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And Now There Are Three

  /   Saturday, March 05, 2011   /   Comments(0)

It has been so hard to hold our news inside me.  Thankfully, the time to announce has come.  Are you ready?  Well, you probably already figured out from the title that our news is . . . (drum roll please) . . .

Yana and I are expecting our first baby in September!

This baby has already been to Disney, though in utero.  We didn’t know we were expecting at the time.  During our first weekend in January, we went grocery shopping.  Yana noticed that she couldn’t stand the smell of the fish in the seafood department or the sight of the chicken in the meat department.  Then, she noticed she was getting unusually tired.  Well, these symptoms were a little suspicious based on what we know.  The next morning, it was time for a little test.  You can probably guess the results.  Yana wanted to get to the doctor’s office the next morning, but it was closed due to a snowstorm.  Two days later, she got in and confirmed what we already knew.  Four days later, we saw a little one and a little heart beat on ultrasound.

Things have been going well, and we are excited!  Of course, prayers are very much appreciated.

Category: News on My Life


To the Apple Store

  /   Wednesday, February 23, 2011   /   Comments(0)

Last weekend, Yana and I took a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to be at a party for a friend.  It’s kind of ironic that I’d go there just after taking the test to become licensed there (which I passed, by the way), but I digress.  After the party, we went to the mall.  There I found what has to be the best Apple store that I’ve ever seen.  I got to play with quite a lot of stuff there.

Since I’ve been on Verizon, I hadn’t really been interested in the iPhone 4.  Now, with its availability, it may be an option some time in the future.  The retina display really is a sight to see.  The ones in the store have service on them, so I got to send my wife an e-mail from one of them just for fun.  After that, I played with a MacBook Air.  It is a lightning fast device since it has a solid-state drive.  It will be a while before I’m in the market for a laptop, so we’ll see how it evolves.

The best thing, of course, is the 27-inch iMac.  I will be getting one of those before too long (after Lion is released).  The display is beautiful, and it’s lightning fast.  I’ve been doing some high-definition video since getting married, and I want something that will allow me to preserve it in high-definition.

I was not impressed with the Magic Trackpad.  Maybe it is because I’m just not a big fan of trackpads.  It is too hard for me to have precise control. I tried it with Indesign on the demo unit, and it was a little difficult to place an object just where I wanted it.

The new Magic Mouse is something that I have played with off and on, and I have mixed feelings about it.  I currently have the old version of the Magic Mouse.  The new one does not have a scroll wheel that can get clogged up and quit working, but it also lacks the squeeze buttons that I use to call up Expose.  The gesture concept isn’t the best for me because I tend not to memorize stuff, and I hope that Apple won’t get to a point that learning the gestures is necessary to use Mac OS.

It’s hard to believe that, just ten years ago, I would have called the Mac a “Macintrash” computer.  Now, I find that it is faster, handles multitasking better, and is so much less of a headache to maintain.  Let’s just hope that the absence of Steve Jobs doesn’t hurt their creativity.  They need to keep it up.

Category: News on My Life, Technology


Getting Licensed

  /   Thursday, February 17, 2011   /   Comments(0)

My employer has asked me to get licensed to practice pharmacy in Kentucky.  The reason has to do with the way we do business and the way pharmacy is regulated in some states.  I’ll spare you the excruciating details.

Pharmacists have two different tests that they must pass to become licensed.  There is an exam called the NAPLEX, which is the test of general drug knowledge.  As far as I know, it’s used by every state in the United States.  Pharmacists also have to take an exam on pharmacy law.  Most, though not all, states use an exam called the Multistate Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE).

The NAPLEX isn’t much of an issue.  Normally, one can get by with taking it just one time.  After that, one can just use a license by exam as the basis for getting a license in an additional state.  However, the MPJE is another story.  Since laws vary by state, one normally has to take it again for every state in which one desires a license.

I have taken and passed the MPJE for three different states, and today I just took the one for Kentucky (still awaiting the results).  How I have passed it in the past is usually a mystery to me because I could swear that I failed it when I walked out of it.  It’s just a weird test, and sometimes I have a sneakin’ suspicion that they grade it by rolling dice at the NABP office.  We’ll see how this one goes.

Category: News on My Life, Pharmacy


Chanted Mass

  /   Sunday, October 31, 2010   /   Comments(0)

Yana and I registered at the aforementioned parish this morning.  After this morning’s Mass, I’m even more excited about being there.  I don’t know if this is a regular thing or not, but they had a beautiful chanted Mass.  Some of the chant was English, but the Gloria, Sanctus, Mysterium Fidei, and Agnus Dei were all chanted in Latin.  This is a great example of what we would get if Vatican II were actually implemented as is stated in Sacrosanctum Concilium. By the way, did I mention that, after everyone receives the Eucharist at every Mass, the parish sings Salve Regina.

We had a chance to introduce ourselves to the pastor.  He told us how important it was for him that we stick with tradition and to do what Jesus Christ wants instead of doing our own thing.  We are grateful for this.  We have firsthand knowledge of what happens when a parish does its own thing, and it is a very, very ugly picture.

Category: Catholic, News on My Life


We Found a Parish

  /   Saturday, October 30, 2010   /   Comment(1)

Yana and I haven’t signed the dotted line on this one yet, but we have chosen our parish.  We are planning to register at Church of the Assumption in Nashville.  It is a beautiful German church that actually looks like a church, including gorgeous high altars.  We may actually get to see one used since they have the Extraordinary Form of the Mass once a month.

This parish is quite orthodox.  I especially appreciate the availability of Confession before each Sunday Mass.  There are usually a lot of people going to Confession, but you can still get in.  The liturgy there is excellent.  I only wish they had weekday Mass because they are just right down the road from where I work.

Category: Catholic, News on My Life


Changes to the Blog

  /   Saturday, October 30, 2010   /   Comments(0)

I have never really liked my names that I have given this blog, so I have now chosen a new one that reflects the underlying thoughts behind many of my posts.  Rather than put it in a blog post, I decided to make my explanation a permanent page which you can access by clicking About This Blog.

I will probably be changing the WordPress theme at some point as well.  The theme is what provides the look and feel of a blog.  I’m not a big fan of the theme I have.  It’s good enough, but it doesn’t have quite the look I’m going for.  Please feel free to send suggestions.

Category: Catholic, Doctrine, News on My Life


Podcast

  /   Wednesday, October 06, 2010   /   Comments(0)

So far, I’m two and a half weeks in to the new job and really glad to be there.  I knew a number of people there before I started, so I’m not a complete stranger.  Now that I’m on day shift, I’m awake enough that I can get something out of listening to podcasts, so I’ve been doing that during my commute.  Nashville traffic is very unpredictable, so the length of a podcast is ideal for keeping me informed and entertained.

Speaking of podcasts, this brings me to what I really want to blog about.  I have decided to try to podcast again. It will be a work in progress, and I don’t know how often I’ll post episodes. I picked out music beds.  Soon, I hope to start recording.  The episodes will be posted within this blog as their own category.  Some RSS software will generate a feed in case someone wants to download this from podcast software.  This should be fun!

Category: News on My Life


Nashville

  /   Saturday, September 18, 2010   /   Comments(0)

It seems I have fallen behind on blogging again.  It has been really busy.  I’ve been pretty tired during several weeks of night shift, but fortunately, it’s all over now.  My wife and I moved to Nashville two days ago.  I will be starting a new job on Monday that will be regular daytime hours.  Meanwhile, much has happened that I could blog about.  We just began our church search officially tonight. We are actually going to another church tomorrow to check it out.

Category: News on My Life


I Got Ignited

  /   Friday, March 26, 2010   /   Comments(0)

Last weekend, Yana and I went to the Ignited by Truth conference in Raleigh.  I’m not even sure how to tell you all about it, but it was great.  If you have ever been to a conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the conference kind of reminded me of it. There just wasn’t praise and worship music, and they actually took breaks in between talks.

I was especially glad to see Greg and Lisa Popcak and Fr. Dwight Longenecker in person.  I have read several of Dr. Popcak’s books, and I had somewhat followed the story of Fr. Longenecker.  Now, I have heard them speak, and they were great!

Category: News, News on My Life


Visit and Retreat

  /   Monday, February 22, 2010   /   Comments(0)

I am writing at the end of one of a really great trip that my wife and I have taken.  We drove to Pennsylvania to see friends and their new baby, and he’s a real cute little guy.  Then, we went on a young adult retreat at a retreat house in Cape May, NJ.  This brings back special memories for us because our courtship officially began right after that retreat.  Now, we are back as a married couple.  It was a lot of fun, but being around all these twenty-somethings makes me feel old.  In fact, I will have only one more year before I am too old for the young adult retreat there.  It is just as well, though, because I’m now in a whole new phase of life now that I’m a married man.

We took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Delaware and have been making our way through Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  Yana managed to get in touch with one of her friends visiting her mother in Delaware, and we got to meet up with them.  We thought we’d get all the way home, but we were a bit too ambitious on that one.  My wife found a great deal as she always does, and we were able to stay a night in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. It is just beautiful here.  We will be heading home this morning, and I have to go back to work.

The retreat brought me some things that I want to expand on when I get a chance.  We had an opportunity for group sharing, and after speaking I always seem to think of something else that would have been good to talk about.  So, I should be back to post more later.

Category: News on My Life


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