XXXI: Birthday’s and Laundry Detergent


This tends to be a rather crazy two weeks for Darco and myself. Her birthday is tomorrow, mine is later this week, and our anniversary is just over two weeks from now. Throw in new teacher orientation this year for me, beginning on July 31st, and the next couple weeks are busy.

I suppose I should have thought about that while having a conversation with my wife this evening. This one I can file under, “Times That I’ve Screwed Up” in our marriage. She asked me about my birthday, gifts, and some past experiences with it. Through the conversation, turned into slight argument, she let me know that for our anniversary she wanted to get me a new wedding band.

Alright, first you need to know something my wedding band. While it isn’t your standard band, it is indeed a Walmart special. When we went shopping for my band we had about $25 dollars to our name. Continue reading

XXXI: 4 years, 37000 views, and many lifetimes later


I can hear my wife sleeping. She’s been asleep for nearly three hours now. Six hours ago she arrived back into the United States from her first international mission trip. As you could imagine, she’s rather tired. I’ve checked on her a few times, but she’s just sprawled out on the bed, soaking up the air conditioning, and peacefully asleep.

Not too bad for four years of reliving life.

It dawned on me a few days ago that I had passed the yearly anniversary of the founding of FilingThePapers. As much as I hate cliches, life really does fly by when you’re having fun. I went ahead and popped back to this time in 2011. On this day; I had began the process of collecting my belongings down south and awaited my new life up here. Honestly, I could have never predicted the life that was waiting for me. I’ve made business, failed business, hired, and fired. I’ve had bills caught up, and I’ve ran the risk of having my electricity shut off. I was single, I was alone, and I was angry for so long. Continue reading

XXXI: Man’s Man


A few days ago I took a class that spoke about schools failing boys in education. I thought on this concept throughout the day and into the rest of the week. I started to ponder the question of whether it’s necessarily schools that are failing boys, or if it’s men who are failing boys because they refuse to stop being boys.

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Mobile Minutes: Hipster Mode-Achievement Unlocked


It’s 730AM. I just saw Darco fly out to El Salvador.

Since she left I’ve embraced “hipster mode” in the city. I’m drinking cold brewed coffee at a local coffee shop, next to a man with a “man bun”. This is in the area of downtown that has old, eclectic buildings that are being turned into lofts, microbreweries, and coffee shops. My beard game is strong with the turquoise color, and I’m even wearing my thick framed glasses.

Did I mention that I’m heading to Trader Joe’s next?

Hipster Mode-Achievement Unlocked

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Cue gazing away, Christian music album shot...

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This is exactly why my wife doesn’t leave me to my own devices.

Mobile Minutes: Shifting Priorities


Sometimes the day just doesn’t work in our favor.
*gasp*

Yesterday I didn’t sleep well due to excitement, I was getting my school issued MacBook during a morning meeting. Upon arrival, way too early in the morning, I sat through two hours of ‘turning it on, and turn it off again’. It was a worthy sacrifice for the computer. However, what caught me off guard was learning that we had a second training meeting.

July 31, 2015. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: #whatsyourblue


Can’t sleep.
Shocker.
I was thinking about the video releasing tomorrow on YouTube about my adventures of dying my hair blue. That got me thinking about the title, “What’s Your Blue”. Basically, what makes you, you? Sounds cliche, but we’re so wrapped up in backing this, that, or the other cause that we’ve completely lost our own unique identity.

Wouldn’t it be cool if people randomly painted their toenails, fingernails, or hair blue? Maybe even just wore something that was blue, and took a photo explaining what makes them, them? It’d be a cool sociological digital media event.

It’s probably another lost pipe dream, but it’d be pretty epic…

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