NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.


NEWS - There is still trouble with getting President Bush to come in line with what the American people (and everywhere else for that matter) want in regards to Iraq. What a legacy he is going to have. After starting his presidency akin to a hero, many (some even neutral) consider him one of the worst presidents that ever came down the pike. Pity.

ENTERTAINMENT - I have been catching up on all the America's Next Top Model programs when they run marathon-style on MTV. I know many may wonder how I got into that, look under the "LOVE" aspect of this NEWSFLASH. Anyway, what I have gathered is that Tyra Banks is WAY too full of herself. The contestants go live in a house that is over-saturated with Tyra pictures. Tyra becomes photographer in one part of the series, and every time the contestants get a message from the show, they get "Tyra Mail". Please. I am pretty Tyra'd of the whole self absorbancy thing.

WORK - I recently got my COLA (cost of living adjustment) raise. I needed that, as you know. Now I am gearing up for the next big meeting of my commission which is next week. I am finding that there are a lot of anal cavities in positions of managment in this part of the state recently.

SPIRIT - I had an interesting experience at church yesterday. First of all, the worship part of the service was led by an up and coming band from San Antonio Texas called Abandon. After that, the pastor got up and started his message. It was about being humble before God. He related a story about himself where he recently failed. He then got touched, confessed to God and kind of broke down. After composing himself, he stopped the message and asked Abandon to come back up and play the rest of the service out. It was a very unique experience to see God touch someone like that in front of the whole congregation. Abandon was very cooperative and understanding. The lead singer recognized the presence of the Spirit here when he announced that we are "REALLY having church here today."
FAMILY - There isn't too much to report in this area. Everything seems to be stable at the moment. I am planning to attend my family reunion this weekend (busy week since my birthday is this week, also). I am optimistic that my wife is going with me. She has been sick, though, and I am taking her to the doctor soon.
LOVE - This is the one that purtains to the Tyra Banks quip above. My wife is into the fashion thing as I mentioned before in this blog. She takes a lot of magazines and one of her programs is America's Next Top Model. I have looked throught the magazines and forced myself to get interested in the program because I feel it is important to TRY to do that for the person you love - to show that you have a genuine interest in them and what they like. I think if a person is open-minded, he/she can get interested in anything if they try. I owe my wife the interest I have in Jane Austen novels, for heaven's sake. Unfortunately, my dear wife doesn't reciprocate this 'open-mindedness'. It would be huge for me if she could get interested in my sports teams, western movies, or even Star Trek which I secretly enjoy (not so much of a secret now, apparently). I have mentioned this to her quite a few times, but no dice. However, I will STILL continue to share her interests with her because it is the right thing to do. Besides, maybe someday it just might rub off on her.
ANXIETY - I need to sell my house. This is a recording.
SPORTS - Thank God, football training camps are getting ready to start. My last place baseball team (The Reds) are killing my spirit. I was also asked by a friend to give him some pointers on drilling a major college basketball player for her summer workouts. Drawing on my experience with coaching, I did just that last week. This friend also wants the two of us to coach some sort of team this year. We'll see. In the meantime, I am suppose to help another friend coach youth football. Busy, busy.
HOME - The air conditioning is out at my mother's house. She doesn't mind much, but I worry about her. With my wife not working, it isn't easy to get something major repaired. My sisters and I are working on it, though. I swear, cutting three large lawns a week is taking its toll on me. I am exhausted and I have to cut more today. It is hot and humid. Not cool (pun intended).
That's it for another week. I have a few blogs to catch up on so look for me at your place.


Sayre said...

With all those lawns to mow, you're at least getting some exercise!!!!

Tyra Banks - ugh. 'Nuf said.

I hope your wife is feeling better and that you guys have a blast at the family reunion (and happy birthday!).

Anonymous said...

"I'm pretty Tyra'd of the whole self-absorbancy thing". Jeff, that is PRICELESS!

Jeff said...

Sayre: Thanks. I wish the exercise I have been getting looked like it was doing my body good. So far, all it is doing is making me more hungry. ;)

Steph: Well, you know, I do what I can. :)

Unknown said...

She is so full of herself isn't she especially when at the judging panel she demonstrates how they should have posed.
And pre-birthday wishes to you.. hope it a fantastic year for you!

Anonymous said...

The NewsFlash thing is a pretty good idea. It is a good exercise to see where you life stands at the moment. Don't mind me spending some time here today, I need some serious catching up to do. I'll be quiet. ;-)

goddessdivine said...

America's Next Top Model--just can't get into that. Talk about self-absorption. But I think it's sweet that you make an effort to like it since your wife does.

(btw--I found your link through jimmy's blog).

Nikki said...

I can't get into the whole Tyra thing is. I turned it on once and it didn't grab me...and she did strike me as vain as well.

Good luck on getting her interested in the stuff you love. I spread my interest over to the things hubby loves, and just now after almost 10 years of marriage, he has started watching history channel, discovery channel, etc. Still can't get the man to pick up a book though.

Michelle said...

Wow, THREE lawns? You deserve a medal. THat's like an olympic event - the tri-mow-lon!

I hope you and your wife get to enjoy more fun things together. It's so easy to get bogged down in "important stuff" and later you look back and realise.. it wasn't as important as sharing and making time to just have fun together.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I can't get past the part about you catching up with Top Model. (okay, and that you mow three lawns...there IS a reason I live in a condo)

Charles said...

Tyra everything huh? I would mind...LMAO

YOU LIKE STAR TREK? Me too Me too.

I'm looking forward to the football season too. I'm not sure I am going to play fantasy football though...after all I won (bragging rights LOL) last year in two out of the three I participated in.

Jeff said...

Random: Thanks.

Foo: Thanks for stopping by.

Kristen: Thanks, I try to be sweet. ;) Glad you happened by.

Nikki: I don't know if I can wait 10 years. lOL I don't know if I will even be around that long.

Jeff said...

Thanks Michelle: I wish I would get SOMETHING for cutting those lawns. It doesn't even seem that I am losing any weight doing it - other than sweat.

Stepping: The reason I DON'T live in a condo - condo associations.

Charles: Live long and prosper. If you do get back into fantasy football, let me know. I was in one of yours last year.