Sunday, May 31, 2009


I have officially moved out. It was a chore. I never want to do it again. I've told my roommate she can have all of my belongings when I move out. I ain't lugging this crap anywhere else.

That said, the new place is lovely! Photos and or video to come. I know I always promise photos yet never deliver. But I will put some albums up. Eventually...

I have lots of things to talk about! Sadly, I'm bogged down with an insane schedule here. Work is busy (hooray, seriously), social calendar is full, and I head out in the near future for a work trip. I foresee some idle time near the end of the month.

On a somber note, my mentor at work died on Saturday. We worked together for 6 months when I first came onboard. I'd not seen him much lately (I work in a different location now), but we did see each other a couple of months ago at a professional function. I will go to the funeral and it will be my first. It still has not really registered that he will not be coming back.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama Marketing

Would anyone really buy this? I wish this was a joke, but it's not.

Note: I'm primarily referring to the bobblehead and action figure.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


The times they are a changin'...

I'm in the process of moving. I should have much more packed than I currently do. In fact, I have NOTHING packed. I'm quite excited about the new place and have grand plans to make it awesome. My new roommate is great too!

The trip was absolutely incredible. In fact, it was the best trip I have ever taken. It's a bold statement, but true. I'll try to put up a link to some photos in the near future. I should be back to filling your Google Readers with fantabulous life stories in the near future.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


The month of May is a frenzy of activity. I'm prepping for vacation while simultaneously making arrangements to move. I began by cleaning out my room only to make the horrible realization that I'm a pack rat. It's bad. I've got so much junk around here it's ridiculous.

This week my brother's fiance is in town with her family. I'm going to have dinner with them tomorrow. It should be a good chance to brush up on my Spanish.

This month is bringing a lot of change. Good friends are leaving, old friendships are changing, and new friendships are developing. I guess that's just how things go.

In a few days I leave for vacation. I plan on using this time to do a little introspection, gain a better perspective of my life, and fill a few chinks in my soul. I've got some good books for the flight and am going to be sure to bring a journal.

The thing I love most about traveling (especially when abroad) is the feeling I have of living in the moment. There is nothing I love more than realizing there really is nowhere else in the world I would rather be at a given moment in time. It's a feeling I easily get when climbing the Great Wall or visiting the Equator. It's a bit more elusive when driving to work or doing laundry. Still, there must be a way to appreciate the "now" without doling out a lot of cash.

Lots of things have been on my mind lately so I'm certain to have a flurry of activity when I return. Maybe some photos too!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


As my blog title suggests, prayer has always been an important part of my life. I recall a sermon from some time ago where the pastor mentioned people making major life decisions (like having kids) without praying about it. I was genuinely shocked. Call it naive, but I thought all Christians prayed about big life decisions all the time. I know I prayed countless times everyday. While I've never been a fan of praying out loud I've always been an advocate of silent prayer: being honest with God about what's on your heart.

Now that my "worldview" has changed slightly, the praying I used to do seems meaningless. Saying the blessing over meals was the first to go. From abandoning "saying grace" I moved towards praying less at night. Soon I was skipping some evenings altogether.

Nevertheless, I've been unable to give it up completely. I still pray despite the fact I don't think God's going to intervene in this world and answer my prayers at the expense of others'. To quote the rather blunt bumper sticker: "26,000 people will die of starvation today. Why should God answer YOUR prayer?"

Still, I miss it. I was struck by how much the other day when I found out my mother is having some medical problems. It is nothing life threatening, but it is serious and will require treatment. In the past I would have taken this to God, praying for healing. Not so much now.

I've never (except when very young) thought prayer was all about getting what I want. In fact, many of my prayers were thankful ones. I have a pretty great life. It's extraordinarily comfortable and I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with good health, great family, and a surplus of creature comforts.

It's these prayers of thanks that I think still reveal the power and importance of prayer. To quote Karen Armstrong "prayer helps us chip away our egotism". Heaping endless praise on the Creator of the universe or petitioning God to intervene in our lives when others are suffering more than we can possibly imagine is counterproductive and I daresay silly. However, offering thanks or voicing honest concern for your fellow man in prayer is valuable. For a few moments we honestly focus on somebody besides ourselves. By being completely candid and vulnerable about the good and bad in our lives and by focusing our prayers on others, we can maybe get a better perspective on things, moving past the egotism that so often defines our daily lives.

Just a thought.


So, Amazon generally does a good job recommending products for me to purchase. In fact, sometimes I'm concerned with my privacy and log-out while shopping until I'm ready to purchase. However, this e-mail was very bad. I have no idea what I could have searched for that prompted this: