Date Night

So, Jennifer and I had a much needed date night last evening. While scrolling through things to do in Richmond I saw that Kings Dominion was starting its Halloween Haunt nights. Now, I’m not one to go to spooky things, but I do really enjoy roller coasters. So, I figured that, as long as we stayed in the main area of the park and didn’t go into any of the “haunted houses” then it wouldn’t be too bad.

So, we agreed on the date and headed out. The weather was perfect. Fall has arrived in Richmond and last night was amazing. The gates opened at 7 p.m. and we were there right on time. What was so great about the night was that the park was pretty empty… Since it wasn’t officially October yet, it appears that they haven’t really pushed this opening weekend… that, and the state fair is this week, so that drew a large crowd that might have other wise been at the park.

I’ll have to say, it was a lot of fun to be there with Jenn riding the rides. After being closed multiple times that evening, we did finally get to ride the Volcano, which is a truly great coaster. If you ever go, take the extra time to wait for the front seat, you won’t be disappointed.

Well, as I said, we were there for the rides and tried to avoid all the scary stuff… however, we were tricked into going into one of the haunted houses. Apparently they transformed one of the indoor roller coasters into a haunted house and then don’t tell you about it… So, we go to ride the ride and as we enter you can tell that it is a Halloween thing… Thankfully it was cheezy. The funny part was that I really thought that the ride was still going to be operating. So, when we got to where the ride would normally begin, there was nothing. Lots of people were mad about the whole thing. After we got out I went and talked to the very nice lady at the entrance and told her that it was very misleading to not tell people that the ride was not running and that they should tell people that this is a haunted house tonight. She was very surprised and said, “Oh, is that why everyone is coming out mad? Wow, Ok, we’ll tell everyone from now on.” She was really nice and that made me feel better… though I was still mad that it was one less ride to ride.

Well… that’s all really. It was a lot of fun. We both enjoy roller coasters and it was a nice evening together. Oh, and we almost bought one of those expensive pictures at the end of the ride that shows you screaming… yeah, we both looked terrified… it was pathetic! HA!

Wise Words

Maryellen Ridenhour, mother of 2 children under the age of 2 on “what stinks about waking up early”:

“Waking up early makes the day longer…the earlier you get up, the further away from bedtime you are…”

Couldn’t have said it better.


Every now and then I find myself googling some of my friends (that just sounds bad). Today I googled an old friend, Dan Farnam. Dan is one of the coolest people I’ve had the opportunity to know in my life. Many of you have heard stories about my “eagle scout” friend who put pontoons on a remote control plane, hydraulics on a remote controlled car, police lights in his jeep, and countless other stories of his creativity and ingenuity. Well, as I usually tell in those stories, he is a big time Hollywood cinematographer. Today I found his website:
(Just a disclaimer: Not all the content here is suitable for all audiences.)

So… there you have it. The man, the myth… Dan Farnam.


Not sure if i’ve mentioned it already but my dad ‘suckered’ me into another 10k run. October 28th we’ll be running the 10k at the Marine Corps Marathon event in D.C. (yes, I said marine. The army one is the same weekend as my cousin’s wedding). I’m really looking forward to it, though this one has hills….mm….yuck. I don’t so much like running (though don’t hate it..& once in the ‘zone’ it is exhilarating), but I LOVE to compete…racing is just fun.

Anyhow, so i’ve started somewhat “training” for it, but I have slight knee issues, which my Dr. gave me some tips for, one of which was, “cycle instead of jog”. I hate cycling. Ok, I don’t HATE it, but I have NO willpower/motivation to keep me working to make it worth my while. On the treadmill I’ve got the ‘peer pressure’ motivation that people can clearly see if i’m walking or running (b/c i know they’re all watching me & thinking “tsk tsk…look at her wimping out” I know, lame, I have to have peer pressure to get a good workout, but it’s true. That’s why i LOVE the weight lifting class. Anyhow I’ve been wanting to try this “spinning” class at the gym for a few months now, but my schedule & theirs just never worked out thus far. Recently my mom’s group changed & now I can go on thursdays (instead of fridays). There’s a spinning class at the time I could get there, so this morning I was excited to give it a go.

I heard a rumor that you burn 700+ calories/hr spinning. I think this might be true. I also think I won’t be able to walk tomorrow. But I do think I’ve found a new class that I will attend on thursday mornings. So, if you ever have the opportunity to give it a try….you should. Just try it, you might “like” it (you know…as much as one can like exercise). But bring a towel…..there is lots of sweating involved.

Ok I need to go eat a 700 calorie lunch before I pass out. Mental note: big breakfast next thursday.

Thanks mom…

So, I was talking to my mom last night. She mentioned having talked to my sister who has a friend of a friend who has recently finished studying at RTS Orlando. Apparently my sister was talking to the first friend and mentioned that her brother (me) would be attending RTS Orlando next year. The said friend’s response was, “oh, that’s one of the hardest seminary in the united states… there’s no way you can go to school there and work.”

Uhhh… So, that’s great. I was already nervous about the school and work… but that certainly didn’t help much.

On the upside, I do have a job that provides a lot of flexibility and pays well… So, that should help. Honestly, I’m not toooo worried about it. God willing, we’ll sell the house for a good return and, worst case, draw off the equity when needed.

As for an update on the seminary journey:

  • I’ve been “officially” accepted into the M.Div program and have been cleared to register for classes.
  • The house is still on the market… no action at all
  • Jenn is in the process of applying to RTS as a special student and will be able to take classes without declaring which program she wants to enroll into. (Have I ever mentioned that she gets to get a degree for FREE!
  • We’re selling the van to get rid of that monthly expense
  • We might have housing near my brother in Orlando at a price we can afford (VERY exciting!)

I’m really looking forward to getting down to Orlando. I’m sure it won’t be easy, but I think it is going to be a great experience for all of us as a family…