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Oct

01

The test results are in.

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Fantastic!, Life

So, it’s October 1. The results from the SELECT exam are posted. I based the Test of Adult Basic Education. Thanks, public school system! For the POST test, I came in with 90 in Math, 96 in Reading, 90 in Grammar, and 100 in Writing for an average POST score of 94. Of everyone that passed, the average was 88.27. I finished the agility in 1.44, just a second and change slower than average, 1.4214. :/ Not horrible. My genius wife ran the figures weighing the POST scores with the agility scores as a secondary sort and came up with me ranking 25 out of the 125 passing candidates. There were 23 that failed out on one or the other.

Now, the question remains, “Is that good enough?” I don’t know, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Sep

14

We’ll be taking advantage of the More button on this one, kids, so as not to make this a mile long. So, last Monday, I separated from my employer. This leaves me without a job, and with even more debt to deal with. I’m not afraid, though. I know that God’s hand is still moving through all this. I have no idea how we’re going to make ends meet until I find something else, but I know that meet they will.

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Boy, oh, boy. My foot is killing me. I bought a new pair of running shoes on Saturday and some insoles to go with them. To break them in, I decided to go on a nice long run yesterday. I did 4.5 miles, but about halfway through, I couldn’t feel my feet anymore. By four miles, they were screaming. I really hope it’s the insoles I got with them. They have a really high heel, which I think was putting more pressure on the balls of my foot. Since that’s exactly where my regular insoles are designed to take the pressure off, that’s probably why my right foot is still on fire this morning. I’m going to lay off it for the rest of the day and probably not run tonight. It’s my day to lift anyway.

I’m probably going to suspend the running and lifting altogether Wednesday or Thursday. I’ve got a big day on Saturday and I don’t want to strain anything or risk any injuries. I’m in the best shape of my life right now, taking into consideration I’m almost thirty years old. (God help me.) Still, I have no idea how I’ll do. I’m pretty confident I won’t have a problem, but there’s still nagging doubts. I’ve got butterflies right now just thinking about it. I have to remember that everything that has brought me to this point appears to have been pre-ordained. Every time I’ve thought about not going through with it or examining other options, God slams those doors shut and gently brings me back onto this road, like a shepherd guiding a sheep along the path. “Stop trying to wander. Stay on the road upon which I’ve placed you and see this through.” I have to believe that if He has worked the circumstances to bring me to this point, He’ll help me rock it. If you want the cliche, “If He brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.” It’s campy, but it works.

I’ll see you, Saturday.

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Aug

21

Things are shaking and things are moving. It seems like everything is in a constant state of flux right now. Trying to get into school, looking for a new job, potentially changing career fields, my wife starting a new job, the kids growing up so quick. It’s hard to stay grounded and keep my bearings. There’s just so many things going on right now. Still, it’s exciting. I can see God moving in five or six places and have given up trying to keep track of what He’s doing. Right now I’m just holding on for the ride. Around and ’round she goes. Where she’ll stop, nobody knows. In the end, I think all of this is moving towards blessing us and bringing Glory to God. Leigh Ann’s promotion alone seems to testify to the movement of His hand. It was practically handed to her on a golden platter. While she’s certainly worked hard enough to earn it, the ease with which it came is astounding.

So for now, we’ll continue to praise God for the work He’s doing and faithfully await what’s to come.

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Yeah, so, it’s an update. It’s been three weeks, so we’ve got some ground to cover.

First, I’m feeling much better. I think it’s pretty much gone; but, I still feel a little weak every now and then.

Colorado was awesome. We went camping and I was able to get some decent mountain hiking in. It was real nice to see family and relax for a week. I really needed a break from work. The recharged batteries should keep me going for a while.

We now have a new vehicle. My Buick has been limping along for a while now. The driver’s window won’t roll up, so there’s rain damage. The roof was caving in. The driver’s seat belt didn’t buckle. No air conditioning. My in-laws were nice enough to watch our dog while we were away. We drove down to pick Hanna up and on the way back I happened to glance into the back. Kati & Ava were both passed out, covered in sweat, with their hair plastered to their foreheads. We’re going 75MPH with me in no seat belt. It was time. So, Saturday we went out just to check inventory and ended up coming home with a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country.

It\'s pretty

We got a pretty good deal, I think. We haggled for a while on it. My wife took it to a mechanic to inspect it and make sure everything was ship-shape. It passed with flying colors. It feels good to have a vehicle that’s not old enough to smoke or join the army. Still, it was really, really hard leaving the Buick. There was a lot of attachment stored up there. I’m going to miss it. It will be nice to drive something stable, though.

God’s been doing a lot of wonderful things with me lately. I’ve been spending a lot more time in prayer and study in recent weeks. It’s definitely paying dividends. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this close to Him. It’s the same as any relationship, I guess. If you don’t talk, you lose intimacy. Keeping the lines of communication open bring you closer together. I’m really excited to see what He has in store feor me in the near future. I’m starting to get a feeling there’s a change on the horizon.

Finally, regarding UFC 87, (Thanks, Tony) Jason MacDonald is an animal. I can’t believe he didn’t tap out. Roger Huerta, you have failed me. Rob Emmerson, even though you’re calling yourself Robert (lame), you’re still the man. Brock Lesnar may actually be legit. Go figure. GSP is still a punk.

That is all

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Jul

30

Still sick.

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Life, Mind & Body

Mono sucks. Reader’s Digest version:

Got sick again Friday. Went to hospital Sunday. Majorly dehydrated, lost 10 lbs in 3 days. Took 2 liters of fluid in an hour and got some nice nausea drugs normally given to cancer patients. That helped a lot and let me actually eat for the first time in days. I’m well “enough” to be at work now, but still feel like crap. Hopefully some fresh mountain air will recharge me on Friday.

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Jul

21

Back from the dead

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Life

It feels good to be healthy. I was sick Wednesday through Friday last week. I’m talking laying in bed colder than Hillary Clinton and soaked in sweat at the same time. Some pretty odd delirious-fever dreams/hallucinations. (Dude, building a windmill and sod house with your dad and eight brothers in 1858 is hard work!) Things are better, though. I’m back ready to go.

Now, go where?

I feel like I’ve finally got a plan for my career. I’m not sure if it’s right, though. It will be a drastic change in life if I go that route. It’s in a completely different field, and would be a huge adjustment. I’m not afraid of the change, though. I think it will be exciting and that after the initial adjustment, it will be so much more rewarding than what I’m doing. I would be making a difference for once.

The change would affect my family, though. This new job comes with some physical risks and my wife is worried about safety issues. How do I weigh personal and professional happiness against my own wife’s peace of mind? The issue is seldom far from mind these days. At this point, I’m tempted to go for it and deal with this issue, if it becomes one. If it doesn’t work out and I don’t make it, it’s not a problem anyway. I don’t know, though. I’ve been praying about it a lot, but haven’t heard a whole lot back. Still waiting for that sign.

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Jul

10

Donald was right. I am doomed.

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Life

Dear family, friends, and e-friends,

Should I ever disappear or turn up hacked into pieces, please direct the police to check out the creepy facilities guy at my work. He’s really creepy, but in a disarming way. He seems friendly enough. I don’t know what he actually does around here, but a great deal of it is done walking/sitting around singing and muttering to himself. Not like some people do when they’re concentrating on something. (“Okay, just one more…” etc) It’s the random mutterings of that guy you pass on the street wearing camo pants, flanel jacket, and sea captain’s hat. Like this guy:

This guy will stab you in your sleep

In fact, that kind of looks like the crazy facilities guy.

Now, this guy may be completely nice and just a little eccentric. I’ll grant you that. However, I’ll add that if you think that, you’ve never looked into his eyes. There’s madness there.

Madness

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1. I’m somewhat of a grammar, spelling, & pronunciation nazi. Today’s pet peeve: sell & sale. They aren’t the same word. They do not sound the same. They do not rhyme. If they rhyme when you say them, then:
chump

2. “Lord, search my heart,
create in me something clean.
Dandelions
You see flowers in these weeds. ” – Reese Roper

I hope He does. My life’s rather weedy right now. I’m not in a very good place, spiritually, and I don’t know why. It’s like looking out a tinted window. I can see the sun, but can’t really feel the warmth. This will require some action before I drift any further towards apathy.

3. Ireland is awesome. They are currently the only country with the gonads to stand up to the European Union’s borg-like assimilation mission.

Ireland rejects Treaty of Lisbon

“The Irish electorate has rejected the European Union’s Treaty of Lisbon. Irish television says 54 percent voted against and 46 percent for the treaty in Thursday’s referendum. Ireland was the only EU country to hold a vote* on the issue.”

That’s right, they let the people vote on an issue that directly affects their lives.

“Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan did his best to persuade people to vote in favour of the treaty which was designed to strengthen the EU and streamline its institutions. However, opponents said it would give too much power to Brussels and could affect Ireland’s neutrality and abortion laws.

The ‘no’ vote signals crisis in the EU as the treaty can only implemented if it is ratified be all 27 member states. It has already been ratified in 18 countries.”

Good for you, Ireland.

***

To finish it off, how about some Jewish reggae/rap? I agree, mother. That’s a fantastic idea. Here’s some music. With a video. Matisyahu is just plain dope. His rhymes are tight, and the lyrics are beautiful poetry.

I apologize for the ringtone spam at the bottom of the video. That’s the only copy I could find that allowed embedding.

* The word plebiscite has been changed to “vote” for simplicity’s sake.

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Apr

08

Random thoughts

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Just for lolz., Life, Rantings

Reason #438,238 to abolish the IRS. Tax season. My life will become infinitely easier April 16th. Well, maybe the 24th. :\

“Rock chalk Jayhawk” is the stupidest chant I’ve heard in my life.

Pepperonis are awesome. Way awesome.

6:00 AM runs are fantastic. They fall second only to 1:30 AM runs. At least that I remember. Haven’t had one of those great nights in 7 years. :\

:\ is the best emoticon ever created, other than Orangeface, #dslr, WP, RIP Logwind, OP, SP

That is all.

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