Thursday, October 30, 2008

October 30, 2008

Today was Thursday.

The boys and I got to school today around 7:30 AM. I continued testing today on Chapters 3 in my Spanish I, II & III classes. Mr. Fredie graded all of the tests for my classes.

In BMA class I shared a devotion on the word "redeem". I defined it, talked about the sinfulness of mankind and used the LA riots of 15 years ago as an example of the wickedness of man.

Mr. Fredie and I visited after third period for a few minutes and I asked him some questions about his college classes. He mentioned to me something along the lines of the theory of proportions and how psychology has a lot of the developmental side of childhood stages nailed down.

I visited Mr. Mahan's World History class during fourth period for about 30 minutes.

After school I searched for my son Matthew, 12 years old, for about 25 minutes before I found him in the elementary school office. I was upset that he had not followed our regular routine and that he wasted my time. It also took us probably 20 extra minutes of fighting traffic because of the later leaving time. That bummed me out that we lost almost an hour after school. I took a nap and awoke a little tired still at around 4:30. Donna, Ash and Andrew came home before I left the house. I felt like I need to wait around a bit before I left. Donna was complaining that there was only chicken again for supper. I kissed her before I left. I am now at What a Burger on Siegen Lane.

October 29, 2008

Today is Wednesday.

I went jogging this morning first thing. I took the my boys to school we got there a little later than usual. I stopped by the prayer room for just a minute or two.

First period I copied some papers for Mrs. Denham and then put my Spanish tests together and ran copied for them as well.

I administered tests to both of my Spanish classes today with the help of Mr. Fredie, my student teacher. To cut down on cheating I put the desks farther apart and put rules on the board that the eyes and hands of students had to be visible to me, the teacher, at all times.

We also had chapel today after second period. Michael lead worship and Patti Hanten spoke. She had a great message.

Guitar class learned three new musical terms: accelrando, marcato and accompagnamenti.

I came home after flag pole duty and took a nap.

I went back for the Wednesday night service with the expectation of having to help lead worship but our children's pastor was in charge of the service. He had a cool "Bible" that when you opened it, fire came out. He also had some pieces of "paper" with sins written on them that he burned-up and they vanished in the air. I think a couple of the older folks decided not to stay for the service when they found out it was children oriented. That made my heart sad.

Ashlyn and I came home after the service. I went to bed around 9:30 to 10 PM. I was generally tired most of the day after getting probably just six hours of sleep last night.

One of the best things that happened today was that I learned part of a classical piece on guitar today. It made me want to make a daily goal of reading 10 measures of music every day either on the guitar, keys or drums.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October 28, 2008

Today is Tuesday. It was a B-day at school which is usually a little more manageable than A-days are due to smaller class sizes.

Shawn taught our BMA class about fasting today, then we prayed in the prayer room for about 30 minutes. Andrew's Spanish I class was enjoyable to teach today. I went over some pointers with Mr. Fredie after school today.

My boys and I let for home right after school. We got home the earliest ever probably at 3:15 PM. I took a 30 minute nap before being woken up by my son Matthew playing the electric guitar with distortion on it. I usually get woke up by some musical instrument in my house.

I went to the chiropractor and the bank to deposit a check from my mom for her wireless phone bill and some money to buy clothes for the family for pictures this Thanksgiving.

One of the coolest things that happened today was that I received around 50 requests for friends on Facebook, many of them people I haven't seen since college or even before college. I still have to go through the list. It is very cool to be in touch with lifelong friends.

October 27, 2008

Today was Monday. I got up earlier than normal and had time to do the previous 3 days of my journal online.

We did reviews in all my Spanish classes in preparation for a test on Chapter 3. Mr. Fredie helped me teach today. He is a student teacher.

Today was also a productive day as far as paper work goes. I got grades in for all of my students. Mrs. Martel also helped me fax my depreciation info on my house to my insurance company to get a check on it. I also turned in my mothers license plate tag from the car she sold me. We also stopped by the Business First Bank on Corporate Blvd and cashed my check from SFI as well as stopping by our bank and depositing my pay check . It always feels good to have a little money in the bank so I don't have to worry about bouncing anything.

Last night I purchased a microwave from Wal-Mart for my family. Our old one went out a few days ago. I went to bed around 11 PM.

Monday, October 27, 2008

October 26, 2008

Today was Sunday.

Practice got started a little late today because of setting up the stage and getting some guitars restrung. Worship was awesome today. Brandi lead I Am Free. Peter lead Because I Am Forgiven and Jesus, Messiah. Michael led Sacrifice. Mr. Purdue taught awesomely in Sunday School about there being no more pain in heaven.

I took a two hour nap this afternoon after chatting with Donna after lunch at Taco Bell with the familia. I was fairly energetic even after the service was done and at lunch.

I visited with Donna in the living room before taking the boys to youth group. On my laptop I read my Bible reading, listened to a message on forgiveness from Pastor Rizzo and worked on my facebook account. I also cleared out my emails and found online devotionals by Josh McDowell and David Wilkerson.

I went grocery shopping and was late picking up the boys from the Ogden's house. I didn't finally find their house until close to 9 PM.

October 25, 2008

I didn't head off to breakfast until around 10 AM this morning.

I ran into Larry Guy and Willie & Mary Jones today at breakfast.

We ate lunch at the Chinese food place right by our house.

Donna and I watched a lot of the LSU vs. Georgia game. LSU got smushed in a high scoring game.

Later this evening I went to McDonald's to wait for Andrew and Ben to get done at the movies. I picked out the songs for church tomorrow while my earplugs were in.

I probably did not get to sleep until between 11 - 12 PM.

October 24, 2008

Today was Friday.

Today was my daughter Ashlyn's birthday. She is 11 years old.

I taught the first 60 minutes of Bible and Musical Arts today. I gave a devotion from II Timothy 2. I also played a new song on the CD for them and then explained how to analyze the measures and chords using the Nashville Number system. I called the measures bricks. After teaching I made a quick run to the chiropractor and got back before lunch was over.

May parents came over at around 4:45 PM for Ashlyn's birthday. I made a sign for Ashlyn last night with a big 11 on our dry erase board.

Set Free went well. I played keys. We had a guest guitarist lead and a guest bassest. Andre was on the drums.

I was quite tired today. I stopped by the football game at CLA for part of the 2nd half. Donna was ready to go home so we headed there.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008


Tomorrow is Ashlyn's birthday. My daughter will be 11 years old! What a sweet and wonderful person she is. She is such a servant. Wow!

The best thing that happened today was that I had a lot of energy and a clear mind. I did not take any ibuprofen or other medicine for my muscles yesterday either. I was very energetic and creative in the classroom today. I had many ideas to share with my student teacher as to how to present lessons in a fun way or how to modify your assignment plans to adjust to the 90 minute period.

The worst thing that happened today is that Ashlyn found out that one of her friends could not come over tomorrow for her birthday party. That made me sad because we did not plan the party very far in advance so Ashlyn's friend had already made other plans. That made me feel like a lame parent. I feel like Ashlyn is so obedient and we take her blessings so casually. We tell her all the time what a blessing she is but I think she should have a big party thrown for her honor to let her know what a big deal she is to us.

October 22, 2008


Best thing that happened today was me using index cards with verbs printed on them and tearing the -ar ending off the verb on card to add present tense endings.

Dan and Charlotte lead worship at church for us.

Worst thing that happened today was our electricity was disconnected. I thought the amount to be paid earlier this month on the seventh was under $210. I thought it had been reduced and adjusted due to the hurricane. I actually owed $300. Hence the disconnect today. I had to pay $380 to get it reconnected, $100 past due, $200 for this month and almost $100 in reconnect fees. Fun.

All in all this was a good and productive day. I did not take any medicine for my muscles yesterday. I still feel good today and my mind is very clear.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October 21, 2008

Today was Tuesday.

I took Andrew to school this morning. We stopped by McDonald's on the way and got some sausage biscuits. I was a little on the tired side most of today. I performed well but did not have any extra energy or extra clarity of thought. Mr. F taught Spanish I and Spanish II today as part of his training program. In Spanish II we had only 4 of 25 students in class because of a Junior/Senior College Day trip. Guitar class went fairly well although I need to get my students to practice more effectively and stay in their assigned seats for the whole practice time.

Our roof got have shingled today with 30-year shingles. I took an nap but got interrupted by Donna telling me that the microwave was not working and then later by Ashlyn asking if the dog could go outside with her.

I am now at Jack in the Box by our house. The music is rather loud here. I wish it were more relaxing. I really feel burn out after a day of having to keep a constant eye on the behavior of my students. I don't think they realize how responsible I feel for their well-being and safety. All it takes is for one student to do one dumb thing like say something insulting to another student and a fight can break out.

I was upset at a student for not going into aftercare when the bell rang at 3:15 PM. He told me his ride was almost there. True, but it still took 3 extra minutes of my day. I insisted that he go to after care and I told him I was not pleased that he was wasting my time by not going when the bell rang earlier. I know that Donna and I and ever other teacher can really get beat down by the constant responsibility of having students on task and out of each others hair.

October 21, 2008

October 20, 2008

Today was Monday.

It was a B-Day at school. I had Mr. F., a student teacher with me today.

Chapel band practice was a little rough as we tried to teach them a new song.

I ate lunch at the elementary cafeteria. They had some beef with gravy in rice.

Spanish I went well and I let the student teacher go over some of the answers with the students to check their work.

I left school at fourth period, stopped by the Losey's insurance to get Andrew, my son, signed up on our policy to drive. I then stopped by the chiropractor and the bank to deposit a refund check from ScottTrade.

I went to sleep at about 11 PM.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

October 19, 2008

Today was Sunday.

We had a nice worship service this morning. The songs we did were Days of Elijah, Mighty to Save, Jesus Messiah and I Love You Lord. Patty and Michael did most of the leading. Our new band director played the saxophone with us during the service as well. He sounded really awesome.

The Saints lost to Caroline today 7 to 30. We ate lunch before that at the church. We had baked chicken that was delicioso. I took to ibuprophins this afternoon and took a nap for about and hour to an hour and a half. I visited with Donna for about an hour in the living room. I just dropped off Andrew at the church for youth group at 5PM. It is now 5:41PM.

October 18, 2008

Today was Saturday.

I took Andrew, Matthew and Ben down to the church for them to take a bus with the youth group to ShoutFest in Metarie, LA.

I did some reading and selected the songs for the worship service tomorrow at Christian Life Fellowship.

I took Donna and Ashlyn to Sam's Club, had my eye's checked with the optometrist, and ate pizza for lunch. We also went to Wal-Mart and Donna bought some clothes for Ashlyn including three sets of pajamas.

In the afternoon I went shopping for a wireless Internet card. I decided to give Verizon another try although I am still considering using AT&T because the have no limit on how much data you can transfer. The Verizon limit is 5GB per month or about 166MB per day.

I then used my new Internet at Jack in the Box on Airline. It was so nice to be able to research on the spot again like I used to. I can look for things so much better when I am in a relaxed environment with no distractions. I like to listen to pieces of recently released books at Also I am able to download audio books from my public library through their free service.

Later I watched most of the second half of the LSU game versus South Carolina. At 10:00PM I headed down to church. I spent about an hour setting up the stage for the service tomorrow. It was torn apart pretty badly. I also made copies of the music for the service.

I took Andrew and Matt home at past 11PM when they arrived back on the bus.

Friday, October 17, 2008

October 17, 2008

Today was Friday.

I woke up tired today and was a little sluggish most of the day.

I planned for my classes from about 7:45 AM until 8:15 AM by reading my textbook for presentation ideas and how to approach the written exercises. I then went and had a voice lesson with Mrs. Gee at the church our choir teacher at the school. The lesson lasted until close to 9 AM. I played my guitar and sang and the piano as well. It was a difficult lesson because it felt like I wasn't doing much right. I still think my teacher is the best though.

I then ran over to Donna's Kindergarten room and performed Jonas No Hizo Caso in Spanish and English with my guitar and voice. They liked it and it was fun to see the expressions on their faces. I then went to the K-4 room and performed the same song for them as well. They were as cute as could be.

I went back to the high school made some copies and then began second period. I had a new student in my Spanish I class. They did not do their warm-ups as quietly and a well as I had hoped. I took off point for lack of participation when a couple of the students were not able to translate some basic sentences correctly for me from the warm up sheet. While we were going over the warm-up I had two students that decided to totally ignore me and carry on a full fledged conversation. I got very upset and told them that what they were doing was pure bologna. When I came back to the strict zone in five minutes I apologized to the class for being so upset and explained to them why I was so.

Third period went well with my Spanish II & III class. We all got quite tired today but we pushed on ahead. Lunch was welcome. Guitar class in fourth period went well. I used an overhead transparency of music and had some of the students count the timing out on the projection. Duty lasted 30 minutes after that class.

We came home. I took a nap for an hour. I went to SFI to play music. I ended up playing the drum kit. I listened to Davy Ramsey on the way home. I am now sitting on the side of my bed with Midnight, my dog, getting a treat from my wife. Ashlyn is also laying down in the king size bed. We got Ashlyn's report card today. She got straight A's, eight of them. I owe her $10 per A. I am very proud of all her hard work. She is my special.

October 16, 2008

Today was Thursday.

I woke up with a very sharp mind today. I only took one aspirin before going to bed last night. My left wrist was a little tight in the morning but it loosened up later in the day.

When I got to school the student teacher that Peter spoke of was waiting in the office. I took him and showed him around my classroom. He spent the day with me in my Spanish classes. I finished showing Around the Hedge in Spanish to my classes.

I played drums for I Know Who I Am in chapel and then Andrew, my son, took over on the drums while I switched to piano.

I still had a lot of energy by fourth period, my planning period for the church. I ran around the school and ended up in my church music office putting the A-C song files in my portable file holder.

Donna and I went on a date to What a Burger. I came home an took an nap for about 45 min. When I got up from the nap I was still sluggish and tired. I was kind of bummed out that my mind was no longer sharp as it was earlier in the day. I think the reason my mind was so sharp these last two days is that I did not take any ibuprofen or naxoprin sodium at all before bedtime like I normally do. I also was able to exercise on Wednesday.

I ended up going to bed at about 11:30 PM but did not sleep good for the first couple of hours. I finally got up and took one ibuprofen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15, 2008

Today was Wednesday.

I showed the movie Over the Hedge in Spanish to my classes today with English subtitles.

Peter called my name over the intercom twice while I was on duty outside after school from 2:45 PM until 3:15 PM. This is the duty watching the kids that I do every A day. When I went to visit Peter, our principal, he told me that there would be a young man coming for five weeks from the LRCE program to do his student teaching so to speak. I told Peter that would be fine.

On the way to church I stopped by the bank to cash a check. The car in front of me took 9 minutes to do their business. I was really ticked that it took so long to process one transaction. The lady at the bank asked me how I was doing when I pulled up. I told her not so good because it took 9 minutes to process the car in front of me. She sympathized with me. I continued to drive to church but I soon realized that the Dodge Intrepid had heated up from sitting at the bank so long. I had to turn around and come back home and get the red car.

Patti Hanten lead worship tonight with the help of Jill Sprinkle. They did an awesome job. Patti is always so relaxed and sincere and has a gentle spirit when she leads worship. I have had several comments from the church folks that they enjoyed Patti and Brandi leading worship on our team.

I stopped by Wal-Mart and did some shopping tonight as well. I found for the first time some smaller cans of salmon for about $1.12 each. I bought five of them.

Andrew is grounded this week. He is very upset because he thinks Donna, his mom, is being unfair. I don't think he realizes that she wants him to clean the bathroom on a regular schedule every single week, not just when he wants to of remembers to do it. Andrew is a little on the messy side with his room as well. I have made that an issue with him as well, many times. I hope he learns some more organizational skills soon. I will have to walk him through some stuff step by step again and again until he gets it.

I forgot to mention in my journal that on Monday I spent about 20-30 minutes changing J's strings in guitar class. Also 9 week grades were due on Monday at 3 PM. I was able to get them done at 4 PM.

Today I also turned in my lesson plans two days late. I need to try to get a couple day jump on things. Right now I am just keeping up. I don't feel like I am falling behind but I would like to be ahead of the game.

October 14, 2008

Today was Tuesday.

The best thing that happened today was that I met my mom and she officially sold me her 1997 Dodge Intrepid. We did the paper work at about 1:30 PM at the notary by my house and right next door to my chiropractor.

I came home and did an art print for one of Ashlyn's classes as a special project. I also cooked some fish and fries in the oven before the family came home in the other car.

This evening I went to McDonald's to read. My mind was very clear and sharp for the first time in a while. I notice when I take ibuprofen before I go to bed at night for my muscles that the next day my mind is not always as sharp as I think it should be. I think I have an awesome brain when it is well rested, well fed and well exercised which is not enough these days. I did get to jog this afternoon as well before Donna and the kids came home.

When I was at McDonald's reading I tried using my TextAloud text-to-speech program to speed read at close to 1200 words per minute but the most comfortable fast pace was at 500 words per minute.

I am keeping up with my teaching responsibilities at school quite well but I feel like there is so much more that I need to do for the church sound system and visual stage presentation including replacing all the lights that don't work in the lighting system which is about 80 percent of them.

October 13, 2008

Today was Monday, an A-day at the High School.

I went to the chiropractor in our 1997 Dodge Intrepid that we bought from my parents. I gave them the check this evening even thought they dropped the car off on Saturday morning when I drove my Dad up to Von's. I didn't get into school until about a quarter till 9 AM. It was very peaceful to not have to be in a rush this morning. I have been working every day including Saturday and Sunday on the church music. On Saturday is when I make the worship song selection and plan out the transitions and flow between songs.

The rest of the day was quite tiring. I remember thinking to my self and saying out loud to Donna this is a forgettable day. She thought I said formidable at first.

October 12, 2008

Today was Sunday.

The children sang "I Love You Lord" in the service today. We only sang one praise song plus the kid's song, then Doc preached. Peter was not there today to lead worship, he had a virus of some type.

I took the boys to church youth group tonight. I gave Andrew and Matthew a drum and piano lesson before we left to go back home. I taught them chords 1 through 4 in the key of A.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October 11, 2008

Today was Saturday.

I drove my Dad up to Von's house about 200-225 miles away from Baton Rouge and about 60 miles north or northeast of Alexandria. I met Blake his son who has a recording studio in his house. He is very nice. I gave him some mixing pointers. My Dad, Von, Blake and myself at catfish right down the street from their house. It was very delicious and nice of them to treat us so well. The purpose of our visit was to help my Dad pick up a vehicle from a dealership up that way.

We left for the trip at 6:30 AM and I got back later today at around 4:30 PM. I was quite tired so I took a one hour nap before selecting the songs for church tomorrow.

I was able to stop by the place on Edith street in Pineville where my Grandmother Dean used to live. The trailer was still there with a nice garden, but it was all rather run down.

October 10, 2008

Today was Friday.

I graded two Spanish classes of tests today. Today was payday. Donna picked up my check for me because I forgot.

Set Free Indeed went well. I played bass and keyboard as well.

I spoke to my Bible & Musical Arts class today about the interesting times we are living in. There is cheating in school and cheating in our market economy. Yesterday the stock market lost 7% of its value.

I gave this class a short music theory lesson. I had them gather around the piano and I wrote a sample song about my watch after setting it on top of the piano. Andrew got a kick out of my song. I heard that he wrote a similar type goofy song in choir class as well.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October 9, 2008

Today was Thursday.

During my planning period, 1st period, I put together some Chapter tests for my Spanish classes and copied them in the copy room at the school.

Second period went well as they had their first open book test.

We then had a special chapel service with Peter Barnes in which he talked to the student body about our code of honor at the school. This week was a difficult week at the school. Some students were asked to leave because they tested positive to drug testing. Peter said that this was the hardest part of his job. He gave the students many warnings that main one of which was that "the Devil's goal is to destroy you." I took some notes in a notebook of which I hope to type some of them in this journal as soon as I remember where I set down the notebook later in the day.

We then had lunch.

Third period was shortened to about an hour and my Spanish II&III class also had an open book test which they found to be very difficult and as many as 8-10 of them stayed late into the next class to finish their test.

I had the fourth period Guitar class wait in the hall outside my room for a few extra minutes while my Spanish students finished their testing. In Guitar class I modified their performance test and made part of it a written test since our time was shorted to 30-40 minutes. Late in the class after testing some of the students were speaking of the topic of chapel which was cheating. I heard one of the students say, "Everyone cheats on tests." I was so disappointed to hear this kind of thinking. It is definitely a refection on our society as a group. I was really upset to realize that this thinking is so prevalent even in a Christian school. Later after taking a nap from a tiring day I went to Jack in the Box by the house while Donna worked out on her treadmill. I was very discouraged at human nature in general. As I was reading the news of the stock market loosing another 679 points or 7% of its value in one day, I realized that the same corruption in thought that is making our students dumber is the some stuff that is wrecking our economy right now. This somehow made me feel better because I felt that if the topic came up again in another class that I would be able to make my point better. I often explain how corruption has effected the Latin American countries I have lived in and how property is not protected as it is in America thus making it difficult or impossible for the average person to build wealth.

I listened to part of the Dave Ramsey financial show and also read some Hellen Keller quotes from I feel a little more energetic now at almost 10 PM after being very tired and worn for most of the afternoon. Managing a high school classroom is very tiring. I try to let nothing go unnoticed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 8, 2008

Today was Wednesday.

I slept very well last night. I took off from school today to rest and get some things done. One of the things I got done at breakfast this morning was call the Louisiana Revenue division and find out how much I still owe in Louisiana state taxes. Answer: $955. I called the IRS and found out that we have paid them in full so the $8,000 in debt we owed them three to four years ago is finally paid. What a nice feeling that is.

I came home after breakfast at Jack in the Box where it was very cold and the cold air from the AC hit the back of my neck and my back and made my muscles tighten up. When I got home I went outside with Midnight, my black Labrador, and I laid in the sun on the trampoline for about 20 minutes or so.

I also cooked some steaks this afternoon and a mixture of fried cucumbers, onions, celery and some other things. Donna liked it and Andrew ate some of it too.

I played the keyboard as Mark, Patti and Kitty lead worship tonight at CLF.

It was depressing watching the stock market go up and down today on the news. It is different to watch and feel the uncertainty in real time than to just come home at the end of the day and get the final result.

I read some Ghandi quotes today. I was looking for and found the quote where he mentioned seven moral sins one of which is worship without sacrifice.

I am reading through the Bible this year online in The Message version. I am currently in Jeremiah and Colossians.

Donna said I was a good cook today. I got tired this afternoon for some reason and did not have a lot of energy but by church time and this evening I had some more energy.

I sometimes get tired of the poking that some of the senior citizens do at church saying that we better sing good. I know they are joking but it puts pressure on our worship that should never exist. I hope I never play a worship song the rest of my life to please a single person. I hope I only and ever please God with my worship. If man hates it then so be it. I am sick of pleasing man. It is sad that I have spent so much of my adult life learning how to please man. I suppose this is not all wrong because it is good to be a servant of all, but to try to gain the approval of all is such a heavy burden to bear. I pray that God will help me to lay down this burden and carry it no more.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October 7, 2008

Today was Tuesday.

I took off of school today. I jogged at the park for over 25 minutes and enjoyed it. I prayed and sang while I jogged. I prayed that I would not spend so much time trying to please man but that I would have the clearness of vision and thought to care only what pleases God.

I was able to play my house note, electric bill and credit cards today, mostly online.

Mark Martel came buy and looked at my roof which needs repair. We decided on a shingle color and a price.

I am trying to think how I will simplify some of what I do and my weekly schedule so I will have some down time away from the pressures of work and making decisions every day. I like to have time to clear my mind so I won't start thinking that what I do is too critical.

I read two chapters of The Scarlet Pimpernel this evening.

Donna and I sat outside for a while this evening burning some sticks and leaves in our grill while Ashlyn clipped off the rope on our trampoline and took down the broken net off of it.

October 6, 2008

Today was a Monday.

During fourth period I made copies of study guides for the next two days. I am planning on taking two days off of school work because I have been working every day since the hurricane including Saturday's and Sundays.

I enjoyed introducing the o'clock family to the Spanish I class today in which my son is a student.

School went quite well today but when when the final bell rang I was quite tired.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

October 5, 2008

Today was Sunday.

This was the first Sunday we met for practice at 8 AM instead of 8:30 AM. Practice went well and so did the service. Michael's song, King of Glory, was beautiful and powerful.

We ate at Mr. Gaddis with Steve, Doris and Danny for lunch after church.

I took a two hour nap, got up at 3PM and put some charts together for practice. Our rehearsal went from 4-6PM this afternoon at Christan Life Fellowship. We learned four new songs and I think it went quite well. I was 5 minutes late to practice. I hate being late.

I visited with Doc for about 45 minutes on the front pew of the church after practice. Andrew and Matthew went to youth group with Michael Campagna. It was a pleasant visit.

A made a quick run to McD's and did some reading. I came back to church and picked up the boys. We listened to a new CD of Ross Parsley. The musicians were quite good on the CD. I think the boys enjoyed it. Andrew and Matthew are both doing so good with their music, especially their guitars. They are likely both going to be way better than me. They got a much earlier start than I did.

Donna and Ashlyn went to bed at around 9 PM.

I sure do love my little family. They are so wonderful to me. I don't know how I got so blessed. I definitely do not deserve any of it.

October 4, 2008

Today was Saturday.

In the morning at breakfast I spent from 9 AM until 12 PM scanning through 600 songs from my Praise & Worship Fake book. I made some lists of what songs would be good for each of my worship leaders, Peter, Brandi, Michael & Patti.

I took Donna to Mr. Gaddis for lunch.

I took Matthew to Guitar Center after my nap.

I picked up Ashlyn from her friend Lizzy's house and we stopped by the church for an hour from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM and made copies of the music and set up the stage.

October 3, 2008

Today was Friday.

I had a voice lesson at 8:15 this morning with Jennifer Gee. She said that one of her main goals for any student is to help them change ranges and voices smoothly. I think she is very knowledgable and a great teacher.

This evening I played keyboard at Set Free Indeed. It went very smoothly and I decided just to go with the flow instead of trying to do things my way as far as establishing key signatures. I have let the singers just start in whatever key they think is good which to me is a very inaccurate method, but it is the one they choose. So be it. I can live with it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October 2, 2008

Today was Thursday.

It was an early release day at the high school. School let out at 12 noon. I took Nick A. and Andrew, my son, to the mall. I came back to the school at 12:30PM and stayed in a teacher development until 3:15 PM. Peter talked to us about the difference between culture and climate in our school.

This morning I gave out a "Big Mouth" award to a student of mine who decided to talk virtually through the whole announcements this morning and who also continued to speak on top of me as I began to address the class.

After school I took Donna out for super at What a Burger.

This evening I uploaded my first video ever to That was pretty neat.

We also got our insurance check in the mail, endorsed my Citimortgage, to pay for fixing our roof.

My parents are hoping to be given a car from one of their long time friends in business. My mom wants to sell us their Dodge Intrepid which would be a big help to us.

Ashlyn has been studying every day after school to get straight A's in school. She is a studying machine right now. She is also about to turn 11 years old on us.

Today was also my cousin William Davis's birthday. Happy birthday William!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 1, 2008

Today was Wednesday, also an A-day at school.

During first period I planned for my classes. I decided to do review sheets, a Destinos episode, and assign the vocabulary list chapter 2 as homework. In Guitar class I decided to give an impromptu lesson on basic music theory using numbers to analyze the chord structure of a song. I wrote a chart for them from a random song on an audio CD.

I decided not to tackle a new section in our textbooks today because of the chapel schedule and the early release half-day tomorrow. My Spanish classes are mirrored from A to B day so I try to keep them even.

Chapel went well. I decided to play the keyboard. I had the solo intro with a pretty unique sound for the song "Future Decided." My son Matthew, age 12, was asking me about that sound a couple of times this evening. I think he liked the uniqueness of it.

We had service tonight at CLF. I was behind a lady driving a car on the way to church who went 20 MPH most of the way. I did not arrive until about 10 minutes before start time. Jill Sprinkle offered to copy the music for me. That was very nice of her to do that.

I did have a good day today but I am starting to feel like I am getting worn down with virtually no days off. On Saturday I plan the church worship service for Sunday. On Sunday we have the morning service of which I am in charge of the music. I am hoping to take some days off soon just for a break from the hectic schedule.

The presidential election is about 33 days away or so. Barak Obama is ahead of John McCain by 7 point today in one of the polls.

The news is all about the Senate and the House of Representatives trying to provide a rescue or bailout package for the liquidity crisis in the banks.

The funnest thing I did was visit my wife Donna's kindergarten class and help her distribute for types of flavors for a taste experiment. Each child of the 21 got a paper plate with four things on it, some chocolate powder, some salt, some sugar and a sour Skittle. They all put their heads on their desk and closed their eyes while Donna and I created each plate. I was goofy with them an told them not to "punch their neighbor in the eye" and "don't pick your buggers and eat them, unless they taste really good" and "I am hungry right now." All the the kids laughed at my silliness.

September 30, 2008

Today was a Tuesday.

It was an B-day at school. I used my last period which was open to put some updated responsiblity points into Schoolmaster at CLA. I also sent an email inviting the music team to join me in leading worship on Wednesday night.

The stock market picked up about 485 points today. I listened to the Dave Ramsey show this evening at Jack in the Box.

I am still trying to determine what the best songs would be to do for church music practice this Sunday afternoon.