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What Interests Me, Excites me……Thus Making Me HAPPY

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Music (rock, jazz, indie, mellow)

Writing poetry

Going to diners

Picture collages

Collecting weird items

Movies

Movie posters

Road trips

Travel

Hanging out with friends

Neon lights

Pin ups

Stanley Kubrick

Alfred Hitchcock

David Lynch

Salvador Dali paintings

Baseball

The Avant-Garde

Black and White photographs

Disc Golf

Astronomy

Television

Coffee

Swimming

Tacos

Listening to Jazz Records

Going to Concerts

Halloween

Car Shows

Poetry Readings

Rollar Coasters

Discussing rock bands

Planning Vacations

Art

Math problems

Film studies

The behavior of people

HAPPY

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It was a HAPPY year!!!!

Went for hikes through the woods and the nearby grove

kayaking at Bass Lake, Michigan

rollar skating and falling down

spraining an ankle

Back cracks at the chiropractor

morning jogs daily

first sprint triathlon together

soothing massage chair resides upstairs

running 5k’s

Joined the gym

Awesome spin classes

helping the middle niece get over stage fright

finding her voice

Chris recited more poetry and signed more books

Now he’s writing a new book

both he and Denielle are blogging

and found ways to WRECK A JOURNAL

Zentangle art is amazing

Denny sketched a portrait of her mom and two uncles as children

A girl at work, who drew Starry Night with crayons, gave it to them as a gift

just for being her friend

they made several new friends this year

Yet also said goodbye to companions who moved away

His father’s dog, named Sparky, was laid down to rest

Kahlua, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel was also put to sleep

Her stepfather, Mark

and Grandmother Tillie

both were taken away from them

but certainly will never be forgotten

they had a fight one night in their car

but literally made a U-Turn on the road

and went out to eat

with a $10 coupon….Awesome!

Experienced a 30 days of HAPPINESS challenge

and learned to LAUGH more

and live like children

Took a Spring roadtrip together to Missouri via route 66

and visited an old friend

Chris’ Grandmother Jean turned 90 this year! WOW!

He is famous for making a new breakfast casserole

and together they have brought “nut cluster” candy making to a new level

watched a film called BUTTER

which made them laugh a lot

Saw films like “The Hobbit,” “Gravity” and “Thor” on the big screen

Went to a lot of concerts this year

Colin Hay gave a live performance for them @ Park West

Japandroids and Savages @ Metro

Lollapalooza @ Grant Park featuring Vampire Weekend, Tegan & Sara and Cat Power

Neko Case @ The Hideout

He bought many vinyl records

One time he bought a small cup of coffee at work

for fifty cents

with a CREDIT CARD???

then he found some quarters at his desk 5 minutes later

this made Chris and others laugh out loud

Isnt it ironic? Don’t ya think?

Won FREE coffee from BigBY!!!

They went to her cousin’s wedding

and reconnected with some long lost relatives

Threw a great big STAR WARS Halloween Party!

He grew a mustache for men’s cancer awareness

She celebrated 5 years and He celebrated 10 years of service at Ball Horticultural Company

Thereby earning more vacation time

So many memories

Can’t wait to have many more

Merry Christmas Everybody!!!

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Things I am proud of (my accomplishments):

Eagle Scout
Wedding
Surviving Brain Surgery
College Degree
Published a book
Drive and pay for a nice car
Won a short story writing contest
Have always had a job since a teenager
Never unemployed
Have worked for Ball Seed for 10 years
Learned how to dance
Ran in high school and learned to run again now
Learned to swim when a little boy
Swam in high school team
Still swim
Successfully bike long distances
Ran some 5k’s
Participated in 2 triathlons
Live in a nice apartment
Was a catechism teacher at church for one year
Reader at church
Eucharistic Minister for 2 years
Been hiking, camping many times
Went canoeing on the Mississippi River and the boundary waters of Canada
I hit two home runs in minor league baseball
Went to boot camp and survived

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To Be Thankful

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To be thankful

I am not just grateful for turkey
I am thankful for these things:
For mom and dad for raising me well
For you teaching me how to ride a bicycle
For helping me with my homework
For showing me the difference between right and wrong
For always being patient with me when I was acting difficult
For providing guidance by taking me to church
For helping me stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight
Thanks to the Boy Scouts
For my sister because she is a wonderful person
For her ability to put up with my strange ways
For all the trees we climbed and the bikes we rode
For the tickle fights and drawing on each other’s backs before going bowling on Saturdays
For Saturday morning cartoons…those were the days
For all of those great birthday parties at Funway, Showbiz Pizza and the movies
For all of the sports I was in like swimming and track
For playing baseball as a catcher all those years and even winning trophies
For receiving my high school diploma and a college degree
For all of the support and encouragement from my family
For making good friends and being a great listener as well
For my excellent health condition
For the numerous vacations I have been on
For my love and passion for music and what it has done for me over the years
For the gift of writing
For McDonalds even when they screw up my order because it’s an American tradition
For late night conversations with friends
For good talks with my dad that I will never forget
For bike rides and talks with my grandpa
For photographs and memories
For magnificent sunrises and sunsets
For all of the laughter I have enjoyed
For rainy weather (yes that’s right) because it washes the dirt away
For the hopeful promise of tomorrow
For modern medicine and surgery improving my quality of life
For eventually meeting the girl of my dreams; my wife named Denielle
For the tremendous joy and wonderful experiences we have enjoyed so far
This year is a special year to really reflect and give thanks to everyone for never giving up on me for love outshining the bad for life to go on
I am so thankful for having a solid job with benefits
Having a nice new apartment to live in
And truly being part of a wonderful and blessed family.