UFC 195

Well, to finish up yesterday, we watched Matilda, the girls and I. Seporah asked, she really likes it. I ended the day in prayer, and slept.

This morning I awoke with prayer, read the readings of the day. From Timothy 3: “God was monifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” Beautiful Trinitarian expression. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, … who enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving; for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

Matthew 3:1-6 was the gospel reading, and from it I just remembered that one of the two central teachings of Christ was first declared (in the new testament) by John the forerunner: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.

This morning my mom came over and watched Star Wars, The Force Awakens with me and the kiddos. It was all of our 3rd times watching the movie, although the first time we had seen it together. I just noticed for the first time that Rey had been dreaming of Luke, or at least where he was. I really like the movie, infinitely better than the new movies, and right on par with the original trilogy.

Right now I am watching UFC 195. I am 0-5 with my picks so far. =)  Tonight is just not my night.

UFC 195 picks

New Year, New Me

Well, not really. I am going to be the same old me, but hopefully with a little more discipline and accountability.  Sometime in October my site was suspended by DreamHost due to it having been hacked.  They gave me a list of hundreds of files that had to be deleted due their being malware. It took me until last night, but, over time, I deleted them all, changed all passwords (mysql, wordpress admin, dreamhost account, ftp) and finally got the site back online.

So It is a new year. I am starting the new year at about 280 lbs, a little less than the most I have ever weighed myself at, which was 287, a few months before I went to Afghanistan.  What am I going to do about it?  Well, for the first time in my adult life, I plan on fasting, really fasting. We, as a family, will do the once monthly fast expected of LDS folk. I will also do the fasting expected of good Orthodox Christians, which is a little different, but requires more discipline.

We are going to Disneyland in March, and between Christmas and Disneyland tickets and hotel already purchased, we have dug ourselves a little hole.  This year I will do what I have talked about doing every year since 2011 when I opened the account; I will count every penny in Mint.  That will help with weight as well, as if I know that I will be watching money, I will eat out much less.

And today. Well, today I opened with a good prayer rule, out of the little red prayer book, and read today’s readings.

Colossians 2: 8-12 About Baptism being the new circumcision. While much speaking of baptism in the Bible speaks about it washing away sin, here there is no mention of washing sin away, but rather it talks about being united with Christ through baptism, which is it’s proper function. When you realize that baptism’s true function is to unite a person with Christ, and the washing away of sin being a necessary part of being united with Christ, rather than the whole of it, then it puts away any objection concerning baptizing very young children. Those who object often state that they don’t need it because they don’t have sin, but the point is to unite them into Christ’s covenant people, to make them a part of the Body of Christ which is His church. It is exactly the same as circumcision was in the old covenant, the uniting of the people into the Abrahamic covenant.

The Gospel reading was Luke 2: 20-52. I enjoyed the reading here, but all I could think of was that Joseph and Mary here would have had Christ taken from them by CPS in today’s society. I am certain they were good parents, and good parents can lose their children occasionally.

What I have read, watched, listened to today:

Today I only read a few comics. Paper Girls Issue 3, in which Erin gets shot, the shiny armored guys look like they are going to be baddies, and it looks like the plagued mummies might actually be the good guys. I am enjoying it, we will see how many more issues I read.  Jughead Issue 3 – Jughead is really just dumb fun. It is much less dumb than the old comics, but still dumb fun. Saga Issue 32 – I can’t say enough good things about Saga. Finally Marko and Alana are friends and lovers again. I was so afraid they would divorce for a bit, but forgiveness and patience and love won out. Here is to hoping they find Izabel.

Elder’s quorum irritates me

In today’s lesson we went over Elder Perry’s “Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families”. The first quote we went over, even though it was far down in the talk, was “Women who make a house a home make a far greater contribution to society than those who command large armies or stand at the head of impressive corporations”. What followed can only be properly described as woman bashing. “All these women today who just want to build their little towers which will crumble instead of building their families.” Etc etc. I mentioned that this was just a gender specific rephrasing of McKay’s “Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home”, and that the doctrine was gender neutral, and did not in any way apply only to women. This didn’t go over well in class, as the consensus was that I was being argumentative for no good reason. ugh

Ornaments, Saga, Arrow

Seporah made it!
Seporah made it!

Seporah has been sick.  Yesterday (Monday) she was diagnosed with Strep and she has been taking amoxicillin.  She missed a big test at school today but they are letting her retake it tomorrow.  She was a zombie yesterday, slept through most of the day, but today she was a little better.

We spent a solid portion of the day making Christmas ornaments for Mom.  I think they turned out ok.  We followed a Lifehacker tutorial for printing onto wood via some wax paper and then lacquered it up.  It turned out pretty good, but I think something with bolder colors will turn out even better.  I expect to do a few more projects before Christmas.  Märia has been having me make Nativities for her, which is quite fun.

Issue 8
Issue 8

I have been reading quite a bit of Saga.  It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  I was never a comic book reader.  At least, I didn’t read the stereotypical “super hero” comic books.  I read the occasional Richie Rich and Casper and Archie (I loved Betty and Veronica, go team Betty!) but I never dug the guys wearing underwear outside their pants, and I still don’t.  (That is what TV and movies are for.) But I got into the continuation of Buffy, and then read some Serenity/Firefly and Jericho comics.  Dr. Horrible.  And then I found Y: the Last Man.  Really great writing.  Go check it out.  Also: Runaways.

Careful with Saga, it isn’t for kids. It is definitely mature material.  That does not in any way take away from its greatness.  It is about a family on the run, a warrior who has taken a vow of peace, and an antihero who makes you want to stand and cheer.  The female protagonist is a reader.  I love readers.  Seriously, my favorite thing to do with Seporah is to see what she is reading, suggest books to her, and read her suggestions.  She told me to read Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and I was not disappointed.  She also loves Calvin and Hobbs.  It will be hard not to favor her.  =)

I just finished watching Arrow and The Flash.  All my shows are on Hiatus for the winter break.  Let us not fool ourselves.  Arrow isn’t dead.  Seriously.  Remember the Buffy Bot?  Something similar or a resurrection will be happening in January.  =)

Phillip is a happy little guy

Phillip - taken at Holy Trinity
Phillip – taken at Holy Trinity

So Phillip has very occasionally gone to a Mother’s day out program when Märia was working there as a substitute, but he has never been to a real, all-day daycare.  Seporah and Felicity actually never went to an all-day daycare either, so this is all new ground for us.  It is pretty much just going to have to happen, as Märia will be going to work at Midland Memorial, and I will go to work somewhere as soon as my back heals enough that I am able to.  We are looking at three different programs, and hopefully he will be accepted at one of them at the turn of the year.

Phillip - taken at Holy Trinity
Phillip – taken at Holy Trinity

We were asked to bring baby pictures of little Phillip to church this coming Sunday, and it was a trip seeing them from way back when.  He has grown so much in the last nearly 3 years.  If only we could get him potty trained and to where he listens a little more.  He likes TV a lot more than Seporah and Felicity did at his age.  I really hope we can get him into books a little more like his sisters.

My broken back
My broken back

 

And now my promised MRI picture.  If you look at it, there is half of a vertebrae at the top of the picture, cut off, then a whole vertebrae, and then the broken one.  It may not look like much to you, but it isn’t pleasant.  I am in this TLSO brace until at least 24 January, and we will see from there.

I am still watching too much Arrow, and still working quite a bit on my CCNA studying.  I will probably watch UFC 181 this weekend, and Invicta 10 also.  Michelle Waterson is the Karate Hottie  =).  I scheduled my CCNA for 27 January at 9 am, so expect news about that then.

CCNA, Metric and a Broken Back

10603293_10152842149783917_4808279065670287141_nSo I broke my back. I will probably post pictures of my MRI showing the broken vertebrae later on. It isn’t pleasant. I am in pain pretty much always, although Motrin and Tylenol help. My wonderful wife has been her usual wonderful self. She takes care of me and the kids, and will start working at Midland Memorial Hospital the 15th of December.

I am studying for the CCNA which I hope to take in January.  I am hoping to snag a job with CoNetrix as soon as my back heals up enough that I can really work.  They offered me a job just after my back broke, but I did not yet know how bad it was, and when I found out and told them they thought it best for me wait for it to heal up before I get started.  I am not sure if the job will be waiting on me, but I certainly hope so.

I am listening to Metric and Anthem Lights recently.  Last book I read was Visitors by Orson Scott Card.  I finished it maybe 2 weeks ago, read it on my Kindle.  I have been watching too much Arrow and kept up with Castle and Brooklyn Nine Nine.  Most everything else has fallen by the wayside with my sleeping a lot while I heal and studying when I am awake.  Pray for me to heal and get back to providing for the family.

Wood 1

Jules curiously watched as the bald man in the bowler hat put down the crust of his sandwich, looked up at her, and winked. She knew that she shouldn’t be staring at strangers, but she also knew that strangers shouldn’t be winking at her, so she wasn’t sure whether she or the man would get into more trouble with mom. The man gave her a warm smile, placed his opened briefcase on the sidewalk next to the bench he had been resting on and lightly hopped into it. She looked up at her mom to see if she noticed, but she was busy paying the baker for some day-old sour dough that Jules knew she was going to have to eat with watered leak soup. The baker hadn’t noticed either. It was the most remarkable thing Jules had ever seen, and no one else had noticed.

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The Senselessness of Faithlessness

I have been blessed with an incredible number of spiritual experiences in my life, and yet I am utterly faithless. I don’t understand why. I truly want to believe. I have often said that if there were an “I believe” button next to me, one that would clear all doubts and grant me faith, even a blind faith, I would push it and push it and push it. I receive answers to prayers. I sometimes make choices based on promptings, and things go well, and I say it was a wise choice I came up with, and perhaps more often I ignore promptings and say my choice really didn’t change much if things go against me.

Today I took my truck into Midas. It had a serious oil leak, and I was putting a quart in it a week. Also, it shook and rattled until you wanted to cut out your own kidneys, and squealed enough to make you want to cut off your ears. The air conditioning was sporadic. It was just on its last legs. Midas told me that I had a couple options. I could leave it as is, and get another several thousand miles out of it, perhaps as many as twenty thousand on the high end. Or I could replace a specific part on the front. If I replaced that part, it would give me a fifty fifty chance of fixing the vehicle, but if it wasn’t that part, but a part behind it, that they couldn’t see, then I would require an engine replacement. That simply wouldn’t happen because the money just isn’t there for an engine replacement. Here is the kicker: if they took off part one on the front, they probably would never be able to get it back on if the problem was actually in the rear, and the truck would never move without a new engine.

I didn’t know what to do. I prayed for guidance, and received a very clear prompting to have the front piece removed and replaced, and not to worry about it might ruining the truck. Sure enough, the cheap and easy replacement fixed the vehicle, shaking, a/c and oil problems! And yet I wasn’t even home from Midas and was already doubting the inspiration. That was just myself, my brain, making the best of a horrible situation and gambling for the best result, or so I tell myself now. How can I remember as strong a prompting as I suspect happens shy only of visitation, and yet doubt so consistently?