Friday, October 22, 2010

the week is over!

Today I conceded in defeat as Heather bested me in our niceness competition. I put up a valiant fight but ultimately she was victorious.

My gifts to her:
Nice text messages.
A lip gloss watch.
No Bake cheesecake.
Girardelli dark chocolate.
A pink drink coozie that says "World's Greatest Everything".
A watercolor painting of her wearing cool shades.
A cheesy "thinking of you" card.

Her gifts to me:
Nice text messages.
Blue pumpkin filled with various candies.
Mt. Dew.
Blue highlighter.
A box of Daylight Donuts.
Hand warmers.
A t-shirt that says "Half BFF/Half Superhero".
Weezer "Hurley" CD.
A pink tiara.

There are probably some things I left off but anyway...I was nice and told her she won. Maybe I really won, since I "let" her win. Hmm...

Anyway, this morning I was spraying some cologne on me and my bottle was messed up. Therefore I smelled strongly all day. Started the day off right!

This afternoon, Anna, Zach, and I went to Strick's to get burgers. As we got there, Zach said something that Anna jokingly replied to with, "You're not in God's will." Zach, in all seriousness, said, "God has a will?" He was thinking of a will & testament. Hilarious.

An aside note: Strick's has awesome burgers and they are cheap! I got mine today along with a Coke for $2.79. Beat that.

This week was so hectic. I had 2 tests and 2 papers due this week so needless to say I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. I am so glad it's over.

Next week I have 3 tests, though, so I am not looking forward to that. But hopefully I can get some rest this weekend.

Tonight we are having band practice in preparation for tomorrow morning. We will be playing at the Potts Camp fall festival. Then next week we have the Waterford fall festival to prepare for. Busy busy.

But now I leave you to take a nap. However I will post a pic of my sweet aforementioned t-shirt that I very discreetly took in the bathroom at school. Have a good weekend everybody.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

late night truths

Well, I'm up late tonight working on school work. I've written two papers and still have a test to study for, but I'm taking a break. I've already played Wii for 30 minutes and watched TV for another 30. Now it's time to blog.

Here are some things I have learned by being awake this late:

1.) Late night TV is terrible.

2.) Every other commercial is for some extraordinary new awesome ab cruncher device.

3.) Delirium sets in.

4.) You tend to contemplate buying said ab cruncher.

5.) Research papers written after 12 AM are kinda fun. Seriously, things get more interesting. Like, for instance, tonight I learned that a doctor who worked for the US government was responsible for the two deaths and the subsequent anthrax hysteria in 2001. When he found out he would be prosecuted, he killed himself. Crazy, huh? I was amazed. The 5 pages pretty much wrote themselves.

6.) Itt seams funee two mispel werdz

7.) Ha ha, that was funny!

8.) Why do people say "Woo!" at concerts when the lead singer says, "HOW Y'ALL DOIN' TONIGHT???"

9.) Seriously, why?

10.) I am too old for all nighters.

Monday, October 18, 2010

being nice

Heather Ewing and I have a friendly experiment going this week. We are going to try to be as nice as possible to one another for an entire week. Normally there is much trash talk that goes on between us, but for just one week we will be civil.

For instance, today she showed me a note I'd written on her study guide for our next Old Testament test. It said, "Heather is a big dummy". I had to think fast...I changed it to "Heather is a big dummy ray of sunlight!". But today she also upped the stakes by a large margin. When I walked into class, this was at my seat.

She's good! So this means, of course, that I need to do something extra awesome on Wednesday. I'll fill you in as it happens.

Friday, October 15, 2010

how could you be so pointless?

I have no humorous (British spelling) anecdotes to share today, but I will tell a few of the fun things that happened on this glorious Friday. Since I've decided to blog every day, I am always on the lookout for hilarity. Some days it just doesn't happen. Today was one of those days.

Yesterday I was asked to bring hamburgers for a joint birthday lunch at school. Now I don't fix food very often, but I jumped at this opportunity. My dad makes great burgers (he calls his "World Famous") and I have learned this recipe from him. I have since added a few things that I think take them above and beyond the realm of awesome. Of course, I'm keeping this recipe a secret. Sorry.

So anyway, last night I got my ingredients and started mixing. Then I stopped and thought about what I was doing. I was pushing and pulling and grinding and kneading the insides of a dead cow. Sick! Another ingredient I was adding is also considered a dead animal (it's a secret, figure it out). The entire ordeal made me a little queasy. Still, a well-made burger tastes so good that after they are ready, I don't think about the poor dead livestock. I just think about the heavenly taste.

Well today I was in class and Dr. Betty Hearn mentioned that she had a terrible morning. Anna Russell and I offered her a burger. Anna then kindly called us "suck-up"s and I realized that it was true. She said she may take us up on the offer. She never did. There go our bonus points!

Finally the time came to enjoy the burgers. The birthday dudes came waltzing in (not really, that would be weird) and we gave them a sitting ovation. As we dressed our burgers and ate chips, dip, and cookies, I experienced something new. Dale's steak seasoning on a burger is really good! The only other condiment at the table was mayo, and I detest the stuff. Why you ask? Ok, I'll tell you.

When I was a lowly stocker/bag boy at Carlisle's Big Star in the early 2000s, I witnessed a woman slam her cart into a display of glass jars of Hellman's. She seemed to get a sick joy out of seeing me sadly walk to the back and get a mop & bucket. Mean lady.

After scooping and mopping for what seemed like hours, I finally had all the white grossness cleaned off the floor. Yet I smelled like a human batch of potato salad. Ever since, the sight/smell/thought of mayonnaise has made me dry heave.

Corey Hall then told a story about a prank some guys pulled on his brother. They took an ice cream cone, filled it with mayo, then put a dab of ice cream on top to disguise the nastiness. After goading him into devouring the cone like Randy from "A Christmas Story" did with mashed potatoes, he got mad and probably questioned his faith in humankind. This effectively ruined my appetite.

Anyway, lunch was great. Ben Spencer and Zach Pickle (ironically he was the only pickle at the table, due to our forgetfulness) seemed to enjoy their feast. And another Friday had a happy...middle. Not ending.

How's that for a pointless post? Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

is a black bear a rebel?

If you are from the North Mississippi area, then you are well aware of the Ole Miss mascot issue. Today, the internet has been flooded with thoughts on the new mascot that was chosen. If you haven't seen it, then here it is:

In 2003, the University dropped Colonel Reb from appearing at games because he was "offensive". The strange thing is that I can somewhat understand this train of thought. If a southern plantation owner is offensive to African-Americans, that makes sense. But when I saw Colonel Reb as a kid, I never thought of him as a plantation owner. I just thought he was a cool looking old dude with a big head. But whatever. Does he offend you?

Anyway, I think the bear is a stupid idea. Maybe it will rub off on me, I dunno. I'm an Ole Miss fan and have been for my entire life...but honestly, a mascot is the least of their worries. If your football team is lousy, why do you need a mascot?

And now for some amusing tweets/Facebook statuses on the subject (edited for content, not spelling).

@Mitch_Harper: Ole Miss chose a Black Bear as their next mascot instead of Admiral Ackbar? Lame.


Ricky Murphy The only way to make Rebel Bear ok with me is if they put a real bear on the field like MSU does with Bully.

Mike Poole a black bear. Hotty Toddy? On my way to see Clinton speak, maybe he'll repute the vote as a stupid idea.

If the Ackbar tweet doesn't make sense to you, check out this video.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

hygienic instructions, also my 100th post!

Today I was walking out of class, about to head home. Many things ran through my mind: I have a big paper due tomorrow, homework I haven't finished, Power Point to get ready for tonight's worship, performing worship itself, and so on. My brain was rattling with all of these thoughts. Then I blog! I had promised to try and update daily, yet today I had absolutely nothing of interest to share.

I drove to the nearest gas station and stopped, since I had to take care of some business in the men's room. I didn't use the restrooms at school because I was too busy talking on the way out. I have a bad habit of doing that. What can I say, I like to be relational. And I know, TMI. Anyway, I wouldn't have shared that if it didn't bring me to my next point. I found my blog topic! Above the sink at the restroom in the gas station was this sign:

I know it's blurry, but come on. Seriously? Who doesn't know how to wash their hands?

And congratulations! This is my 100th blog on here, and it's kinda hard to believe. I have used this thing sporadically over the years, but am excited for the next 100. Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

why you shouldn't do homework late at night

Today in Advanced Grammar we went over some homework that dealt with the correct tenses of commonly confused verbs. Examples include: lie, lay, set, sit, sat, and so on. So as we are calling out answers, I laughed. Why? Because of a stupid mistake I made while working on this late one night. See if you can find my mistake. It's pretty obvious.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I want to make a conscious effort to blog more regularly. Today I asked myself, "Why don't I just post whenever something interesting happens?" I'll tell you why not. Because of Facebook & Twitter. They have sort of ruined blogging. But I will try and save some nuggets of hilarity for this blog, too.

Like today, I was browsing through the Blue Mountain bookstore and I saw this:

In our digital age, haven't CD sales dropped dramatically? Do people really need a CD opener keychain? Would you still buy one?

Friday, October 8, 2010

life changes

My life is so different from when I started this blog. It's pretty wild when I think about all of the things that have happened in the last few years, the way my life has been bent and molded and changed. At times it has been absolutely overwhelming. Sometimes it has been frustrating. And other times, exciting...but never boring.

Right now I am 27 years old. I am basically living day by day, hoping and praying for the best. I am in school again and the joys and frustrations of college life have taken some getting used to, trust me. I have been writing papers and taking tests. I've been discussing things that I haven't thought of in years. Most of my classes are English courses, and they are helping me to become a better writer. Of course this blog doesn't show that...I neglect it far too much.

But the main way I have been changed has been in my faith. I've seen God work miracles in my life. There are things I can't explain. People have randomly come to me when I've needed encouragement. My parents have given me so much in regards to love and support that I could never repay them. I couldn't ask for better people to have in my life. I have been loved and helped by people for my entire life, and I am truly learning to do the same.

This leads me to the meat of my post. Thanks for sticking with me so far.

The other day, I was driving home from school. I had been in classes all day, taking tests and quizzes, and I  was extremely tired on my journey back to my apartment. As I drove, I saw an old man on the side of the road standing beside his car. He looked lost, sad, even scared. I continued driving, thinking about that man. He looked like my Grandpa. But I didn't stop.

As I took the next turn, I heard a still, small voice speak to me deep in my subconscious. It was saying, "Go back." I ignored the voice, as I regrettably sometimes do. I kept driving, thinking about the nap I would take when I got home. I turned another corner and the voice became louder. "Go back!" I drove a little further until I could swear I heard a shout. "GO BACK!"

I turned on my blinker and pulled into a driveway. I sat there for a moment, thinking about what had just happened. How could I be so selfish? The man needed help. Was I too important to help him? Was my life really so special that I couldn't be bothered by some old man? Regret filled my mind, and I pulled out of the driveway back toward the man and his car.

As I approached, the old man was sitting in his car. It was in the same place, and he was resting. I rolled down my window as I got closer to him. "Are you okay, sir? Do you need any help?" I started feeling good about myself. I was truly being a good Samaritan. The old man looked at me and said, "No thanks. I ran out of gas, my wife is on her way with a gas can. Appreciate it though."

I was a little miffed, in a weird way. Here I had driven back after a distinct call to go and check on this man, and he just dismissed me? He didn't even need my help? Why did I bother? I couldn't figure it out.

As I drove home, a thought entered my mind. The point of going back to check on the man wasn't so that I would do a good deed for the day, or that I could say that I tried. The point was that I listened to God's calling. But the larger, uglier point was that I had initially dismissed the call. Twice. I was very saddened by this. I beat myself up in my mind for the rest of my commute. It wasn't until I got home and sat down that I understood the real gravity of the situation.

Christians are called to be like Christ. What does that mean? That we go to church and smile all the time? Or maybe that we fight continually about issues? No. We are supposed to do what Christ did, and that is to offer help to those who need it the most. This old man needed help. It is possible that I could have helped him if I had stopped immediately when I first saw him. Instead he got his wife to assist him. I almost missed an opportunity to be like Christ by doing something that He never did: I thought of myself before others.

It was quite a lesson to learn. Then, another way of looking at the situation hit me just as suddenly. Regardless of whether or not a person needs your help, you can at least try. The odds are that most of the people who have encouraged me lately didn't know that I specifically needed encouragement at that particular time. Sometimes I receive it when things are actually going great. It doesn't make it any less special.

So a summary of my thoughts as well as a small piece of advice to you, dear reader, is to not ignore God's call. Never underestimate what He is trying to teach you. And don't overthink every situation in your life. Every experience of your life is but a small piece of a much bigger puzzle that you can put together little by little. Life makes much more sense when we just push our thoughts away and simply go.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


New blog coming to you SOON.

In the meantime, check out this awesome video. I did a paper on it and made a 99.

Friday, August 13, 2010

my spiritual gift is clumsiness

Thank God that He gifted me with clumsiness. But more on that later.

I went to my old high school this morning to speak to the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). I thought about what to speak on for a few days, and then it came to me almost immediately. Encouragement. If there was any message I needed to hear in my high school days, it was to stay encouraged in my faith. I used the following three verses:

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

"For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Phil 4:13

I also touched on the act of trusting God totally, which is something new to me in my personal relationship with Christ. To act every day knowing that He has your best interests in His heart and that He will protect you.

The talk went really well. I got to see many of my church kids in a different setting than It was kinda funny, actually. I spent time talking to them and some of my old teachers who are still around 10 years later. All in all it was a really good morning.

Then, clumsiness struck.

As I parked my car and began walking across the street to my apartment, I dropped my keys on the curb. This has been happening to me a lot over the past week. I stopped and picked them up, wondering how I even dropped them in the first place. As I bent down, I felt a sudden rush of wind. I looked up to see a car zooming past just inches from me. I had completely not seen this car a second before. 

God made me clumsy. And today it saved my life.

Monday, May 10, 2010

weekend in future!

I have yet another new article to share with you guys: Awaken 2010.

I had a great weekend. Friday night I went to eat with friends Clay & Whitney Taylor and Andy Stevens at a very good Mexican place in Southaven. We had a good time chatting about the goings-on of the day, and later looked at the new home Clay and Whitney closed on and are soon to move in to. After that, Clay, Andy, and I watched Iron Man 2. And I loved it. Robert Downey Jr. is so funny and effortless as Tony Stark. Amazing movie.

Saturday I rode with Clay to Tupelo where we hung out with his family and went to a great little restaurant called Comer's. They had amazing catfish! Afterward we went to the Davis Event Center in Fulton to see Awaken 2010 (which you can read my review of at the link above). Clay's dad and sister performed in one of the local church bands, and we got to go backstage for a bit after they finished. It was cool to see some of these bands just being normal people...and even though I was standing next to Shane Barnard (of Shane and Shane), I didn't get to talk to him. I'd probably have to thank him for writing great songs that I play almost weekly...but I didn't get a chance. Still, we got to talk with a local rap group Notus who were very cool. I'm going to try and interview them for an upcoming article.

Which made me think...I need business cards. I want to be a writer, and it would give me a little credibility, I think.

Also, my mom gave me a good idea the other day. She said I should start working on a book. I would love to, and I think I have the perfect subject. More on that later.

In other news, I was accepted to Blue Mountain College on Friday! I am very excited. There was doubt I'd get in, since my last semester at Ole Miss (back in 2004) I pretty much squandered. But I'm excited to give it another shot!

In the meantime I will continue updating and blogging and writing and living life knowing that good things are on the horizon. Thanks for reading, chaps.

Friday, May 7, 2010

friday ramblings

I've posted another article on called "Fixing Christianity" (click that link there, partner). I have to say, I'm loving writing only concern is that I'm starting out too deep. I want to incorporate some humor as well. Don't wanna bore everybody.

I'm pretty excited for this weekend, I'm going to see Shane & Shane tomorrow night in Tupelo (hey! I could write about that!) and tonight I'll be grilling out with my good buddy Clay.

I am still job hunting, so if any of you know of any good part time jobs, let me know. I'm still planning to start school in the fall, also. I have little things here and there that are keeping me busy but I'd like something that I know will pay my rent!

Well I need to get off here, I have dishes that aren't washing themselves. Man that would be amazing if they could...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

new venture

I applied to write for last week, and as of yesterday, they accepted me! I'm the Tupelo Christian Living Examiner. Of course I don't live in Tupelo, but I'm not too far away.

The long & short of it is that I won't be neglecting this blog, but I'll instead be linking a lot to my new site as I write new articles. I used an old blog post I had originally posted here for my first article, just changed up a bit.

To see my article, click here. Please comment & subscribe! Thanks friends.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

tuesday revelations: can you burden God?

I applied to Blue Mountain College last month and they needed my immunization records. I took them over this morning after a night of what some would call insomnia. I seriously could not sleep last night...I've been sort of down & out/sickly with a cold which has led to a couple days of sleeping in. That's not really a good thing though. I'm sort of like a zombie at the moment (which reminds me, read my last post on my top 5 books! You'll see why that mental correlation happened).

Anyway, I made the trip to Blue Mountain and along the way had a real heart-to-heart with God. I have a lot going on at the moment, what with no job and trying to get into school again after 6 years. I felt somewhat better but still I had the notion that my life was going to the pits and nothing could change that fact. I felt like I was burdening God with my prayers and that I didn't deserve healing like I'd asked for.

After I finished up at Blue Mountain, I headed home. In a twist that I can only chalk up to sleep deprivation/divine intervention, I took a wrong turn and ended up doubling my drive back to my apartment. I surfed stations on my Sirius radio trying to pass the time, all the while still feeling downtrodden. As I turned to The Message, the Christian radio station, I heard a couple songs that started turning my mood around.

The most powerful song I heard was Amy Grant's new single, "Better Than A Hallelujah". In this song, she sings about how sometimes the cries of the hurting and broken are like beautiful melodies in God's ears. Well, just listen for yourself.

The song really touched me and in a very real way, I felt release. I have faith that my God is bigger than my current plight and will deliver me in one way or another. I just have to trust and believe...and know that He is never burdened with my life.

Monday, May 3, 2010

top 5 favorite books

As a professed nerd, it's no big surprise that I like to read. If you do, then I have some books you may want to check out. If you don't, check them out anyway (Literally! At a library!). Bad library humor aside, here are my top five favorite books (in no particular order as to not show favoritism to any potential authors who may stumble upon my site after Googling themselves).

The Shores of Space by Richard Matheson

As a kid, I was engrossed in nerdiness. I read comic books, loved Star Wars, and Weezer's Blue Album was the first CD I ever bought. Not to mention I wore big glasses and loved the library. One summer when I was about 12 years old, my local library had a book sale and I snagged this classic for $1.00. A collection of short stories from sci-fi legend Richard Matheson (writer of I Am Legend, Requiem for a Dream, and many Twilight Zone episodes), it had stories about all kinds of things that interested me. A robot boxing league that a human tries to enter. A little girl who is sucked into a time portal in her couch. A woman and man dealing with a pregnancy neither can explain. Yes, heavy stuff for a 12 year old, but over time I read and re-read this book until it became one of my favorite literary pieces.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

This is a more recent discovery for me. I was in Oxford's Off-Square Books store and found this helpful guide lying in a $4.00 bin. I thought it looked interesting...and boy is it ever. Brooks writes as if a zombie apocalypse is reasonable and almost makes me want to get ready for the inevitable. From the humble beginnings of the "disease" to selecting your weapons and strategy of making necessary kills, zombies had better think again before trying to invade.

Steinbeck by John Steinbeck

(I couldn't find the cover, but here's his handsome mug)

As a lover of the English language as well as the subject, no author captured my interest in my early college days like Steinbeck. Of course "The Grapes of Wrath" is epic, but my early favorite was "The Pearl", a story of loss & redemption that I'm sure most of you have read in one fashion or another. I found a huge (I mean huge) compilation of his most famous books at a bookstore a few years ago that has been as enjoyable to read as it is uncomfortable to hold. I need to get it on Kindle.

Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff

Matthew Paul Turner's book The Christian Culture Survival Guide was the first funny Christian book I'd ever read, but I'm saving it for another post. More recently, Jon Acuff's foray into the ink & paper world has caused many belly laughs for this guy. If you're a Christian who isn't afraid to laugh at your own ridiculousness, you need this book. Acuff references the sometimes Pharisitical lines we draw in our culture with humor and a dash of repentance on all of our behalf. I laugh every time I say "just" in prayers to God...which I think is a good thing.

Snake 'n Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret by Michael Kupperman

This book is more of a graphic compilation of short stories, and has some of the most strange and hilarious comic strips with awesome characters like: Underpants-On-His-Head-Man; the Mannister (a man who transforms into a bannister!); Two-Fisted Poe ("quoth the raven...LIGHTS OUT!"); and finally, Snake 'n Bacon...who are of course a snake and a piece of bacon. I found this book at a small bookstore about ten years ago and I read it every few months. I love Kupperman's style of drawing, and his humor is definitely a required taste but oh so very funny.

I urge you to tell me of your favorite books in the comments section and please, no Twilight references.

Good day!

the next step

Recently I was released from work, and have decided to go to school. But I also need money. So what have I done? Until a couple days ago, all I did was grow a beard and sit around in a pseudo-depressed mode. But I've since come out of that funk and have a few ideas brewing.

A fellow unemployed friend came to me about an online business that we'll soon be breaking ground on, so be on the lookout for that. Also, I'm continuing music and have a few dates lined up over the next couple months (and if you need someone to play for any sort of event, please contact me). I've also gone the old fashioned route of applying for jobs, but nothing's panned out at the moment.

And if all else fails, then at least there's selling my possessions on eBay.

God bless,


Saturday, March 27, 2010


Thursday night, at Blaine & Lena's, we had a leadership meeting. It was great, we bounced ideas and thoughts around and were having good conversation.

But ideas weren't the only thing I was bouncing.

At some point I had absentmindedly (is that one word? Ah who cares...) taken a swig of my Vitamin Water (yes I'm addicted) and forgotten to screw the cap back on. So as I'm fidgeting around on the couch, I kick over the bottle and V-Water goes everywhere. In the carpet, on a rug...everywhere. I jump up and say my "I'm sorry"s, and immediately a thought pops in my head. A thought I never thought I would think. (What a confusing sentence that is.)

My thought? "I wish I had a ShamWow right now."

Really? That's the first thing I think? What's up with that? I know one thing. That Vince guy is quite a marketer. I mean, I tried the whole "ShamWow Absorbing Drink Through Carpet" with a friend...and an old piece of carpet...only to find that it didn't quite work that well.

So why did my mind immediately jump to ShamWow?

Beats me. Or should I say "slices & dices me", you know, like the SlapChop...Vince's other product?

No, I shouldn't say that.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

new music blog

I have started a new blog based totally on music, and you can check it out here. Please. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

my first 5K, plus some things I learned

This is the tale of my first 5K and the truths I've learned.

Rewind to Saturday. I got up early and went to pick up one of the teenagers from my church who was running the race. We hung around in Oxford waiting for the start. I was so excited...seriously, I told someone yesterday that I used to get so pumped for Christmas up until I learned a little secret about a certain jolly fat man...then it was just another (yet still very special) day. However, Friday night I was struggling to fall asleep...just like I used to back in my Ninja Turtle collecting days. Saturday morning I woke up at 6, much like I would have 15 years ago, hyper and ready.

Back to Oxford...As I waited, I went to the restroom and inside I ran into a guy I went to high school with. He was a runner, too, back then (as was I for about 2 years. But I was terrible. More on that at a later time...) and was going to try his hand at it again. He and his girlfriend were just as excited as Shelby and I were. Eventually we were ready to begin. The announcer told us to go and approximately 300 bodies took off.

It was here, after my legs started moving, that I realized a few key points to a successful run. Some of them I was prepared for, but most of them I wasn't.

1.) Find a route to move forward.
As we started running, the crowd formed a huge cluster, making it impossible to do anything other than run in place...therefore wasting precious energy. I had to eventually run off the course and get around some of the walkers/slowpokes.

2.) Chew gum.
I drank tons of water last week, trying to get my body regulated and properly hydrated. Friday and Saturday morning I was downing bottles of water. Hitting up water fountains. Then, about a mile into the run, I got the worst drymouth. The cold air was blowing in my face and I couldn't do much about it. I was stuck with a dry palate. However, many people have since told me to chew gum. It keeps you from breathing so much from your mouth, and at the same time you are developing saliva. Educational, I know.

3.) Drafting is real!
I just think that this is really cool. I drafted off a few bigger people before zooming past them. It made me feel awesome.

4.) Check your shoelaces.
This is a common sense one. But it's so "common sense" that I forgot to even do it. I made sure I stretched and hydrated but failed to check my double-knots. About 2K into the race I noticed my shoelace on my left foot was flopping. I tried to ignore it but I felt like I would trip and eat pavement at any second. So I stopped, wasting precious seconds, and also lost my pace. I never could regain it.

5.) Train on hills.
Usually I train on hills and offbeat paths, but the hills I incurred in Oxford were pretty steep. Steeper than I was used to, anyway. So my time really suffered, as did my legs. I had to walk a lot more than I usually do when practicing.

My final time was 35:47, which I suppose for a first timer isn't all that bad. However, that's slow compared to my practices I do on my own. I just wasn't totally prepared.

But I hope to rectify that soon. I have signed up for another 5K in Germantown on March 21. I don't know what the course is like exactly but I have 19 days to get ready for it. Also, April 17 I will run the Holly Springs Pilgrimage 5K and the next weekend, April 24, I will do the Double Decker 5K in Oxford.

For races you'd like to check out, go to If you'd like information on the Couch-to-5K program that I used, go to

Until next time!

Friday, February 19, 2010

we've got some catching up to do

Wow I have SLACKED on the blogging.

I've had an interesting couple of months. I won't really delve too deeply into what's been going on, but instead focus on the positives. Because I'm a positive dude.

My running has continued, thank you for first 5k is next Saturday in the great city of Oxford. I'm very excited and a little nervous. I've had a nasty cold/virus for the past week and I can't seem to shake it. Tonight I ran a little via Wii Fit, and I hope to get back in the swing starting Monday (or Sunday, if everything goes well).

I had the opportunity to work this past weekend at a Disciple Now in Crowder/Batesville with my buddy Soul Train's youth guys. I had 6 super cool dudes stay with me in a very nice couple's home for the entire weekend. We had a blast, and I got to spend some good quality time in prayer and meditation. Sunday morning, after we had wrapped up, I was able to share with the Crowder kids a couple songs in worship. It was very fun and just what I needed.

And since my sickness this past week has turned me into a shut-in of sorts, I was able to sit down and come up with some great song ideas. I currently have two completed songs, ready for a full band treatment (hopefully soon) and another two that I'm still tweaking. I've always loved music, and to be able to write some has been such a fulfilling thing for me. I have only showed one person my first song, and he seemed very excited to hear it. Let's hope he wasn't just being nice.

Ben is also in the process of moving in with me, which is cool. He and I shared an apartment in Oxford a few years ago, so this is kind of a nostalgia trip. He's neat and I'm it's an interesting dynamic. But I'm glad he's moving in.

I have also signed up for another 5k in April which is held literally just outside my front door, here in Holly Springs. I'm hoping to do well in these two runs and then eventually start training for a half-marathon. But I'm trying not to count my chickens before they hatch, so to speak.

Well that's it for now. My medicine is kicking in and I don't want to ramble.

Thanks for reading.