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.