Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I'm Thankful to be So Busy

I'm the busiest I've ever been in my life, and I both love and hate it.

There are a few reasons that I love being busy:
  • A strong sense of gratitude. I'm thankful for a fantastic girlfriend, agood job, a strong company, the best family relations I've enjoyed in years, and my latest venture, RadiatorsGalore.com.
  • A realization that there are a lot of people in this country who would love to have a job to be busy at. We're at close to 20% unemployment now if you look at reality and not fudged numbers from the government.
  • Anticipation for the future. When we stay keep our noses clean, stay busy, and work both smartly and diligently, good things normally come. There are exceptions to this, but they prove the rule.
Now, the other side. Reasons I hate being busy:
  • I'm not good at it! You're looking at a person always trying to improve their level of organization because they feel like they're in over their head.
  • Being busy can consume you and cause you to take family off the priority list.
  • I enjoy peace. The older I get, the more I like simplicity and peace. Perhaps I should pray for my business to be peaceful?
The Holidays are almost upon us and I hope that you and yours stay safe.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wondering About the Future

I've been thinking about the future a lot. Our engine sales business is doing well. I've started another company selling radiators. It's sold a few, but it really isn't ready to go at it full hog. I'm excited for the possibilities offered by this radiator company... but I'm also very nervous. It's very easy to think that something will work. Logically if you put work into something, research the market, and hit it hard, the venture should be fine. At the point the planning takes over and you lose control the hard part is upon you.

Pray for me, my friends. I'm a bit nervous.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Happenings as of Late

I promised I would blog more, and I'm trying to live up to that. Blogging is enjoyable, but alas, time is scarce. Here is a summary of what has been going on lately.

First, the new online business seems to be coming along well. Basic product listing is probably at about 50-60%, though it is difficult to say exactly where we stand since my supplier hasn't told me how many SKU's they have. This week, I hope to finish integrating the payment methods into the site. Then, hopefully, folks will start buying.

Jack Bauer seems to be doing much better. For those who don't know, he ran away while we were at my cousin's house, and was loose for four days. This was very scary for Sarah and I. He was finally caught in a live trap baited with Turkey meat. Poor guy stank, had all kinds of thorns digging into him, and was hungry as all getup. Of course, the truth of the matter is that he brought that on himself by running out from under the fence... but that's beside the point. We were glad to have him back.

My gout has been acting up a lot lately. I get it in my ankle, and it makes it impossible to walk. I've had two days in the last week where I couldn't really move. If you read this, please pray that my gout would be brought under control (and that I would be healed of it). This Wednesday I have an appointment with my doctor to discuss what the medicine I've been taking has and hasn't been addressing. Most likely, they will just move me up to a heavier dosage.

This past week, I switched from Comcast to AT&T Uverse. This seems to be working out well - more channels, better internet, and free phone at a lower permanent cost.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sorry I haven't Updated Much Lately!

I'm sorry that I haven't updated much lately. I've been busy growing a business, growing a relationship with the woman I believe to be the love of my life, and getting my life in order.

The ironic thing about not having time to blog is that I spend at least ten hours a day on the internet. However, I normally am working on web development for my businesses. It doesn't leave a lot of time for personal stuff other than the occasional Facebook.

That said, I'm going to try to update this a little more. I can't be too specific about many things since my competition will be interested to know what I'm doing (I monitor them, so of course they monitor me).

Monday, March 30, 2009

My Dog Died February 27

My dog died February 27. I'm writing about this here because all my writings about him disappeared recently when the internet forum I made them on crashed.

Let me say that in light of the death of my cousin's grandparents, I've felt very foolish for the "grieving" I've gone through, and still go through, for Midnight. Yet I cannot deny my pain. He was killed suddenly in front of me - six feet in front of me - by a speeder as I ran over him. He was 18 months old. When my gf broke up with me, she gave him to me to care for. I consider him to be instrumental in us getting back together, as updating her on him was the only real reason I had to keep in contact with her. I feel... indebted to that dog for the relationship I enjoy.

Looking back, I also see that I treated Midnight like a son. I took him everywhere. He loved to ride with me in the car. I would carry him into grocery stores with me, take him running in the park, "take him to grandma's..." I dunno. I was even looking for ear protectors for him so that I could take him shooting with me on my farm. I never found any, so that wasn't going to happen. :)

Sarah and I have gotten another dog. He can never replace Midnight, but I'm glad to have him with me. We got a rescue dog, who we named Jack Bauer. Midnight was a rescue dog too. The difference between Midnight and Jack Bauer is one of timing. Midnight was rescued as a puppy. He came to live with Sarah at 5 months of age. Jack Bauer is two, and was kept in a cage for all of his life. He's scared of me still, even after eight days of being around me. When I take him outside - whether to the dog park or to my parents back yard or to a field by the apartments, he stands and shivers - being in the open is terrifying to him. At home, he often hides behind books in the bottom of my nightstand. We'll love him, but he might never be able to be affectionate or receive affection from us the way Midnight did. But we'll love him all the same.

I guess we're dog people.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Working Out Hardcore Again

I lost 50 pounds the last four months of 2008. That was great! I slept better, felt better, and performed better in just about every way possible. Then, Christmas came, and I copped out - everyone cheats foodwise around the holidays, right? Well, the last week I've been hitting it hard again at the gym running. At home and at work, I stop and pop out push ups as often as I can. Hold me accountable!