Monthly Archives: January 2009

I made it!

I made it through my eight days without taking a day off and all but one of the guys did, too. That’s a miracle! It was good that it wasn’t too busy so it made it a little better. So then, three weeks from now we get our six days off in a row. It’s worth it in the long run to work the eight for the six off later. I am really enjoying evening shift. I’ve been getting a lot more sleep and I have been very good about working out before going in.

I have done some stitching and I’m almost halfway through with Ashlyn’s stocking. I’ve finished reading “Take Up the Shield” and it was an excellent book. It compares the armor of God to a policeman’s uniform and it was very interesting how the comparisons shape up. It’s a must read for anyone in law enforcement or families of those that are. The author has 18 years of service as a Deputy in Los Angeles County and now how his own ministries (www.tenfourministries.com). Check it out if you get a chance.

Book Reviews

I’ve read two books so far this year, “The Shack” and “The Same Kind of Different as Me”. They were very different from each other and “The Shack” was different all together!

“The Shack” is about a man who has a terrible thing happen and he spends a weekend with the Trinity in a shack. It’s an interesting take on why bad things happen and God’s part in that. It was hard to follow in places, but I think it’s worth the time to read it. Just be careful that you remember it is FICTION. There are many places where the book directly opposes what the Bible says and the book is not a replacement for beliefs and the Bible. It’s just a book.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” is a true story about a black man from the south that grew up as a share cropper, a wealthy art dealer, and how they were brought together as friends. It’s a great story, a good book, and it reads quickly. It will touch your heart and I would recommend it.

Nothing much different going on around here. It’s my eight days in a row at work but I don’t think it will be too bad. One down, seven to go!

FBI Interview

I am going for my interview this morning for the FBI Academy. Each year, the FBI sends hundreds of local law enforcement through a modified academy at Quantico. It’s more for learning about educating and supervising and I have always wanted to go. It’s three months long in Washington and today is my day to interview. I probably will not be chosen this year, as one of the candidates has been the alternate twice already. But there are many departments that don’t have females that want to go and the FBI has a set number of females they want for each class. I may get to go in another department’s slot if they are short on females.

My uncle Riley died last week so I went to DeRidder for the weekend. It was a sad but happy time, as we know he is in Heaven. It was great to see my cousins who I had not seen in years. Work is going well, evening shift is good so far, and my workouts have been steady. The eating…well…let’s just say there is still lots of work to be done!

Change is Good…Isn’t It?

I decided to go back to evening shift, the shift I came to days from. I’m glad I no longer have to get up at 0400 in the morning, and it will make working out daily much easier. I can settle into a routine (which is when I do the best) and it should also help with calorie intake (I eat less when on evening shift for some reason). But I did have problems on that shift so I am a little apprehensive. It’s a little more money ($5 a day), but I lost some extra duty and at least half of my FTO sergeant’s pay. But I can go to court and make up for that, so I will just have to see how it goes.

Nothing else much happening around here. Still waiting for the painter and the new furniture won’t be in until sometime in April. I’m going to stitch on Ashlyn’s stocking!

Just Stopping By

Not much has been going on since my last post. I’ve been faithfully working on Ashlyn’s stocking and it’s coming along. The painter is actually supposed to come next week, really this time. The washing machine broke and I had to buy a new one. I got a Maytag this time with commercial parts. Hopefully it will last longer than 7 years like the last one! I went to the La-Z-Boy store to replace a chair and ended up getting a new sofa, chair, recliner, and coffee table! So much for paying off my second-to-last credit card, I just replaced it with furniture financing. It is interest free for two years so not bad. I’m scared to do my taxes, I think I’m going to have to pay this year.

I’ve been playing the Wii a lot lately and working out with the Wii Fit. I did a test yesterday and my Wii age is…drumroll…34! Woohoo! That’s pretty good, as it is 10 years below my real age (who knows how accurate it is)! I’ve been on my Arc Trainer as well and doing some toning. I’ve just gotten My Fitness Coach game for the Wii and I think I will try it out today!

2009 Starts with a “Bang”

Wow, I worked overtime on New Year’s Eve, riding with a task force aimed at getting some guns off the street that night. It was like being in Iraq. There was automatic gunfire everywhere, and just on one stop we made three arrests of convicted felons with firearms and seized seven guns (two AK47’s)! It was pretty wild, but at least no one got hurt.

I have started back on my fitness/nutrition journey, having gained back 20 pounds that I lost last spring. I’m using my equipment at home, including my Wii Fit and various games. I got the Jillian game for Christmas and I hear it’s pretty bad. I’m going to give it a fair shot and see what I think myself. I’ve also heard that the new “My Fitness Coach” is great, and that “Wii Ski” gives you a pretty good workout, too. I don’t have the last two but I’m thinking about getting them to keep a lot of variety in my workouts. No personal trainer this time and no gym membership. Going to use what I have, get in more daily steps, take the stairs, park further away, etc. I’m using SparkPeople.com as well for motivation and competition. It’s a free health website, check it out at www.sparkpeople.com.

I’m also back to stitching. I have been working on Ashlyn’s stocking and will do the other two after that. I’m also reading a book my mom gave me, “The Shack”. It has gotten mixed reviews but both parents said it was good so I’m giving it a go.

Today I’m back to the regular daily grind at work. Hopefully I will take down the Christmas decorations this evening after I get home from work and do my workout. I love Christmas and all the decorations but I hate having to put it all up, especially the part about putting it all in the attic! Oh well, it will boost my steps for the day!