Archive for the ‘General’ Category

I’m Back…Kind Of

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Recently we switched hosting from Yahoo to Hostgator. It is a gigantic improvement, so I moved this blog over. This blog is pretty much an archive at this point. I enjoy reading it to see where I was, and where I have come. Certainly in many ways I have stayed the same (still Catholic, still into my health) and where my interests have developed (to psychology, etc).

It is hard to believe this blog was started 8 years ago. These days, ChurchYear.Net is still plugging away. We have also started a few blogs about How To Be Popular as A Teen and How to Be a Popular Man. Books are going to follow soon.

I am Elsewhere

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

This blog has been slow for a variety of reasons, partly because I have been having technical issues (Yahoo and WordPress don’t seem to get along, so I have had trouble moderating comments. It is fixed, but some of your comments may have been lost forever).

Also, I pretty much blog at other places now. My theological reflections are posted regularly at Per Christum, and most of my other thoughts are now posted at the Life in Your Years Blog. Please visit those blogs, and add them to your feeds and bookmarks.

School’s Out!

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Today is the last day of school for me this year. Yes, I am a teacher and not a student, but unknown to most students, teachers look forward to summer break about as much as students do! I plan on moving into the new house, catching up on work, and visiting family.

Because of high gas prices, we are changing some summer plans. Jennifer and I originally planned to visit Charleston, South Carolina, but now we are probably just going to visit Jonathan and Carmel, a huge mileage savings (not to mention saving hotel costs). It also will give all of us a chance to explore the local area where Jonathan and Carmel live (there are beaches, etc).

Upgraded

Monday, May 26th, 2008

It is well-known among WordPress users that Yahoo Web Hosting has been pretty weak as a host for the WordPress software. For ages, Yahoo only automatically installed WordPress 2.0.2, which was buggy and old. I was frustrated with it, because it was so old it wouldn’t import the new blogger, effectuvely meaning I couldn’t import the settings from my group blog to WordPress (so I had to go with WordPress.com). 

However, things seem to have changed. Yahoo now starts out with WordPress 2.3.3, which is a big improvement over 2.0.2. Also, I found a nice WordPress plug-in that automatically upgrades WordPress software!! It is the Instant Upgrade Plugin. Until this moment, as I mentioned, I was stuck with WordPress 2.0.2. So we’ll see how this works, but it looks like I finally will have updated WordPress software!

UPDATE: I had a few issues with links not working after I went from 2.0.2 to the newest version, 2.5.1, using the instant upgrade plugin. To fix this, I exported the contents of this blog, deleted the blog with 2.5.1., then started a new blog through yahoo web-hosting (which now starts off with 2.3.3), and importing my exported material. Then, I upgraded to 2.5.1 using the plug-in, and everything works fine (so far). So maybe going from 2.0.2  to 2.5.1 caused some buggy behavior.

Speaking of “upgrades,” school is out this Friday (four days!!). We will be officially buying our house on Friday. We have a few things to do, like mowing the yard, cleaning out the gutters, and, of course, moving in.

Ahhh warmth

Monday, April 14th, 2008

I feel like this blog is becoming a digest of updates…oh well, that is what a personal blog is I guess.

– It is getting pretty warm here in Ohio. It has been in the 60s and 70s the last few weeks, after a long, cold winter (which stretched well into March). I have already played golf once, and have run outside. I got a nice tan while in D.C. It is nice to be able to get out and take in some fresh air.

– Tomorrow is tax day, and my accountant hasn’t gotten my taxes back to me to sign and mail, even though I turned my forms in at the beginning of March. I keep calling. I could ask “do you know tomorrow is April 15??” but I sure as hell hope they already know that!

– Tomorrow is also what I call “Vitamin D Day,” or the day when the sun is finally strong enough north of Raleigh, NC, to cause our skins to make Vitamin D. So get some sun tomorrow, and start making some vitamins.

– I have been listening to Ryan Adams album “Easy Tiger,” and I am really getting into it. I like a lot of Adams’ Whiskeytown stuff, and his solo stuff is pretty good too.

A Break!

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I am taking a little break from being busy. Generally, I like being busy, in my own way. I like updating web pages, teaching Catholicism, and so forth. I go to work joyfully (most days at least!). However, it seems like I have been pretty busy this year. I have had weekend commitments that have kept me from visiting my family since January. Basically, I am ready for a rest, and I am going to take it this week, visiting my family. Here is what I have planned for this first week of the Easter season (called the Octave of Easter):

– Run or hike outside (I know it is still about 40-50 degrees out, but I don’t care. I need some fresh air!)

– Go to the YMCA (I got an MP3 player for taking Harris Poll surveys, and I haven’t used it until today. It was nice to be able to run with music playing)

– Go golfing (see above…yes I know it is still pretty chilly, and the ground is pretty wet, but I am aching to get out and golf)

– Do some target shooting (I haven’t had a chance to get out and shoot much…not since last summer)

– Celebrate the resurrection of Christ in morning and evening prayer (Easter is a festive and joyous season!)

Childhood Diet Ignorance

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

When I was in 7th grade, I was a little pudgy (I hadn’t yet hit my growth spurt), so I went to a meeting of “weighty matters” a county program to educate overweight kids. I didn’t get the pun (“weighty matters”) at the time. Another thing I didn’t “get” was the fat content of fish. The nurse passed out some nutrition guides, which showed the calories, fat, carbs, etc, contained in various foods. I saw that fish had only one gram of fat. “Oh, that’s good,” I thought, so I talked mom and dad into taking me to Long John’s Silvers and my brother and I each proceeded to eat a three-piece fried fish combo, with fries and hush puppies….one gram of fat indeed!

Re-Visioning This Blog

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Frozen Apple Cider

I have put most of my blogging efforts into Per Christum, our Catholic group blog. I am figuring out what to write about here. So I have pretty much decided that this blog will focus mainly on my other interests besides religion:

– Health, Exercise, and Nutrition

– Politics

– Business/Finance

– Photography

– Fun Stuff (like golf, nature, etc)

Ok, this being said, here is a winter photo from my parents’ back porch. Apparently a jug of Apple Cider was left there, and, thanks to the winter, has turned into an apple cider Popsicle! I have found that some of my fall stuff tends to get left outside way too long so that it lasts into the winter (past its prime). Jennifer and I had a few pumpkins outside our apartment that, as it rotted in December, became a daily lunch for a squirrel.

An (Almost Fall) Update

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

This post will be a collection of random thoughts and some odds-n-ends, so please bear with me. I haven’t had much time to blog lately. My duties at school have increased as I take on the role of athletic faculty rep (kind of like an assistant Athletic director, only not so). Oh, and did I mention I am getting married on September 29? I am getting very excited about this.

The weather is getting quite a bit cooler, especially in the evenings. I just bought some pumpkin spice coffee at Wal-Mart, and a few Tim Horton’s restaurants have pumpkin spice flavoring…life is good!

I was reading the other day that from October 1-April 15, in regions north of Raleigh, North Carolina, the sun’s energy is not powerful enough to cause our skin to produce Vitamin D. This means that we cannot make this important vitamin (associated with lower rates of cancer and MS) for 5.5 months! I have gotten some good sun this summer (using sun block appropriately too), but I even worry about my stores of this fat soluble chemical. This means right after my wedding I am starting to take about 400 IU/day, building up to about 1000 IU/day during the heart of winter (still less than the 20,000 IU or so your body makes during one brief sun exposure).

Oil prices have hit an all-time high, which means that many Americans, who want their cake (SUVs and lots of driving) and to eat it too (cheap energy prices) will be bi***ing and moaning about high gas prices, while simultaneously doing nothing about it. Of course, some good news is that a study recently showed that as gas prices rise, people get a little thinner. Imagine that…recovering the ancient art of walking.

I also have been playing around with The GIMP, an open source imaging editing software that I have had on my computer for about a year now, but finally began exploring. The images here were taken by me, but modified using GIMP.

Cat with Blue Eyes

Yellow Fall Flowers

Ohio Summer Bonding

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Today a few of us went out target shooting, and yesterday we went to a park nearby, chances to enjoy the hot, Ohio summer. And yes, Ohio is very hot right now. Photo one is a break in the trees near the creek. The second is a photo of a big pine tree. The third photo is probably what most of rural Ohio looks like this year: covered with corn. The fourth photo is a target stand, showing our inaccuracy! The fifth is a view from atop a hill at a park we went to. The sixth is a photo of a duck pond. Jennifer took that one.

Break in the Trees

Big Pine Tree

Row of Corn

Target Stand

View From Above

Duck Pond