In Loving Memory!!

Johnathan Ross “Danger” Rogers


(February 10, 1984 – March 1, 2012)

 On March 1, 2012, we lost a good friend. Family and friends met in Wilmington to say goodbye to a life that was cut too short. He is remembered by many, and his life has touched all who had known him. He was a good friend, and a great person to be around. His huge ambitions and a carefree attitude gave way to what made who he was. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that he is really gone. Life is so short and precious. We need to sit back and look at who we have and hold on to them for as long as we can. Take everyday you have and tell everyone that you ever cared about that you cherish them being in your life. To loose someone so soon raises so many questions, but we will never have the right answers. All I can do now is remember the good times and hope that we all can get through this tragedy and realize that we all play a role in the life of others.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

The Consumption of Christmas cont.

I have been looking at this piece for a couple of days and only added a few things here and there. I don’t want to Consume this piece with a lot of clutter so I think I am almost done. Just a few more additions and I will be done. Then it will be time to decide how I will present it.

Thanks for my followers. Hoping for another epiphany in 2012.

Sleeping the Day Away.

I woke up at 1:33 today after getting in  around 8am this morning, coming off the night shift is hard too say the least. It was a very busy night so I was on my feet pretty much the whole time. By 7am I was ready to go and by 8 am I was in bed. I still feel like I could sleep another couple of hours, I just might do that. I work again tonight and then Sunday night. Off Monday but back in on my day off for in service training, yet another 12 hour shift. Needless to say I am working quite a bit and the summer seems to be flying by. I want to get out to Ocracoke one of these days and hang out on the beach and enjoy the scenery but it’s hard to plan for that right now. My best friend of 4 years is leaving soon so I need to get up with her before she heads out on a new adventure. So I think we are going to go on the Cape Lookout Cruise,  that sails out of Beaufort sometime next weekend. It should be awesome and I can’t wait. Should be a fun weekend non the less. I’m hoping to get back down to Wilmington also, love it down there. It has a uniqueness all to its own, and of course with the right company is even better. So here is to next weekend, and hopefully I make it that far. Girls are doing good, they are staying busy with their dad and are due back home on August 20th. Hopefully they make it back in time for orientation and all that extra school stuff. I’m sure they are ready to go back very soon.. 🙂  I do miss them, but them being gone gives me some much-needed me time. It’s hard to get out and about with my crazy work schedule but, in order to play hard you have to work hard as well. My life seems to be perking up and I look forward to what the future might hold. Not sure on where it is going to take me but I’m willing to give it a try and put every effort into making anything work. That includes my personal life as well, which is a work in progress right now. LOL. But like I said, EVERY EFFORT to make it work.

Got to get something to eat. Until next time. 🙂

Christmas Trip, back to Arkansas

Hannah, Alexis and Charlie

Well it’s about that time so I figured I would update my blog before heading out tomorrow night. I’m not taking my computer this time because I don’t want any kind of crap going through security at the airport.

Michelle, Me, & Julia

Me and the girls are packing VERY lite so we can avoid any problems on the way. We will be traveling to Raleigh after Julia’s orchestra concert tomorrow night and plan on hanging out at the airport until the early morning. I can’t wait to see everyone and even though my brother Charlie and his wife Hannah and my niece Alexis will not be making the trip this year they will be missed.

This will be a great but short trip, and I hoping we don’t get stranded because of some freak weather. The girls will be flying out of Little Rock on the 22 to finish the Holidays with their dad and stepmom. As for me, I will make my way back to the Boro for Christmas. I’m not quite sure how my Christmas will turn out but I know it will be good anyway I choose. I have some special friends and a great family to hang out with if I get lonely. So with that being said, I want to wish all of my friends and loved ones a very special Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I’m looking forward to the new year with great anticipation. I’m hoping that 2011 will be the best year yet. Has to be better than 2010.

To all those who may “think” that they are alone. You are NOT..

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” Taylor Caldwell

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald E. Westlake

Saying Goodbye

100_2346This weekend has been filled with celebration of a new business and saying goodbye to some great friends. Goodbyes never seem to get easier, but I know that with the way technology is today we will never loose touch with one another. It has been a great ride and I hope that they all to will find their place and enjoy the next big adventure. I enjoyed the time spent with the ones I care most about and it was nice to see everyone smile and relax and not worry about whatever is going on other than spending time with friends. Two more weeks of work and Christmas break is here. Girls will be leaving on the 20th and we plan on having a little get together on the 19th to celebrate Christmas with their Uncle and possibly some special friends. Need to get some more shopping done and I can honestly say that I will be finished  with all the shopping.  All in all it was a good weekend. Time well spent. Going to go to church today and  spend some more quality time with some friends. Get some pictures taken of me and the girls for some Christmas cards and their dad and we will call it a day.  100_2351

Special and Dear Friends……….

Weekend’s end……

2345588789_a39468a3b9It’s Monday morning and I’m getting ready to head to work. The weekend has come to an end once again leaving me with some great memories and hopefully more to make. Friday night was spent with the girls at a family movie night at school. They enjoyed it, and I pretty much relaxed. High School Musical 2 was the movie of choice and it was pretty cool in that all the little girls would sing along with the movie. It was nice to hang out with them and not fight and argue. Kids will be kids though. Saturday was good, I took care of some errands and then dropped the girls off at one of their girlfriends house and they spent the night, which gave me some much needed down time. I finally made it back to the Yacht Club, which felt like forever. Patrick came out and we had a great time, just trying to relax and not worry about work and other life’s mysteries. We hit the Irish Pub and talked with everyone there and enjoyed some good beer. Night ended with some pizza and wine at the Italian Bistro, which by the way the ambiance was terrible, but my company was great.

saint_mildred_glassSunday wrapped up the weekend, with going to Church. I must say that I do enjoy going to church every Sunday when I can, it seems to strengthen my soul while making me think more about where I want my life to go. I feel more alive, I can honestly say that it gives me hope that things will work out for the best in the end. Everything is pretty much out of my control, I can plan and work hard but there will always be bumps in the road. I’m very thankful and grateful for Patrick, getting me to go to church, I haven’t really been to church since I was a little kid. I defiantly wouldn’t have done it on my own, I guess I just needed a little push… 🙂

I picked Julia and Michelle up after church and headed to Mac Daddys’s for some food, fun and football. They had fun playing games and me, I just sat back and munched on nachos and watched the Broncos play ball. They actually one this one, (barely). We hit the road and came home and they got invited to the movies around 4 and I watched a couple of movies myself to pass the time. I think all in all we all had a great weekend. We spent some great quality time with the people we care about most and hope to be able to do it again soon…..

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.