Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lots to chat about!

So, I haven't been checking in as frequently lately, but quite a bit has happened.  I have been "adjusting" my blog as things pop in my head.  Debtfree-Revolution has gotten my attention lately and I've really enjoyed seeing a "real" person trying to get a "clean" bill of heath as far as debt goes... 

Otherwise there have been 3 big things to happen to our family lately... all good, but depending how you look at it you might say I went "backward" with my BS2.

First, I got my "test" results back... it's official... I've taken the bullets out of the gun/taken myself out of the gene pool... if you
 catch my drift.  We're pretty happy.
Second, we got another dog!  Her name is Maggie, she's a dalmatian, and she's awesome!  Most of my runs will include her if you care to track them (see the right side!).

Third, we bought a new car.  Well, van to be exact.  So... instead of being out of debt at minimum of February 2010 (becau
se I'm not including ANY extras that may come our wa
y, like Abs working, tax refunds, etc) the new figure is April 2012!  Yikes!  I'll let you know how it's going as I get closer, but HER new van is a fan favorite here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


If you don't already read xkcd on a regular basis, please make it a habbit.

I totally agree with him, not only here but in most cases. (ps-Always read the mouse rollover... it's usually the funny part!)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Saturdaily and Thoughts About Dave

... for the record, I'm STILL psyched about Kansas winning the NCAA Championship!  I won BOTH of the pools I was in (neither for $$!) and for the first time ever, I got the final 4 correct!

I ran 6 miles today as shown above.  Good times... I'm really really enjoying what I'm doing this year with my running.  I'm running (or working out aerobically thru basketball) at least 3 times per week, if not 4.  If I'm getting my dog (and that WILL happen SOMETIME) then I need to run him or her EVERY day.  So I'll probably run lower miles quite often to get the same mileage.

Anyway, I still listen to "The Dave Ramsey Show" podcasts while I run.  It's very insightful and motivating to listen to his advice.  I try to guess what he'll say at times (if I'm not doing speedwork) to see if I'm really learning.  Today there was in interesting caller... well, not today but I guess Thursday... but his point was, if you rack up a debt on your credit cards then do you have the moral responsibility to pay it all off, vice asking to pay a reduced amount and be free and clear?  This would be similar to paying medical bills at 40 cents to the dollar or a short sale, etc.

Immediately I said yes.  But Dave... tricky Dave (j/k!) spun it around and gave me quite a bit to think about.  He made the comparison of a loaner having a similar responsibility in getting into a mess with someone who wasn't going to pay and that they should forgive the debts free and clear if the loanee is in an extreme situation.  While the call continued I never heard Dave mention "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant" (Matthew 18:23-34) but I could tell he was thinking about it as Dave's advice was pretty DARN similar.

What are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Go Kansas!  They've been my BBall team for some time now and I'm psyched they made the NCAA finals!

To go along with that, I'm really in love with the game of basketball.  I'd love to continue playing, but it's becoming harder and harder to find a good gym with good guys, who are competitive but are just out to have a good time... not to pretend they will be pros... not holding on to high school glory...

I'm probably going to hang 'em up soon.  To much running to do, not enough baskets!

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Being in the military you get "orders" from time to time.  Usually you expect them... usually you are excited at the change in jobs/location/etc.

I'm TOTALLY psyched to be leaving my job.

I'm TOTALLY bummed to be leaving San Diego.

When I joined the military from college, I wanted to go to San Diego in the worst way, and I knew after about 6 months I'd be there.  Sure enough... I got orders to Monterey, California and was bummed.  Turns out, I loved it!  I left there after a year... then another 6 months later I was moving to sunny San Diego!

So here I've been (with my family) since then... and when I move I'll have been in the area for 6 and a half years!  It's cool to think about that.

With that said, I'm moving soon.  Away from San Diego, but I'm definitely trying to make the best of it because (like I said) I'm PSYCHED to be away from my job!  Right now I hate it.  I don't hate much.  This is the worst thing I've ever done in my life.  SO HAPPY to be doing something else... but you can't have your cake and eat it too.