Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Braces: The End

The braces finally came off today! I told the orthodontist about our impending move to Arizona and he said we should probably remove the braces since we are "kind of in a holding pattern anyway" as far as any additional movement is concerned. So they popped them off, scraped away the adhesive, polished my teeth, and added a permanent retainer to the back of my bottom teeth. There is still some periodontal work to be done for a slight issue with the gums around one bottom incisor, but tomorrow I get my retainers for wearing at night for the rest of my life in time for our move. Go back and take a look at the work from start to finish by clicking on the "braces" label. Not too shabby!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A New Adventure

Today I received some incredible news. I was offered a Marketing Content Specialist job at Arizona State University Health Solutions. I will be managing their social media, creating and editing content, and connecting with students, potential students, faculty, staff, and other potential stakeholders. It is a position that is fairly new and will demand quite a bit of creativity and ingenuity, but sounds like something I will enjoy immensely. It also happens to be in Phoenix, Arizona. The pay is great and with the education benefits it was too good to pass up.

So in the next couple of weeks I will be wrapping up some loose ends at the Oregon Department of Justice, packing some essentials, and moving to Phoenix. Kori and Ethan will remain in Oregon to sell our house and finish up packing and meet me there as soon as they are able. I will miss them so much I don't know how well I will handle it. I was away from them for two days for the interview and hearing that Ethan is asking for Daddy breaks my heart, and not being able to hug and kiss on my wife and son is difficult to bear. This will be good for our family, however scary it may be.

So our next adventure will be in Arizona. We don't know what to expect, but we know it will be full of new things. We will miss Oregon and all the friends and family we have here. We will be sure to visit and keep in touch through the magic of the internet. Here we go!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Really Matters

For those who have noticed I haven't posted anything in a while. Before this little hiatus, I had posted on my blog at least once a month since its creation in 2004. At times I had felt that if I didn't give something to the people reading this that I was somehow failing. Anxiety would set in at the feeling that I needed to produce something in order to keep my friends fulfilled. But then I spend all day at work to come home to precious few hours with my family until I go to sleep and do it again. Weekends are the time where I get to know my son, raising him the best I can, and cherish every moment with my wife while trying to recover to go back to work the next week.

And then I think of Ryan Woods who is dying of cancer while medical bills rack up and his family falls into debt with the knowledge that their husband and father will soon be gone.

It makes me not feel so bad about slacking off on the blogging. The lack of posts on Facebook don't feel so far apart. The desire to create isn't anywhere as compelling as the desire to be a good husband, father, and person who shares his faith with honesty. It makes me want to do whatever I can to share the love of God with every single person I come in contact with and make my actions a testament to my desire to live by the example of Jesus. I implore everyone who reads this to put down the gadgets, unplug from the internet more often, connect with real people in person, and make your family a priority. Engage people in ways that will make a difference in your community. Find local places to volunteer that really need the help. Share your talents and gifts in ways that will inspire without the expectation of payment. Live a life that points to God instead of you.

Now go give to Ryan Woods' family to alleviate the crushing medical bills. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office) has a website called SoulPancake to share inspiring things and talk about spiritual topics. He has taken up Ryan's story to encourage others facing death and is giving his influence to try to help ease the Woods' financial burden. Go here and give what you can.

Through Soul Pancake, Justin Baldoni has created this little documentary to share Ryan's story:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 24

The theme for day 24 of 30 Days of Creativity is coffee. I don't drink very much coffee anymore. Instead, I drink a lot more tea. This is a cup of tea made from mint grown in a container in my backyard. I cut a bundle off and dried it over the past week, and today I chopped it up finely and brewed some tea. It is quite a refreshing beverage.

Friday, June 22, 2012

30 days of Creativity - Day 22

The theme for day 22 of 30 Days of Creativity is bird. I used to design yellow page ads for a living, and back in 2003, on learning the division was being shut down, I spent the last two weeks of that job doing ridiculous things like this. Drawn with Photoshop.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 20

The theme for day 20 of 30 Days of Creativity is plaid. I almost drew a picture of Rowdy Roddy Piper, but instead opted for the MacLeod of Lewis tartan. Drawn with Crayola crayons (I threw the terrible Red Robin crayons out) in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 19

The theme for day 19 of 30 Days of Creativity is question mark. For this one I have another hat tip to Shakespeare with a haiku.

What is the Question?
This is the question:
Not "to be or not to be"
But how to get there.

Monday, June 18, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 18

The theme for day 18 of 30 Days of Creativity is yellow. The first thing that came to mind is The Simpsons. The second thing that I thought of is those little plastic blocks with friendly yellow people that go by the name of Lego. Drawn with terrible crayons I got free at Red Robin in a Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 17

The theme for day 17 of 30 Days of Creativity is pop. I have been in many an argument about what to call this tasty drink. Is it pop? Is it soda? Or perhaps just Coke? Here is the correct answer. Drawn in Photoshop.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

30 Days of Creativity - Day 16

The theme for day 16 of 30 Days of Creativity is sting. I have heard and seen this before and thought it was funny, so I wanted to illustrate it. It is a ZOMBEE! Drawn in Photoshop.