Day 233–The Next Level

Today was round two of meeting with area ministers and getting to talk about God.  Yesterday was lunch with Clint, and today was coffee (or in my case “coffee”) with Chip Anderson, teaching pastor at The Next Level Church in Denver.  You should definitely take some time to check them out at tnl.org. Their model and concept is amazing, and they have a great location for outreach into the community.  I love the church scene in Denver…it feels like its on the brink of something huge, and I think that’s an idea that’s foreign in the Bible Belt/Texas because we take God and church for granted.  I pray blessings on all these communities, that God may make Himself known to this city!

Breakfast–Massive breakfast, again.  I took the leftover home fries from yesterday, some mushrooms, and the leftover taco meat from whenever that was and sauteed them together with some scrambled eggs.  It was EPIC. And salty. But it lasted forever in my stomach, leading to the lack of…

Lunch–At like 2:30 I had a Granny Smith with some Nutella.  That was it, and it was actually just a recovery meal from a walk I went on.  I decided to explore the other end of our trail, while listening to Matt Chandler, and it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Dinner–For the second day in a row, I apparently read Abby’s mind and predicted the perfect dinner.  This time, however, it involved someone else cooking.  We went to Beau Jo’s again, because having one so close and not eating it is just stupid.  We had the spicy sausage combo (spicy sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, onion, and mushroom) with rocky mountain honey.  Honey on pizza? WHAT?  It’s amazing…especially with some red pepper flakes.  Spicy, sweet, salty, savory…delicious.

Dessert–Two fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Mmm.

Tomorrow there will be more working out! And more food! And more…breathing! So yeah!

Day 232–Blog Blog Bliggity Blog

Running out of titles…apparently I need something interesting to happen in my life.

Today was dominated by lunch with Clint Askins, a friend from grad school and the youth minister at Littleton CoC.  It was not only good food, but we sat and talked for a good two hours, allowing me to feel much better about my place in life.  Dunno if he reads this, but thanks man.

Breakfast–A plum, a banana, and a peanut butter and strawberry preserves wafflewich.  I’ve stolen Nathan MacDonald’s recent pledge to eat a massive breakfast to offset mid-morning snackage.  Good idea sir…good idea.

Lunch–Also known as, breakfast #2.  We went to the Original Pancake House, which is funny because I think there’s like 50 of them in the USA, but whatever.  They have delicious pancakes and home fries.  I went with the bacon pancakes, a new obsession of mine, and a side of the home fries.  The reason bacon pancakes fascinate me is that maple and bacon go together so well its almost frightening.  Sure enough, a small amount of maple syrup turned those pancakes into something splendid.  And the home fries made the meal well-rounded enough that I just ate half, then brought the rest home for leftovers. Score!

Snack–Ice cream sandwich…I wanted ice cream. Meh.

Dinner–Roasted sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers with balsamic vinegar on top of whole wheat linguine and chicken sausage.  It was great, and I made enough of that for leftovers too!  Look at me, planning ahead.

So there we go.  Decent day of eating.  Tomorrow should be another fun one, and hopefully I’ll be able to work some exercise into the routine again. Thanks for reading!

Day 231–Tunnels

Today was…a day.  That’s about all I’ve got for it.  I didn’t sleep overly well, it was cooler (but overcast and rainy), TV was painfully boring, I don’t have a new book yet, I managed to jam my wrist…so I guess par for Monday.  The good news is that I got to visit Kevin at Valor Christian today, and it was incredible.  Such a great school…it has this vibe around it where you can’t help but feel good.  Granted, the students may feel differently, but I’d definitely enjoy that kind of environment. Actually reminded me a bit of Plano West…if PWSHS looked like Hogwarts and was overlooking the mountains.  Wouldn’t be a bad place to work…

Eating today was kind of off-track too.  I just didn’t feel right all day, didn’t take the opportunities I had to exercise, and then when Abby wanted to go on a walk, I felt like death.  Again, yay Monday.

Breakfast–Strawberry Fields with sliced strawberries.  Even my cereal tasted off.

Lunch–Ramen, the variety with the Sriracha and mushrooms and broccoli.  It was delicious again. And cheap. Cheap is good…

Snack–A Granny Smith apple and the last of my Nutella.  We went to the store the other day so I could get fruit, Nutella, and puff pastry.  I left with fruit, a whole bunch of random junk, no Nutella, and no puff pastry. Fail.

Dinner–Since I was in a funk, Abby was kind enough to get us Chipotle.  Starbucks : The rest of the world :: Chipotle : Denver. Like…they’re EVERYWHERE.  I had a steak bowl with fajita veggies, black beans, rice, lettuce, corn salsa, and hot salsa.  Good, filling dinner to end off a so-so day.

Tomorrow, we’re having pancakes. Get pumped.

Day 230–Small World

This morning Abby and I got up and went to Littleton Church of Christ for church.  This was a leap for us, because we only knew one person there going in and developing a sense of community when you know you’ll be leaving is tough on the mind.  So of course, God took care of us and the first people we see walking in are Tyler and Aubrey Goudeau, friends of mine from Trek that have been going there for a while. As the service ended, the older couple behind us leans forward to introduce themselves, and it happens to be Tyler’s grandparents.  This wouldn’t be that odd, except I took Tyler’s grandfather Don on Trek six years ago. So literally there are about 15 people in the entire state of Colorado we know, and five of them happened to be at church with us this morning. Thank you God!

I also finished my book, The Glorious Cause, as promised.  It’s a ~650 page book on the American Revolutionary War written by Jeff Shaara, the son of Michael Shaara, author of The Killer Angels (about Gettysburg). I’ve been on a huge American history kick recently, rereading Killer Angels, listening to The Last Full Measure audiobook (about the conclusion of the Civil War), and reading Rise to Rebellion and The Glorious Cause about the revolution, starting with the Boston Massacre and ending with the Treaty of Paris.  They’re all wonderful, and I’d recommend all of them to you.  Unfortunately, now I’m out of literature…any suggestions?

Breakfast–Again, as promised, I had banana wafflewich.  Two strawberry Eggo waffles, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a banana.  Delicious.

Lunch–After church, we went to Walmart to pick up some items and then hit up Tokyo Joe’s again.  Of the two well-known Denver chains that we don’t have in Texas, Tokyo Joe’s and Noodles and Co., TJ is by far the best.  I had white chicken with brown rice, bamboo shoots, edamame, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms in a spicy teriyaki sauce.  I also had a cookie…celebrating Manchester United absolutely CRUSHING Arsenal.  Glory glory indeed.

Snack–Another banana. Then it made me itchy. Not okay.

Dinner–Arby’s…but we did two good things!  One, we didn’t get combos so there weren’t any fries to ramp up the calories, and two, we donated money to Denver schools.  Now we get a dollar off combos or free drinks for the rest of the calendar year. Boom.

Dessert–HA! No dessert! Look at me behaving…at least for today.

Send me your book recs, and keep up the prayers for a job.  This week should be interesting at least when it comes to the employment search…check bad for details!

Day 229–Backspin

Sorry for the lack of postage last night.  Slipped my mind after a wild night of Thai food and reruns of House Crashers (probably…I don’t even remember. It was THAT exciting) took up my time.  So I’ll make it up to you tonight…I promise. Sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Breakfast–Peanut butter and cherry preserves wafflewich. Shout out to Nathan MacDonald again for the awesomeness of the wafflewich.  And today we got some bananas to make them even more awesome and wafflewichy.

Exercise–Abby and I decided to use the “perks” of our apartment complex and play a little tennis.  Unfortunately, the net sags like Peyton Manning’s shoulders after an interception and the court had more cracks than Lindsey Lohan’s public image. ZING! We still had fun though, even if we aren’t that good.  We also discovered that the air up here is a bit thin…breathing a bit harder than usual, even for being out of shape.  Gotta work on that.

Lunch–Taco salad.  I made some chicken with taco seasoning last night, and decided to try it out today.  It was delicious!  Two chicken breasts, a packet of taco seasoning, about two cups of chicken broth, and simmer for an hour or so.  Turned into great taco meat.  So today I sauteed a hatch chile, some green onion, and the chicken together for a bit, then dumped it on salad greens and some cilantro.  Great lunch.

Snack–Two cups of kettle corn and a plum.  We got lots of produce at the grocery store…I’m excited!

Dinner–For dinner tonight we met Kevin and Libby Bishop at a place called the Old Mill in downtown Littleton.  I had the Philly burger, which was basically a regular burger with sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions on it (since I don’t eat cheese).  It was pretty good. Not the best fries in the world, but pretty good.  And the company was excellent!  It’s nice to have friends up here…community is important.  I think if we had to do this alone we wouldn’t make it.

So there you go.  No dessert because I had an inordinate amount of soda at the restaurant, and that was calorie and sugar enough for me.  Tomorrow we explore churches and maybe I finish my new book that I got on Thursday.  700 pages in 4 days? Why not?

Day 227–Rejection

I love that in the last week I’ve been very open about my job search, and then this morning I woke up and been rejected not once, not twice, but three times! Huzzah!  I’m thankful for faith, because I think if I didn’t know this all turns out okay in the end I would be in really, really bad shape.  I’ll see how this all works out, but I think its a pretty trying experience for a reason.  You pray for patience, God gives you opportunities to be patient. Even if it sucks.

We got our TV fixed, although I stand by my “endorsement” of Comcast–Don’t. Ever. Get. Comcast.  Even the technician was laughing and sympathetic when I told him of our problems.

Breakfast–Strawberry Fields with a LOT of sliced strawberries.  I love that cereal, and with fresh fruit its absolutely amazing.  I would have eaten two bowls if I had more strawberries.

Snack–Two of the mini KIND bars, apricot and almond.  They’re like healthy candy.

Lunch–Ramen!  Seriously, what an underrated food product.  For less than a buck (and sometimes less than a quarter depending on your location) you have the base for what can be a delicious meal.  I used the Oriental flavor, added sliced mushrooms, scallions, and broccoli, a dash of soy sauce, and a squirt of Sriracha.  Potentially some of the best noodle soup I’ve ever had.

Snack–Ice cream sandwich.  Told you–they’re addicting.  And today I found chocolate chip cookie dough flavor. Not good for my willpower.

Dinner–Hatch chile burgers again.  This time I sauteed some onion in the drippings, then deglazed with a splash of balsamic to go on top.  Great burgers, once again.  We had our leftover beans and then some Lays Kettle Cooked Spice Rubbed BBQ chips.

Tonight, we have Burn Notice and Suits.  If you haven’t seen Suits, you need to now.  Find it online, On Demand, something…its a fantastic show.  Dessert will probably consist of apples and Nutella. Because that’s how I roll.

Day 226–Long Walks on the Trail

Another day, another job application.  The good news is that Abby’s Wednesday went muuuuuch better than her Tuesday.  In fact, it went so well, so was able to come home and have lunch with me!  That’s much better than the 15 minutes she had yesterday.  I looked into substitute teaching and was overwhelmed by a monster application.  I honestly didn’t even know there was an application for substituting…shows how much attention I paid.  Here’s hoping one of these pans out eventually!

Breakfast–A whole wheat bagel thin with a little less than a tablespoon of cherry preserves.  It was good, and provided excellent fuel for…

Exercise–I was rudely surprised by our tv this morning when it decided to completely stop working.  All the channels we pay for don’t work, including our free movies and on demand. NOT okay. Since they couldn’t get it to work, now I get to spend time with the technician tomorrow.  We’ve had this for A WEEK.  Don’t ever get Comcast. Ever. We got it because it would give us a four month contract…I’d rather just stick with Netflix. Comcast = Fail. Anyways, while I was waiting for the box to reset (which didn’t work) I took an hour walk on the trail by our apartment.  I’d say I went about three miles, but the hills are certainly something new.  My calves are going crazy right now.

Lunch–Salad greens with tuna salad, sliced grapes, and some salt and pepper chips on the side.  Unfortunately, I ate lunch before I knew Abby would be joining me, but at least we got to spend some time together.  Afterwards (kind of completely canceling out the salad…) I had one of the ice cream sandwiches I bought yesterday.  Still amazed they’re just 160 calories.

Dinner–I’m apparently obsessed with that chicken sausage, because we had it again.  It’s just so good!  I took half a Walla Walla onion, a massive hatch chile from New Mexico, and sauteed them to caramelized, then added a splash of apple cider vinegar for some bite and transferred to a bowl.  In the same pan I sauteed the diced sausage, then added the veggies back to meld the flavors and stirred in some brown rice.  It was DELICIOUS.  Definitely a winner of a meal.

Dessert–When we went to Walmart (again) because we keep forgetting things when we go, I found a bag of cocoa kettle corn tucked away in the middle of what appeared to be buffalo flavored popcorn chips.  Those aren’t the same thing at all.  So when I got home, I had a cup and a half, which is only 140 calories. Score!  It’s really good stuff…I’m just afraid I won’t be able to find it again.

So there we go.  If you’re one of the people I’ve applied to work for and (for some unknown reason) you’re reading this, HIRE ME.  Thanks!