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2015 in review

I would like to start out by apologizing for the lack of posts as of late. Things had gotten pretty busy here with Christmas and family arrivals. Hard to type with little cousins running around the house throwing hard plastic and metal toys every second.

Here is how everything seems to have looked with WordPress for me starting out this year. Much room for progress. I look forward to posting more blogs, and connecting with you all.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 220 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Back Home For Christmas

I hope every single one of y’all are having an absolutely blessed Christmas time with your families. I am currently on the way back home after having visited the grandparents for half the day. I would rather have stayed, but work at 2:00 AM. You know the drill.

We are still on the road, and my eyes can barely stay open right now. I’ve been up for 17 hours after 3 hours of sleep. So, I’ll just keep this short.

Have a very merry and blessed Christmas! Be merry with friends, and loving with the family members.

Big reminder as some people can be forgetful with all the outside pressures; Christmas is about Christ being sacrificed to save us from sin. All the presents. Santa, elves on the shelf are not important, and these can serve as distractions to the main picture of what the season is really all about. Take time and sit in quiet to help get your mind right if that’s what you need to get back on track if you are slipping. I know I sure have been struggling. I am very recently taking big strides into improving myself this last half week. Never going to stop either.

Merry Christmas! Love you all!

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Barcelona Travel List

If I was to choose two places right now to go visit it would be Barcelona and Yosemite National Park.

I admit that I ended up searching with Google for ideas of what would be fun to check out in both places. Here is a list with the light detail of everything that fascinates me into wanting to go even more.

Let’s begin with Barcelona.

There is the famous Parc Guell. It is one of the world’s most impressive man-made landscapes. The artistic style and Catalan culture is evident through he park’s numerous walking trails. While I’m here I’d go explore the Sala Hipostila which is an indoor marketplace that greets you with tiled lizards up the stairs. This is the destination where you’ll find the infamous mosaic snake-like bench that is said to be the longest in the world.

Do you love food? Who doesn’t? I know I sure do. If you don’t you have no need to worry. I’ll make up the difference for you. 😉

“A trip to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is a must.” This is a plaza with lots of local butchers, bakers, and farmers. Food, food, and more food. Mmm. “One TripAdvisor reviewer called the Boqueria ‘Aladdin’s cave of the highest quality produce of every type and variety.'”

Foodie Heaven

Remember that I’m using a list of top things to do in Barcelona. I’ll only be listing what sounds amazing for my visit, though.

I might want to visit Las Ramblas, a busy neighborhood in central Barcelona, to check out the 200-foot high column with Christopher Columbus looking down on the city from the top.

Have you ever heard of La Sagrada Familia or Church of the Sacred Family? It is still under construction to this very day. It began in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi. When I visit I will definitely have to check out the “Nativity Facade“. The extra costs for entrance into some of the interiors here will definitely be well worth the spending. It sounds like an absolutely amazing experience.

Another beautiful place I will visit is the well-recognized Casa Batllo. According to one traveler on TripAdvisor, the free audio guide is very helpful, and it will give you much more information about the place.

I am almost planning out my trip already. This sounds exciting. It would not be a short trip. Easily over a week. Maybe two or three even though three does sound a little stretched.

I will definitely have to visit the FC Barcelona‘s Camp Nou Stadium. Definitely! Futbol. Soccer. :))) Happiness.

“According to recent travelers, December is one of the best times to visit La Seu, as the courtyard comes to life with local craftsmen selling homemade Christmas decorations.” TAKE ALL MY MONEY! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Pablo! Picasso. Pablo! Picasso. Oh, wait. That isn’t the right name. Oh, well. Picasso is infamous as well. As are his works. There is the Picasso Museum that would be a splendid place to check out and take your time in. They even put a lot of his works into a timeline of sorts. This museum holds more than several thousand pieces by him. They even include artists he was inspired by.

It looks like I will definitely be doing a lot of photography on this trip when and if it goes down. My mother is an art teacher that is dear to my heart, and I want to show her some of what I see.

Now this one sounds interesting. Casa Mila, nicknamed La Pedrera, is a fortress-like building with no single straight wall or right-angled corner in its entirety. Casa Mila is now Barcelona’s cultural center, but it was originally constructed as a home.

Ooh! Here is a fun one. Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana), which is apparently not as flashy as some others of Gaudi’s works, but still has some beautiful works of its own. Some famous musicians being depicted include Bach and Beethoven. The interior of this UNESCO World Heritage Site features popular Catalan music. No fancy palace is complete without a massive stained glass central skylight either.

It looks like I’ll just save the Yosemite “travel plans” for the next post. 🙂 This ended up longer than I expected.

Now, who doesn’t want to see a castle? Montjuic Castle, Castell de Montjuic, would be a great start. The Pentagon of castles, “it helped defend the city from many an attack.” Take the tour. Imagine being one of the defenders during times of the era. How did they live? How did they fight? Did you survive?

It is also recommended to stay until after the sun sets to watch a “spectacular” light and waterworks show at the Magic Fountain.

What better way to finish things off than with a nice breath of sea air. The Mediterranean Sea to be more exact. At the southern end of the Passeig Maritime of the Barceloneta district is Port Olimpic. Port Olimpic is widely recognized by two skyscrapers against the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t worry. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for a bite to eat and drink while you enjoy the salty air.

I really would love to go now after looking at all of these places. It would be a blast.

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Barcelona Travels

 

15: The Climb

I didn’t have much material I could use from a lack of variety throughout the day this time. So, I found a fun poem generator to try out. I like it.

Speedy: The Climb

Stealthily home
Pursue expensive to heat rainy winter
Light frisks
My primary passion is cold rain

Somebody passionate
Meaningful you.

Today is the day that the Lord has made. It is also a day of one of the only years in the last many where I got a Christmas wish list thrown together to help act as guidance for those interested.

Today, and a few of the immediately following days are filled with exam studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I truly regret the seemingly small distractions I allowed along the way. They don’t seem so small anymore. They turned out to be huge time consumers. Cram session is not just a phrase. It is going to be my life for the next couple days. About 4 days more days of study time left. This is not going to be easy one little bit.

Oh! I got the laundry done too. 🙂 I got the laundry completed just in time for my friend and I to go do our planned sprints, but the rains canceled the current plans that we had for this Saturday afternoon. It was going to be such a tough and fun time too. 😦

This wonderfully terrible poem was non-generated

This wonderfully terrible poem was non-generated by yours truly 😉 Still carries meaning

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Liking What I’ve Learned And Wishing For More

Writing 101 Day 2: Write a list

I like what I love. I like what I used to despise. I’ll like new things in the future.

I’ve learned what I’ve been taught. I’ve learned what I didn’t know. I’ve learned from mistakes.

I wish upon a star. I wish from afar. I wish for more. I wish for better. I wish for worse. I wish to learn.

Since short on time, and to keep this from becoming a long-worded read let’s get started.

Things I like

  1. Noticing my own physique gains
  2. Swimming
  3. Laying on cool sheets or a cool leather couch
  4. Completing a big project or task
  5. Playing with both my Canadian cousin and my littlest cousin (his little brother)
  6. Working out
  7. The color blue
  8. Cooking something delicious
  9. Laying on the ground in the outdoors

Things I’ve Learned

  1. Never give up
  2. Follow your passion no matter what others may believe
  3. God is always there for you
  4. Dogs have incredible memories
  5. Ego lifting is bad training
  6. Get your work done before you go out and play
  7. Priorities first
  8. I need to improve my walk. I have the talk down already.
  9. I’m not as “u-g-l-y” as I originally believed

Things I Wish

  1. I wish I was already successful
  2. I wish I could breathe underwater
  3. I wish I hadn’t screwed around in my first few years of college
  4. I wish I knew where I would be in five years
  5. I wish there were multiples of me so I could do everything I wanted. Everything.
  6. I wish I was going to live forever so I could learn everything that interests me.
  7. I wish they would call me about the job already.
  8. I wish I didn’t wait to workout until I was twenty two years old.
  9. I wish my sister and I had more between us than the family cat we had for 14 years.

Favorite Foods

  1. Spaghetti
  2. Breakfast Tacos

The joy that comes around the Christmas season is a HUGE like for me.

Christmas time is the best time!

Christmas time is the best time! Another one of my likes

Countdown to 2016: Day 6

Monday once again. 🙂
Are you excited for the week starting too? Another day another opportunity.
Get your minion on, because this article is brought to you the Dark Jedi Minion. Cue the scary music with heinous laughter.

I am looking forward to starting off, in addition to these daily  posts counting down to the new year, a weekly topic blog. It is another something new for me. We will find out how good it comes along. I already know it will be good. Of course, that is because I will make it that way. I would really love for people to dive into them as if they are in-time conversations.

On a wide swerving side note… I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS TIME OF YEAR! I just updated my phone background to a nice blue Christmas tree wallpaper on the Home screen. I also changed my keyboard theme to a very festive choice. I also changed the font style even though it wasn’t really related to the holiday in any way. It all makes me feel good.

What could possibly be better than being one more Monday closer to Christmas time? The Christmas holiday is being celebrated on a Friday this year. Thank you God it is on a Friday!

My mini-workout for today includes a warm up to start on some speed, agility, and quickness. The main portion begins with a main component, followed by a competitive element, and completed by a fun element. Of course, a cool down is taken advantage of to relax the muscles from the activity.

Have a great Monday, and a fabulous week!

The Monday is strong is in this one

The Monday is strong is in this one