Friday, October 26, 2007

Quick update

I tried to do an entry earlier this week, but my computer froze up on me & I never got back to it. Couple of things to post--I received my first message--thanks for the post & I will certainly be checking out your site. It looks like there is a lot of interesting stuff there.

Also, I finally finished off Atlas Shrugged. I kind of have mixed feelings on it as a whole. I don't think it is even close to good literature, the whole character development and story line were nothing special. The overall theme of the book though, I do find myself agreeing with and even watching for it in the news. A few months ago, while reading the book, I remember hearing a story about the civic leaders in East St Louis, IL wanting a new hospital in their city. They basically wanted it built there even though the hospital had almost no chance a making any money. I know there have been other instances of the same type news, where I sort of apply it to the theme of the book. My thought is the book was written as a defense against Communism, but I think it also applies against the smaller steps being taken toward Socialism today. In today's globalization, business owners are not getting out, but instead maintaining their profits by switching production to 3rd world type countries. It is definately a book that makes you think and overall I would recommend it to most people to read. It is a tough read though, small type and many pages along with some seemingly never ending passages. It is certainly more of a make you think type book than an entertainment type read.

I have started another book about Ancient Israel, it is upstairs so I don't have the exact title or author's name at the moment. I thought it would be a little more informative than it is though so even though I have started, finishing is not assured. It reads too much like a not very good textbook at this point. I am looking for a 2nd book to get started on still. I have a few that I am considering, hopefully get one started this weekend though.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another Week

Another week has gone by and all I really have to type up is the what happened. Kind of boring. First off though the flea market for Down Syndrome is done, that was on Saturday and had caused much stress and worry leading up to it. It was reasonably successful, all or most spots were rented. It started raining just before noon, at which point most vendors closed up. The BBQ also called it a day since the customers left. Because it ended early we didn't make as much on the BBQ and at my wife's table, but again overall it went well.

I didn't get a run in over the weekend. I finally got a very slow run in on Monday, yes a week between runs. This is not a good idea if I really want to actually get in shape for a race in the next month or so. On Monday I was able to at least get 4 miles in, the first 13:30 or something around that, 12:20, 12:40 and 12:12--just like last week the last mile was the fastest. I am guessing this is because there were just too many days between my runs. Not sure yet when I will be running next--I really need to wake up early and run before work/anyone else wakes up, but I just can't do that yet. I like staying up late too much.

Still hacking away at Atlas Shrugged, very little progress this last week. Also haven't picked out another book yet but will probably start looking this week--maybe even tonight.

I guess this should do it for now. Again I really need to expand more in my thoughts and topics on this blog to not only make it interesting enough to read but also to challenge myself. I figure at some point I will also have to start attaching pictures and actually telling people about this place as well. This stuff is all in my head, but just hasn't gotten to the point of doing yet. Oh well.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Just Stuff

Again not too inspired to write/type anything much. I think I will just do a few quick bullet points for now.

*Reading. Still working on Atlas Shrugged. I am caught in John Galt's neverending speech. It seems the most I can read is about 2-3 pages at one time. I know I have to keep pushing at it, but it seems too much like work.

*Nebraska football fan. I have really been following the team less and less the last few years. I only saw a few minutes of the USC game before watching most of the Mizz game. Wow, they were really beaten soundly by Mizz. I give Mizz a lot of credit, simply they were easily the better team. For me I want Callahan gone and I want a return to a run first type offense.

*My Fantasy Football team won for the 2nd time this year. I got a very good game from my backup(now maybe starter)kicker Brown from Houston. Witten iced the game for me tonight. Still only sitting at 2-3 but that is 2 straight wins. Now if Brees & Alexander can get going and I get Harrison & Bolden healthy I could still make the playoffs.

*Christmas will be in NE this year. Should be fun, not sure how the kids will like not being at home for Christmas, but being spoiled by Grandma is always a good thing. Will need to check the Creighton schedule & see if any home games around that time--not that I would go and leave my wife & kids at home, but something to think about.

*Running has been tough lately. It was hot and humid this weekend. I hadn't run since last Monday until this Saturday. I only got out late on Saturday getting 3 miles in at Woodson Park before it got too dark to continue. Sunday I went out around 11am and wanted to get five, but only did 4.5--with mostly walking the last 1.5 miles. I was worried I was getting dehydrated so I really backed it off. Should have taken water & also stopped for water at a park 2 miles into it. Did 4 miles tonight, first 2 were 13:00 & 13:30, then a 12:59 & a 12:10. Overall slow and tough, was cooler but still just could seem to breathe very well at beginning. I will take Tues off & try to get a run in Wed & see how it goes. Race on 11/11 is up in the air at this point.

*Still eating bad food and too much of it. I did have a couple of salads for meals last week and one over the weekend. I will need to do more of this and cut back on my portions of the bad food. Of course, right now I want to eat some ice cream also--probably about a 50% chance I do once I finish this up.

*Wife is putting on a Flea Market at our church this Saturday with proceeds going to Down Syndrome Association. This is part of the fundraising we are doing to get Thomas on the field at next year's buddy walk. Debbie said that all of the spots and more are taken--somewhere around 60. Just need to finalize the BBQ details and hope for good weather.

*I haven't picked out my next book yet, have a few that I am considering but will probably wait till I finish Atlas Shrugged. With that I am going to try to get my 5 or so pages in now before going to bed. Good night.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Welcome to October

I am finding it harder to actually write about anything these days. I should go back and get more detail of things about my life, before I forget those things--whatever they may be. Lately, it has just been the same story, busy during the week and on weekends. Kids are all doing well, Rose has been doing cello lessons for about a month now. Thomas had a fever for a couple of days last week, but is okay now. We are really working with him on his potty training, but it doesn't seem like any progess is being made. He is wearing underwear to school, but is just holding #2 until he gets home and we aren't paying attention. Debbie bought some more puzzles for Angie & she just loves doing them. She has been just funny lately also. I think she likes that she has mommy all to herself for part of the day with Rose & Thomas at school. Debbie is working on the Flea Market coming up the 13th.

Me, well I am mostly just working. I am trying to get some running in where I can fit it. I would still like to do the half but I will need to see some progress in the next couple of weeks or it will be the 5k for me instead. I have a bad habit of eating too much damn food--maybe if I write it down it will help me from contining to make the same bad mistakes.

As far as reading, I finished up The Light in the Forest by Richter. I had read it once before(maybe twice) during my big reading period of high school I think. It is a short read and an interesting story about a white boy that was kidnapped and raised as an Indian. He was forced to return to his white family and never settled back in with them. An opportunity arised to return to his Indian village with a friend and he was off. While he enjoyed being back there were tensions in the tribe because of him. While with the Indian war party that was returning to revenge a killing, he stopped an ambush for fear of it being his white family. His Indian father saved his life but also forced him out from the Indians, basically forcing him to assume a life among white people. The story ends there. There are many questions that go unanswered and it is kind of up to the reader to decide what really happened I guess. A good read and it was a good break at times from Atlas Shrugged. I haven't picked out a 2nd book yet and may not--I am somewhere around 140 pages left in Atlas Shrugged and might just put full effort to finish it. Of course if next week at this time, I am still not done, don't be surprised if I have added a 2nd book to my current readings.