of the funny videos lately have been cat videos.  Here’s another one that will hopefully make ya laugh!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Act Like You’re Interested

Talking honestly here… speaking purely of myself and it might be the same for you… I’m self-centered and I really like what I like.  When someone tells me about their interests, at times, my mind doesn’t take it all in.  I go on autopilot. I’m lazy, I don’t want to necessarily listen since it’s not about me.  Please know that this is not all the time, but the man of flesh that I am leads me this way.  When I’m led by the Holy Spirit, I operate the way that God wants me to.

Pastor Jesse Daniel shared with us this weekend that he had one of those moments with his wife this weekend.  I like how he keeps it real.  He shared with us that his wife wanted him to read something.  For several reasons he didn’t want to – he was tired, sick, didn’t feel like it, etc.  She kept asking and saying that it was important to her.  He kept saying “No, not now” until she finally said, “Jesse, just act like you’re interested!

Act like you’re interested!  Wow!  That hit me like a ton when I heard it.  Why?  Because I know how good I feel when someone is interested in what I’m saying or doing (acting or not).  I know that Ursula is not necessarily interested in my new joy of running.  However, when she acts like she’s interested, I love that feeling.  I love how she’ll listen and ask questions about it and not look like she’s getting bored.

Let me warn you, this acting can lead to some pretty awesome results!  I’m always trying to connect to this awesome daughter of mine, Briana.  We love each other dearly, but there always seems to be a distance that I want to close between us.  We’re always joking on each other about one thing or another.  Sunday, she told me that she cannot wait for the release of a new movie to come out based on her favorite novels.  So, I joked, I cannot wait either.  She saw through this and said, NOT!  She said to be really looking forward to the movie, I would have needed to read the books.  Acting interested and half-joking, I said that I would read the books.  She ran to her room and got the first book.  The excitement on her face was priceless, so I acted interested and took on the task.  The conversations we’ve had recently have been more meaningful.  I love hearing the excitement in her voice.  I’ve been enjoying reading the book, but even more so, I love the happiness that it has brought Briana.

Once you get past the acting stage of “Act like you’re interested” and you can really see the joy that it brings to your loved ones, you’ll be more apt to do it.  This is a God thing as I need Him to get over my laziness and self-centeredness.  This is my daily prayer!

As well, you might really get interested in your loved ones interests.  Since Sunday, I’ve read two-thirds of the book that Briana gave me.  I cannot wait to share with her what I read.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Running Pics

I got caught by the camera at the Tour Des Fleurs last week.  Here’s the pics they clicked off.  I need to spot these guys so I can smile!

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I look pretty brutal in this last picture!  However, I had my favorite Adidas running outfit on.  I dig running clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

Denise did her thing up in Akron, OH this weekend.  Putting another Half Marathon under her belt.  I don’t think I’ll be able to catch her!  :)

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I’m proud of her!  Check out that awesome smile!  I think of it when I run!  Yes, I’m one of her biggest fans!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Go See Fireproof Your Marriage

Ursula and I went to see Fireproof Your Marriage last night.  It was awesome!  I have no problem saying that I’m a pretty sensitive kind of guy… in other words a shed a tear or two or three.  I realize that I have such a long way to become the husband that God wants me to be.

Check out the interview with Kirk Cameron on the Today Show.  I love hearing how this Hollywood actor has vowed not to kiss another woman.  Kirk Cameron is integrity in action!

I’m planning on getting the Love Dare Book as soon as I can.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Funny & Productive Video

I thought today that I would give you something that's both funny and productive.  This video will make you laugh and help you with your presentation skills.


PresenTired: "The Voicemail" from Scott Schwertly on Vimeo.

Happy Friday to you!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FIREPROOF

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This Friday, September 26, a new movie opens that you should see. FIREPROOF is the third feature film from Sherwood Pictures and the Kendrick Brothers—the creators of FACING THE GIANTS. What’s super cool is that “Sherwood Pictures” is a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA and the “Kendrick Brothers” who wrote, directed, and produced the movie are not only brothers, they are both associate pastors at their church!

I'm so much looking for toward a date night with Ursula and checking out this movie.  Go see a movie that I'm sure will be an investment in your marriage!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

2:00:50

Tour Des Fleur 001-a I did it!  I ran 12.4 miles!  Yes, I did this last week, however, it's so different in a race.  As well, it's just different every single time.  It's a triumph to get this 41 year old body to move for X number of miles for X amount of time.  As well, it's a mental accomplishment to get your rear up at 5:00am to go for a morning run multiple times a week.  However, I need to give God all the glory as he's given me the strength, courage, and ability to do this.  He has worked on me over the last 9 months to become a better person - husband, father, friend.  I still have got a such long way to go.

My personal goal was to run the race in 2 hours.  I wasn't too sure if I would be able to hit it since I would have to hustle.  I'm so happy to say that I ran the race in 2:00:50.  That's an average pace of 9:39.  Last week I ran the same distance in 2:06 on a flat, but windy course.  Click HERE to check out the race results.  My name will be the 74th one down.  I finished 74th out of 97 in my age group.  I finished 750th out of 1279 runners in the 20K.

splitsShown are my split times from my Garmin.  I kept a very steady pace throughout the race even through the hills.  It seemed like the hills would never end during miles 6 and 7.  Mile 11 was a bit more downhill, but I kept that fast pace up through the end.  It's always great seeing that finish line and crossing it!

Pictured below are myself, Lucy (Pace Group Leader), and Chris.  It was great seeing familiar faces from my training group.

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I cannot wait to run the Half Marathon with Denise in 6 weeks.  It's going to be a blast.  Psssstttt... it's only .7 more miles.  I think I can do it!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Funny Video

I got home from Chicago at 10:30pm last night.  A bit late to see the kids as they were already in bed.

HAPPINESS is my son "sneaking" out of his room to give me a hug.  We had a great meaningful embrace and then he said don't tell Mom, I'm suppose to be in bed.  I just love this gesture of his love for me.  I cherish it!

Enjoy this funny video.  I really like it because 1) I like monkeys and 2) I like taunting cats, namely our cat Jacob.

 

By the way, it's 24 hours until I run in my longest race to date.  The Tour Des Fleurs 20K down at White Rock Lake.  I'm excited, nervous, and just cannot wait to do it!  There's something about a race!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

1 Week Until Tour Des Fleurs

tdf1 week until my next race - Tour Des Fleurs at White Rock Lake.  I haven't been in a race for a few months as the summer heat has been pretty oppressive in Texas.  I've been rising pretty early to beat the heat.  I usually run at 6:00am.  Even so, the temp is still in the low 70s and rising.

I'll be running the 20K in the Tour Des Fleurs.  The 20K is 12.4 miles which is pretty challenging since I've ran this distance only once --- this morning.  I really wanted to run the distance before actually being in the race.  It's great to get it mentally and physically over with before being in a race at that distance. 

I'm only .7 miles away from hitting the Half Marathon distance of 13.1 miles.  How exciting is that!?!  In the beginning of the year, I couldn't run 2 minutes and now I'm running for 2 hours.

I started my run this morning at 5:30am so that I could beat Hurricane Ike and be able to see Cairo's 8:00am soccer game.  Cairo played well, but the team was beat pretty badly.  It was exciting to see him up top playing forward.  He had a couple of scoring opportunities, but couldn't get them in there.  The great thing is that he sees what he needs to improve on in this new position.

The rain and wind picked up pretty well here in Frisco from Hurricane Ike, but nothing too crazy.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Funny Friday Videos

I love seeing funny videos and passing them along, but I hate cluttering up email inboxes.  So, I'll be posting my favorite funny videos here every Friday.

Today, I'll start with 4 funny videos.  They all have to do with cats.  Growing up with a dog, I didn't get to hang out with cats too much until I got married.  For the last 17+ years, I've got to know the feline bunch a little better.  These videos give you a little closer insight into these very unique creatures.

This is one of my all time favorite videos.  Over 12 million people have viewed it on YouTube.  Sometimes I just start singing the song.

 

The following videos are by the same person and crack me up every time I watch them.

 

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Briana-on-the-runI hope everyone had a nice relaxing Labor Day weekend.  We had fun at the soccer fields on Saturday and Sunday and then pretty much relaxed the rest of the time.  Briana and her team had a great showing at the Bob Wiseman Labor Day Soccer Tournament.  They won 2 out of their 3 games.  Unfortunately they didn't make it into the playoffs/finals as they needed to tie or win the last game.  We had a lot of scoring opportunities, but couldn't get a goal to drop to tie or win the last game.  The team tried so hard.  It's a bummer to see them come so close to making it into the playoffs.  The good thing is that their play got better for each game.  Briana played wheels off as usual!  I love watching her play.

I logged a good amount of hours with Cairo on the XBox 360 playing video games.  Cairo and I played online with his school friends.  They were surprised that I was playing with him and them and wanted to know how to get their fathers to play.  Dads - you don't have to be good at your kiddos' games/sports, just be there and enjoy it with them.  Believe me, I'm pretty darn bad, but I enjoy the time that I'm hanging out with Cairo Man!  These video games sure are different then back in the Atari days. 

We also did some swimming in the back yard.  Good times!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Out for a week

My left foot has been bothering me for a month or two.  The top of the foot has a bump and would hurt at times during running, but would really hurt at the end of the day.  By the end of the end, I'd always be taking off my shoe to give myself some relief.  Of course, I thought the pain would just go away on its own, but duhhhh... no!  I'm sure that's pretty hard to happen when I'm now running up to 20 miles a week.
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The prognosis is that I have metatorsal adductus which causes my high arches and that resulted in the boney spur/cyst on the top of my left foot.  My right foot has a slight bump as well, but has not got as far as the left.

To relieve the pain my foot doctor gave me a shot of cortisone in my foot.  That wasn't pleasant, but unfortunately necessary.  I'm suppose to not run for a week - ugh!  Which is a complete bummer, because I've been very anal about my training schedule and want to make sure that I get my miles in there.  However, as my sister, Denise, has reminded me - the rest and recovery of the week will probably help me in the log run.

The treatment is to get the swelling down by use of the cortisone injection and not running for a week.  Also, I've been fitted for custom orthotics/inserts for my shoes.  Of course, I had to go for the "marathoner" version of the orthotics.  These will help with the repetitive stress that I'm putting on my feet and legs.  It will take 2-3 weeks to get these made.  Unfortunately these weren't covered by my health insurance company.  Grrrrrrr!

If the above treatment doesn't work then they would have to surgically remove the boney spur/cyst.  I'm hoping the treatment works!

I cannot wait to get back to running.  While I'm writing this on a Saturday morning, I would have been running with my running group down at White Rock Lake in Dallas.  However, I plan to be running for a long time, so I'll listen to the doctor.  Now if I could just get my Cardiologist to return my calls in a timely manner.  It seems that they'll only call you back if you're dying.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Cowboys Night Out

IMG00070It's great being home!  I've been on the road for quite awhile over the last couple of months with my longest trip just finishing up on Wednesday night.  On the spur of the moment, I thought it'd be fun to take Cairo to a Dallas Cowboys game.  They played a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

I used www.StIMG00073ubHub.com to get the tickets.  I mentioned them before in a previous post, but they're really worth bragging on again.  But, here's your new tip for using them... do a google search on StubHub and code to get a  discount on your tickets.  It just took me a few minutes and I was able to get $10 off the total price.  I was able to get lower level 30 yard line seats for a grand total of $35.  Very cool!  If I went for upper level they would have been much cheaper.  Now, if I only had a discount code for that $30 parking!  Yikes!

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We had a great time at the game.  Yes, it would have been nice to see the starters play, such as Tony Romo, Jason Whitten, and Terrell Owens, but it was definitely a fun experience.  It was great to get away with the Cairo Man and have some guy time!  I still remember the first time I went and saw a pro football game.  However, it was much colder seeing the Cleveland Browns play.  I definitely wasn't wearing shorts for that game.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chicago Running

IMG00064 I had a great time on Saturday running in downtown Chicago on Lake Shore Drive.  There were a lot of runners, bikers, and the occasional roller blader dudes.  I ran my scheduled 9 miles.  I was a bit bummed running in Chicago because this is the week that my running group was going to be running completely around White Rock Lake for the first time.  However, it was still cool running in Chicago.  It was pretty humid and warm though.

Unfortunately, I had another episode with my heart.  When I hit my 9th mile, my heart jumped up to 240 and stayed up there for about an hour.  I got my heartbeat to go down on my own without going to the hospital.  It's been hard to hook up with the doctors with the traveling that I've been doing.  I'll get there though because I'm getting tired of my heart rate flying off the charts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Olympic Connection

liukinI have to share with y'all that I met Valeri Liukin and his daughter Nastia about 4 years ago.  At that time Valeri was the coach for Carly Patterson who was wonderfully successful in the 2004 Summer Olympics.  At that same time I had my own small business installing Home Theatre, Whole House Audio, Home Automation, etc in new and existing homes.

A homebuilder that we had a relationship with connected us with his his homebuyer which was Valeri Liukin.  He was a great guy to work with.  I met him a couple of times at the gym which was pretty cool.  I remember seeing a younger Nastia Liukin there at the gym.

Anyhow, I just had to share my little brush with fame.  It's way cool to say, "Hey, I met that guy!"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fitness Check

I had a checkup at my doctors today.  He was very happy with how I've changed my nutrition and physical activities.  Specifically, I've lowered my cholesterol count tremendously.  He always wanted me to get my low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol count down.  The LDL is the "bad" cholesterol.  To learn more about cholesterol, check out the American Heart Society's website.  I cannot understand this stuff, all I know is that a majority of the time I'm making healthier choices when I eat.

cholestrolAnyhow, I lowered my LDL count a whole 54 points.  From 159 which was the top of the Borderline High classification to 104 which is at the low end of the Near Optimal/Above Optimal classification.  He's super happy as he said that most everyone has it in their ability to get off medication to lower their cholesterol and live a healthier life.

The 100 Pushup Challenge seems to be quite contagious.  A couple of my co-workers are doing it as well, Big Lew and Jeremy.  Way to go, guys!  You can do it!

I hope everyone is doing well with their pushups.  It's definitely a challenge for me.  My arms are going to be huge when I get to the end... not!

Soccer Retreat

PK6x4I had a great time with Briana and her soccer team at the team's annual soccer retreat.  The soccer retreat is held at Camp Grady Spruce at Possum Kingdom Lake which is about 2 hours southwest of Dallas.

At first Briana didn't want me to go and help with the other soccer parents.  She was worried that I was going to embarrass her or encourage/urge her to do things that she didn't want to do. 

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend.  I gave Briana the space she needed and was able to enjoy the weekend with her and the soccer dads.

The girls worked and played hard throughout the entire weekend.  Lots of training and team bonding.

I got my 8 mile run in on Saturday morning and I think I found the hills in Texas!  Ouch!  It was a great run though at 6:30am as I saw the following critters: 2 deer, several rabbits, some large jack rabbits, an armadillo, and a snake.  Living in Texas for the past 12+ years, I've only seen dead armadillos on the side of the road.  So, it was cool to see a live one scampering 10 feet in front of me.  I didn't care to much to see the snake near the road, however, we both kept our distance!

I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to go and share this weekend with Briana.  Time is getting short with Briana as she's growing up.

By the way, this is probably the first weekend that I was fully unplugged.  My T-Mobile phone had negative bars at the soccer camp.  I actually enjoyed this as my email comes to my Blackberry and I tend to read them as they come in.  Well, these weekend emails can definitely wait until Monday.  The weekend was a bit more stress free.  I'll have to see if I can turn off my emails from the Blackberry on the weekends.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Dallas Morning News Discusses Fellowship Technologies

JPG FT-Corp-Two-Color-HoriDallas Morning News does a great job discussing Fellowship One and the company that I work for which is Fellowship Technologies.  I'm proud to be a part of this organization that enables churches to take care of their flock better. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Can you do 100 Pushups?

onehundredpushupsI certainly cannot, but how cool would it be to say that you can!?!?  I never thought that I could run 8 miles let alone a 5K (3.1 miles).  However, with a program like the Couch to 5K program on CoolRunning.com, it was something that I've achieved and maintained.

There's a website called One Hundred Push Ups that promotes the same type of thing, but for achieving the ability to pump out 100 pushups.  The program is 6 weeks long with you pushing up 3 times a week.  I'm going to give it a shot next week.  Denise and 6 of her co-workers are also doing the program.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Max Heart Rate - 234

I had a good run this morning running 7.5 miles at Russell Creek in Plano.  At the end of my run which is normal my heart rate was at 170 +/- which I can tell from my Garmin 305 which has a heart rate monitor.  After my run, I usually cool down by walking it off and then some stretching.  However, about 1 minute into my cool down walk, my heart rate popped up from 160 to 234.  Yikes!

heart rateYou can see with the above chart that my heart rate was at 170 which was when I stopped the timer on my Garmin.  It then spiked to 250 and leveled at the 220s. 

I've had this happen before and have gone to the hospital for it a couple of times.  I was hoping to wait it out for awhile, but it kept pumping away like mad with such a hard thump, that it's nothing but scary.  I waited for about 15 minutes and then decided to drive toward home.  The great thing is there is a hospital between Russell Creek and home.  If my heart went back to normal I would just keep driving home, but it didn't.  Bummer!

Did you know that you get seen pretty quickly when you have a problem with your heart?  :)  I still had my heart rate monitor running and was able to tell them that I was still at 220.

They got me all situated and the hard part was it took them awhile to get a good EKG because I was sweating so much.  Not only did I just run 7.5 miles, but with my heart rate at 200+, my body was sweating buckets!  The problem with sweating is that they have all of these stickers that they have to attach to you for the EKG reading.  We finally got a good reading and it looked like I had a failing polygraph test.

They were about to give me medicine through the IV that I've had before that would have "rebooted" my heart.  However, I came out of the episode on my own.  Suddenly instead of a 200+ heart rate, I was down to 90.  CRAZY!  I'm so glad that I didn't get that medicine.

I recovered well after that and stayed in the ER for some monitoring.  The ER doc said what I've heard before that I've got some extra electrical wiring between the upper and lower part of my heart.  I would need need to see my cardiologist and electrophysiologist to get this worked out.  However, I'm hoping that we've got a good reading to learn something from.

I did see my cardiologist a couple of weeks ago and everything looked normal.  He even made a comment that he saw no reason that I couldn't run in a half marathon in November.  I loved hearing that!  Anyway, I guess I'll be back seeing him again this coming up week.

All is well!  God is awesome!  I just wanted to let you know that my max heart rate is a bit off the charts!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I Still Believe by Pastor Greg Laurie

When I first came to know Christ some 9+ years ago, I listened to Pastor Greg Laurie on the radio.  He has a way of sharing God with listeners in such an awesome way.  Ursula and I actually went and visited his church in Riverside, CA when we had a chance back in 2001.  I've followed him for quite awhile and love how God is using him.

Greg's son, Chris passed away Thursday in a car accident.  Below is a video from Pastor Greg on the passing of his son.

My prayers are with Greg and his family during this challenging time.

Lake Highlands Qualifying Tourney Video #2

Pictures from Connie

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lake Highlands Qualifying Tourney Video

Awesome job, girls! Sorry about the wacky version of "We are the Champions!". I couldn't use the original for some reason.

CLASSIC LEAGUE DIII

Bracket-C Congrats to the Texas Spirit 94G White team!  The girls fought hard throughout the entire weekend in triple digit weather to make it into Lake Highlands Classic League DIII!  All 3 games were very exciting and close.  I think a lot of us parents need to take some time off to recover from the roller coaster of emotions from this weekend!  It's awesome to finish on such a high!

The girls and Coach Eddy have been working so hard to make it to this level!  We all couldn't be more happier for them and him!

A video will be uploaded ASAP!  :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

King Tut Tourney Video #1

This is a video of pictures that I took from the King Tut Tourney las weekend.

King Tut Tourney Video #2

Pictures from another parent on the team. They are of course of a higher quality! :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fun HOT Weekend!

We had a fun hot weekend here in Texas. Briana and her soccer team had 4 games played over Friday - Sunday. One game on Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday. The girls did very well. They won 1 game, tied 2 games, and lost 1 game. The girls looked strong, but the heat and the week's two-a-day practices probably took a toll on them.

Above are 130+ pictures of the action. As you can see there were a couple of clouds out there.

I'll put together an Animoto video of the pics over the next couple of days.

P.S. Our air conditioning is back in working order. YEAH!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

No AC in TX

Hmmm... why does an air conditioner always seem to go out in the heat of the summer!?!  On top of that on a Saturday when they cannot get "that" part!?!  I guess it just works out that way.  Anyway, we've had to postpone and limit our getaway that we were going to take since the A/C repair dude will be back on Monday to fix the A/C.

The family and I aren't suffering too bad.  We're using hotel points to stay at a nearby hotel.  Fun had by all!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Running Video

It's been a fun year running so far. It's only going to get better! Below is a video of some fun running pictures that I've been accumulating.



This is a really cool tool that I found through all of the blogs that I read. Animoto will take pictures and a song and create a cool video based on the style of the pictures and song.

30 second videos are free. Anything beyond that I recommend purchasing the annual subscription of $30 per year. I plan on using this for displaying pictures from running, soccer, family get togethers and such.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Texas Spirit

TXSpiritIt's that time of the year when we have to pick which soccer team Briana will be playing with.  I actually hate this time of the year, because we're making a year long decision that ultimately someone's not going to be happy... namely the team that we're not going with.  It would be so much easier to stay with the same team.  Of course, that's what we'd REALLY like to do.  So, why a change?  For the last 3-6 months, Briana really hated going to practices, league games, and tournaments.  She lost her love for the game.  Why?  I really believe it's because she wasn't playing with her age group.  There were a large number of girls playing up into her age group.  The focus on "leave it on the field" soccer was not there from the younger players.

The decision to leave the previous team was a tough one because we grew some great relationships with some of the players/parents on the team and especially with the coach.

I'm happy to say that Briana will be playing with Texas Spirit 94 Girls White team based in Plano.  The smile is definitely back on Briana's face!  The girls on the team have welcomed her with open arms.  The team seems very focused and full of skilled players.  As well, we love the coach!

We cannot wait for a fun filled year of soccer!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Official 5K Results

I was a bit slower in the Independence 5K according to the official results.  The official results have me at 29:51.  I'll take it!  I'm sure I can beat that time in the future.  :)

Still crazy to think that I was 17 out of 19 in the Male 40-44 age group.  As Scottie from Star Trek would say, "I'm giving it all she's got, Captain!"  I finished 212 out of 329 awesome runners.

I rocked White Rock Lake!

Running 003-webI ran in the Independence 5K down at Dallas White Rock Lake this morning.  I ran the my fastest 5K so far.  My Garmin watch had it at 29:14... which is totally crazy!  My previous best 5K time was 30:48 which was last month.  I started out a lot faster than I thought I should have with my first mile at 9:26.  I'm so pumped at the beginning of a race that it seems I always start out faster than I should.  My second mile I slowed down to 9:42 which is still well ahead of my normal running pace.  The third mile I was feeling great so I kept up the pace and actually kicked it a little higher with a 9:14 mile.  I believe that's my fastest mile so far.  What an awesome feeling to keep better and better as I go along.

White Rock Lake is such a beautiful place to run!  There were so many walkers, runners, and bikers in the park.  I cannot wait to get back down there for my long runs.

I was so glad that Ursula came along.  I didn't know anybody there and it was so awesome to see her smiling face as I got to the finish line.

Running 007-webYo Denise... here's your dog picture!  We saw a biker that had their 3 little dogs in the child carrier on the back of their bike.  Of course, we had to get a picture.  We had one of these kiddie carriers for Briana and Cairo when they were wee little!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mosquito Running

While traveling it's always interesting trying to find a place to run.  I've always checked out MapMyRun.com to help me find shared routes near the hotel I'm stating at or to create my own running route. 

This time I tried a different approach, I visited the local running store, Runner's Edge.  I asked them about local running trails and they pointed me to Old School Forest Preserve.  Everyone at the store was very helpful!  That's what I love about this close knit running community - everyone's so darn helpful!  They even printed out the map for me.

Old School Forest Preserve was so much fun!  It's so much more fun running where there's scenery to check out instead of hitting the pavement.  The only bad part is that I had some little friends chasing me and biting at me.  The mosquitos were out in full force last night.  I'm hoping that they're going to sleep in tomorrow as I'll be back at it tomorrow morning.

P.S. - I'll be running in a 5K on Saturday July 5th with the Dallas Running Club.  I'm looking forward to it as it'll be the first time to run at White Rock Lake.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

My Favorite Cereal

Ask my Dad or ask me 8 months ago what my favorite cereal is and the answer would be Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.  I used to love this sugary goodness.  In my pursuit of healthy living, I've found a replacement to Tony the Phony.  That's what my Dad used to call Frosted Flakes since they have the mascot of Tony the Tiger.

My new favorite cereal is also made by Kellogg's.  I really like Low Fat Granola without Raisins cereal.  The name just rolls right off your tongue doesn't it!

This cereal really hits the spot!

The key to this cereal and really anything you eat is how much you eat.  I know that we all have our favorite cereal bowls that could put some popcorn bowls to shame.

Below is the bowl that I used to eat cereal in and my new smaller improved cereal bowl.  To fill up, I just grab some fruit or yogurt to go with the cereal.  It works!100_2698

Give it a try if you want to try something healthier.  It also makes for a great snack without the milk.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What Do I Do?

Mark-0608When you meet someone new, one of the most common questions is "What do you do?"  For the majority of the times your job identifies who you are and what your passions are.  This definitely holds true for me.  I thoroughly enjoy my job!  I'm passionate about what I do!

So, what do I do?  I get to work with churches.  I help them care for their attendees, members, congregants, or as my daughter would say... peeps by using Fellowship One created by an awesome group of people at Fellowship Technologies

Specifically, I do the following:  Learn the church's processes in several areas of the church that care for their people.  I then configure the software to their needs.  After the church staff and key volunteers have taken required online training, we dig into how to use the software in a day to day basis.  As well, I get to teach them how to use this people care system to truly make sure that they're caring for all of the individuals coming to the church.  The information is there, they just have to know how to use the tool (Fellowship One) to care for them and assist them with their walk with Christ.

I've been working at Fellowship Technologies for nearly 3 years.  September will be my 3rd full year.  I've got to work with over 80 churches during that time ranging from 100 to 16,000 in attendance for a typical weekend.  Each church is the same in their primary goal of reaching people for Christ.  However, they're all very unique with specific needs on how they care for their peeps.  It's for me to learn these creative differences and enable them to continue their processes using a different tool to continue caring for their people.

I truly consider it an honor and pleasure to be in this position.  I am trusted with conveying the use of this tool to all of these churches that will be caring for so many people. 

A funny thing is, a couple of times when I've told people that I work with churches and have paused, I've had people say that they like their chicken.  Wrong Churches!  :)  However, I do like their fried chicken also... especially with hot sauce.  It's, of course, not the healthiest choice for you.

Up above, I'm pictured at one of my churches that I worked with in Ohio.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Car Repairs

My dad was great at dragging me under the car and showing me how to fix his cars.  We did everything from changing oil, spark plugs, brakes, radiator, etc.  My job back then was really to hold the flashlight on that area he was working on.  I was pretty good at that job!  However, that "work on my own car bug" never really stuck with me.  Out of necessity in the past I've changed my own oil, changed brake pads, and other small minor repairs, but these days, I rely on others to maintain my cars.

repairpalThe problem is... do I really know if the estimate that I received is a good honest estimate?  Also, do I know if the mechanic is reputable as well?  I've found a website that will hopefully answer these questions.  RepairPal is a website that provides auto repair estimates based on your vehicle and where you live.  It also lists known reputable mechanics.

Ursula recently took our Dodge Durango in to have the air conditioning looked at since it's not working.  Yes, we're driving around in Texas with AC and we're surviving.  However, we only drive at 2am in the morning.

Anyway, she received an estimate of $1,200 to have the AC Compressor replaced.  Going to RepairPal, I found out that the range of this repair should be between $562 and $907.  Hmmmm... makes you wonder, huh?

Here's some more information about RepairPal from their About Us page:

Located in Emeryville, California, RepairPal was founded in 2007 by a group of automobile enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who were frustrated by the expensive and tedious process of fixing and maintaining their vehicles. They created RepairPal to provide drivers with the most accurate, unbiased, and useful car ownership information available. RepairPal is not affiliated with any automobile manufacturer, dealership, auto parts provider, or auto repair facility.

RepairPal offers a stress-free, time-saving method of obtaining all the relevant information conscientious consumers need. Unlike any other online resource, RepairPal provides impartial, fair price estimates, the most comprehensive auto shop directory, and expert insights and advice from certified mechanics. RepairPal’s unique, patent-pending system relies on multiple sources of difficult-to-acquire proprietary data that has never before been available to consumers.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Skinny Cow

skinnycowI really like eating healthy, however, I still love the taste of food.  One of my favorite vices is ice cream.  It's just one thing that I look forward to.  Of course, it's not the best thing for you with it's high fat content.  I've found that Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches are an awesome alternative to normal ice cream treats.  The ice cream sandwiche boasts being 140 calories and 97% fat free!

I cannot remember where I heard about these awesome tasting ice cream treats at first.  It was probably from Ursula who heard it from her good friend - Oprah.  Check them out for yourself!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Vonage Goodness!

vonageI've been using Vonage Phone Service since October 2006 and absolutely love it.  With having family in a few different states it really helps keep the long distance phone bills to a minimum.  As well, with working from home, I get to make all of my calls to my customers for free.  Well not entirely free, but it's included in the monthly charge of $24.99.

Cool Features that I love

  • Money Savings - I love having a fixed cost for my phone bill that has not changed since I started the service.
  • Voice Mail - The voice mail works when someone is on the phone or the Internet is down at the house.
  • Voice Mail - The voice mail actually gets e-mailed to me.  I'm notified immediately if there is a voice mail as it goes straight to my BlackBerry.
  • Portable - I can take it with me!  If I'm on vacation somewhere, I could actually take my home phone with me.  The Internet device is small enough that I could easily pack it up and take it with me.  That would allow me to be able to make and receive home phone calls.
  • Other Cool Features - There are a lot of other cool features that you could subscribe to such as having your voice mails transcribe to text and sent to your email.  Having an additional phone number established in an area where you have a lot of family members.  This would allow them to make a local phone call to call you long distance.

If you've been thinking about getting Vonage or a Voice over IP phone service, please click on this link and enter my home phone number where prompted.  It's a very painless sign up process.  If you don't have my home phone number, send me an e-mail and I'll give it to you.  Of course, you have to promise not to call at 2am or you'll have the wrath of Ursula to deal with!

Monday, June 9, 2008

5K Race Time

The race times were posted on the web today for the Susan G. Komen 5K race.  My official time was 30:48.  I did what I wanted to which was to get my time under 10 minutes per mile.  I beat my previous 5K race time of 31:55.

I placed 22nd out of 28 men in my age group (40-44) and 305th out of 484 runners.  The biggest thing I need to do is to be happy with how well I did.  I cannot and will not get caught up with my finishing position against others.  I know that I won't be breaking any land records.  As long as I'm going further and a bit faster, I'm happy!  Heck... as long as I keep running, I'm happy!

Run Happy!

I miss tomatoes!

Just a little moaning and groaning... I miss tomatoes!  I love them in salads, sandwiches, salsa and all.  I hope they get to the bottom of this problem quickly!  You know it's serious when Ronald McDonald stops serving them in the burgers.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Race for the Cure 5K

Briana-Mark-5kIt was great time running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K Race in Plano this morning.  It was a bit early for everyone to get up, but I'm so glad that everyone came out to support me.  I had a blast!

Briana and I did very well.  I beat my time from Cincinnati by at least 1 minute.  I'm not totally sure what my time was.  I was too darn caught up in all of the excitement to start and stop my watch at the Start and Finish lines.  I'm sure they'll have it online as I paid extra for the timing chip.

It was pretty darn hot, but the cloud cover was awesome and there was a nice breeze.  My shirt was soaked by time I finished.

Thanks to Denise for the inspirational email last night.  I appreciated it so much!  In honor of Denise and her love for dogs... our cameraman - Cairo took a picture of just about every dog that he saw.

It was great to see friends from church and from the kids' school.  We all enjoyed getting the freebies after the race.

I cannot wait until my next race!  I'm sure that it won't be for awhile since it's way too hot to run here in Texas!