Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Adventures of Mark and Brooks: Quest for Immerse-Part Two

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Post Ice Storm 2007

The TV news had cameras all over Central Texas filming the destruction of the "Ice Storm 2007." The Austin Chronicle noted the event in there last issue,
"Meanwhile, people in northern states snickered at us tough Texans freaking out over temperatures barely dipping below freezing, and useful TV weatherpersons beamed earnestly through huge amounts of face time – not to be repeated until the August heat waves arrive."
Looking back on the event, I couldn't recall even one of the weather men's name, even if offered money. I attended half a day of school on Thursday and then went to Milano for the weekend. Saturday, we spent most of the day at the Jr. High One Act Play competition in Temple, TX. Milano Jr. High presented Dearly Departed. It is a knee slappin', backwoods play that has the audience laughing from the first scene. Sunday, Kari and I attended Gause Baptist Church and spent time with close friends and her family. It was a delightful weekend. Monday began by spending lots of money on textbooks. I purchased five books and already owned one, to my benefit. Later Monday afternoon, Nic and I filmed a commercial for an upcoming Disciple Now (DNow). Our budget was small ($0.00), the crew was Nic and I, and our actors were two Junior High Students and one sophomore. Part of the theme verse comes from 1 Timothy 4:15-16, "Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don't be diverted. Just keep at it." We had fun trying to visualize the word immerse in an entertaining way to catch the youths attention. I will be posting the video once it is seen by the youth, so you check back later. Have a great day, God Bless.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

First Day of School

Today was supposed to be the first day of school, but due to weather conditions Texas State University was closed. As of this blog, school has also been cancelled till noon tomorrow. I got out of bed to sleet/snow about noon. It was a wonderful way to start the semester.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Missouri Trip: Review and Road Home

Wednesday: We spent the afternoon playing a game called Pit before we went to Kansas City. We left Blue Springs about five to arrive at the Crown Center to eat at Fritz's. The food is similar to Sonics, but the deliver method is what makes this restaurant unique. Around the entire restaurant, above each booth is a train track. At each booth is an elevator that lowers the food that is delivered by the train. You review the menu and pick up an old telephone receiver to place your order. Than the train whistle blows and the train comes from the kitchen to deliver your food. After dinner, we explored Crown Center and the connecting Westin Hotel. Later that evening we explored the famed Country Club Plaza. Known just as the Plaza, during Christmas time they lite the area with thousands of lights. To conclude the night, we went to Kim's uncle John and aunt Tina's home to watch Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Before we arrived at there house, we stopped at Quicktrip. Quicktrip is a gas station that has wonderful Freezonies (basically an icee). We had a delightful evening with her family, the hospitality was overwhelming. It was a blessing to be in such good company, watching a film, eating pop corn and laughing.

Thursday: The night before, we had planned to travel to St. Louis that morning. We were going to get an early start and see a few sites in St. Louis, but we did not get out of bed in time. We awoke about 10am and decided it would be to cancel our plans. Instead of getting up, we feel back to sleep and had breakfast at 1pm. After a the ladies prepared breakfast, we decided to take a nap. It may seem like laziness at first, but keep reading. We decided to rest the afternoon away and have dinner in Kansas City. We ate at Buca di Beppo in the Plaza. It is a family Italian restaurant that serves authentic Italian food. We explored the Plaza and did a little shopping. After leaving the Plaza, we explored downtown. We found a city park that overlooked the Missouri River. We headed back to Blue Springs early to visit with Kim's father who had been away on business. JMob's father was concerned about the weather and about midnight, we became concerned. After reviewing all the maps online, watching news casts from Dallas to Okalhoma City, we decided it would be in our best interest to leave that night (an ice storm was about to hit). We packed our things and said our goodbyes a few hours early and began our journey home about 1am Friday morning. Within forty-five minutes, the ladies on the trip were sleeping and JMob and I talked and sang the miles away. About 4am, JMob and I listened to Oklahoma radio warning all the listeners about poweroutages, getting all necessities from the store and advising people not to travel after 7am. Our projected rate, put us in Dallas by 7am. We had beaten the storm. The laziness earlier blessed us with enough energy to get us home and prevent us from being stranded in Missouri. Kari and I spent the weekend with her little sister Shelbi. We ate Mr. Gatti's with JMob, played video games and watched Napoleon Dynamite. It was a good end to the week.

Now, we are experiencing the Ice Storm 2007, accoring to the TV News. Most public schools have cancelled class and all universities have done the same. This might be the best way to start of semester, just don't go! It will be nice to have an extension on the Christmas break, but I am ready to get back to school. That is it for now...have a good day...stay warm...and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Missouri Trip: Mid-Week Review

Monday: We began our trip on Monday to Kim's house in Blue Springs, MO. Kari, Jonathan, Beth, and I were "On the road again." We spent most of the day on the road, leaving San Marcos at 6:45am. We arrived in Dallas about 10am and spent an hour at NorthPark Mall. After our break, we hit 75 North towards Okalhoma. Our first major town in Okalhoma was Muskogee. If you ask JMob, it is pronounced Mus-kah-gee. It was a wonderful laugh. We crossed the Missouri state line about 5pm. We got off I-44 and went north on 71 to Kansas City. We went through Carthage, MO, where the Battle of Carthage took place. Before we got into Kansas City, we exited to Blue Springs, which is east of KC. We arrived at Kim's house in Blue Spings about 8pm. Kari stuck her head out the window and yelled, "Roommate!" Kim was standing on the porch and replied, "Awe, roommate!" Later that evening, we had a "Texas" dinner, nachos were served. Before the meal was prepared, Kim decided to drop the bowl of beef on the floor. Dinner was delayed for a few hours, but bedtime was soon to come.

Tuesday: JMob and I were allowed to sleep till 11:30am. Apparently, the girls decided to get up early that morning and hang out and we needed to join them. We got moving and headed to a classic Blue Springs restaurant The Big Biscuit.Kim showed us around Blue Springs and we ended up in Kansas City. Just east of KC, we stopped at Arrowhead Stadium and Kaufman Stadium, where the Chiefs and Royals play. The two stadiums are side by side. We were allowed to go into the Royals Stadium, but we took it upon ourselves the see the Chief's field. Kari walked into the Arrowhead Club and her and Beth began looking around. There was no one in sight, so they continued to "look around." We all followed and eventually got to the field. We saw the Kansas City Star, Hallmark Headquarters, Union Station and many other buildings. Later that eveing, we went to dinner at 54th Street. We went skating at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City. No one offically wiped out, but JMob did hit the ice. Kari and I skated hand in hand several times on the ice. It was a delightful evening, that ended with a stop at Starbucks.

Wednesday: We began a late start, but the looks to hold a wonderful time in Kansas City. We are planning to go to a restaurant where the food is delivered by a train and a popular area of KC called The Plaza. Tune in next time...for the conclusion of the Missouri Trip.

Ice Skating is Wonderful

Thursday, January 04, 2007

2007: End of the year...and beyond!

Christmas and the New Years celebration has come and gone. Kari and I traveled many miles across the great state of Texas visiting family. We began celebrating Christmas on Dec. 17th with my mom's family in La Grange, TX. Than my mother came to San Marcos on Friday, the 22nd to take our engagement pictures. We shot photos on the Texas State campus and near the San Marcos River. We exchanged gifts later that evening. On Saturday, we went and celebrated Christmas with Kari's family in College Station. On Sunday, Christmas Eve, we went to my aunts and celebrated with my dad's family. Later that afternoon, we met my father at my Granny and Grandad's house. The house remains empty after their passing in July and September. We reflected on their lives and the many memories that we made in their home. We drove to Milano that evening and read the Christmas story. We woke up Christmas morning to find many gifts delivered by Santa. Later that week, we spent time at Kaleo Lodge in Mineola, TX with most of her mother's family. On New Years eve, we traveled back to join the FLBC youth on a trip to Main Event in Austin. We stayed up till one o'clock with the youth bowling, playing video games, putt-putt golf, etc. It was a blessed holiday filled with lots of time with family and friends.

The new year, 2007, brings new labels and adventures to Kari and I. On March 10th, I will no longer be single, but married. We will be getting married in Cameron, TX. I am now a senior at Texas State and graduation is around the corner. We have several plans for the upcoming year and are excited about the future. We are looking forward to what God has planned for us. May God Bless each of you in the new year.