My awesome husband agreed to write a love/hate post for himself...hope you enjoy it!
For some reason my wife insisted that I make my own list since she did hers yesterday. I am not sure if anyone cares what I currently love or hate but she did say that if I do it I can go see the Hobbit tonight. So anyway here it goes:
There is no better feeling than getting something accomplished with your own hands. As you may know, we have been doing this garage-to-living-space renovation in our house for over 2 and a half years and are finally reaping the benefits. So since we're not about to shell out thousands of dollars to hire someone else, I have been forced to learn how to do things like framing, hanging drywall, plumbing, electrical, etc. It is actually quite amazing and fulfilling since I had never even used a saw until a few years ago and barely even a drill. Now I feel like I could probably do almost anything and am excited to figure it out.
At this point I am thinking, "I hope I know what I am doing."
Too many DIY projects:
Over the last year, it felt like there were always 10 current projects going on at once and my mind was all over the place. Sometimes, I felt like I was spending way too much time just thinking about the next project and couldn't even appreciate a finished one. But I guess that is all part of renovations.
My new Nexus 7 tablet:
This past year I was in 3 fantasy football leagues. I am sure that most of you are probably rolling your eyes right now. But actually it has been pretty profitable for me since I have won over $200 each of the last 3 years. Yeah, now who's rolling their eyes! This year I won $240 and decided that I wanted to use it for just me. I bought a Google Android Nexus 7 tablet which is pretty much the same thing as a mini iPad but less expensive. You basically can do anything with it like read books (yea right), watch TV and movies (that’s more like it), play music, access the internet (fantasy football, baby), email, blogs (MLST of course), and so far the favorite App has naturally been Angry Birds (Ryder can’t get enough). The game is seriously addicting even if we are probably the last family on earth to play it.
Crap the media wants me to read:
Not sure why I thought I should include this but seriously, I am getting sick of going on Yahoo or Comcast only to read ridiculous top stories. I really don’t care about Kim Kardashian's latest revealing outfit, Justin Beiber’s new tattoo, Miley Cyrus’s man haircut, or Snooki’s who-knows-who-the-father-is baby. Also, I gotta say that I respect Tim Tebow probably more than any other athlete, but the media seems to think that every little thing he does is more important than the fact that our country has a bazillion dollar deficit. Anyway.
Coaching my son:
This year I have the chance to be a coach for the first time to my 5 year old son’s K-5 Upward basketball team. My dad was always my hockey coach when I was young so I am looking forward to doing the same for my kids. His first game is Saturday. Should be
Ryder is very excited to play basketball! Check out that defensive position!
The NHL lockout:
My favorite sport that I spend way too much time following online is hockey and I can't get enough of the Philadelphia Flyers. The NHL has locked out the players for a new league contract and of course they can’t agree. I am sure most of you don’t care anyway, but I am going through Flyers withdrawal.
This song [Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)]:
You know those times when you are driving in your car and get to where you are going and the song that is playing is so good that you just sit in your running car until it's over. Well this song was like that for my whole family on New Year’s Eve. It really is a great song not only because it is sung well but more importantly for its content. Check it out!
Getting stitches in my face:
A few weeks ago I took a hockey puck right in the face just above my upper lip. It bled a lot but didn't really hurt much. That is until the doctor injected Novocain like 8 times into my face. I like to think of myself as a big strong guy but I don’t think that many tears have ever poured out of my eyes. Then you have this guy tugging on your numb face for what seems like a half hour. Finally, 12 stitches later, all looks better but it sure wasn't a pleasant experience. Remember that the next time your toddler splits his face open and you have to hold him down while the doctor does his thing.
I was going to include the before picture but figured you might throw up.
Buying things used:
Craiglist, Goodwill, thrift store, Habitat for Humanity, and antique stores are our favorites and there are plenty of them around our area. It is a great feeling to score a quality find. It just takes a little patience and searching. Why spend 5 times as much when you could potentially find the same thing or better just slightly used. My wife is the master of this and I love her for it!
Made in China:
I know that this most likely applies to my Nexus 7 but I cringe every time I read that phrase on a product. I would much rather find something old and American made (because not much new is American made anymore) than buy some piece of cheaply-made crap at Walmart. Why can’t we start making stuff in America again? I don’t know why but this seems to annoy me more recently than it used to.
Finally, the really important things that I can honestly say that I love the most are the Lord and my family. They really are the true loves of my life. Life would be incomplete without them.
Aww...good post, Mitch! See, I knew you could do it. And I'm sure you guys liked it too, am I right?