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My life in the shop tonight…

November 8th, 2010 No comments

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Weekend and the upcoming “second shift”…dun…dun…dun

November 8th, 2010 No comments

I just came off of a very relaxing weekend. Heather and were able to spend a lot of time together, which is always a blast, and that made for a great weekend in itself.  On Saturday, we joined my friend Jon and his grandfather in the city of Sumner for a Lutefisk dinner at a Lutheran church. This was Heather and my first time trying the Scandinavian delicacy and it wasn’t that bad! The service at Harbor Covenant was very filling and we were able to share our Sunday evening with a wonderful family from our church, who graciously provided dinner for us!  The weekend, however, was made even better by the many hours of sleep I was able to get. Usually on weekends I stay up too late and get up on the earlier side, negating any potential for a good rest. This weekend, I made an effort to get to bed before midnight. I can honestly say I haven’t felt this rested in a long time.

That all being said, this week is going to be interesting. My team at work has a rotation we work off of and one spot on this rotation is performing evening duties at the main hospital. For me, this means working from around 3:00PM – 11:30PM. Yikes, a little bit different than my normal shift for sure. This shift has the benefit of being quiet, because everybody is home, but the downside is that it takes a big chuck of time away from being at home with Heather. This week is especially difficult because Heather and I will be officially married one year come this Sunday. The week leading up to our anniversary would ideally be a time we could spend quality time together but with this shift, time together is limited to early morning and late evenings.

We are trying to make the most of this situation, however. This morning we had a wonderful breakfast of eggs, toast, orange juice, and coffee to kick off the day. We are rarely able to have breakfast together outside of a weekend so it was a nice change of pace.

We’ll see how the rest of the week goes!

-Chris

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Learning to be content

November 4th, 2010 No comments

I’m in an interesting place in life. On paper, things are going really well. I’m married to the most amazing woman in the entire world. She is my best friend and most trusted companion. The people that I have the honor of calling my friends are some of the most uplifting and caring individuals one could ever hope to meet. On top of all of that, I am blessed with a full time job at a medical center in Seattle. As I mentioned previously, on paper, life is going quite swimmingly.

The issue that I’m facing now is that of finding contentment.   Married life is a pure joy and while being married is undoubtedly a full time job in itself, it also yields incredible joy that can only come from Christ. There is without a doubt no trouble finding contentment there. My brothers, the men I can call my true friends, also are a source of contentment for me. They challenge me in my walk with Jesus, they laugh at me during the happy times, and cuss the world with me on tough days. The problem doesn’t lie with Heather and my brothers, the problem lies with work.

My coworkers are some of the best people you could hope to work with. They are funny, intelligent, somewhat crazy, and overall caring people. They make work enjoyable but the real issue regarding contentment is with the overall lack of stimulating challenges. Call me a weirdo, but the idea of having to wrack my brain around an idea and not understand a technical problem excites me! I would love to come home and have Heather ask me what is on my mind and for me to say, “I can’t figure out this problem”. Finding obscure and creative solutions to problems is something I long for. So much of my current job in IT is manual labor/redundant actions. This includes moving computers from one office to another, cleaning out printers, etc. The weirdest thing about my job is that my manager throws occasional challenges at me and those are awesome! In fact, he is pretty cool because he lets me use available free time to research/create my own projects. This has led to some pretty awesome pet projects I’ve worked on throughout the past few years. The problem for me is that this is not consistent at all. I can write an awesome software application that becomes an instant hit with my staff and then the next day I’m told to install 30 monitors in the hospital or help move a department from one building to another. This juxtaposition of two totally different types of work is killing me. My friends will be the first to say that I do not like change and this moving around from manual labor to mental stimulation is very exhausting.

Is it wrong of me to desire more challenge? Am I asking too much in this economy to be looking for a more mentally demanding job? These are the things I’m trying to figure out. I’ve been praying a lot about it and Jesus, as He often does, keeps telling me to be patient. This, as many of you know, is something I struggle with daily.

So, I guess learning to be content in all times, as Paul writes, is something that I’m going to have to do now.

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Ok…so I’ve slacked off

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

Ok, I’ve slacked off. I’m going to start writing on here more. I’ve been looking forward to having a place where I can write my thoughts and ideas down on a virtual pad of paper and this avenue is most certainly that. Ok, time for bed. More to come :)

-Chris

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