This last weekend, Jacinda and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary with a trip down to the OC. It was great, we had a fondue dinner at the melting pot in thousand oaks, went to costa mesa for some shopping, had lobster at the ocean house right across the street from the santa monica beach, breakfast on the sand in paradise cove, looked at old stuff at the getty center and strolled along the shops of montana ave in santa monica. it was there that we saw the "biggest loser" first season winner, gary.
I am always the one that spots the "famous" people. We were just checking out all the shops and i spot gary as he says, "hey, i'm going to go grab a banana". I'm not a really big starstruck kind of guy. I do enjoy knowing what other peoples lives are, but in the end, we are all just humans. we all go to the bathroom. they just use much more expensive toilet paper. anyways, I don't like to interrupt their lives too much either, unless it was someone huge that i would really want to meet like chris martin, bono, matt redman, keifer sutherland... some of the "big" people in my mind. so, i just follow this guy into a supermarket until i can tell jacinda who he is. then, we check out his wife and friends (he's still trim by the way) and go on about our day. little victory for us.
i don't know, we're just big geeks that get excited about little things. last year for our anniversary i rented a black convertible bmw 330ci and we bought a star map and drove around hollywood/bel air/brentwood for hours looking at all these enormous homes. back to the story, we were walking the 3rd street promenade after grubbing on some seafood goodness and we, i mean i...spot josh groban. jacinda kind of freaked on that one, but again, we left him alone. it must be nice for them to go out somewhere where people don't really bug them. i mean, i'm sure celebrities walk those streets all the time. so, that was it for "lifestyles of the rich and famous". although i did see a convertible rolls royce cornisch. those are super expensive, but ugly. I'll post some pics and more about the weekend when i get my pics all imported. plus, i hate really long posts.
and, no, it wasn't clay aiken. it was the guy that they pulled up on stage from winning some stupid idol award. this guy couldn't sing a lick, but he obviously idolized aiken. so, they bring him out to sing one of aiken's songs and 20 seconds into it, clay comes out and the guys jumps 4 feet off the ground. seriously, if you guys didn't see that, you better find someone with a tivo because jacinda and i almost fell off the couch. the "guy" responded like a 9-year old girl would've reacted to last season's bruding constantine. no worse. it was like watching those old videos of when michael jackson would come into a town and all the girls are just screaming and jumping and fainting. you gotta love the way idol exploits people!
I am ready! this weekend is me and jacinda's 5 year anniversary and we are taking off friday morning for a long weekend in santa monica. i have been working like a dog and she has been doing so much around the house that we are in great need of a little vacation. we are going to chill, drive, enjoy the weather, the beach, the food. we're going to try some different things this time, drive down to laguna beach and see if we can spot kristen , lc, and talan. just kidding! if any of you know who i am talking about you are just as teenie bopper as we are! So, 2 more days of work. then it's off to the beach.
Tonight is the night for the season finale of 24 and my heart's already pumping. we are going over to another family's house to have a full-on potluck, season finale party. coolest thing about it...it's our associate pastor's house. 24 transcends all cultural barriers. or should i say jack bauer. there hasn't been a character this loved in TV since Gilligan; or for me DJ Tanner on Full House. man i had a crush on her! i just know that tonight they are going to throw some new character into the mix. you can't ever figure the show out because they are always throwing in new loops and conspiracies. gotta love it. so, to all my other 24 fans...don't worry i won't be calling you tonight. but i will be watching with some of you, so until then... "there's no time"
last night me and a bunch of guys from the college group i work with went to yosemite fitness. they have a big indoor rock climbing wall and a freestyle boulder. blake was all into it and even had his own belt. a couple of the guys were really good at it. it's all about weight to strength ratio. the tall, skinny guys could fly up the wall. on my first attempt up, i got where if i fell from the height i was at, it would probably hurt. i wanted to test the ropes ability to save my life. now, it wasn't a rope that someone was spotting me on, it's this rope attached to the ceiling with this measuring tape kind of kick back. so, as you go up, it retracts and when you fall down, it slows you down. see, the problem is that before i went there were a bunch of little 50 pound kids doing this. would you think that the same little rope thing that held them would work for me? i didn't so, i jumped. it didn't go nice and slow and i landed on my back! i tried the wall one more official time, but when i got to that certain height, i got nervous again. it was fun watching some of the other guys though. the guys who worked there were really good and so we all just watched them do their little tricks.
it's christmas at morgan stanley! yesterday we got brand new Dell 19" LCD's. honestly, i can't believe it. has anyone worked in a corporate setting where they get something new and it is actually the new thing? when i was at bank of america, they upgraded our screens to lcd but they were like 1st generation screens that looked terrible and were bulky. finally, i got the newest thing. this screen is awesome, so even though i have to use the pc, at least it looks pretty!
another lond day yesterday. woke up early, or should i say, on time, did my thing, ate breakfast, went to work, gym, and home again. jacinda and i were both beat, but kiara...bouncing off the walls. we kept expecting her to just crash because of the amount of energy she had expended all day. nope. we were watching american idol from the night before and she just danced to every song. but, she went to bed relatively easy and jacinda and i tried to stay awake to watch the idol "kick-off" show. to fill our time, we watched alias. jacinda fell asleep and by 9:15, we were in bed. so, we didn't see who got kicked off and now i'm scared to go read everyone else's blogs, because i know there will be stuff out there about it. maybe tonight we can watch and find out for ourselves. but, for how popular that show is around my office, i doubt i'll make it.
I have a devotional entitled "reflections for ragamuffins" by brennan manning. if you ever thought you were anything, then you need to start reading this guy. his love for people and brokenness of heart aka a ragamuffin, is amazing. although i don't believe he represents the entire spectrum of what a christian should be, he will definitely be a great aid in knocking you off your high horse and teach you to rest in the Lord. check out this quote from today's reading.
this is the God of the gospel of grace. a God who, out of love for us, sent the only Son he ever had wrapped in our skin. He learned how to walk, stumbled and fell, cried for His milk, sweated blood in the night, was lashed with a whip and showered with spit, was fixed to a cross, and died whispering forgiveness on us all.
the God of the legalistic Christian, on the other hand, is often unpredictable, erratic, and capable of all manner of prejudices. when we view God this way, we feel compelled to engage in some sort of magic to appease Him. Sunday worship becomes a superstitious insurance policy against His whims. this God expects people to be perfect and to be in perpetual control of their feelings and thoughts. when broken people with this concept of God fail--as inevitably they must--they usually expect punishment. so, they persevere in religious practices as they struggle to maintain a hollow image of a perfect self. the struggle itself is exhausting. the legalists can never live up to the expectations they project on God.
He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
'these people honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
they worship Me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
jacinda and i went out last night on our weekly monday night date. we caught an early movie, "just my luck". let me preface this by saying, jacinda and i are complete teeny-boppers. we love stupid, cheesy movies like this one, we love justin timberlake, we love really shallow shows like, "america's next top model" and "laguna beach". i don't know why, but we are just entertained by these things. so, just my luck, wasn't half bad. i really didn't expect much after lindsay lohan's "herbie" movie, which was terrible. she still seems kind of young to pull off the whole, working adult, thing, but the movie was entertaining. afterwards, jacinda and i took 15 minutes to decide where to go to dinner and ended up at logan's steakhouse. this is relatively new to fresno, maybe a couple years, but jacinda had never been there. the coolest part about the place is that they give you a bowl of peanuts, you crack them, and throw the shells on the floor. so, by the end of the night it starts looking like barnum and bailey's circus tent.
when we got home, kiara was still awake, and she said in her really cute little voice, "come lay by me daddy". can't say no. so, i laid down next to her in bed until she relaxed. it was one of those special dad/daughter moments where you're just looking into each other's eyes and talking. i asked her, "do you want to go to the beach this weekend?" she got excited and said, "we go to the park daddy?" yes, kiara. "push me on the swing daddy?" yes, baby. now close your eyes. oh, man, she is so cute. thank you Lord for the blessing of a daughter.