Friday, January 19, 2018

Who Needs More Time?

Time is a zero-sum game. There is no way to get a 25th hour in your day. That makes time valuable; maybe even more valuable than any other commodity you have. That value makes it worth the effort to ‘budget’ your time just as you would your money. When you spend more time on something, this means spending less time on something else. Your time is your responsibility and the burden is using it wisely.

Who is the judge of your time? I look at time as a gift from God and try to use it how He would want me to. Start your day with your judge. Whether that means planning your day on your own, with your spouse, or in prayer with God. This will focus your day and maximize your use of it.

It is easy to feel guilty for not spending more time on any one topic. But, stop and consider this… Do you feel like you should spend more time with your spouse? Probably ‘yes’. Do you feel like you should spend more time with your children? Probably ‘yes’. Do you feel like you should spend more time at work? Probably ‘yes’. Focusing on just one thing, it will always want more from you.

Remember, your time is like a bucket. If your bucket is already full, adding more water to it; only spills water. Planning the day as a whole helps us realize our limitations and minimizes that opportunity for worry or guilt.

Planning one day at a time can consume much of that precious time. Try to look at things weekly. Create a rough weekly planner. List your have to's before your want to’s. Track your time and accomplishments for a week. Now take that information and tweak your weekly planner. Did you miss any "have to's"? Did task x take more or less time than you planned?  Continue this process for a few weeks until things seem to run 'smooth'. Now you have a guide every week to help keep you productive and happy. Remember to check back every two or three months and adjust. Did an old task go away? Did a new one pop up?

Still, need more time? Get up earlier. Not a lot, but maybe 30 minutes a day. Do you realize that would work out to two to three days of work a year? This can mean the difference between a smooth, well planned, accomplished day and a day filled with stress, distraction, and guilt.

This weekly template gives you power. When something unexpected comes up, you can make an educated decision. Can this fit into my schedule? Is this a have to that needs to replace a want to? Should I say 'no' to this new time user?

I will leave you with two final tips. Create a 'home base'. A designated place for your daily tools like keys, wallet, purse, phone, or glasses. Make sure the home base is easily accessed during your morning routine. Anything that can be made autopilot like this will add time to your day. Put everything back. Everything in your life needs a home. Not sure where that home is for something? Where was the first place you looked for it the last time you needed it?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Do your Best

At the beginning of a new year, I am reminded of a simple, comforting truth...

“Do Your Best and God will Take Care of the Rest”

This covers every topic of life. Every decision you make, ask yourself, “Is this my best?”  When I wake up, am I spending those first moments of my day in a way that will benefit the rest of my day? Am I leading my family by example, with love and patience? When I am driving to work, am I being safe and kind? When I am at work, am I giving my job my full focus and attention? When I spend money, am I sticking to a budget and taking care of the ‘needs’ before the ‘wants’? When I am at the grocery store, am I buying healthy choices; am I being kind to others? When I get home at night, am I loving my family, helping my neighbors and friends, making good use of my time? When I see that stranger in need, do I reach out to them to help in that moment? When I go to bed at night, am I giving myself enough time to sleep and recover to prepare for another day?

That may sound like a lot, but if you try you will be surprised to find many benefits. You will have far fewer things that give you opportunity to worry. You will feel better physically and psychologically. You will be healthier. You may never need to buy Rolaids again. This busy season will be simpler to navigate.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Loving my family!

Wow, been a while! About 18 months... With two little kids running around calling you daddy, your priorities sure change. I will be back on a more regular basis, just not yet :D

Always remember...

If you prioritize your life in this order:
1. God
2. Wife
3. Kids
4. Yourself
5. Friends and family
6. everyone else

You will get through this thing called life and be able to say, "I did my best!"

God bless!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Build a Picnic Table - wikiHow

How to Build a Picnic Table

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

One of life's pleasures is eating a simple outdoor meal when the weather is pleasant, whether you cook on a grill, or just prepare sandwiches and a salad for a light lunch. Here are the steps to build your own sturdy, functional picnic table on which to enjoy your meal.


  1. Obtain a durable lumber suitable for the project. The project in the photos uses pressure treated southern yellow pine, recycled from an old deck. Choosing premium lumber, or even a synthetic material made from recycled plastics will afford a higher quality finished project. The table built for this article is 72 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 32 inches tall, and required the following materials:
    • 14 - 2x6 72 inches long.
    • 5 - 2X4 30 inches long.
    • 3 lbs. 12d (3 1/2 inch) hot dipped galvanized nails. (Substitute 3 1/2 inch exterior (deck) screws for greater strength)
  2. Cut the following boards, using a rafter or speed square to scribe the correct angles:
    • Cut 12 2X6 boards 72 inches long. You may purchase 6 foot boards, but they will need to be cut to length and the ends squared so they will be uniform. Using 12 foot lumber will likely cost less, and because they are halved, there will be little waste.
    • Cut 3 2X4 boards, 30 inches from long point to long point, with 45 degree angles on each end.
    • Cut 4 2X6 boards 35 inches long from long point to short point, with a 25 degree angle on each end.
    • Note that you will also have to cut the diagonal bracing underneath the table top, but it is best to scribe this board to fit after the rest of the top is fastened together.
  3. Lay out the top boards on sawhorses, setting them so the best side (least knots, cracks, etc) is down, since this will be the bottom of the table top.
  4. Nail the 2X4 boards with the 45 degree angle cuts to the bottom of the table top, spaced 4 inches from either end and the third centered between the ends. Toenail these to hold them in position until the table is flipped over, when you can finish nailing the top.
  5. Position the 35 inch 2X6s so they are centered over the short point of the table top end rails as shown in the photo, and nail them securely to the rails.
  6. Measure up (down from the top when the table is flipped) 17 inches. Drive a nail into the leg at this mark, half way to the head. This will support the seat rails, which you will install next.
  7. Center the seat rails (also 2X6 72 inches long), centered between the inverted table legs, resting on the nails you have driven in at 17 inches. Nail these through into the legs.
  8. Mark the centers of both the table top middle rail and the seat rails. Scribe a 2X4 to fit diagonally between these marks, as shown in the photo. Cut these, and nail them securely into place.
  9. Invert your table so it is now standing on its legs. Lay your seat boards (again, 2X6s, 72 inches long, on the seat rails that should be sticking out from beneath the table on each side. You will want to try them out for size, shifting them in or out along the rail until they are comfortable for you. When you have these rails in a desirable position, mark the location of the outer seat board, remove them, and saw a 45 degree angle on the rail so none of it will protrude from beneath the seats.
  10. Reposition the seat boards and nail them off. Drive nails through the table top boards into their rails to finish securing them.
  11. Cut the corners of the table top at a 45 degree angle about 2 inches from the corners so they are rounded, to make it less likely anyone will bump into them.
  12. Sand and finish the table as you want. You can use a silicone waterproofing sealer, an exterior polyurethane (many so-called polyurethane products actually degrade in ultraviolet light), or a semitransparent exterior wood stain for this purpose.
  13. Set your table up in a shady spot and enjoy it.


  • Using bolts and wood screws for the described connections will offer a stronger finished product.
  • Use a weather and rot resistant lumber, or even a synthetic decking material for a long lasting table.


  • Do not build anything that a child can touch out of wood pressure-treated with chromated copper arsenate, or CCA. Most pressure-treated wood produced before 2003 contains CCA.
  • Avoid breathing sawdust from pressure treated lumber.
  • Wear safety glasses when using a circular saw and hammer.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber
  • Nails
  • Circular saw
  • Hand tools including measuring tape, hammer, and square

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Build a Picnic Table. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Did you know...

Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $7.00, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there.

If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it.

He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $200 every second.

He'll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.

He'll make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

This year, he'll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined.

Amazing isn't it?


If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 500 years, he'll still have less than Bill Gates has at this very moment.

Game over. Nerd wins.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Missing HAL.DLL or Invalid Boot.ini

After messin around with uTorrent a little too much I received the following error message on boot in Vista 64 bit...

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

After searching the internet a bit (on my Mac) I found these tidbits of information and thought I would share them...

If you are using Vista you can boot to the CD and choose "repair your system" and then "startup repair". Thats it, vista should auto repair your boot up problem.

Windows XP:

Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console Run "Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini" Delete the C:\Boot.ini file Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild" Run "Fixboot"

Hope this saves someone else some time :)

Friday, February 06, 2009

109 Random Facts You Should Know.

1. Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
2. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
3. 40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
4. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
5. On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
6. Chocolate kills dogs. True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
7. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.
8. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
9. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
10. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
11. Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
12. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
13. The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby".
14. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
15. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
16. Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
17. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
18. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
19. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.
20. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
21. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
22. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
23. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
24. The "pound" (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.
25. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
26. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
27. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
28. Dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in "mt".
29. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
30. In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off".
31. A cockroach can live for 10 days without a head.
32. We shed 40 pounds of skin a lifetime.
33. Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines.
34. Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year.
35. Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.
36. Blue is the favorite color of 80 percent of Americans.
37. When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying "yes" in Sri Lanka.
38. There are more chickens than people in the world.
39. It's against the law in Iceland to have a dog.
40. The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.
41. There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
42. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
43. The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three times each morning.
44. The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
45. The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette Company died of lung cancer.
46. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
47. The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
48. Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears never stop growing.
49. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
50. A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks.
51. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
52. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
53. When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.
54. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned His wife or mother because they were both deaf.
55. A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a Carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After Weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe Leaving her mentally retarded.
56. "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
57. Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking Countries because Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself.”
58. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
59. "Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters.
60. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed People do.
61. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every Letter in the English language.
62. If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line Would never end because of the rate of reproduction. 63. China has more English speakers than the United States.
64. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
65. Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
66. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
67. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our Bodies.
68. Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average Man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his Lifetime.
69. According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.
70. The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturi- Pukakpikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenua---anatahu - a New Zealand hill.
71. If you leave Tokyo by plane at 7:00am, you will arrive in Honolulu at Approximately 4:30pm the previous day.
72. Scientists in Australia's Parkes Observatory thought they had positive Proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space. However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a Microwave in the building.
73. Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.
74. More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria are exchanged during a French kiss.
75. Generally, men can read smaller print than women, but women can hear better.
76. Coca-Cola was originally green.
77. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
78. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.
79. There are more than two credit cards for every person in the United States.
80. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
81. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
82. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
83. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
84. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
85. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
86. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
87. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
88. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
89. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
90. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
91. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
92. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
93. Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Ans. - Honey.
94. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
95. A snail can sleep for three years.
96. All polar bears are left handed.
97. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
98. Butterflies taste with their feet.
99. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
100. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
101. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
102. Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
103. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
104. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
105. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
106. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
107. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
108. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
109. Most lipstick contains fish scales.