Thursday, June 26, 2008

ouch...

so, i love playing sports. i played baseball for 5 years as well as soccer and some basketball when i was a kid. I didn't play in school, so i got a bit "rusty" and have been playing softball on our Pro Look team for about 5 years now...i gotta say - i LOVE playing...

Well, when i was a kid i played tons of different positions (pitcher, 2nd, etc.) but mostly they put me in the outfield because i could throw it very hard. One coach even told me that i didn't have to hit the cut-off man if i thought it could get someone out by throwing straight to the play. So, i loved throwing it hard. Then i didn't play for years and when i got to SUU in 1994 a couple of my roommates and myself went to the park to throw the ball around. Here is a warning for everyone of you that has heard a coach tell you to "WARM UP" before throwing a ball hard...well, i didn't warm up and i started to throw the ball hard like i used to and we ended up throwing for an hour and a half and every throw i made was as hard as i could throw it...the next day i couldn't raise my arm at all...it hurt for months...about 6 months after that we went on a road trip and stopped next to a canyon and got out to throw rocks into a lake...i picked up a rock and threw it and about fell over in agony -- my shoulder still killed after 6 months...i knew i'd screwed it up and i didn't throw again until we started our Pro Look team...

So, i go out into the the outfield after not throwing for so long and i'm SO worried i can't throw and i start throwing and it didn't hurt, but I COULDN'T throw straight or hard anymore...i'm sure most of it was being worried about throwing, holding back and not following through because i was concerned, etc...i've never recovered from it (mentally, etc.) and i'm sure some of it is time and distance from my childhood blurring my memory into thinking i could actually throw hard and straight in the first place :-)

Fast forward to last night...i've been feeling good about my game for a while now...a couple of weeks ago i batted 1000 (5 for 5) and made a sweet play at first where i robbed a guy who hit a line drive at me (well, i took it on the hop, but it was coming FAST)...so, i'm thinking i'm the man (they put me on first because of the aforementioned bad arm :-)...so, i'm at first thinking i'm all that and a bag of chips and they had moved Ryan from center field to 2nd because we were short players...Ryan has an AMAZING arm and can throw it home from center and get guys out at home (he did last night)...he's played college baseball and it shows...so, he's on 2nd and the ball is hit to him...he picks it up and throws it at me on first and it is SO FAST that i don't have time to react I just put my arm out and i don't remember even seeing the ball...next thing i know i'm in total pain because i put my arm out and judged the height of the ball perfectly -- but i didn't judge the distance of the ball from my body at all -- it hit me right in the forearm and i thought i'd broken it...i looked down at it after a minute and noticed that YOU CAN SEE THE STITCHES FROM THE BALL!!! Here are a couple of pictures for Lissette :-)



I'm surprised it didn't bruise more...


Here is a close-up so you can really see the thread


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

too many words, not enough pictures!!!

Well, i was pretty excited that i started writing in this thing again and wanted to keep it a "secret" to see if anyone would look at it or if all of my 4 friends had given up hope on me :-) Well, that lasted for about a day and then i broke down and sent the link to 2 people: Jane (blog queen who has been begging me to start writing) and Lissette...

I was pretty excited to have Lissette look at it, since she thinks everything i do is cute (for example, she made a cake last Sunday and i told her i wanted the very middle piece of the cake...she told me that she thought that was so very cute and she cut the center of the cake out just for me...Paris was so sad because she said i got all of the good pieces)...

So i sent lissette the link and waited...and waited...and then realized that she never checks her e-mail (i knew this, but hoped that between one of her 25 daily games of Home Before Dark she would check her e-mail :-) so i sat down with her and showed it to her and watched as she read it...i was hoping she would say things like, "that's so cute" or "i love reading about your day"...instead she said, "why don't you have more pictures? do you really think people will read all of these words?"...

To show you how serious she was about having "more pictures" she said i should have taken a picture of Dan's laptop and put it on the post about being tired...LIKE NOBODY HAS SEEN WHAT A LAPTOP LOOKS LIKE :-) Now who is being cute???

I even heard her on the phone with Jackie making fun of the fact that i think people will want to read all of the words on my blog! I told her it was like i writing in a Journal and she just smiled (her universal way of telling people they are being dumb).

So, in honor of her, here are some pictures:


DID I HAPPEN TO MENTION THAT LISSETTE HATES PICTURES OF HERSELF?


I MEAN SHE REALLY REALLY HATES PICTURES OF HERSELF



EXCEPT THIS ONE -- SHE THINKS THIS ONE IS CUTE



AND I DON'T THINK SHE MIND'S THIS ONE (taken at The Absolut Ice Bar in Stockholm, Sweden)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Excellent blog program

I've always hated using Blogger's built in post editor...putting in pictures, changing fonts - very annoying and not always correct.  So, I went looking for a replacement program and have been using one called, "Windows Live Writer".  It is actually pretty sweet because not only does it have a spell checker, you have the ability to write your blogs "offline".   So, you can be on an airplane, traveling in the outback or just kicking it at home offline and creating your blogs.  You will see exactly how it looks as you type (and can choose to view it how it looks in a web page as well)...it is also very fast and easy to upload your finished post or pull it back to make changes.  Plus, you can save your posts as drafts if you want.

I've only found a couple quirks with it, but after looking at the HTML code behind it I'm sold that it is the one I'm going to use from now on.  Usually Microsoft products have horrible code behind them, but his code is VERY clean.  So, go download it and see what you think (if you hate Blogger's way of doing it that is).

Monday, June 23, 2008

kids!


Well, i realize looking over my blog thus far that it is WAY more fun with pictures :-) i love the pic of the hot dog on my desk...so, i decided to throw a pic on this one and point you to others...we are blessed to know and have as friends a few VERY talented photographers (Sara Staker, Wayne, etc.) -- I also love taking pictures, but ALWAYS forget to bring my camera (or if i do, it usually ends up being forgotten in the car!) So, i will take pictures anyway i can get them (especially of my kids)...



About 2 - 3 months ago Jane posted some pics of Dusty and Sela on her blog that were taken by a girl named Nicole Hill. Well, they were very cool and I asked dusty about them and how much it cost to have them done...he said that Nicole actually takes these shots to turn around and sell as Stock Photography. So, not only did she not charge him but she actually paid him to let her shoot them...



Well, i thought this is a great way to get shots of my kids for free! So, i contacted her and, in true humble daddy fasion, told her my kids are the cutest kids she'd ever see :-). I sent some pics and we wrote back and forth a few times about ages, nationalities, etc...she then asked if i could bring them in for a "casting" shoot to see if they have a cool look for future needs...we didn't get paid, but i don't care at all because she gave me the shots of the kids and now i have some sweet pics of them!!!

I've attached some of the coolest ones here and here is a link to some others on her blog...

NICOLE HILL "A Little Sussy"

rock on,
jared

me so tired...

well, one of the aspects of my job that i honestly LOVE is making computers that don't work so well nice and happy again...i've been trying to get everyone here at the office up to date and working well because it saves me so much more time in the long run (less errors for them means less panic calls to me)...

Well, Dan has been here at the office now for about 8 months or so and I decided it was time to tackle his computer, upgrade it to the network and make it happy (he has been getting little error windows for while now)...he has Vista on it, so i knew i would be in for a little more work, but I had NO idea how much of a pain in the butt it would end up being...

I started it Friday night and ran into issues with his Mail and getting it backed up (he had many errors i had to scan/fix)...Saturday i had issues with the other backups and Sunday i had issues with the reformat process...i was up until 7:30 AM Saturday Morning and slept for about 3 hours before the girls softball games...then i was up that night until 8:00 am Sunday morning and got about 4.5 hours sleep before Church and then last night i was working on it until about 7:00 am this morning...i slept about 4 hours before getting up to bring it in here and keep working on it...it NEVER takes me this long to get a computer going, so i feel quite blessed :-) (sarcasm intended!)

Friday, June 20, 2008

look at this, doesn't write for years and now two posts the same day!



so, just an update -- reached for my j dawg just now and BAM, spilled my water all over my desk! Luckily there was just a little bit in the bottom of the glass, but my office/desk is a MESS, so a bunch of things got wet! We've been moving people around to different offices so all things IT have landed in here and i'm "organizing" it all into some semblance of order and it has taken me more than a while...i can blame most of the tardiness on dealing with e-mails, requests for my time at other areas of the company fixing issues, etc - but there is a part of the blame laid squarely at the feet of PROCRASTINATION (A.K.A. - my middle name)...

i'm posting a picture of the Dawg next to some water soaked papers to show my little Ying/Yang, sweet/sour, God/Satan juxtaposition...hope you enjoy the dichotomy...

jared

ok, ok, i hear ya...

so, i was hungry for J Dawgs and wanted to buy some for my staff so i went around and asked if anyone else wanted one...so Brian asked "what toppings do they have" so we looked up their site (see previous link :-) and i threw the money at Jason and told him to hurry (love that kid!)...so, i started looking at the J Dawgs site a little closer since i'm a HUGE fan of the place and have a great respect for the guy that started it from the things i've read (plus, in person he is very very cool)...so, i googled around and found his wife's blog and started reading about them (living vicariously on my lunch break is what i do :-) and after reading a few things from her blog i finally realized IT IS TIME...i know i know...you people have been telling me this for a while now...i've got your posts (Jane, Terri, Sara and Emily...all of them say the same thing -- POST POST POST)...

well, it is finally time to do it...freak, i've had this thing 6 years now and haven't done a thing with it (except get angry at it for changing my sign up date to 2007 -- i signed up in 2002, but i guess when it converted to blogger from blogspot or whatever they reset my signup??? i know, petty - but i like that i've had my account so long - even if i didn't use it)...i've also seen all of my friends posts (and have helped a few of them with their blog layouts) and i've been jealous they've found time to post when they all seem even more busy then me (that's right Jackie, you are BUSY - watching 500 kids every day is hard work!!!)...

So, this is my first OFFICIAL real live post...i will have more and hopefully they will be regular posts...i'll have to make this page my startup page to remind me...i've always said i was too busy, but with how things are going here at work i don't see an end to that :-), so no time like the present!!!

...out