June 23, 2009


Hi guys!

I have a few "free" minutes, so I figured I'd write a quick little update.

I've been so damn busy doing nothing lately! Honestly, I don't know where all my time goes. I need to manage it better. I have decided to delete my myspace account at the end of this week, as there are only two people I'm friends with on there that I don't communicate with any other way and one just signed up for facebook. I feel sorta guilty since the other one is my aunt, but other than reading her status updates and looking at her pictures, I don't do much with her there either. It's just one more website to check in on every day.

I've also given up on twitter. It was becoming a real pain. I found myself stopping in the middle of what I was doing to tweet, and that just wasn't cutting it anymore. Not to mention, the majority of what I see on twitter also gets posted to facebook, so I was reading the same thing twice every day.

I'm still following quite a few blogs, but now that I'm using a reader, it doesn't take nearly as much time. The only problem is that I tend to get lazy with commenting now.

As for my "real" life, things are going fairly well, I must say. I've been participating in this "Million Step Challenge" at work for the last month or so, and I'm actually getting into it. I don't know that I'll make it to 1,000,000 steps before the deadline, but I'm getting a little healthier trying. Last time I weighed myself, I had lost 7 pounds since the start date! It's not much, but my jeans aren't tight anymore!

It's honestly kind of fun. I'm challenging myself to get more and more steps every day, and so far I'm succeeding. The problem is the weekends! I can get over 20,000 steps in on a work day, but on weekends, I'm lucky to break 4,000 steps a day. I need to start walking the dog or something. The pedometers they gave us don't register steps after going to "standby mode" until you take 5 in a row. So since our house is small, I can walk back and forth all day, but never far enough for it to count them. It's frustrating, to say the least.

I've been walking laps around the parking lot at lunch, and most days I go across the street to the park after work and do laps around the track there. My goal for the week is to walk a consistent 5 minute lap and be able to jog the 10th lap entirely. I'm hoping that by the end of summer I'll be able to jog every other lap.

Other than that, it's been pretty busy. Cody is still laid off, but he's been helping friends with odd jobs lately. So that sort of throws the dinner schedule all out of whack. I try not to complain though, because it gets him out of the house and puts a little money in his pocket.

I've also become an official member at the church I have been attending. I've been going since the end of February or so, and I really feel at home there. It's not like any church I've attended in the past to be honest. So there are some things that are a little foreign to me. Overall though, I love it. The pastor there is incredible, and also incredibly nice.

Crap. So much for a "quick little update" huh? I've got to go get dinner started, so I'll wrap this up.

Suffice it to say, after attending for a while and shooting a couple emails back and forth with Pastor, and praying about it of course, I've decided to make it my home church.

I'll try to post more soon, I promise!

1 comment:

Tim said...

Hey Jake--wow! Sorry I've been gone so long, but hearing you talk about how much of your time gets sucked up reminds me of me. Every day starts with big intentions and ends with bigger intentions to do better, try harder tomorrow.

And I don't even go near Facebook and Twitter and MySpace, etc. Just keeping up with home, work, and the blog is more than I can handle. I can't remotely imagine what people must give up to stay constantly connected with all their friends and family. How do they do it? What does it get them? And then when do they find the time to process all this stuff they don't really need to know in the first place--Sally's favorite shampoo, Jim's crush on his physics professor, and Aunt Jenny's quandary about whether to repaint the living room in eggshell or antique white. I mean, really...

But on to more important matters. Glad to hear you're working and walking. Delighted to know Cody's picking up odds and ends until something better comes along. (And it will.) Really, really happy that you've found a church home, adjusting to its customs, and building a rapport with your pastor.

And your vacation pix below are gorgeous! They make Walt and my snapshots from last week look like snapshots taken by six-year-olds. If the trip was half as good as the photos, it must have been amazing.

I promise to stay in closer touch and can't wait to hear more about how things are going.

Peace and joy always, my brother,