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Monday, May 13, 2013

Is There More To This Life That I Can't See?

A little weekend roundup blog of sorts is what is going to happen right now.  You see, one of the reasons I started this blog was due to my love of writing and encouragement from friends to continue the practice, and the other was so I could keep a real journal online about my life instead of putting up random pictures that clog up the news-feeds of my Facebook friends.  If you have not noticed, the only time I put anything on my Facebook status is when I post a new blog.  This gives people the option of seeing what I have been up to instead of being sort of forced to look at it?  

I think my new schedule of operations for the blog is going to be a Monday through Friday daily post with a few weekend posts here and there as I feel inspired to do so.  This Life Blog project I have started is growing incredibly fast, so if anyone has a suggestion of anything you would like me to write about or questions you may have, leave a comment on here and I will try to make a blog about it.  Now, to the weekend.

Unfortunately, my uncle Roy passed away early Wednesday morning after years of fighting various forms and stages of cancer.  Luckily, through my job and being around the family more overall I had much more time with him in the past two years than I had in the previous ten or so.  I have been to many, many funerals in my life, but I had never driven in a procession from the chapel to the cemetery until Saturday morning.

I was amazed at the lack of respect other drivers have for funeral processions these days.  When I was a kid, everyone and I mean EVERYONE pulled off the road and stopped to show respect.  We even had a full police escort  leading and trailing the procession, but still other drivers broke into our line and tried to get around.  Be who you want, but I find that disrespectful to the family and the deceased in any situation.  I know this is more of a traditional behavior rather than a rule of the road, but it still gets to me that people cannot follow that one, simple practice.

This is a distance photo and the only other picture I took of the funeral because I think taking pictures like that is a bit weird.  My uncle's casket is not in this picture, as I would not do something like that, but the majority of my family is buried in this same exact area.  All four grandparents, two aunts, and now two uncles have grave markers all essentially within sight of each other, even though they are on both my maternal and paternal side.  Strange how that worked out.

I have this weird obsession as of late and it involves candy.  Now, anyone who knows me in person is well aware that I have lost over sixty pounds in the past seven months, but I eat one roll of these every day.  I have no idea where this all came from, but these stupid things make me happy.

As do these:
And these:
I think you burn every calorie you consume when you eat sunflower seeds because they are such a pain to eat.  But, I know that it is better to eat throughout the day instead of solid, timed meals, so popping in a mouthful of these make for a good hold-over.  Just watch out for the sodium content.  David sunflower seeds are horrible, even though they are the most marketed brand.  Jumboz and Big's seeds have a more consistent size and you are much less likely to find a rotten seed.  The dill pickle flavor is actually really good and the flavor fades quickly, though the salt and pepper are my favorite by far.

I have my mom hooked on the protein/energy bar bandwagon and I like to give gifts that people can actually use, so I bought her a bag full of random bars for Mother's Day.  The Think Thin Creamy Peanut Butter are the best ever and I owe a friend of mine a big
"thank you" for introducing me to them...

We had a family Mother's Day picnic at the park on Sunday, which is pretty close to my house, so Tiffany and I arrived a little early. 

We watched the kites:

And played fetch:

video

And when I came home, the AJC had left a newspaper on my driveway... I do not have a subscription, but I like reading the newspaper more than reading online, so I will take it!

By the way, read the labels on the food you buy (these are not mine) because there is no reason why a jar of dry roasted peanuts should have an ingredients list that contains anything more than "peanuts, salt".  Seriously?

I apologize early that this photo blog was probably not as interesting as it could have been, but when your weekend starts off with a funeral, your mood tends to be a bit altered and such sets the tone for the rest of the weekend.  Blah.  

Stay tuned for something more interesting tomorrow.  I promise!

Grace and Peace,
    -Drew


Today's blog title came from the lyrics in this song:
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