Over the past few years, bullying has become more and more of a topic of discussion. With the children that are taking their lives because of it, we have been forced to think about the things that we allow children to say to each other, and we have decided to take a stand that we are not going to allow it anymore. In my childhood, there were times that I was bullied, but I don’t think that the level of it was anywhere near the level that children face today. I am sure that some of the things that were said to me changed who I was then, and I don’t know how different I would be without those things.
One of the people who I follow on Twitter posted this video, and it kind of struck a chord with me. There are so many things that you have to worry about as a parent, and you have to add this to the list. A school or playground should be a safe place for a child, but that has changed over the years. I hope that we can shift the world back to the way it used to be. Teasing and name-calling will always be around, but we have to limit the severity of it. We have to take the bite of our youth’s tongues. It is not until you get much older that you realize how much of an impact your words have on other people, and a child will never understand that. We have to teach them kindness and acceptance of all people.
Delissa and I signed up for our first half marathon today. I think that is fair to say that we are both slightly nervous. We know that we can run the distance, but we really do not want to walk any amount of the 13.1 miles. If that means that we have to slow down our pace to make sure that we don’t, we are probably going to go that route. The race is April 14th, and it is a generally flat course. I hope that helps!
We will be celebrating with a big plate of fajitas from Pappasito’s. Hopefully, we will be able to move after running that long of a distance. If not, we can get some to push us up to the table!
Since January is over, I wanted to give an update on my resolutions so far. It is only one month in, but it is better to keep track of them so you know where you need to improve in the next month.
1. Shave more often
I have done pretty well with this so far. Shaving far more than what I would consider normal for me. It is not that bad, but it is not fun when you accidentally cut yourself. What a hassle!
2. Run 1000 miles this year
To carry out this goal, Delissa and I decided that we needed to run 83.33 miles per month. Here is my total for the month. I am pretty proud of it. Now, I gotta do it all over again in February!
3. Stop drinking Diet Cokes or Soda
It has been a complete month and I have not had a single carbonated beverage. It has not been easy at times, but I was able to pull through. I just have to make sure that I have tea around, and it is a little easier.
4. Weigh in at 255
I am not there yet, but I have gotten all of my holiday weight off. I am staying steady around 284. Hopefully, I will be in the 270′s at the end of February. It should be doable. I just have to stay focused.
I have decided that I would post my resolutions this year so that I can possibly be more accountable for them. I usually always make 3 or 4, but I usually only pick one that I follow through with.
Here they are:
- Shave more often
- I am a little tired of looking scruffy all the time. Just need to clean that up some.
- Run 1000 Miles this year
- This one explains itself. I want to run 1000 miles. I will only include miles that I run. Nothing Else!
- Stop drinking Diet Cokes or Soda (depending on what part of the world you are from)
- This one explains itself, as well. They are bad for you. I will still be having teas and coffee though!
- Weigh in at 255
- This one explains itself also. I haven’t been that size since 12 or 13. It is probably a good idea to get back there again.
These goals are not that difficult to reach, but I know that it will be hard to keep them going after the first few months. The ones that I know will keep my attention are 2 and 4. They go together to some degree, and Delissa is doing the 1000 miles thing as well. It will be a good competition for us to try and beat that number. I know that her running total is going to be higher than mine, and I am not trying to compete with here at all. I just want to beat the 1000!
For the past few days, I have been working on cleaning up my custom post type for the beers section. I was using Custom Meta Data in WordPress to get it all working before, but it was not quite how I wanted it. I needed something that was better. I have that now.
I have converted all of the Custom Meta Data into taxonomies for my Custom Post Type. I used a plugin from Scribu called Custom Field Taxonomies. It allowed me to convert all of the data that I currently had stored into taxonomies that I could use. It worked great! Now, I can link things better, and it will allow for easier navigation of that part of the site.
If you want to see all of the beers that I have had from Germany, you can do that! If you want to see all of the beers I have had from the Spoetzl Brewery, you can do that. It is a pretty cool addition in my mind. I know not many people visit this site, but the ones that do will be able to do it better. I think that is what it is really all about!
If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.