Monthly Archives: July 2010

Field Trip w/ #21

On Saturday #21 (aka Bec, Becca, Becca Boo, and Rebecca) and I took a little field trip to Forest Park to the Army-Navy Store (this store rocks) to buy Ryan a birthday gift.  Forest Park is my old stomping grounds.  As we visited my homestead, we took a tour of where I received my outstanding education: J.E. Edmonds Elementary School, Forest Park Jr High (“B-Building” is no longer there!), and Forest Park Senior High School.

I was unable to find the street that was named after me (well I strayed painted my name on the street sign 40 years ago).  Apparently the City went back to the original street name.  Carter Cleaner is for sale, buildings are gone, no more Ace Hardware, and the City is obviously struggling.

The best part of the field trip was showing #21 the houses/apartment I have lived in.  Here they are:

The house I grew up in. Mom and Dad lived here for more than 40 years

1st Apt - Living on my own. Party Time - Villa Rouge Apt

Home ownership for the 1st time - @ 24 years old - The house hasn't changed much! Live in this house when I  got married; Ryan lived here too.

Home ownership for the first time at 24 years old; Felicia and I lived here, as well as Ryan.

Spent 8 years in this home; Added Bethany and Becca to our family at this location.

It was great to travel back in time, but most of all I loved the quality time with Becca Boo.

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Three e30’s

1991 318i, 1990 325is, 1990 325i

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june’s 2010 goals results = FAILED

Relationship Goal of the Month – Failed

The Fam

Have at least 1 date with each of my favorite people (if they will go)

  • Lunch with Ryan at Fox Bros
  • Dinner with Becca at La Parrilla
  • Many Dinners with Felicia at Mellow Mushroom
  • Couldn’t connect with Bethany
  • Overall, I’m disappointed in “connecting” with my family.  I can do better.  I need to be more creative, proactive, etc.


Financial Goal of the Month – Failed

Where's it going?

Track the money I spend and evaluate areas where I can conserve

  • Personally spent $ xxxx.xx Total (excluding money Felicia spent and fixed expenses like house, electric, cable, various services, etc)
  • Cash spend was $ $xxx.xx
  • Credit Card spend was $ $xxxx.xx
  • Ate out a lot
  • Purchased a “new” 20 year old car (could have waited until it was totally necessary)
  • Money is still too tight each month.  Living off my savings account which is almost diminished. .
  • Must develop a plan!


Learn Something New Goal of the Month — Failed


Read / Listen to a book

  • Brain dead this month
  • Didn’t do anything for my personal growth (“grow or die”)
  • Sad


Spiritual Goal of the Month – Failed Minus Minus

Distracted, Busy, Lacked Focus

30 Days with Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon was one of the greatest Bible scholars of all times and I found his devotional guide extremely boring.  New could get on track, missed a bunch of days, and can’t stand the KJV of the Bible.  Here are the ones I did read:

  • ·         June 30 –  Back, Then Forward – “Nevertheless I will remember My Covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an Everlasting Covenant”(Ezekiel 16:60). 
    • ·         June 29 – Invitation to Pray – “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”(Jeremiah 33:3). 
    • June 25 – A Staircase to Heaven – “And He saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man” (John 1:51).
    • June 22 – He with Us; We with Him – “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened”(Proverbs 10:27).
      • ·         June 16 – Possess, Not Only Profess – “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance”(Matthew 13:12). 
      • ·         June 14 – He Constantly Abides – “For the LORD will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake; because it hath pleased the LORD to make you His people”(1 Samuel 12:22). 
      • ·         June 7 – The Safest Place – “And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28). 
      • ·         June 4 – Exceedingly Precious – “They shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts in that day when l make up My jewels”(Malachi 3:17). 
      • ·         June 3 – “Be of Good Cheer” – “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”(John 16:33). 
      • June 2 – Surefootedness – “The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hind’s feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places”(Habakkuk 3:19).
      • June 1 – God’s Promise Keeps – “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days”(Ecclesiastes 11:1).