Mobile Minutes: Bass Dropping #ClubDaugherty


I’ve come to the conclusion, solely for my own entertainment, that anytime Darco and I wind up on some random adventure I’m going to refer to it as “#ClubDaugherty” because…well…why not?

Similar to so many other stories in this site about winning free random items and trips, a few weeks ago Darco and I found tickets to a EDM (electronic dance music) concert downtown. Compliments of a newly acquired friend at the restaurant we frequent. 

To give you a better understanding of exactly what this loud, deep stupidity is all about I shot a quick minute video during the concert (with a Darco cameo) for you to enjoy!

-D-

XXXI: Recent Recap


Still trying to wake up…
Nasty stomach ache from eating fried squid kept me up this morning. Seems to be the theme of the week. Rarely have I awoken during the night, it’s been a tiring week. Since we’ve been swamped with things this week, I thought I’d drop a brief recap.
Life is pretty fun. Darco loves her new job, and I’m excited to actually, finally be a part of a school building. We’re commuting every day. She has the midweek off, and I have Saturday & Sunday off.
We’ve made financial sheets to assist the household, started making more meals from home, and are trying to be more physically active.
Bible study on Thursday is a nice, fresh breather in the week, and we continue to crave that interaction. Darco is teaching a Sunday School class on Sunday’s, and I’m working on a new project (for fun). Routine Monday through Friday is about our only chance for survival, that’s only half humorous.
Slowly, but surely, we’re getting bills caught up. Objective is to be 100% in the black by the time we move next May.
Our friends at the Boston Breakers (professional women’s soccer) are back at it, and after a year away from the insanity, Darco and I are pumped about supporting the Breakers from the Midwest.
I’m still trying to find time to run, and not break myself. I finally scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic sports doctor due to the ongoing issues with my Achilles (from April). It’s very discouraging as I would love to be able run without that nagging injury. Perhaps this winter will be a perfect time to rehab and recover. My big goal is to compete (and win) a mile race on July 4, 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona. We’ll see how well that pans out.
Life is busy and life is good. I feel like I’m an official adult, and Darco and I are an official young couple. I suppose in a lot of ways I wouldn’t want it any other way, and it’s nice to wake up knowing you’re following God’s desired path.
-D-

Mobile Minutes: Scary Productivity


Budget reports. Spreadsheets. Laundry. All accomplished this weekend (and more). With Monday here I confess that my weekend was rather tranquil, but it was also productive. Darco and I hit the books last night, compiling data into new spreadsheets for our family budget.
I also “digitized” a resource used at work, now instead of a massive binder I have everything I need at the access of my phone and tablet (shoutout to Google Drive).
Also, aside from being in the gym, I also experimented with a new hoodie design. Something that I hope one day can become a reality.

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Has gone over really well in the Instagram world.

Overall, I’m blessed to have said that my weekend was productive.
Hello Monday!

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Go time.

-D-

#getyourpraiseon


I’ve made mention a few times on here that trying to explain the style of music that I enjoy is rather difficult. Thankfully I have a wife that has also embraced the bass and hangs out with me while messing with glo-sticks, hula hoops, and every other freak and geek you could ever imagine.

Truly that is the life of a EDM (Electronic Dance Music). I’m thrilled that even MC is to the point that she no longer requests that I “turn off that thump, thump stuff”. In the past year Darco and I were able to enjoy an evening under the neon lights listening to a band named Infected Mushrooms, the same band we haven’t quite heard the end of from our Bible study group.

Interestingly enough, in the area that we live in the scene for EDM tends to appear that it’s on a projected growth path. After Infected Mushrooms there was a giant, two day concert in the middle of the city featuring some major DJ’s. Personally, it’s humorous that I make mention that I listen to EDM, I usually hear “I’d never listen to that”, and then I point out that the majority of the music that someone listens to on a ‘pop station’ has been remixed and remastered by an EDM artist.

Anyways…

Last Saturday night, while enjoying a pretty cool festival with our friends from the brewery, my wife started to talk to a random woman. Somehow this conversation turned into tastes in music, and my wife (love her to death), gave the pitch about the EDM scene.

The next thing that happened transpired from something like this:

My boyfriend got us Bassnector tickets for this Thursday, but we both have to work.

Dude, that stinks.

I know, but…do you want them? Swing by on Tuesday night and grab them from the brewery.

Seriously!?!?!

Seriously

Somehow, someway Darco and I have landed tickets to Bassnectar (sold out by the way) for this Thursday. I don’t have school on Friday, so it’s not as if I’m concerned about the crazy early morning stuff compared to the usual.

Still, many of you like many of the people I know in real life, don’t seem to fully understand what this music is like. Naturally, it’s my duty to enlighten you by the video below:

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Future’s Paradise


You know what sounds ideal? I’ll paint you a picture (Facebook quizzes said I’m good at that):

Waking up in the outskirts of the city. Brewing coffee, blending up breakfast, taking a shower and hitting the road.
Arriving at work 10-15 minutes later (versus the past year of +100 miles per day) and turning on the lights to my classroom.
After school is out, heading home, unpacking the day, grabbing a snack and either hitting the track or the local gym. Killing it for a few hours, gearing up for the next race, and afterwards heading home to recover. Dinner with health benefits (aka not garbage), a quiet evening with Darco, if we didn’t have plans that night, and heading to bed at a moderate time.

May not seem like much, but after three years of chaos…it’d actually be kind of nice.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Patience Killer


God has a sense of humor…

We know this…

This is unspoken fact…

As you’re all aware of by now, Darco has been promoted within Starbucks (which causes sixth grade children to ask me for free coffee drinks on a daily basis). This is the first time in her life that she’s going from hourly to salary in the form of wages. Obviously, we’re both very excited.

However, like all good businesses there is a slight hitch with this good news. Paychecks. Due to the time of her official promotion her actual ‘real’ paycheck was pushed back a full pay period. We knew this, and it came right at the time that we knew we’d hit the pinch between my pay of my old job and my current job. It was the perfect storm by way of finances, something that we’re still learning to weather in this life.

If you factor that in with how my recent paychecks have worked out in recent weeks, it really only takes one stupid screw-up to throw an entire budget off pace. We’ve had around a dozen in the past two weeks.

The point to this story? This Friday Darco will receive her very first paycheck for her promotion. I will be able to move my payment process for my job over to electronic deposit, meaning I’ll be paid on time. After handling a brutal past month financially, we’ll be back on track. The really cool part? Between my current position (praying for positive change soon) and Darco’s new position, as a unit we’ll be bringing in the same amount of money monthly as we were before my prior job ended. Personally, I just see that as a nice way of God guiding us down the right path.

We still have the survive this remaining week, but praise God there is a very vivid light at the end of this tunnel.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Saturday Blitz


Up at 4:00 AM…

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Emphasis: NO. FILTER!

Three hour trip to my old college…
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Darco and I spent judging collegiate speech & debate contestants…

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I did too join a frat...ish...

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM…dinner…
8:00 PM to 12:00 AM…travel back home…
Zero. Regrets.

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The judge life is real...

-D-