Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I just wanted to take a second to thank all the members of the Military for the work that they do. A friend of mine sent me this note in an email and I felt it worth sharing.
This is the day we have set aside to honor those who fell in battle.
Throughout our short history there has never been a generation without conflict. There has never been a time in this country where there is not someone who could be called a war veteran. There has never been a time when there was not a mother, father, wife, daughter or son who has not lost a loved one in armed conflict.
From the “shot heard round the world” in Concord Massachusetts to the most recent exploding IED in Iraq, we have had to continually defend our way of life. The price of that defense is measured in lives, more than a million of lives over the years.
Many have served our country in a number of different ways and there are times for to pay our due respect to them. Today is not that day, today is different, today we remember those who paid all. I honor those men and women who have given all they had for their Nation’s survival. I consider the ground where they are interred, as Mr. Lincoln said, “hallowed”.
We have an obligation today to remember those who fought and died in all our wars, From Bunker Hill to Bagdad. For their sakes we, the living, must remember them and do our best to preserve what they fought and died for.
Please take a moment to say a prayer for all those who are suffering from the pain that comes from losing a loved one in war. Then take another to pray for the country they fought to protect.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
IF you have ever seen the movie Splash, you remember a scene where the Mermaid come out of the water at the Statue of Liberty. The tour guide yells "Bocce Balls" when he sees a naked Daryl Hannah walking up to the Statue. Ever since we have been married Dawn and I will yell the same phrase when ever something we come across surprising. Last night, we got our chance to compete. We had a great time rolling the balls at an indoor Bocce pit. Who knew?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Well that was fun. I really lucked out in the sense that it was 50 degrees out today as we had a very warm day for winter in Chicago. Sadly not so much for the lake. I marched with about 35 Sailors from my ship and we all made the jump with about 1000 people from the base. I played it conservative and did not wear the pink speedo that others chose.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
One of the things I promised myself on this trip to Chicago was do and see a bunch of new things. So far I have been to the Bull and White Sox, this year I will see the Cubs (and Yankees) and a bunch of other stuff. We have also had 3 signature dishes. Chicago Deep Dish (Gino's East and Giordano's), Chicago Dogs (Almost Everywhere) and today the Italian Beef Sandwich (AL's) Cool thing is all of these places we see on Food Network and my personal favorite Man vs Food.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Oddly enough it was my diagnosis of Diabetes, believe it or not.. Since I have been diagnosed I have lost 60 lbs since last December, for the first time in a long time I am comfortable, my Navy Physical run time is down to a mile and half in 11.50, fastest for me in my entire 19 years, and I don't look like a blob in my pictures.
Funny thing about being a diabetic, when I found out in May, I went through many different emotions from being scared to pissed. In fact thinking back it was just scared and pissed, scared about would I be able to stay in the Navy, would I die, what would I eat to how would I go on?
I am happy to say that being a diabetic is not the end of the world, but rather for me a new beginning. Yeah it sucks not being able to eat some stuff I used to love (egg nog has like 35g of sugar) bust mostly I had to cut my portions down and just steer clear of other foods all together. Once I got a hold of my eating the daily pricking of my finger, I enjoy statistical tracking of my blood sugar, now runs about 100-110 a day and you can have fun plotting it on excel. The funny part is how others act around you when they find out you are a diabetic. Some people treat you like a freak, others like you deserve your own handicap sticker, readers.... I am here to tell you that if you eat right and take care of yourself, most of us will be fine.
So back to 2008, it's been a great year, we moved from the Sunshine to the Snow as my dear wife calls it and have moved into the best house we have ever had. I am glad, for us as a family, my wife and daughters deserve this house, they have given up so much for me to run around the world, a payoff like this is exactly what they should have. I love my new job, taking care of the kids (young Sailors) is more rewarding than I ever figured would be, now I have to finish getting my degree in the odd off chance I get out in 2 years.
Dawn and I hit the magic 15 this and didn't do much for our anniversary, I hope to fix that this year with a trip that I hope she will like. Lindsey is growing up quick and Emily is right on her ass, it seems like when Lindsey does something, Emily does the same. I love them both very much and no matter how much all of my women drive me crazy I wouldn't want my life any different.
If it wasn't for my sister I would have never started this blog, so you can blame her if you hate what I write. I wish I spent more time with you, I hope to get better with that this year. If plans work right, in the next few years we'll be allot closer.
Thanks for reading my blog, I wish you a Happy New Year and a great 2009.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
On the homefront, my least favorite time of year as a kid was today, report card day. I am happy to say Lindsey and Emily made the honor role with all A's and B's. A great day for a very proud dad.