Archive for November, 2008

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts

- 25 Days of Christmas Blogging starts tomorrow!!! Make sure you come back tomorrow!

- Go HERE to view the cheesy video trailer.

- Congrats to Steve and Jenn on the birth of their baby boy Andrew Stephen Bartolucci. Can’t wait to meet him!

- I have a bad case of the flu! Fever, chills, pain… I’m not good at being sick.

- Leah and I had a great time at my parents house for Thanksgiving.

- We have a lot to be thankful for!

Make sure you get back here tomorrow for 25 Days of Christmas Blogging!  

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Video Blog: Thanksgiving (1 of ?)

Here is a random video of how we exercise after eating so much food. The average Thanksgiving meal (not including drinks) is 3200 calories.

In this video is my sister Lori, neices Hayley and Amy, and brother-in-law Joe.

Then CLICK HERE to go check out the 25 Days of Christmas Blogging trailer!!!! It starts on Monday!!!

Here it is:

Thanksgiving Plans

masthead-copy.jpgThere is another baby coming into the world as I write this! Well…there are probably hundreds, but I’m specifically talking about one. Steve and Jenn are at the hospital getting ready to bring their baby into the world!! Check out their blog and their twitter updates and let them know that you’re thinking about them and praying for them! They are great friends.

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For those of us that are not spending Thanksgiving in the baby place, are you staying home or traveling this year? Turkey or something else?

Leah and I are working today (that will be tough), and then are heading to Boston to spend some time with my family. We alternate between families each year. My sister, Lori, and her family will be there as well. We haven’t been there in a very long time. I will have to introduce some of them to you via video blogging. Can’t wait to taste my mom’s Christmas cookies. (That’s a hint for her, since she said she wasn’t making them this year!) Just kidding, mom! I will make them with the nieces. They just won’t taste as good.

So…What are your plans for Thanksgiving and do you eat turkey or something else??

VIDEO: 25 Days Of Christmas Blogging Trailer

Tons of people viewed the sneak preview trailer yesterday on YouTube! Now is the time for the official release of the 25 Days Of Christmas promo trailer. Don’t worry it’s only 46 seconds and you’ll be back to work in no time!

It’s cheesy…

It’s amature…

It’s…yes…even a little dorky…

But most importantly…It’s Christmasy!!!

TheYouTube version is below, and the better Vimeo version is in the video box to the right (it wouldn’t fit in this post…hmmmm.)

Leah and I had fun making this together and that’s the whole point of us doing all of this! :)  

Here we go:

Re-Cap / Thoughts / Turkey?

- The all-new 25 Days Of Christmas video trailer airs on my YouTube page tonight and on here tomorrow morning!!! That’s right! Don’t miss it!

- 25 Days of Christmas begins in 7 days!!!! CLICK HERE to see why on earth Leah and I are doing this together.

- Leah and I did a big embarrassing “Christmasy” video shoot yesterday!

- In seven days we will finally turn our heat on for the first time this season! Our apartment was 41 degrees the other day. I hate the cold coming out of the shower. Don’t you?

- I hope our pipes don’t freeze!

- I had a great time last week at our Middle School camp planning meeting in NYC. Scroll down and check out the video blog that I posted! We got tickets to see Letterman with Dave Howe, Ryan Geiger, Kyle Short and the gang!

- Happy Thanksgiving week!

- Shoot as many turkeys as you can before Thursday! No one goes without this year!

- Save a pilgrim…shoot a turkey…or run two over with the car like I did (accidentally) last year. Hey…it was foggy and they ran right out in front of me. They took the paint right off of Leah’s bumper.

- Great service this past weekend! Pastor Buddy did an awesome job wrapping up the series Unprecedented Times!

- Christians should not just be known as  being judgmental, critical, political, and hypocritical! We should SHINE our light…”Good Samaritan” style!

- Leah and I are going to Boston for Thanksgiving! We are looking forward to relaxing and eating turkey and pie.

- We have sooooo much to be thankful for! God has really blessed us!

- What’s the big deal with the Twilight movie that just came out? I just don’t understand. Teenagers are going in the thousands to see this movie. Hmmmm.

GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE TURKEY FUN FACTS:

funny_turkey1.JPG- 45 million Turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving. That is six hundred seventy-five million pounds in the U.S. alone.

- A 16-week-old Turkey is called a “fryer”. A 5- to 7-month-old Turkey is called a “young roaster” and a 1-year-old Turkey is a “yearling”. Any Turkey 15 months or older is called “mature”.

- Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.

- Turkey breeding has caused Turkeys’ breasts to grow so large that the Turkeys fall over.

- Wild Turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900s. Today, there are Wild Turkeys in every state except Alaska.

- Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

- Gobbling usually starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.

- The costume that “Big Bird” wears on Sesame Street is made of turkey feathers.istock_000000106599xsmall.jpg

- June is National Turkey Lover’s Month.

- Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

- During the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation, the president pardons one turkey. The pardoned turkey can then live out it’s natural life without ever being killed on purpose.

Macaroni Grill In Colonie!!

macgrilllogo.jpgThere is a Macaroni Grill in the Capital Region!!! This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time! There was one near where I lived in Boston and Long Island, but never here (or so i thought) in this area! There was recently an insert in the paper with a coupon for the restaurant. Leah and I got excited thinking that maybe one is in this area!! There was! I’ve driven up and down Wold Road a hundred times and never noticed…

If you’re like me, the name “macaroni” does not register well, and would automatically mean that I would probably not ever go there. It’s an Italian restaurant and doesn’t really have anything to do with “macaroni and cheese”.

Anyway, this restaurant was always a “special” place for Leah and I. We seemed to always go for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas Eve. We have many memories with my parents there. They now love it too!

I like how they also use paper for their table cloths and you get crayons to draw. The server learns to write their name upside down in cursive and writes it when they first come to the table. 30894-romanosmacaronigrilll.jpg

If you go, make sure you try their spinach and artichoke dip! It’s the best! I always get a steak there with garlic mashed potatoes.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill
1 Metro Park Rd. (You can see it from Wolf Road)
Colonie, NY 12205-1101
518-446-9190

So…Have any of you ever been to a Macaroni Grill??

Video Blog: NYC Trip Clip

Here is another video blog…

It is full of random clips from the NYC trip that I just went on. Tell me what you think of the blood splatter. I am still waiting for the foresic tests to come back, but I now think someone might have slaughtered a bunch of kittens. Would that be wrong? (I’m just kidding about that being okay, but I do “dis-like” cats)

Click on my buddy Ron Foster’s mouth to view the video (screen shots are randomly set by You Tube…Sorry Ron):

(Then scroll down and check out the video that I posted yesterday!)

VIDEO BLOG: UNITED Set-Up Crew

I made a quick video yesterday before UNITED featuring some of the students that come right after school to help set up. There are so many more that come too! I will have to feature them another time. We could not pull off this event with our the help of our dedicated student leaders!!

You guys rock!

Check out the video:

How Do I Know If I Should Walk Away From A Friendship?

Don’t forget that UNITED is tonight at 6:30 in Clifton Park!!!!

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QUESTION’s FROM STUDENTS

(Click HERE to view the other questions)

QUESTION: I have a few friends that I feel are causing me to do things that I shouldn’t do. How do I know if I should leave a friendship? How do I do it?

This is a great question and happens to be what I talked about last week at UNITED with the High School group. This is something that is for anyone, not just students. We all struggle with this one.

“Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.” I Corinthians 15:33

No matter where you are in life, your friends will never leave you the same! They could be either bad or good.

I have talked with a lot of students over the years who who have told me about horrible situations that they are in. When I talk to students who’s lives have gone out of control and they find themselves in a place they thought they would never be (most of the time being far away from God), I ask them “How did you get here? How did you get to this point? Where did the wheels start to come off?”

99% of the time, they start the exact same way, “Well, I had these friends…” They would go on to tell me about how they had some friends that got them into a lot of trouble, or they met a guy or a girl that caused them a lot of unnecessary pain.

Sometimes we all do some crazy things to “belong” or feel “accepted”.

The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a mutual friend. Every friend that you have will effect you wither positively or negatively. Your friends will never leave you the same!

If you are anything like me, I hear something like that and I think I’m immune to that principle. That applies to someone else not me. If I choose to have bad friends (or good friends who do bad things and have a bad influence on me), I am smart enough to get out of those relationships before it destroys me. I’m too strong to let that happen.

Then…I’m reminded of guys in the Bible like Samson. Read Judges 13 and study his life.

If you choose to hang out with the wrong people, then they will take you to the wrong places.

Here are some final thoughts:

- Think of your top 3-5 closest friends. Do they have a positive or negative affect on you??

- God created us to be in a growing relationship with Him. If your friends are causing you to push farther and farther from God, then that is a problem.

- If you are a Christian, then it is okay to have friends that are not Christians, but we have to learn to make our closest circle of friends be people that are like-minded and will help you draw closer to God. Jesus hung out with some of the worst people in that society, but He also had His inner circle of friends that strengthened and encouraged Him. He didn’t look to others for direction in life.

You might say, “Okay, I have some close friends that I know are bringing me down. What do I do?”

I’m glad you asked! You can do one of three things:

1. You can do nothing. Unfortunately, this is what probably 90% of us will do. We end up sacrificing our future for a friendship.

2. You can step back. This doesn’t mean to totally leave the friendship, but it does mean spending less time there. You need to step back and put boundaries in place.

3. You can walk away. The wrong friends will lead you to the wrong places and you will end up in a place where your life won’t line up with God’s plans – That is called a wasted life. You can walk away from that. This is the hardest option to apply, but tough circumstances that we put ourselves in often requires tough choices to fix it. Ask God to send you the right friends.

I have seen so many students destroy part of their life because of choosing the wrong friends. Oftentimes they say, “Well, I want to ‘help’ my friend”, but they don’t set up any boundaries and they ended up taking that relationship to places that are dishonoring to God.

I will talk more about dating relationships in the near future.

 

Student Ministry Meeting / David Letterman Late Show

I left yesterday for the Middle School Camp planning meeting. The camp is going to be awesome. We got done early, so we drove into Manhatten to just walk around.

After I got my cool hat at H&M, I found myself writing this post while I’m…

…in line with the tickets that I won for the Late Show. Yep, the Late Show with David Letterman. We had to answer the question, “What does David often throw from his desk?” The answer was “cards”. Go figure.

Student Ministry is awesome! haha…

Blog video to come soon…

Check out my Twitter updates on the right (What I’m doing section) to click the link to see the blood splatter in my first hotel room at The Red Roof Inn. Grossness! I’m writing a letter…