Random Acts of Shifeness

--> We took our first trip of the year to the beach – which sounds kind of funny since we live in a landlocked state – but it's our version of the beach. Below is one of the pictures I took from our time there and it cracks me up because Kyle is running up the hill laughing his little butt off like he just did something rotten to the group of teenagers in the background. He was just giggling because he was having a water fight with Mrs. Shife and was getting his squirt gun to level the playing field but the picture might indicate something nefarious was going with the big guy.

--> Do you have World Cup fever? I do and I don't think there's a cure. I can't remember when I have ever been this interested in men and balls. Well maybe that one time in college when I drank too much Jagermeister … I kid. I didn't even drink that night … I kid again. Go USA. Beat Belgium.
--> I don't know if you recall but I'm trying to get a 1,000 miles in this year on my feet. Well so far so good. The halfway point is July 2 and I only need 491 more miles to go.
--> Kyle started karate again after taking a short break. It's safe to say that Hayden really missed her brother. It's going to be a tough transition when he starts kindergarten this fall.

--> Came across this story about two monks who are on a journey. Sometime during their journey they stop at a clearing, and in the clearing is a stream. On the one side of the stream is a fair maiden trying to cross. The first monk without any hesitation picks up the fair maiden and carries her across and sets her down. The two monks carry on in silence. Sometime later on their journey they stop at another clearing. The second monks says to the first monk, "You picked up that maiden. Do you know it's against our beliefs and our religion to touch a person of the opposite sex?" The first monk says, "I set her down back there, but you carried her all the way here."
The moral of the story: Our failures are back there. We move on.
I liked it so I thought I would share as I'm definitely guilty of hanging onto stuff way too long.
--> Enjoy the Fourth of July. I'll be with family and friends so probably going to take a break from blogging next week.

Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you later.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


  1. What a sweet picture of Hayden, she will definitely miss him when he goes off to school. Tough transition for the one left behind.

  2. I'm suddenly not interested in the World Cup... I wonder why!!!
    That's a great picture of Kyle...he is growing at a fast rate. Yes, Hayden will miss him but the way time flies she'll have her own interests pretty soon. Enjoyed the story about the monks.

  3. I think it's going to be tough on me too, kden. I'm sure I'll be fighting back the tears sending him off to kindergarten.

  4. Yep he's growing up way too fast, Val. Sorry about your side not doing so well in the World Cup. A bit surprising that they didn't make it through to the knockout stage.

  5. We have the same kind of "beach" in Ok, good enough for folks like us I reckon.

    I can just see it, twenty years from now...

    [In a biker bar, a guy three times his size and ugly, decides it would be fun to throw Mr. Shife across the bar.]

    Mr. Shife - "I wouldn't do that if I were you."

    Biker - "Why not old man?"

    [Mr. Shife whistles.]

    [Out pops a male black belt in Karate and a female ninja.]

    Biker - "Good answer, no hard feelings sir, can I buy you and your friends a drink?"

  6. I like that scenario, tex. It's good to know that I'm still causing mischief in my old age. I imagine I would be pretty cocky if I knew I had a couple of ninjas as back-up.

  7. i'm watching the saints from nigeria play those devils from france at the moment in a scoreless second half.

    the greece costa rica game was excellent yesterday but it seems the european teams are getting all the breaks from the refs.

    yes, you can never have too many ninjas around and memorizing all those katas is excellent brain exercise.

  8. Ninja power, BP. Still pulling for Argentina to win it all in the World Cup. I actually like the Dutch but I have the La Albiceleste in my World Cup bracket.

  9. My wife has been, and is currently watching the World Cup. I'm usually not much for sports, and soccer isn't really an exception.
    Hope your 4th is a good one.

  10. Dang it! I thought monk story was going to be a dirty joke where the two of them end up . . . you know how those usually go.

    Congrats to Karate Kyle!!

  11. It was a good 4th, Jon. Hope yours was as well.

  12. You have to pay for that Dr. Ken. That's my premium content. =)


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