“That’s What She Said”

31 01 2007

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or…“How I Have Discovered (late as always) the Most Amazing Show on Television”

No offense to those of you that like Studio 60, Friday Night Lights, House, or American Idol (I like those shows too sometimes), but far and away the best thing you could spend your TV time on these days is “The Office”. This is the most hilarious TV show I might have ever seen. I don’t know how I missed out on it from the beginning but thanks to the glories of TV on DVD, the internet, and my dear friend John McF. (who I shall from this day forth call “Moses” for leading me to the promised land).

If you haven’t seen it the show is based on the BBC version of a show by the same name and stars Steve Carell as Michael Scott the bumbling office manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Supply Co. in Scranton, PA. The day to day interactions of the wide variety of personalities on this show create all the hilarity you would expect from a workplace based show (think Office Space on a weekly basis). If you haven’t watched it before, now is the time to start. If you have Netflix and it isn’t in your queue you are wasting time…GET TO IT! I leave you now with a few of my favorite quotes thus far:

Michael Scott: Abraham Lincoln once said that “If you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North,” and these are the principles I carry with me in the workplace.

Michael Scott: I’d like everybody’s attention. Christmas is canceled.
Stanley: You can’t cancel a holiday.
Michael Scott: Give it up Stanley and you’ll lose New Year’s.
Stanley: What’s that mean?
Michael Scott: Jim, take New Year’s away from Stanley.

Michael Scott: Bros before hoes. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They got your back after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho, and you told her that she was the only ho for you. And that she was better than all the other hoes in the world. And then suddenly…she’s not yo’ ho no mo’.

Dwight Schrute: Through concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol at will.
Pam: Why would you want to raise your cholesterol?
Dwight Schrute: So I can lower it.

Dwight Schrute: (After he didn’t tip the sub man) Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

Thank you “Moses”…Amen! 😀

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Bobbing for Apples in a pan of Pork and Beans

29 01 2007

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If you read that title and didn’t even flinch then most likely you have spent some time in or around a youth ministry of some kind. The 4th annual Winter Retreat of the youth group at FUMC (and also DUMC, WUMC, and CHUMC) took place this weekend at a magical place known as Camp Hargis. The weekend was filled with all kinds of madness: people screaming at 5:00 in the morning while everyone is trying to sleep, playing a new game known as ‘pecker ball’ (think foursquare using your crotch instead of your hands), watching kids play really gross games (e.g. the title of this blog), and adults having probably WAY more fun than the kids did. All told it was  great weekend and it has wiped me out. I’ve got class in an hour and I am trying to wake up. More later!





Highway to Health

22 01 2007

Sooooo…here’s what does not help “The Year of Fitness”…still not drinking enough water, drinking more “regular strength” (i.e. not diet…I don’t believe those processed chemical sweetners are a good substitute, it’s all about self control…which I clearly don’t have) soda that I should be, and eating food from a restaurant whose name sounds strangely similart to BacoTell at 8:45 on a Saturday night. I AM going to the gym tomorrow morning (and every ensuing morning this week because I have a VERY busy week with Winter Retreat looming on Friday. Somebody ask me about how it’s going, periodically through the week, I am going to need some support and encouragement (that being said Mrs. M does a GREAT job of encouraging me, but your help would be appreciated as well! Laters.





Hats In The Ring

20 01 2007

Anyone else want to throw theirs in? There are more and more announcments coming these days about people who are declaring their intentions to run for President of the U.S. and it is the start of what is sure to be a heated campaign/debate/mudfest to see who will hold the top office in the land. So far there are plenty of choices: McCain, Clinton, Giuliani, Obama, Edwards, and more to come (or probably even some I’ve left out). I enjoy politics very much, and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out, I’m certainly holding high hopes for hearing the phrase “President Obama”, but I guess only time will tell. Anybody have any thoughts?





The Year of Fitness (a description)

3 01 2007

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2007 is the year of fitness…yep that’s right you heard it here first. 2007 is the year of losing weight, lifting weights, and gaining weight (not a contradiction…muscle makes you gain weight and for guys that is okay).

My personal year of fitness (as somewhat detailed below) is not entirely about just lifting weights and running on a treadmill, it is about making healthy choices as pertains to food. Below are some of the things I am going to be working on:

Breakfast…I never used to eat breakfast, there is a little debate about this but the general concensus is that your body needs breakfast to get your metabolism going for the day. I am now becoming a breakfast man (unfortunately Krispy Kreme and pastries from Starbucks don’t count as good breakfast). So far a bowl of Kix and some O.J. is getting me started I am sure it will evolve from there.

Eating smart (nuts, fruit, trailmix, etc…) mid-morning/afternoon snacks helps eliminate cravings to munch on random office junk food (which can be abundant in church offices sometimes) and also helps prevent gorging during lunch and supper.

DRINKING WATER…I struggle with this more than anything else healthwise. I LOVE MOUNTAIN DEW, and I used to drink it the way I need to be drinking water. Water helps eliminate cravings to munch also (did you know on an average day 78% of Americans think that they are hungry when in actuality they are dehydrated and their body can’t recognize that?). I am now a water drinker.

Front load your carbs early in the day. Studies show that the majority of carbohydrates that you eat in your day should be at breakfast and lunch. Your metabolism is working faster early in the day and those carbs will be processed much more efficiently.

Self-control when eating. The SlimFast commercials don’t say “and then a SENSIBLE dinner” for the fun of it. Self-control is a major key to being healthy. The average American restaurant puts the equivalent of TWO servings on each entree plate it sends out. I shouldn’t feel compelled to eat it just because it is there.

Exercise is of course another very important aspect of being physically fit. Exercise and working out is different for everyone some people need more cardio and treadmill time while others (typically males can actually burn some of their fat through muscle growth). Regardless of the type of exercises you do, consistently doing them is what is most important.

This may not be the most detailed and complete list of a fitness regimen that you’ve ever read (heck you might not even consider it a ‘regimen’) but it is where I am starting. One of the other keys to this process is going to be (as my wise friend Jason put it) ‘not hating this’. I am not going to beat myself up if I have a soft drink or miss a day at the gym. I am going to continue on and continue to stick to my plan. The more something becomes an absolute (i.e. ‘you CANNOT have soda again EVER) the more likely you are to want it and go after it and then have guilt and other issues aftewards (it’s like prohibition only not). It’s a new year with new changes. Here’s to them!

(Oh yeah and with a New Year comes a new blog theme…go figure)