What did he say?

From ESPN, Matt Mosley's random 15 minute conversation with TO at training camp in Oxnard, CA:

The most surprising thing in our 15-minute conversation was hearing him say that he actually thinks Romo has surpassed him in terms of celebrity -- and that he's fine with it.

"It kinda spreads the wealth," he said. "I'm used to all that stuff, so it's nice to see some other guys be in the limelight."

I thought about taking his temperature at this point, but he seemed somewhat lucid. Asked why he seems so content, T.O. talked about his faith.

"My pastor is in prayer for me the minute something goes wrong," he said. "If he hears me say something on TV that he doesn't understand, he'll text me. I just think people are finally realizing that I am a good guy. And it's nice when you have a lot of prayer warriors out there."

I am very cool with that.

So do you think T.O. has really changed?


What's a Babymoon?

I don't know what a Babymoon is but Joy said we needed to take one so I simply made a reservation and we went for an overnighter about 20 minutes down the road.

Starting off at Pacific Whey at Newport Coast on the drive down PCH.

Enjoying the BEST chocolate chip oatmeal cookies before lunch arrives!
My stupored look when starving.

Laguna Beach's La Casa Del Camino - cute, you pay for location, not room comfort.


How Can You NOT Be Inspired?

Focus on the green shirted girl in the background (Kallista)- mind you, she is 14 years old and lifting her body weight competing against adults.

If she can do it...


Happy Birthday to Everyone's Favorite Roommate

Mark Kurian - Age 28
Happy Birthday Buddy



WARNING: This is a random entry. Read at your own risk of being bored or disinterested.

For some weird reason, I actually get pumped on tennis when its Wimbledon.

I haven't picked up a tennis raquet since Eakin (my college buddy with nice sunglasses, seen here in this striking photo) and I played a few matches in college to re-live our high school tennis exploits.

And ever since Agassi's competitiveness dimmed with Sampras in the late 90s, I am only concerned really about watching two players play now - Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal.

Roddick, because he seems to be the only decent American male tennis player right now and Nadal because he is the only one that seems to give (1) ranked, 12 grand slam winner, 5 straight Wimbeldon wielding Roger Federer some problems.

I can't stand Federers domination of the sport and I love the Spaniards' "passion"/style of play - smacking the ball as hard and as fast as he can - serving at speeds of 125 mph. And hustling everywhere around the court... my type of player.

So being, Wimbeldon time, I found out Nadal (left) vs Federer (right) were playing in the final today and I actually tivoed the SIX HOUR alloted time (in HD) - it was on from 6am-Noon!

I was actually giddy driving home from church to watch it - so weird. You may have even thought I was going to watch the Dallas Cowboys play or something -- OK, maybe not that excited.

Turned out to be one of the most amazing matches I have ever seen. The level of play was phenomenal.

Nadal is a clay court dominator but has struggled on grass against Fed, never winning at Wimbeldon, but not any more... the 22 yr old, grinded through what seemed to be heart breaking TIEBREAK lossess of the 3 and 4th sets when he could have closed it after winning the first two (6-4, 6-4). Random Hello Kitty here... (Kurian this is for you).

Somehow, someway, Nadal pulled it out after the longest Wimbledon in history with the fifth set going to tiebreaker with Nadal winning 9-7. Way to go NADAL, WE DID IT... FEDERER has been dethroned... through my cheering and your playing. We are a force Rafael. Nice job.



The Shack

So...typically Erin is the one reviewing signficant and life-changing books he is reading, but today I am blogging about one that is changing me! (since I have a lot more time due to summer vacation and have been able to actually read again). Some of you may have heard about the controversial fictional read called "The Shack." If you haven't I encourage you to check it out and pick it up. The author, William P. Young, wrestles with deeply spiritual concepts, views and stereotypes of typical "christianity" all through narrative format and it is powerful! I am nearly finished with the book and after each chapter, I am forced to sit back, meditate on what I read and pray for God to search my heart and mind. What I am left with is a new-found freedom in my relationship with Christ and a new understanding of the love the Father has for me. On Wednesday night, the author spoke at Mariners Church and I went to hear the background behind the story and his testimony. I am so very interested to hear your thoughts/ponderings after reading the novel and hope to pass this book along to as many friends/family as possible! If my blog seems to be a bit vague, I apologize but I don't want to give too much about the plot away. Keep me posted and happy reading!

Painting Bliss and BBQ