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Day 179 – My Final Chick-fil-A Black Card Experience

Day 179.

Well, this was it. The last day. I’ll recap the experience at a later date, but for now, just know that this was the end of an era. The Black Card era.  Technically I could’ve squeezed one more morning out of it, but we flew out on the 28th and by the time we were ready to go, just no time left.

It was off to St. Louis, and I had to say my good-byes. It was only fitting that my last visit was an evening visit, since that’s where most of the relationship-building happened. Ryan #2, one of the faithful, was on location, and I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the fat lip of sadness in this pic:

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I had a good conversation with James, who managed to evade a head shot during all 179 visits. Nice work James. Ordered a Spicy Chicken sandwich solely because it would give me the most bang for my buck (confirmed by James, as well). The Spicy Chicken IS the biggest piece of chicken you can get. Keep that in your back pocket when you’re extra hungry.

I topped off my visit with a Cookies & Cream shake (the Peppermint special was officially demoted to next year’s menu), and rode off into the darkness.

A fairly regular ending to a completely irregular experience. I’ll need to spend a few days to collect my thoughts and put a nice bow on this journey, which, undoubtedly, has been pretty freaking cool.

Days 172, 173, & 174: A Wilderness Wonderland Celebration of Lights

Day 172, Day 173, & Day 174.

Once again here in the home stretch I’m stringing Every Days with Chick-fil-A together. Trying to push through to the end, and in this busy season, it has been a challenge. But I have to tell you, even though I have nothing to gain from blogging about eating CFA every day, it’s pretty freaking cool that I’ve been able to do it.

New Year’s is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’ll be making a resolution or two, even if you don’t tell anyone about it. But let’s be honest – we rarely do them more than a couple of months, or, if you’re like me, a couple of weeks.  Changing something in your life – anything – is difficult, even when it’s something fun like eating Chick-fil-a. Factor in the blogging part, and it makes the difficulty factor increase by a factor of 10. So I’m glad I’ve stuck it out, even if I am putting multiple days in one post.

So, on Tuesday, it was Day 172, and I don’t have a picture for it. I know I went in and ordered a #11 with a Chicken Tortilla Soup, tried to take a pic of the server (new gal, forget her name), and my iPhone wouldn’t cooperate.

Day 173 was a Spicy Chicken sandwich meal on the way home from a church business meeting. I was starving, and figured the Spicy would be my best shot at a hearty piece of poultry. And, I was right. Theory still holds true.

Thanks to my fellas in the drive-thru (and Alysa too, who sneaked into the boys club picture):

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We wrapped up day 174 at the great Pasco County Wilderness Wonderland
Celebration of Lights, which, I am sorry to say, was a Parks & Recreation episode just waiting to happen.

I give you, Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B. Mr and Mrs Claus were very friendly:

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Exhibit C (that’s real “snow” in case you were wondering):

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And finally, Exhibit D. It was nice to see that a nativity scene representing the Incarnation – you know, what Christmas is all about – was present.

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Asher did splendidly through all of this, and after eating his dinner, seemed to want to delay bath time. And I have proof (this has been edited from its original format):

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Hilarious. Nothing like seeing a naked 14 month old run around the house trying to avoid whatever it is you want him to do.  Ah, the memories.

Oh yes, and I had a 12-ct Chicken Nuggets this evening after Ash went to bed, with a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake to top it off. Here’s the boys club – love these guys!

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Okay, less than a week until Christmas, and closing in on the end of my Every Day with Chick-fil-A. Hard to believe.

Day 151 – Asher’s First Trip to the Zoo

Day 151.

After Liza, Asher and I rolled through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru today and picked up a #3 Spicy Chicken Sandwich combo with a large Coke and fries, and had a good laugh with Colby and Sandy (and the gal in the middle whose name slips my mind), my wife turned to me, looked at me somewhat sheepishly, and said, “You’re going to really miss this when it’s over, aren’t you?”

photo 1You know what? I am. I’m not going to miss blogging about it every day. Not that I don’t like blogging and writing – I actually love it – but when you have to do it every day, well, I’m sure you can imagine how monotonous that can get.   And it’s not about the food – I actually haven’t got sick of the food. But let’s think about the time commitment – 20 minutes driving there, 20 minutes back, then at least another 20-25 minutes to write the post….at the end of the day….when you’re tired…..and all you want to do is go to bed, so it’s like amplified by a factor of incalculable.

But, I really do love seeing the people there. I certainly have come to call many of them “friends,” and for that, the experience has been a winner-winner-chicken-dinner.  Yes, pun totally intended.

So where was the family headed today at 2:30 in the afternoon as we downed our CFA? To the ZOO!  Yup, this was Asher’s first time to the zoo, and while we were disappointed there were no lions, he did get to see giraffes, elephants (including a baby one), rhinos, tigers, a swimming bear, monkeys, orangutangs, and lots of “tweet tweets.”  Not only that, but we got to see a leopard in the Asian exhibit jump about 20 feet to pounce on a wild squirrel that had made its way unsuspectingly into the display area. At the time of this writing, that squirrel’s existence is very much in question. It’s hard to tell from this pic below, but if you look closely, you can see the squirrel hanging out of each side of that leopard’s mouth. Man, the circle of life right in front of us. Liza got a little squeamish so she had to step away and head on over to the rhinos.  Asher was probably trying to eat a leaf so I’m sure he didn’t pick up on it.  But I did, and it was awesome.

everydaywithchickfilaHere’s the rest of our trip. Asher was about as interested in the animals as he was the wooden posts that caged them in (seriously dude, do you have to try and eat each post? I’m pretty sure they all taste the same).

photo 2(Safari Africa was our first destination – obviously)

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(Hanging out with the giraffes and elephants)

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(Runaway baby near the rhinos exhibit)

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(I’ll put Asher’s ability to point out an airplane against any other 13 month old)

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(The orangutangs and monkeys were pretty sweet – not that Asher noticed)

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(First shoulder ride – he didn’t like it or anything)

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(A Day of Firsts – First Family Zoo Photo)
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(Haha – great one to end on, my little African ranger)

Day 141 & Day 142 – Baby Dedication

Day 141 & Day 142.

Day 141 was an important one. We went through our “Baby Dedication” class at our church. Dr. Aaron Walp took families who have had children in the last year through an admonition process by which he relayed God’s plan for parents to raise their children up in the Lord.

Since the Scriptures really speak for themselves on this one, I’ll just give you the cliff-notes of Walp’s instruction in Deuteronomy 6:

4 Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 6 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, 7 and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. 8 You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. 9 Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and gates.

And thus, with the Lord’s help, that is the weighty burden we have as parents, and will do our best to relay to Asher.

Our senior pastor, Dr. Rice, finished off the class with a few words:
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Our clan was present for this special occasion (thanks for coming Ellie, Grandma, and of course, Momma and Asher):

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Then it was off to Chick-fil-A for dinner!  Liza got the chicken nuggets and I went for a #3 Spicy Meal.  Thanks to the crew, which included James and Ryan #2 (and I’m so sorry but I didn’t catch the gal’s name in front!):

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The next day we were able to go before the church body and commit to them publicly to raise up our son, as best we know how, to honor God and love others. Thanks to our friends Jason and Janna for grabbing this pic of the moment!

IMG_3147Speaking of our friends Jason and Janna, I just have to share this pic of their daughter Kylie. Forget the fact that Asher hasn’t put his head on my shoulders for more than a few seconds at a time, ever. Kylie, on the other hand, just went in for a full on head-snuggle for a good two or three minutes after service on Sunday. So precious.

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Day 142 was a good one on all accounts – Asher was a gem, work was productive, Grandma came over and helped out, I put up some safety measures around the house, and of course made my daily trip to Chick-fil-A.

Since Momma had some pork slowly simmering in a crock-pot, I kinda felt obligated to eat that.  But that didn’t stop me from a little Chick-fil-A dessert after dinner. Thanks to Ryan #2 and an assist to Evan for the Cookies & Cream shake (no whip, no cherry). photo

Now it’s the Bucs/Dolphins on the tele and and hoping that Mike James and the Miami defense can muster up 25 points for very much needed fantasy victory. Thank you Mike James for going down on the first drive of the game. You gotta be kidding me.

**Update**  Posting this video of the formal dedication since I will want to see it again one day:

Day 134, Day 135, & Day 136 – All About the Mudder

Day 134, Day 135, & Day 136.

Well, we have another first in the life of my Every Day with Chick-fil-A. Between running a business, parenting this new kiddo, and trying to prep for the ToughMudder, it was a busy weekend, and thus I have gotten a little behind.  Hence, my first 3-day post, combining Friday, Saturday, and Mondays’ Chick-fil-A trips.

Day 134 was hectic and crazy trying to get everything done for the website that I knew I wouldn’t be able to do on Saturday. Thankfully I had some nice time with my son in the morning. I took this picture about a second too late, as Asher had his hand on Louie’s leash with me, both of us walking the dog. Come on, that’s just cute:

everydaywithchickfilaA lot of times I’ll share my fries with Liza, or maybe a couple of nuggets, but I was all about the carbs on my nightly run. I wanted as many calories as possible to be ready for what would ensue the following day. Here are my friends at Chick-fil-A who served me up a #3 Spicy Chicken sandwich with large waffle fries and bottled water:

photo 2Day 135 saw me get up at 4:30 to head out the door at 5:00 and meet up with my fellow Mudders for the Tough Mudder at Westgate River Ranch in the middle of Nowhere, Florida. Any time you’re getting up in the 4’s, you know it’s something crazy.

If you don’t know what the Mudder is, I’m not going to describe it. You just need to check out this clip and you’ll get the point. (Video from last year’s Tampa area mudder, which I also participated in.)

Here we are pre-Mudder:

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Yes, war paint is truly necessary.

Especially when you’re my buddy Chris. This is him running to catch the van. We’re not even in the parking lot yet, but he had to take a leak. He ran a loooooong way. War paint helps with that.

photo 1David thought he’d take a picture with a pony before the race. Hey, everyone gets inspired in different ways.

photo 3Here we are before the race:

photo 3Only three of us made it to the finish intact:

photo 4Of course I’m kidding, we all made it, but I don’t have the pic on my phone. It was a great event, tons of fun obstacles, lots of mud, and only minor injuries.

I present to you exhibit A:

photo 5As I mentioned in my Facebook post, it’s tough to be a bald man in a head-full-of-hair world. The obstacle “Anaconda” took a bite out of my skull as a keepsake. Hey, you can’t say I didn’t leave it all out on the field.

Since we were [freaking] starving afterwards, we did hit up a Five Guys on the way home, so by the time I rolled up to Chick-fil-A, it was the perfect time for a calorie-laden, deliciously tasting Cookies & Cream milkshake. And since the iPhone has apparently maxed out its 4 GB or whatever ridiculously small storage space it is, here’s how my pic of Dylan, Chick-fil-A newcomer, turned out:

photo 1Regarding day 136, it was an early morning run to get my favorite Chick-fil-A treat: a #7 Multigrain Bagel Sandwich with the heaven-in-your mouth hash browns. Thanks Donna for the service!

photo 2I would talk more about my Monday but it’s 8:36, and it’s time to Bear Down. If you don’t know what that means, just turn on ESPN at some point tonight and you’ll get the picture.

Day 128 – Cool Weather & Time with My Broham

Day 128.

I’m just in a better mood when the weather turns a little cooler. The air seems a little thinner. The moisture seems a little less.  And I’m a little happier. if I could live anywhere in the US, it would be the mountains. Somehow I ended up in a swamp.

But it’s days like today and yesterday that make the summer swamp-living all worth it. 60-something in the morning, high of around 80, sunshine all day – the way God intended it before man screwed everything up.

Between the weather, hanging with my boy, and seeing my little brother and nephew for the first time in almost a year, today was definitely a good day. My broham will be staying for the next couple of days; he’s the third member of my immediate family to make the trip to Florida in the last month, with the exception of my father and my brother’s twin sister.  She’s in Africa serving at a school with her husband, so I don’t think she’ll be coming to Florida any time soon. All good though.

After I picked up Mike and his son Luke, his first question to me was, “So have you eaten at Chick-fil-A yet today?”  Ha!  I had not, so we headed there and were greeted by a lot of the regulars – Justin, Ryan #2, Emily, to name a few. I ordered a #1 with provolone cheese and a cookies and cream shake, and Mike had a large waffle fries and a cookies and cream shake as well, the perfect ending to a day of traveling from The Lou.

photo 2Mike was feeding Luke some waffle fries and milkshake on the way home. Shhhh….don’t tell Mom. 🙂  (Hey, according to Dad, he definitely earned it.)

photo 3I’m throwing this pic in for kicks and giggles. I took Louie to Grandma’s on the way to pick up my brother and he shook like a leaf the whole time. Then as we pulled up to the guard, he leaped out of my arms and into the back seat in between the car seats. Good grief, Lou. He’s a security guard for a 55+ community not Jason Bourne.

everydaywithchickfilaThat’s all she wrote for this evening. I’m sure tomorrow holds lots of excitement in store.

 

Day 120 – Trending Spicy & My Home Improvement Recap

Day 120.

120 days is what, approximately 4 months, and is now the number of days I’ve eaten Chick-fil-A in a row. It’s funny how your palate starts to change over time. I was obviously on a huge Asian Salad kick, but I feel the tide turning. I’ve been wanting to spice it up a little, so I grabbed the Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal again today, same as yesterday. Went without cheese today to save on the 70 or so calories that are associated with it.

I know I’m confusing Colby a little bit too because he had no idea I was in the drive-thru until seconds before the infamous photo op – I’m sure glad he made the pic, though, for the record books:

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I have a theory regarding the Chick-fil-A sandwiches. I think the spices they use for the Spicy Chicken requires a bigger piece of chicken, so you’re actually getting a bigger bang for your buck if you go Spicy. Purely speculative on my part, but just keep an eye out the next few times you go and see if I’m not right.

I was deleting and moving pics from my iPhone to an external hard drive earlier today and realized that I hadn’t ever shown the finished product from all my projects I undertook while Liza was in Ethiopia.

So, without further ado, I present to you the before and after pics of the bathroom and bedroom. For posterity’s sake, here is what Jake, his dad (Mr. T), and I accomplished in the 3 weeks Liza was gone, on top of running the business full time and going to Chick-fil-A every day. Just sayin’.

  • Pulled up linoleum in guest bath and laid ceramic tile (first time doing this – thank you Mr. T)
  • Patched two holes with sheetrock from the towel rack dismantling in guest bath
  • Painted guest bath
  • Hung new towel rack (not easy)
  • Fixed leaky toilet with new hardware
  • Put a new wax seal on toilet (2nd time was a charm – you should try to get it right the first time)
  • Cleared and painted the baby’s room
  • Put together the crib and bookshelf (Liza’s mom expedited the room)
  • Hung two fans, one in the baby’s room and one on the porch (okay, Jake hung them; but I handed him screwdrivers when he needed them)
  • Laid laminate in the master bedroom complete with quarter round
  • Mounted new TV on wall

I have to say, that’s a pretty impressive list; all the more impressive when you realize the home we grew up in (sorry for ending the sentence in a preposition – just seemed to flow better.) Pops was good a lot of stuff, but teaching us home improvement skills wasn’t exactly a priority. In his defense, he didn’t have YouTube when we were growing up.

So here are a couple of before and after pics to keep in the record books:

(The very beginning of the project – you can just barely see my “GC,” Mr. T.)

(I learned how to put on a new toilet seal. Not as hard as you might think, actually, but if you do it wrong the first time, prepare for a sticky situation. Jokes, jokes.)

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(Hard to believe it turned out so nicely. Must’ve been all those late night runs to Chick-fil-A to keep me nourished.)

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(These pics don’t even show wall where I cut out sheet rock to patch two big holes from the former towel rack, and the newly hung brushed nickel rack that took more than a few tries to make straight.)

On to the bedroom, where my buddy Jake and I laid the rest of the flooring I had purchased a long time ago when we did the rest of the house.

(This picture doesn’t really do justice to the mess that was my bedroom.)

(We’ve since moved that lonely piece of artwork – don’t you worry.)

(And, humpty dumpty is put back together again. Please note the wall-mounted HD-TV. Yes, there are cords to be seen, but I’ve since moved the dresser over and let me tell you, I’m just happy the thing is still hanging.  You don’t even notice the cords any more anyhow.)