Things I need to work on…

Issue 1: Reading the word
Goal — Spend 10 minutes in the morning reading the bible and 20 minutes before I go to sleep.

Issue 2: Diet
Goal — No pizza or fast food this month. Salad for dinner at least twice a week.

Issue 3: Fitness
Goal — 30 minute walk everyday after work. Some other activity on the weekend (Biking, Basketball, Frisbee, etc..)

Issue 4: Finances
Goal — No spending on my CC this month.

J St.

After watching some high school basketball at Arco Arena, my flatmate and I went on a tour of J St. I called a buddy of mine and he recommended that we check out a Spanish food place called Tapa the World. I highly recommend it now too!! We had sangria, Filet Mignon Beef Tips, Grilled Chicken Strips, ChampiƱones al Ajillo, and Gambas al Ajillo. I really enjoyed the ambiance, it made you feel like you were sitting on a little street outside of Barcelona. From there we walked up and down J St. until we stumbled apon what is a highly rated Blues club called The Torch Club. I enjoyed the music, but the service left a lot to be desired and I think that the bartender might have spiked the beer with acid.

I was glad to finally explore Sac-Town, I have lived in Nor-Cal for almost 6 years and had never really spent much time there.

Here is a picture of the Sangria, Grilled Chicken Strips, and Filet Mignon Beef Tips at Tapas.

Girls high school basketball

I am off to Sacramento to watch the local girls varsity basketball team compete in the playoffs. They are playing at Arco arena where the Sacramento Kings play.

Wait a minute, did you read that correctly? Why would I travel 2 hours to watch a girls high school basketball game? Ah… yes, my flatmate’s twin sister is the assistant coach and we are going to support her and the team all the ways to the state finals.

Good luck Lindsay!!

Psalm 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Last night at small group we had the leader of all the small groups show up to just oversee our group and to give us tips to make us all stronger in our faith. What I took away from the meeting was that verse. He talked about how his mom made him say it out loud before leaving the house everyday. He really didn’t understand it at the time, but looking back he realizes that he helped him make the right decisions during the high temptation situations.

Recently I came across Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

I have decided that it will become my verse for 2005. I will memorize it and live my life according to it. I have a hard time letting go, I am bit of a control freak so it will be hard to “seek his will” but I am going to do my best to surrender to God’s will.

Vacation Wrap-up

My sister and brother-in-law came out from Minnesota for a visit this week. All I can say is WOW!! We had a blast. I drove 1300 + miles in 6 days showing them the big state of California.

26.Feb.2005

I drove down to LAX to pick them up and then we drove over to our hotel in Santa Monica. We toured the local attactions (Third Street Promenade, and the Pier) on Saturday night. The highlight of the night for me was going to a British pub and getting a huge bear hug from some crazy Wales rugby fan.

27.Feb.2005

Sunday we took off early to beat the traffic to the California Speedway in Fontana. My sister and her husband were nice enough to buy tickets for all of us for the Auto Club 500. I had never watched a nascar race (live or on TV) so this was going to be a interesting experience. I have to say that Nascar really knows what it is doing. Almost every fan I saw was covered in Nascar clothes (hats, shirts, jackets, headphones, shoes, etc…) and I believe the attendence at the race was around 90,000. I won’t say that I am a die hard fan, but I certainly have some interest in the sport now.

28.Feb.2005

Monday morning we left for Pismo Beach which is on the central coast halfway between L.A. and San Francisco. I think the day and a half that we spent there was my sisters favorite location. You could tell that she was amazed by the spectacular beaches and laid back vibe that Pismo gave us. I will post a picture of the sunset that we witnessed soon.

Monday night we had dinner with my girlfriend and then just hung out in the hotel lounge exchanging some really great conversation. My girlfriend was extremly busy at school, so I just want to tell her thanks for taking the time to come out with us for a few hours.

01.Mar.2005

Tuesday we drove back to the central valley so that I could show my sister where I lived and worked. I gave her a mini tour of my place of employment and introduced them to a few co-workers.

Tuesday night we went out to eat with a couple of my co-workers at Torii’s. My brother-in-law was really digging on this place. It has a really fun atmosphere and it was great to see both my sister and her husband eating Japanese with chop sticks!!

02.Mar.2005

Off to San Francisco!! Let’s see, we went to the following neighborhoods:

The Haight:
Saw some very interesting/shady characters around. How do people live on the streets?? I wonder what the path they took in their early years to end up living on the streets.

Golden Gate Park:
We really just covered the tip of the iceberg at the park, I just wanted to show them how secluded the park is. I love how quiet it is while being so close to the big city.

Fisherman’s Wharf:
This is where we spent the majority of our time. We hit a bunch of the little shops, studied the sea lions on Pier 39 and also took a bay cruise that went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz.

China Town:
Took a stroll through the madness that is China town. I love that you can just dive into a totally different culture just by hoping off the cable car and walking a few blocks. All the signs are in Chinese and you just lose yourself in all the little markets where people are battling for the best fish/meat/produce.

Union Square:
Shopping mecca, loads of people chilling out in the square.

SoMa:
Excellent little park called Yerba Buena. We sat on the overlook and could see over the whole park and the SF MOMA.

Marina:
We had to go to my favorite pizza place… Amici’s

So needless to say we were quite busy. We ended up staying in a hotel down by the wharf so that we could just take off from there to the Sacramento Airport in the morning.

03.Mar.2005

Took off early from SF to the Sacramento Airport. We stopped at a starbucks on our way, my sister had never been to one!! So they are now a part of the craze that is Starbucks. The airport wasn’t busy at all so I parked and went in to make sure that my sister got through security ok. It was a tearful goodbye and I have to say that I am so happy that they made it out here for a few days of relaxation. I really enjoyed their company the whole time and I am looking forward to the next time!!

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