Yes, im blogging... my wife has been after me to add my thoughts to this thang, and I must say she has done a great job and I hope it has helped our friends and family keep connected to what is going on in our life. Just a quick rundown of what has been going on in my life in the last year. I got married to the most amazing woman, i was fat and I lost 30 pounds by running my tail off and changing my eating habits thanks to the support from my wife and a bad report from the doctor. We like to call it a lifestyle change and not a diet because diets are only temporary and lifestyle changes are for life so hopefully I can keep that going for a while! Angie and I have traveled to Cancun(honeymoon), San Diego, and NYC in the past year as well. I must say I enjoyed all of them equally but it was great to the to the big apple and experience it all in a matter of 6 days. I can't wait to go back. I got my insurance license this past March and have been trying to get that started while still working at my current job at the Bank. So if you are interested in talking about insurance give me a ring or an email! Oh i almost forgot I am up to running 11 miles and I am running my first half marathon a few weeks so wish me luck on that. Ok so that is a quick rundown of a few things that I have been doing in the last year. The reason I am wanting to blog tonight is that I have a few things that I wanted to discuss with all my friends and family that are meaningless and pointless, so I am giving you a warning that you may be wasting a few minutes of your life by reading this from this point forward so please stop reading right now if you are worried about that. These are things that I think about all the time and it feels good to put it down in a blog and let you all know how I feel. So here goes nothing:
ALDI: I moved to Southaven in June of 2005 and the ripe ole age of 23. I was very broke and I thought that walmart was the lowest of all prices that I would be able to find. I never realized that there was a place that you could get the same products that you get at a walmart or at a kroger but for about half the price. I was first introduced to aldi (http://www.aldi.com/) by my now mother in law. If you don't know about this place then you need to check it out. They have a few locations in the memphis area and one here in southaven. You must bring your own bags to aldi and bag your groceries yourself. They have low overhead and a great strategy and you can really fill up an entire buggy for under $100. I can't even imagine how much money we have saved by shopping at aldi. Now there are a few things that you can't get at aldi, but you can get most of your essentials that you need there with you only having to get a few things at kroger or walmart etc.. This store is becoming more and more busy everytime I go and with the uncertainty in the economy it should continue to flourish. Once you realize the difference in prices you will be hooked like yours truly. Every time I checkout at Aldi I want to hug the cashier and thank her for working at such a fine institution that allowed me to get lots of groceries for around $70. As a matter of fact yesterday I told the cashier as my bill was $72 that I had a crush on Aldi, she laughed at me but I am sure she gets that all the time. So in closing with this topic I hope that at least one of you out there will go shopping at aldi and see what a difference it can make in your pocketbook!
Minivans: Ok, yes a strange topic i know.. but with getting married this past year and the idea of having a few kids in a few years ( 2-3 years people!) I have always had this picture in my head that I will one day be in a minivan with screaming kids and sounds of finding nemo 3 in the background. So this is a fear of most men that they are going to have to get rid of their SUV or mustang or the car that they pretty much had in college or while they were single and trade it in for the minivan. I am sure there are some of you out there that are cringing at the idea of this and are saying not me, never. You know what. I am ready for the minivan, they are comfortable, drive very well and have pretty good gas mileage. I am come to the realization that I am more than likely going to have kids and I have accepted the fact that a minivan is going to be an option for our family one day down the road. I used to drive minivans when I worked for Enterprise Rent A Car and I have been a fan of them ever since. So I might get some hassle from the guys about accepting the minivan concept but I really don't care, I have no problem with it, give me a minivan, a car full of kids and some disney movie playing in the background and you have a happy dad(one day).
Well thats it for now... I hope you enjoyed this blog entry and I hope to blog once every 2-3 months or so... later!