Thankful Thursday

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I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for The Goofy Kindhearted One, the Righteous One who has bad taste in football teams, The Ubernerd who is also an athlete, The Hobbit, The Missing One, The Nerdy Guitar Hero, and The Nerdy Goofy One. Notice a trend? Yes they are all rather goofy (oh, and nerdy). Is this because I am like this or because I seek the goofiness I need to complete what I am missing. Probably a little of both. These people have been my friends since third grade (Ubernerd since high school). I am grateful for every moment I have known them and every moment I will have with them.

I am thankful for my family. I love my wife and I am grateful for sharing my life with her. I love my son. He is a bright, beautiful, curious ray of sunshine on any day. I am thankful for my daughter. She is love in a little package. She is full of kisses and hugs. She is full of curiousity and wit. I enjoy her laughter and thrill at her discoveries about life.

I am thankful for my home. I love knowing that I can get up in the morning to a lovely house and share my time with those I love. I look forward to getting the yard straightened out and the garage cleaned up (so I can clutter them all over again during the holidays).

I am thankful for my health. I love that I can run and swim and exercise. I love that I can tolerate pain and weather. I love the feeling of completing a workout and sweating (intentionally) only to cool off in a pool so cold I have to chase off polar bears.

I am thankful for the few people who still read my posts. I do write some of this for you. Most of it is for my own amusement and my ego says that if I find something clever, someone else might as well. I guess I should look into finding some validation to this theory so I can either inflate my ego or pop it like a balloon (not like this has not been done a hundred times in the last few years, but it is good to know, right?).

I am thankful that I can still look for a job. I appreciate the time I have had at home to be there when I my little ones get off school, but that will need to end soon. I like postulating about the available jobs out there as well as the unavailable jobs out there. I would not mind working at a sports store ( I have applied to a few). I might have some issue with selling things I do not endorse, but I would get over it. Sales, unlike speech therapy, does not have much of a code of ethics. I can still steer people in the direction of something I feel is appropriate. I still want to work online or energy healing and I am still searching for a way to do this, but I will probably have to supplement my wife’s income during the process. I am grateful that I am in a position to do this. (I hear Elephant Journal is taking interns… interesting.)

I am thankful that I can now go sleep (do not know if it will be for 7 hours or 1 hour) in my bed and get up in the morning to beauty. Thank you for reading. I will see you tomorrow.


Mundane Monday

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This is a brief post. I have several posts to finish up from last week. We were on vacation and could only get Internet access sporadically. My goals for last month changed over the course of the month so I have to start again this month.
My life is heading into a transition right now so these might need some tweaking.

July goals (subject to change in the next couple days)
Run 3 days minimum per week (tempo, interval, and long slow distance)
Strength training and core training 4 days each week
Cross training 2 days per week
I will post my workouts
I will be making weekly menus for the family
At least one gratitude post each week.
40 minutes of meditation every day.

Thank you for reading.
Prayers go out to the families of the firemen here in Prescott. Prayers also go out to a friend who went to the ER a few hours ago.


Thankful Thursday

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I want to make this post about gratitude. I am thankful for my family and friends. I am extremely grateful for having a house to live in and food to eat. I am grateful that I can spend time doing things I want every day instead of just working, eating and sleeping. I am grateful I have a beautiful son with a zest for adventure, creating, and humor. I am grateful for a beautiful daughter who is strong-willed, creative, and curious. I am grateful for a beautiful wife who is friendly, hard-working, intelligent, and a lovely soul. I am grateful for friends who are there when they are needed and are there even when they are not. I am grateful for all those that read and comment on my log. I need more that disagree or challenge me though. I am grateful for the beautiful blue skies and the warm days. I am grateful that I have not had to put anyone down with the zombie plague yet. I am grateful that I am in great health and I can run, swim and (eventually) bike. I am grateful that I do not work for Gordon Ramsay (although, I think I would rather be working for him than where I currently do). I am grateful that I can see all the beautiful colors in the world around me. I am grateful I can hear and appreciate all the beautiful sounds of the world around me. I am grateful I can cook and combine foods in tasty ways. I am grateful for the air I breathe and that I can breathe it. I am grateful for my relationship with God. I am grateful you have taken the time to read this. I love you all. Namaste, Love and Light.

Versatile Blogger Award

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The Gothamite has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am honored for the nomination and I honestly am not sure how to respond. I have seen a few of these responses so I will give it a go.

First, Thanks! I am grateful that you like what I read enough to put my name on the list.

The rules for the Versatile Blog Award are :

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.

5. Notify these bloggers of the nominations by linking back to one of their specific blog posts so they get notified back

7 things about me:

1. I sometimes read comic books (in my 40s).

2. I have lived all my life in Phoenix, Arizona.

3. I watch, and enjoy, Phineas and Ferb cartoons.

4. I work in a public school and, although I do not like the job, I love working with children.

5. WTH? are any of these things really about me? No, they are things about my life. Number 5? Coming up with 5 things to post on the Internet can be tricky. Maybe number 5 is that I tend to be a private person unless someone asks…

6. Related to the last one is that I have ADD.

7. I love blogging and I love even more the fact that people read the things I write and comment back.

Most of those I nominate probably already have this oth other awards but I find that they deserve the awards. I will try to nominate people who do not have this or the other awards I will be nominating but it gets hard because I like to think I don’t just sit and read a zillion blogs because I am bored have decent taste in the blogs I read 15 bloggers who I feel deserve this award:

Some of these are hilarious, some are informative, they are all entertaining and usually find a way to combine the three together making them extremely versatile.
The Jiggly Bits
Mommy Verbs
knocked over by a feather
Free Range Cow
Ironic Mom
Meditating Mummy’s Blog
Irish Katie
The Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Runner
Juicing and My Life
Beautifully Vegan
Miranda Runs
Balanced Fitness for Life
Sarah’s Brand New Chapter

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I am exhausted looking through all the blogs I like to find people to nominate. I want to say that I love every one of the blogs I follow. I love the bloggers and their blogs. I could have included a couple hundred blogs in this list and this is why it took me so log to finish this post. I had the top part written a couple weeks ago and I have been going through my list of blogs to choose 15 for this award nomination. I guess I took this seriously and personally in getting and giving this nomination.

Keeping it a little light

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I sit to write not sure what to think or say
Was today just another like the previous yesterday?
I contemplate words of wisdom or another recipe
I debate spiritual or parenting repartee
Still not too sure about what to say or do
I think I will write a poem or two.


Thank you for following my lonely little web space
I enjoy writing to others of this little human race.
My ideas are sometimes grandiose, sometimes minuscule
But they are mine and I lord over them, I rule.
I appreciate your kind comments and witty criticisms
Even if I might get thrown into fits and paroxysms.
I love to follow and read the thoughts of others
They are the wonderfully gifts of my sisters and brothers
I am fairly sure it is about time
To end this set of pathetic attempt to rhyme.
I bid you adieu, farewell, auf Wiedersehen
(You didn’t really think I was going to rhyme auf Wiedersehen? That would be insane.)

Year End Prayer of Gratitude

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I release all that has occurred in the past. I accept all that comes in the future. I allow and adapt to every moment permitting Heaven to guide and direct my life for God and Heaven can perceive my life better than I can. When I feel frustrated, I am reminded that there is a lesson to be learned. When I feel happy, I am reminded that God/Soul/Spirit are being felt consciously. When I am sad, I am reminded that God/Spirit/Soul are being felt consciously as well. Joy is always there but I know that I need to detach from it occasionally because that is the way of the physical world (this is a limited perspective but we can leave it like that for now). I experience Grace when I let go and allow (which is not often enough) and I release Grace to those who really find it difficult to experience it. I love and give with nothing more than all I have and receive. I receive with all I am. I am grateful for the ability to love. I am grateful for The Grace I am given. I am grateful for being able to transmit this Grace to others. I am grateful for You. I Love You and always will. Thank You for being in my life. Thank You to those that give and Thank You to those that receive.