Renos – Scrape, Scrape, Sand, Sand

Clean up at the church education building (e-bldg) is under way!

Before the end of the year 2012, James and I did quite a bit of work on the interior; scraping excess/old paint, sanding and general cleaning of the usable space.

It feels good to now have a clean fridge, ready and awaiting food and drinks.

There are a set of really old and ugly cabinets that we were able to fill up any cracks and prep for painting.

Ever since the end of December 2012, we’ve recently starting to do a bit more work into the building again. Most of the work was done to the outside front and back yards. Yesterday I was able to trim the front hedges and did an overall cleaning of excess branches and fallen leaves from the front and with Adam’s help was able to cut down a really large patch of thorny bushes in the backyard. We were able to fill about 5-7 bags with the lawn clippings so far and there is still a large pile that still needs to be bagged.

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‘Before’ Picture of the Backyard – Thorny bushes on the Left

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Adam raking up the cuttings.

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Me doing my part in raking.

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Backyard now looks a little less Malicious

While I took to the plants, James was hitting the concrete with his power washer. You don’t quite realize how dirty an abandoned walkway can become until you can clearly spell your name on the pavement. I didn’t even realize what the actual colour of the pavement was until yesterday.

So far I can say that to me the work that has been done so far has made a world of difference in sprucing up the place and hopefully come Spring time, we’ll have a few more helping hands to join the cause to have another nice once over the place in terms of cleaning.

James and Isaac were able to mostly finish up the painting of the inside of the cabinets yesterday and the has been a vast improvement. Now all that has to be done is to scrape, and sand the outside of the cabinets, change the hinges and maybe the knobs as well and we’ll have a brand new looking set of cabinets ready for action. I can’t wait till that is complete!

I also just heard today that we may have access to a deep cleaning carpet machine, so praying that the machine works (and thankful to receive another offer to help from Jon)!

All in all, it’s been a great experience so far to have birthed a simple idea that is slowly but surely gaining momentum and support both from encouraging comments as well as helping hands that have joined to do the work!

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Body Building Status

Good News Everyone!

After plateauing at the 205 lbs. weight range for about a month and a half, I am now in the sub-200 lbs. range! Woohoo!

I was glad I did my ‘cheat’ weeks during December, it seemed to be what I needed in terms of switching up the routine to kick-start further weight loss.

 

Recently had some time to work out with my buddy Sam and James on separate days and in different gyms and found both days to be pretty good. It’s always cool to learn some new exercises for muscle groups you’ve been working on for a while, I have the soreness to prove that the workout was different enough to do something to my body.

Did biceps and back with Sam and learned some new moves and machines to get those tiny arm muscles of mine pumping. It’s great to learn new moves to keep things interesting.

Went to Steve Nash with James to work on shoulders and legs to try to get those ‘Boulders for Shoulders.” Steve Nash is nice, but I still like getting spoiled at the Oval. The facility is just overall more well spaced and more open so that stink doesn’t sit around like it does in other smaller gyms.

Overall I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve been seeing, hopefully I’ll be able to continue dropping the fat and toning the muscles before the wedding day and photo shoots arrive.

Thanks to all who have been encouraging me and for the gym brothers egging me on to push past my personal bests and continually improve.

The Christmas Season – The Gift of Generosity

Dalit Freedom Network

It’s December 5th and Christmas is only 20 days away!

How quickly days pass when we don’t pay attention to them. Another year has come and is almost gone.

Just recently I decided to sponsor a Dalit child from India so that he could have access to education at one of the schools that my church helped to fundraise for.

Some background information in regards to the peoples that are designated the ‘Dalits.’ In India society still runs in a caste system where people are born into a certain status of life. The Dalits or ‘The Untouchables’ are literally Out-Castes from the system and are regarded by some to be on a level lower than animals. They suffer poverty, discrimination and oppression simply because they were born from Dalit parents and the vicious cycle continues from ages past until the unforeseeable future.

I missed the opportunity to sponsor a child last year, and though I knew I would be jobless in 2 months, I made an intentional effort tighten my spending to sponsor one this year and I can say I’m a proud sponsor of little Sam* (*name has been modified) from Faridkot, Punjab, India.

Many times I find myself thinking of the things I can’t have or the things I can’t do because I don’t have the money for it. It’s an easy thing to do in comparing what we don’t have when living a place that is rich in freedoms and resources such as Canada. It was not more evident to me of my blessings then when I was writing my first letter to Sam.

I must say it was quite difficult to write the letter, I was not too sure on what to say and how to word it. I started with my ‘hellos’ and began to write about myself hoping that as Sam learned more about me, that i would get a return letter from him telling me more about himself and his family. I struggled to write out that letter as succinct as possible all the while trying to keep terms simple. I realized that my stumbling to explain something in ‘simpler words’ just meant that I had the opportunity to learn and understand more things than many people might have an opportunity to know in less fortunate countries. As I encouraged him to stay in school and how I was happy to be his sponsor; I mentioned my educational background and how I held two degrees and was once again reminded of the blessings of the educational opportunities (though expensive) in Canada.

There were many other reminders that flowed through my mind as I wrote that letter, but lets just say it was definitely a ‘re-eye-opener’ for me. I hope that through me and other people’s donations/contributions, Sam and other Dalit children can bring hope to the next generation.

I can’t say that I’m some type of hero or that I gave till it hurt as some people I know have done, but I’d like to encourage everyone to look into a charity that resonates with you and help in whatever way you can.

P.S. – If this post has inspired you and you’d like to sponsor a child like I have ($300/year per child or $25/month per child), please feel free to contact me and I can try to connect you with one of the children packages that my church has.

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Go to dalitfreedom.net and look under the projects page “Education for Dalit Children” under the “Freedom through Education” category (or click the picture above).

P.P.S. – Thanks always to my parents who sacrificed much in hopes that I may have a better life.

P.P.P.S. – A shout out to the people weathering the cold this Christmas season collecting donations for charities. Keep up the good work and thanks.

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Lumping Righteousness!

Lumping Righteousness!

There are many things I love to do and would love to do. For now this will be a blog of things that interest me, things I enjoy doing and things I may one day want to try.

Join me as I search for interesting and most likely nerdy/funny stuff in what I call life/the internet!

In the words of one of my recently fav cartoons. “What time is it? ADVENTURE TIME!”