Monthly Archives: September 2004

Iowa/Omaha trip

Last weekend, Greg and I attended a surprise birthday party in Iowa for one of Greg’s old college friends, Chris, that we have only seen once since leaving Omaha 4 years ago. Greg used to be in a band with Chris and another guy there, Eric, called Breakfast with Erasmus. It was a short-lived band, but I am glad that I was able to go to their one concert in Lincoln, NE. ๐Ÿ™‚ Greg and Eric were also in another band together during college for several years before Greg and I began dating called Springfield. I did attend some of their concerts too, and especially liked the cat song, which is a “true” story about how girls would visit their apartment just to see their cat and could care less about the guys who lived there too.

Anyways, we both had a really good time. I enjoyed getting to know Chris’ wife, Anja, better. It was so good to see friends from college that we haven’t seen in so long. Chad Isely was there, which I totally was not expecting. I was glad to see him. I remember Sally and I used to covet the “encouragement notes” and drawings we would receive from him during our time at Grace. I also had a lot of fun playing with Chris and Anja’s 15 month old daughter Keelyn. That has really made me start looking even more forward to having a kid of our own soon!

We then headed back to Omaha where we of course stayed with Shad and Lynette. As always, the dogs made a lot of noise running all over their place while we kept busy with some Mario Kart DoubleDash.

Church Experience Part 2

In my previous post, I mentioned that I feel like I am drifting and it really bothers me and that I also think that a lot of my church experience not being so hot right now is my own fault too. Well, don’t worry – I am not thinking about leaving Christ or the “church” by any means! I just feel as if I am still searching for a place of belonging, at least as far as church goes.

I do know that I do want to feel as if the church were my family. Having a church family here is especially important to me, since Greg and I do not have a lot of “real” family here with the exception of my brother who lives in South Denver and a cousin who recently (to my excitement!) has moved to Springs. The support of a family system is so important. Sometimes I am wonder if I would get more out of a small group study rather than attending a regular church service. Especially if it were a group study where people could be completely open and honest and not have to worry about always talking Christianese with each other. I realize that attending a Bible Study could afford some of this for me, but many that I have attended have not allowed for me to feel as if I can be real in them and that I still have to put on my perfect Christian facade before I enter. But I am not perfect by any means, and I want to develop deep relationships with others who are not perfect but who will forgive and love me for my imperfections. I cannot even express how deep the desire is for me right now to make some close Christian friends in Denver.

And as I get older, I am also not wanting to be so segregated into different age or life groups all the time. I’m too old for college group, not single, married but don’t feel tied down and no kids (yet per se), but don’t feel old either! One thing I have realized I miss about a church I grew up in is the influence of having older people as friends and church family as well as people my own age, if that makes any sense. Maybe I am idealizing this certain church that I attended in highschool too much, but things made so much more sense back then (in highschool) when I feel as if my faith was so much stronger, emotion could be openly displayed without worry of what others would think, I couldn’t wait for church and was in the church every time the doors were open (and then some!), etc. I remember leaving the church after Sunday Services for lunch, and then coming back to the church for impromptu board games with other church members of all ages. Or, after lunch, we would return to put in a Nitro-Praise CD and just dance around the pews and take pleasure in dancing before God. Looking at my reaction in church now during worship where I am pretty boring, one might be surprised to learn that I used to raise my hands all the time and even went so far as to dance around the pews. (Of course, this was an Assemblies of God church so that wasn’t too unusual there like it would be at Riverside where I would be snickered at.) But I miss the freedom to worship like that. I feel so restricted now and embarassment and pride has long taken over which completely kills it for me.

Church Experience

A friend of ours asked us a few days ago how we would rate our “church experience” right now. This has something that I have given a lot of thought since. In fact, it has been on my mind a lot lately. Greg and I have discussed it, and we both agreed that we think our church experience could be better. In saying this, I feel I must first disclaim that some of the fault for this lies with us right now:

1) We haven’t been regularly attending Sunday School.
2) The distance to our church is a huge factor-it takes us 45 minutes to get there and that is with good traffic at 6:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning. We don’t miss services (unless we are out of town), but this makes it really difficult to get involved in other church functions outside of Sunday mornings.
3) We are not overly outgoing and seeing people only on Sunday mornings (Sunday School included!) tends to lend itself to just a casual acquaintance mode rather than close friend mode.
4) We have not been attending our “other” church, Re:Focus, either lately due to my tiredness in the evenings after a full day of work.

That said, I feel as if I have been drifting for quite some time now in both how I feel about church as a whole and my walk with Christ. What do I want in a church? How can I improve my own walk with Christ? These are things I am still working out in my own mind.

Dilbert Day

Somehow, the comic strip Dilbert often hits straight home for me. If you want to see how my week is going, you can find a pretty accurate description here. Except I don’t have to worry about budgets; my deal is timelines. You get me the requirements for development (in writing) by X Date, and I can have these finished for you by date Y. However, it seems like I never get the requirements by X date and when I DO finally receive them, they have not only drastically changed but it seems the list has gotten quite a bit longer (and of course the release date remains the same). I guess that is normal in the I.T. world though…

More SIMs

Well, the SIMS2 was everything I was hoping for and more. This new version rocks! The graphics are great, the updates are great. I cannot wait to get home tonight so I can play it some more. Plus, they all dance really cool – I wish I could dance as good as they do. How sad is that?

One cool thing about it is that if your SIM gets pregnant, they are pregnant for 3 SIM days – one for each trimester. The first day (trimester) she gets morning sickness and she is ALWAYS tired and ALWAYS hungry for all three trimesters. Her belly also gets bigger for each day (trimester). I thought this addition to the game was cool (and so accurate) – a woman probably had a hand in designing that portion. hehe.

SIMS 2

Well, I just thought I would take a moment to update our blog since our intranet at work is down so I cannot work even if I wanted to right now.

Greg is going to let me buy the new SIMS game tonight – I am so excited! SIMS 2 just came out this week and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I think we will go tonight after work to pick it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Big changes coming

Well, since I finally broke the news to my boss yesterday, I suppose it is okay to broadcast our exciting news. Greg and I are going to have a new addition to our family next April 19th. We are so excited to be “expecting”. I first found out on August 15th, when I took a home pregnancy test before church. When it came up positive, the varying range of emotions that overcame me was just overwhelming. I cried and laughed for joy at the same time. I had to look at myself in the mirror to see my look of astonishment, and could not believe it! So we went to church, and I was completely distracted the whole time. I asked Greg if we could skip Sunday School and go home, and he was a little suspicious and tried to get me to tell him why I was distracted, but I didn’t want break the news to him right there or then. So, we went home. The “right moment” still didn’t seem to come, so we ended up taking a long nap. After we awoke and were still lying there, we began having a nice talk together and I broke the news to him then. We got confirmation from the doctor on my birthday (the 17th), so that was the best birthday present ever. We are both really excited for this big change. I cannot wait! Now, if only the exhaustion and nausea will go away…

Labor Day Weekend

We had a great Labor Day Weekend. On Saturday, Shad, Lynette, Greg, and I drove from the Estes Park side of the Rocky Mtn Natl Park to the Winter Park side. The park was covered in dense fog, but the views that we could see were beautiful. And of course the highlight was our Dumb and Dumber experience, of which you can read about in the previous post.

On Sunday, we drove up to Evergreen and walked around the dam there. We then stopped at Red Rocks and hiked around a bit. It was a beautiful day. We then headed back to our place for some MarioKart Doubledash, Dr Mario, and Crazy Uno. My cousin Kate stopped by for awhile too, so that was an extra added highlight to my day.

And of course I cannot forget to mention how much fun the dogs had. It was a real weiner-fest. All four dachshunds get along so well and play together constantly. Molly and Chloe were pretty tuckered out on Monday after Maggie and Belle left.

“Excuse me, Flo…”

Any true Dumb & Dumber fan would love to have an opportunity to use this quote and will be envious of our good fortune, as believe it or not, we had a waitress named Flo.. Yes, that’s right. Her name was Flo. And yes, we really did need to get her attention when Shad used the phrase. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was so hard to hold in our snickers though. hehe. What fun! Poor girl hasn’t even seen the movie though. I think she gets a lot of inquiries about her name on a daily basis, as we obviously weren’t the first.

We were in Winter Park, CO, at Hernando’s Pizza and Pasta Pub, which is a cool place if you are ever in that area. They have literally thousands of dollar bills hanging on their walls. (The bills are decorated by their customers.) The food was good too; both the food and atmosphere was a lot like Beau Jo’s pizza.

Shad, Lynette, Belle, and Maggie!

Shad and Lynette are on their way to visit us this weekend, bringing along their two dachshunds of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ Greg and I are both syched to see them. We plan on spending some time up in the Rocky Mountain National Park, some time playing our GameCube (MarioKart especially), and also playing some mean games of Crazy Uno. Let the fun begin!

Sales Rep Stress

Today I had to call a Sales Rep at our company because he had submitted a ticket indicating he was having problems submitting a form. However, much to my chagrin, no information was given in the ticket (as usual). “Having problems” could mean 1273 different things; 1269 of those being simply attributed to a training issue on their part or not reading the darn manual. Critical thinking people-give details, take screen shots, give me the error message-ARGH. Well, that is a whole other issue…

Anyways, so I call this guy and right away am able to determine that the error he was receiving was due to a connectivity issue at his local division. So it is not a form issue, nor is it an issue with the application being down. However, trying to convince him of this was virtually impossible as he continued to vent his frustration out on me, even though I informed him that I am simply the developer of the forms; I have nothing to do with server connectivities-especially out in Georgia. *sigh* Maybe next time I can tell him I will press my magic button on my cubicle wall that will make everything all better, since I have all power over our application and all server issues all over the country. Man, what I wouldn’t give for one of those buttons…

Blog = Weblog

I noticed someone posted a question in the comments of a posting asking what a “blog” is. Contrary to my mom’s first thought that a blog sounded like a sea monster or some such creature, a blog is actually short for “Weblog”. Basically it is an online log of thoughts, ideas, happenings, or whatever mumbo jumbo the author feels like keeping track of. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Blogs are getting more and more popular – even GeorgeWBush.com has one. I, for one, have several blogs I check everyday, mainly consisting of people who are important to me but do not live here. It is a cool way for me to keep up on the lives of those I care about.

So, I hope that answers any questions about what a “blog” is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Web Forms

Today I am having more fun at work. Yeah, really! I am taking a break from the Automated Forms portion where I develop in Adobe Acrobat and working on developing web forms in HTML that will submit into our Automated Forms. I am a huge copier and paster of code, which allows me to get by without having to actually remember the exact codes I need. But I know enough about HTML that I can tell what I am doing, so anyways, it is pretty fun for me. I actually am using DreamWeaver in making these pages, but I use the “Code” feature (like a text editor) about 90% of the time rather than the front-end design feature which I feel does not always give a full representation of how it looks once it is uploaded to the server. The main reason I have to use DreamWeaver is because my boss has asked that we do so, yadda, yadda, yadda. The checkout/checkin feature is helpful though since there are a couple of us developers now.

Blog is back

Hooray, our blog is back. It was down for a couple days, but Greg was able to restore it all, much to my great happiness. ๐Ÿ™‚