Monday, March 30, 2009

life to the full

So i have the club talk tonight for club. First monday club in the history, ok so we've only been around for 4 years, of Jerome YL. Using John 10 and talking about life to the full. The question that scares me is do i believe what I'm about to go tell kids? I mean first reaction says yes you know that there are things that steal kill and destroy but if i look deeper my actions say..ehhhh probably not. I mean i know that there are things that steal the joy that is Gods grace in my life. I know there are things that destroy what should be unbreakable in the center of my life. The problem i run into is the ease with which i let myself fall into these patterns, the ease with which i believe the lies and believe that comfort and instant results are really the best things for my life.

I also look at others lives and think "hey he's got it down maybe i should duplicate him exactly and then it will work out." Perfect example is this spring break....i went down to Charlotte and hung out with my friends the Gardners, Burris(es??), Lights for a couple days. I got caught up into thinking "hey they're married...hey they're on YL staff....hey they look like they've got it together" and tried to figure out in my own little mind how they were doing that and what i needed to do to get all that they had (idolatry 101). When i step back and look at it its easy to say "you tard don't follow them follow Christ" but why is that so hard to see in the moment? Even as i write this its hard to believe that i actually thought/believed these things...but its true.

I did pick up a new podcast to follow over the weekend though "Matt Chandler and the Village Church". Picked it up on the drive home from Chris Light, Chandler is a pastor down in Texas and is kinda like Driscoll Lite. He has the same passion and same kinda pastoral style (i honestly tried to find a different word there from "preaching style"....just doesn't sit well with me to call it that). I haven't listened to much but he seems like a cross between Driscoll and McManus in my head...i know big comparison...kinda like calling someone "the next Gretzky, Jordan or Ryan Leaf" side note the best part about blogging is that i can link wikipedia and its legit unlike any paper you ever have to write.

Those are my thoughts...more just things i know i need to get better at but still struggle with

Song o' the day: Runnin by 2pac/Notorious BIG (thank you random button from the hip hop playlist)

ten things i love about today

Ok so the title is a bit misleading....what i'm doing here is something my friend cam and i love to do when we're bored and talking to each other on gchat. What you do is go through and look for the 10 best status updates from facebook and see who has the better ones....I'm still trying to decide if i should put names to them or not. For the record status updates don't have to be serious but "lists" agravate both of us so they get a special nod and shoot up the list

What you see here is a combined top 10 with cam and myself...the post spring break updates haven't been as amazing as we would have hoped, we only assume its cause people are still on spring break or hung over from spring break

10 - Class then work then. then.. then...? AHHHHHH!!!! Stay calm... breath... Look both ways then cross the road. Now I got it. (first list plus a freakout...good start)

9 - gaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh EFFFFFFFFFFFFF Effing film fest ideaaaaaaaaa (this makes the list mostly due to how much it confused me...confusion over what exactly this is?)

8 - Sunday recap. 5 frosty miles 15 beers 2 frozen pizzas and 6 hours of planet earth on Discovery. Could be worse. Could be a lot worse. (how could that get worse?)

7 - is going to class. visiting the boyfriend. running. possibly work. ...Chels, when are we having our night!? ...Steph, I love you, esp. for tonight! Haha! ...Furball, when's tour de franzia so I know when I'm coming down! (a list...just leaving us asking Why? and really?)

6 - it's 2 am, still time for one more bad choice. (this from a NA dude...we assume its sarcasm but you can never know....he is tricky)

5 - feels like the kid in home alone, except no one is trying to rob my house and michael jackson didnt rape me....(no comment needed)

4 - since when do car handles just break off??? wtf i am soooooo pissed (this prompted a "YES" from both cam and myself)

3 - is stoked for Fast & Furious! (really?...the first 13 F&F's weren't terrible enough?)

2 - omg lol our break was so messed up lol we didnt make since half the time we were talking and that stupid video we made lol what was that al about haha..... i should have climbed threw that window with u lol. Oh did u ever give that pair of socks back haha that was funny haha.... I got my suitcase today and i have to tell u my dream about it last night lol i was so scared this morning  well call me later i love you hoe (wow...just wow)

1 - Iz back in skooo after 6 MONTHZ!!! 4get the gamez im on it this quarter!!! (and not a quarter too soon....winner winner chicken dinner)

again these are just a few that made us both either laugh or scratch our heads or both....not in order even though i did crown #1 as the winner (but honestly how could that one NOT win)

so yeah...leave a comment or 12 on how you feel about the list, or if you want to make your own go ahead

Monday, March 23, 2009


forgot one thing...but it didn't really fit last post anyway

I'm going to Charlotte with my friends the Lights tomorrow night through Friday. I can't wait to get down there and hang out with folks i haven't seen since i don't know when. Like i said in an earlier post this kicks off my month by month road trip extravaganza. This month its Charlotte next month its NYC/CT for the NFL draft. The month after that its the Woerth wedding then its off to camp.

It is almost 3 am and I'm still up i can't believe it....probably not smart since I'm going to be driving tomorrow but that's what sleeping in and coffee are for right?


not a long post just some quick thoughts

-March Madness....i feel like I'm the only person I've talked to who isn't hating their bracket after the first two rounds. I'm sitting pretty in the only two pools i entered (1st in one and 3 way tie for 2nd in another) and need Memphis, Louisville, Oklahoma and Pitt to make it to the Final 4 with Oklahoma and Memphis making it to the title game with Memphis coming out on top...then its winner winner chicken dinner.

-Blue Jackets....according to this site the jackets have a 95% chance of making the playoffs. I still can't believe it. They have been around for 8 years or so and this will be their first dive into playoff waters. I have been to a couple games this year and have caught the rest on tv except for the occasional one that falls on monday or wednesday nights. I can't believe that this team is playing well enough to make the playoffs. A lot of credit has to go to Steve Mason, the 20 year old goaltender who couldn't pass for 17, as he has tied the team record for shutouts with 9 this year and has been amazing after taking over for LeClaire when he got hurt earlier in the year. The play of Mason let GM Scott Howson get rid of Pascal LeClaire at the trade deadline to pick up a center, Antione Vermette, that the Jackets have desperately needed. Vermette has been exactly what the Jackets needed and has helped right away on the PK. He also has chipped in with 6 points i think in his first 7 games...its either 6 points in 7 games or 7 points in 6 games....either way he's been an incredible pick up for Howson. I really hope i can somehow snag a playoff ticket if and when they get here. I was at the Bruins game (which i still have to pay my friend for....Jody if you're reading this i will pay you soon HA!) with a bunch of folks and the atmosphere in the Nat that night was exciting. There was a certain buzz in the arena maybe it was the fact that the number one team in the east was in the house. Maybe it was the sense of excitement that they might actually make the playoffs this year....whatever it was it felt right and i can't wait for playoff hockey.

-Crew....The Crew won the MLS title last year. I think this is the first pro sports title for a team from Columbus since the Quest won back to back titles in the 90's. In case you weren't growing up in the city at that point or in case you didn't click on that link the Quest were a professional womens basketball team led by future Gold Medalist and former Buckeye Katie Smith that won the championship in the only 2 years the league existed. Well that's a lie the league existed for the start of a 3rd year but it folded 14 games in with the Quest having a record of 11-3 and an all but certain 3rd straight title. that played in Battelle Hall in downtown Columbus. Battelle Hall has been used in such prestigious events such as the Quest winning a title and housing the 2001 Commencement ceremonies of Thomas Worthington High School. So yeah....the Crew winning the MLS Cup in 08 slightly upgrades the trophy case in Columbus...slightly. The 2009 team fields 10 of the 11 players from the 08 cup winning side. The only player missing is Brad Evans who got selected by expansion side Seattle in the draft. Seattle also hired former Crew coach Sigi Schmid who had been in Columbus the past 3 seasons. Filling the gap (theres a weight joke in there somewhere but i'm too classy to find it) left by Schmid is Robert Warzycha. Warzycha played for the Crew back in the mid-late 90's....unlike Sigi he is a Columbus guy. He played here, was an assistant coach when he retired and lives in Dublin (go Celts). He has a son who plays soccer for OSU right now and it will be interesting to see what happens when its time for Konrad to turn pro.

All in all its a pretty exciting couple months ahead for the sports scene for me and the city of Columbus in general. The Jackets are playing exciting playoff level hockey, the Crew are a strong bet to repeat in the MLS and the Clippers....didn't even mention them but they got a sweet new park in the Arena District in Columbus and a certain somebodies uncle works for the club so i may or may not try and get some tickets from him when the time comes. Just saying...if you think i know things about sports my uncle knows things that i don't think the Schwaub knows about baseball...

For the record i know baseball is starting and I'm a little excited but i can't follow baseball from games 10-160...the start and ends and playoffs are all that are exciting to me. Oh yeah the NBA is almost done they have like 15 games left and LeBron is good...that's all for now

song of the day?: Leaves Fall by Chris Thile

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

all hopped up on coffee

Technically i am supposed to be studying right now but I just finished watching the US beat Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic on a double in the bottom of the 9th to win 6-5. That and I just watched a wicked video from my friends facebook page. The video was a testimony of a guy who used to be in Korn but gave all that up when he found Jesus. Apparently this site has been around for a most things in life I'm on the tertiary of "cool" or "hip" or "with it"

I haven't watched all of the videos at that site yet but i imagine they're all as powerful and have the ability to speak Truth to so many people. I haven't really been doing great with the relationship aspect with Christ lately, which kind of eats at me because i talk to high school kids every week about how important this relationship is to their life. I just feel like a hypocrite because how can i say this relationship is important if i neglect it every day? Why do i do this? Why do i neglect such a vital part of what makes me go? How can i know whats going on in my friends life 10x more than i can know whats going on in my life with Christ?

My life breaks down nicely for the next couple months.

Two exams and 7 days stand in the way of me going to Charlotte for a long weekend to hang out with old friends.

38 days till i go to NYC with an amazing group of guys for the NFL draft. More on this later.

68 days till the Woerth wedding. Ben and Brittany are two great friends that let me play 3rd wheel all the time when we hang out. This has the potential to be one of the best atmospheres at receptions I've ever been a part of.

June 12th-19th = BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE!!!....sorry that was my conditioned young life leader response....but seriously that's a couple months away and we already have 16 kids signed up with 8 of them being girls and 7 of them being freshman girls. legit.

beyond that...come should be impressed that i have those nailed down.

ok back to "studying" .....

trying something new here at the end
Your Song O the Day: #41 by Dave Matthews why you may ask?....cause its the first one that popped up on itunes when i hit shuffle