Saturday, August 8, 2009

Journal 31 Jul - 02 Aug 2009

July 31, 2009

0500 Workout

Breakfast: oatmeal w peach yogurt, 2 x GJ, Protein Shake

0615 – 0645 Lora call

Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-5

Lunch: Fried chicken, Black-eyed Peas, Steamy Mixed veggies

TPDL reading: Chapter 7, The Reason for Everything.
It’s all for him. The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth. We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God. We bring glory to God by worshipping Him. Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying him. C.S. Lewis said, “In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him.” God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight, not duty.

Dinner: Two small lobstah tails on tossed greens w Thousand Island Dressing, Crab Cake, 2 x V-8, triple strawberry delight: ice cream, drizzle, berries.

1900 Staff Sync / Meet with S5: C-IED Initiative/CONOP/Metrics

August 1, 2009

0500 Workout

0615 Lora Call – she was getting ready for the MA/NH dog shows upcoming weekend.

Breakfast: oatmeal w strawberry yogurt, 2 x GJ, Protein Shake

0930 Formation and promotion ceremony in front of Med Clinic

1000 Haircut and massage by Melody. She told me a sad story about how her mom spent all the money she had sent back while working in Iraq and how she had to come back to work here to make more but that the work here was not nearly as good as in Iraq where there was a larger customer base. I told her she should look at going somewhere else… ($25 total)

Bible Reading: Leviticus 6-8 (caught up to yearly plan yesterday – reading 4 pages a day, now)

Lunch: Chicken cordon bleu, niblet corn, collard greens, fruit salad, 2 x V-8; Gonzalez brothers: topic of discussion was age, 1968 assassinations, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Put together an analysis of Afghani Perceptions and Attitudes from surveys taken in Baraki Barak and Pul-E-Alam. Leadership liked the analysis and format – wants me to keep this project as more surveys come in.

BMR: Ghosts of War (article about Texas battlefields – really good.) “Martha goes to Prague” – gave it to my new Czech friends.

Dinner: BBQ brisket, grilled chicken (these are small portions, now), steamed mixed veggie tales, farfennuggins (just checking to see who is actually reading this stuff)

August 2, 2009

Breakfast: oatmeal w mixed berry yogurt and strawberry drizzle, 2 x GJ, ice coppee ($2)

Bible Reading: Leviticus 9-12

Chapel Service: God’s Answer to Sin (Gen 3:14-15)
My Story: Ephesians 2:1-3, 12, 19; Romans 2:5-8; John 3:36; Hebrews 9:27
His Story (Jesus): 1 John 4:10; II Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:4-6; Colossians 1:19-22, 2:13-15
My Story in Christ: I Thessalonians 5:9-11; John 5:24; Romans 5:9-11; Colossians 3:1-4
We had communion and Chaplain West played a very nice (Scottish?) communion song – want to find out who did.
Spent some time with ‘Milan’ a young Czech officer who was saved 15 years ago in a Baptist church. He speaks little English, some Russian, but is very happy to be in the chapel service. I will sit with him henceforth. We are already teaching each other the language.

Lunch: Rotisserie chicken, cauliflower au gratin, candied carrots, fruit salad, V-8, OJ

Got a box from Lora today: Army coffee cup from Fort Benning, trash bags, a card w two middle agers facing away w no pants on(cartoon figures and something about wise cracks), packs of gum, razor blades, magazines, batteries

Dinner: Beef Stir Fry, Peas and Mushrooms, Corn on Cob (decent length this time – not a cube), mac & cheese, strawberries w drizzle and cookies/cream, V-8, OJ

Hiram G. and I mentored young Rich G. today on how to deal with superiors not in his chain of command: leverage his boss, stay within what he knows, don’t get thrown off balance, walk away (find an exit) when getting too heated. Always remember “Welcome to Wal-Mart” for ISR requests: maintain a service attitude.

Tasking: find correlation between Route Clearance Patrols and IED events.

Lora was at dog shows in Mass and Keene, NH this weekend. Gertie got no points, but Lora likes the distraction. She will show her in the open bitch class. At least in the open bitch class, you know where they stand. It’s those closed bitches you gotta watch out for…

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