Thursday, January 25, 2007

"1 days to go!"


hahaha. I love it when people that code counters don't know how to use proper english.

the auto day counter on our wedding website spit that out:

http://ricky.myftp.biz/wedding

:)
So, uh, I'm getting married in less than 48 hours. More like, 45 hours and 15 minutes. (at the time I'm writing this.)

So thats cool.

I think its rather funny that the longest comment on our wedding webpage is from Granny D. :) not surprising at all, but funny. I'm glad that little comment entry section has a character limit, otherwise we'd have a few pages to read. :) I hope she doesn't pull us aside for a half an hour chat at our reception, because I don't look forward to trying to end one sided conversations. Its always hard to do tactfully.

So I have my ring, and I've been wearing it yesterday and today. :) I had fun showing it off to the other guys, and it makes me feel good to have a ring on my wedding finger. Thats definitely worth the risk of getting a small scratch in it (who looks too closely at the guys ring, anyhow?)

I've been struggling a little bit lately keeping my chin up and my lips smiling. Its been hard, I haven't had any alone time in quite a while, which is trying on an introvert such as myself. We've been going going going, and work is really squeezing every last bit out of me until I leave. We just had a big change in my group at work, as well, and my new bosses boss was nice enough to communicate to everyone on my projects that its absolutely unacceptable to try and get me to work while on my honeymoon. That was nice of him- its good to have someone up there that has, or pretends to have, a personal interest in my well being, which seems to be a first here at microsoft. Don't even get me started on wedding preparations, I don't really feel like talking about those right now. People have been nice enough to help though.
We've been moving stuff around in the townhouse, getting Rosie's stuff all situated. I gave her the big closet by the bathroom mirror, because, well, all women need mirrors by their closets. Something my mom taught me when I was younger. She'll probably be doing a bit more rearranging as well, and we have some plans to re-utilize the space we have, hopefully making the place a bit more comfortable and homey.

But boy, am I excited to get married and take a vacation. We really need this! God has been so amazing through all of this, giving us everything we need and opportunities at every turn to grow and learn with eachother. My prayer times have gotten much more sweet as of late, with quite the passion in them about my future bride, and passion God has for us and our future. It is truly amazing what he does for us and how he loves us. I pray that wherever we go and whatever we do, his hand be upon us and his blessing with us.

I guess now its time to start building the amazing marriage I've always dreamed of.
You can all be assured that I will pour every last ounce of my being into this task.

Ricky

Friday, January 19, 2007

So,

I have quite a bit I could blog about. Should I start with the most important, or the least important? hmm.

So I'm getting married in a little less than 8 days. Thats pretty sweet. It hasn't really hit me yet, thats for sure. I feel like I've been waiting so long that its more of a "Finally!" instead of a "yay we're getting married" type of feeling. I know, I know, I haven't waited as long as other people. But hey, we could have gotten married over the summer. hehe. I think the honeymoon will be a much needed vacation for the both of us. We've had a lot on our plates recently. A lot goes into a wedding. A lot more than you can really grasp unless you go through it- not just the crazy amount of things to plan, but the family dynamics that change as you get up to your date, and after. Things change quite a bit- you have your *own* family now, instead of being part of a different family. Priorities shift around, and I hate to say it, but allegiances change. First and foremost, you need to be attentive to your spouse. Everyone else falls behind that one person. (Sorry fathers, mothers.) We've come through some pretty interesting problems, and some amazingly wonderful times as well. I must say, we've done as much preparation as we can, for being married. You can read all the books in the world about how to be a good spouse, but it can't compare to experience. I just pray I can be the best husband possible for Rosemary. She sure deserves it.


Okay! Less serious topic. :)
So I went to the track last saturday and did my first race! It was a novice race, with 5 people in it. I aced both qualifiers, and smoked everyone to take the first qualifying spot. Then, in the main race, I got more nervous... and did lots worse. My best lap in the quals was a 16.5 or so, and my best lap in the main was a 17.4 or something. ha. So I got second place, but looking at the track times, I was fairly consistantly better than him (and I was reeling him in pretty good the whole race) but a couple of key mistakes let him keep the lead.
I was planning on going to the track again on tuesday, but it just so happened that Mike and a few others planned a surprise bachelor party for me that night. That was quite a bit of fun, and we played in a poker tournament. Daniel did pretty well, and I'm sure he'll tell you all about it :) but since I didn't get to go to the track, Rosie mentioned the next day that she'd like to see me race, and we should go to the track. I don't think I'd ever give up that opportunity, hehe (I love you Rosie) so we went, and it was a triple qualifier. There was no race, just 3 quals. They were for a big triple race next wednesday. I raced a *LOT* better than on saturday, and I got a few 15 1/2 second laps, and my mistakes werent nearly as bad. There were a ton of guys there that were smoking good, because they were qualifying for the big race, so I didn't qualify very well, but I still feel like I did great, for my second time on the track competatively. I'm having some problems with my gear, unfortunately. My power supply didn't work, so I returned that, and my batteries don't like to charge up all the way sometimes. I guess they are old. But man, I'm really starting to have a blast with this RC racing thing. Its a lot more fun to race competatively than to just drive around- the intensity and the announcer going just really makes it a much, much more entertaining time than just driving around.

Who knows, maybe next post to my blog I'll be married. :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

I've been reading some 1st corinthians lately, as well as some of the message this sunday was based on some of it.
Its definitely one of the most popular books of the bible to qoute. Paul says some pretty interesting and profound things in this book about how we should live life, and live it abundantly. A lot of people mis-interpret these scriptures, as well- most of the time, when you qoute a verse, you miss a lot of the surrounding verses, which you need to read, to understand what paul is trying to say.

Try taking a wonderful poem, and reading one line, and finding something profound in it. "The jay birds were perched upon the great maple tree," And you're like, okay, thats cool.
There are a couple of specific instances I'm talking about, in 1st corinthians. There is a scripture Paul wrote about previously, telling people not to hang out with people that are immoral. People that practice sexual sin, or are liars, greedy, or worship idols. Well, thats a verse many people love to use to beat down on other people or justify their lifestyle. I love what Paul writes here, to actually *Combat* that feeling of spiritual pride:
1st corinthians, 5:9-13
"When I wrote you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn't talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would haveto leave this world to avoid people like that. (Great sarcasm Paul. :) )I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people."

Well, even non-christians detest a person that is lying to themselves about their actions, proclaiming their belief in God, while practicing all sorts of crazy things.

Now, another note- in a couple verses previous, he talks about kicking someone out of the church. A lot of people like to use that scripture to make elite groups of people that "don't sin" or "practice a holy lifestyle." What people miss, is that paul is asking them to remove him from the church, because he says he is a christian, yet he's sleeping with his wife's MOM. GROSS. Paul said, meet as a group of elders, and remove him, so that his sin might be burned up, and he might be SAVED. Get it, SAVED. Not so that he is cast out like a lowlife.

I also love his bluntness about sexual sin. "Don't you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never!(!!!!!!) And don't you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the scriptures say, two are united into one."
That was corinthians 6:15-16. I love his bluntness. It's so true. You're joining your SOUL to every single person you sleep with. Imagine carrying around bits of every person you've ever slept with for the rest of your life, being part of them, and them part of you. Man, that just makes me want to stay even more pure for my wife, because I don't want to be a good ol melting pot of crazy people. I've even heard stories of people being cursed because of something a past lover has done... and it actually affecting them. (or, more practically, talk about STDs. I think a lot of the reasons why God told us to be pure, or a lot of his commandments, were just to keep us safe.)

I'll stop rambling, but I could go on... but I'm just going to read and fall more in love with God.