Category Archives: Distraction

What was the best part?….What was the worst part?

Occasionally we fill into the fodder of dinner conversations, “What was the best part of your day?…What was the worst part of your day”?  So, tonight as we dined at “The Blue Flame” the new mongolian grill one block away, we proceeded to engage our teenager and pre-teen.  Here’s how it went:

Brenda…So, Drew…what was the best part of your day?

Drew….”there wasn’t

Brenda….Come on Drew…there had to be something?


Brenda…Doesn’t count…..

(To save time & space)….Drew’s best part was silent reading and worst part was the rest of the day (except his hair cut)…..what can I say….he’s 14!

Brooke….ASK ME!!!!  ASK ME!!!!  (12!)

Brenda….OK Brooke, What was your best part of the day?


Brenda….Do you want to expand?


Brenda….OK, and your worst part?

Brooke….That Monday we start “Sex Ed”



Me…..ok, Brenda?  Best/worst?

Brenda…hearing that some nurses did really well and having to deal with a difficult parent.

Brenda….And you?

Me….Well, the best part was waking up next to Brenda….going to work…Meeting with David, meeting with Troy & Randy, Lunch with Randy, Meeting with Tim, talking to Kenny, Calling a few leaders on the way home, taking Drew to haircut, buying drinks for tomorrow, working on Brenda’s schedule, going to dinner with family.

Brenda…and worst?

Me…..5:30 AM this morning….Montazuma’s revenge from Mexico last week!  Say no more!

What was the best part of your day?

I’m that kind of blogger….

So, I haven’t posted for a few days because I truly haven’t had anything to say.  Rather than go on and on about a subject that I really don’t know about and you probably don’t care about….I chose not say anything.  Now, for those of you who truly know me….you are probably laughing and saying, “what….Loran….not saying anything”?  Yes!  Trust me…when I have something else to blog about…I’ll do it.  I feel one brewing about my wonderful wife Brenda….stay tuned.

What are the random things that you do that no one else knows about?


Listenting to “Master of Puppets” by Metallica right now.  This helps me be calm…

What music helps settle you down?

It’s cool to live in Seattle.

It’s cool to live in Seattle because you are always less than 5 minutes from really good coffee.  Besides the fact that Starbucks, Tully’s, & SBC come from Seattle.  There a bunch of really cool little roasters who do an incredible job roasting and serving espresso.  One of them is David Schomer with Espresso Vivace.  Espresso Vivace has been around for many years doing a great job on each pull.  If you want a quick cup of coffee…go to the various corporate coffee shops.  If you want a piece of art, go to Espresso Vivace.  They make it a true art.  Located up in Capital Hill, not only do you get to engage in the best cup of coffee in your life…but you also get to hang with a really cool crowd.  Brenda & I will often make the 60 minute drive into Seattle just for this wonderful piece of heaven.  Espresso Vivace is another reason why it’s cool to live in Seattle.

Why is it cool to live in your town?

sick today

Sick today.  Bummer

It’s cool to live in Seattle.

One of the reasons it’s cool to live in Seattle is the big Troll that lives under the Aurora Bridge.  This troll is actually right under the bridge and is visited often by people in town.  It is said that he watches over Seattle but then some think he causes havoc.  Here is a little official description of the troll:  The Fremont troll has been lurking under the north end of the Aurora bridge since 1990. He was sculpted by four Seattle area artists — Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead. 

If you look really close the troll has a hold of a VW bug in it’s left hand and the hubcap from the VW bug is in it’s left eye.  That’s why it’s cool to live in Seattle.

Why is it cool to live in your town?

What is your Reality TV guilty pleasure?

OK, this is tough….I do love reality TV.  I get my share of Survivor, Big Brother, & Amazing Race.  Brenda is hooked on the Bachelor.  I can give/take American Idol and that dancing show.  I do like The life of Ryan and Robb & Big.  Or, how abotu little people big world?  Yet, what is the show that you’re embarrassed to admit that you love?  You know….Brett Michaels Rock of Love?  I Love New York?  Flavor of Love?  Surreal Life?  I married a Brady?  or..Scott Baio is 45 and Pregnant?

Mine….The Hills….yea..that’s right.

What is your reality show guilty pleasure?

Doesn’t get any better than this…

One of the greatest parts of leading a ministry team is the high quality people that we get the privilege to work with.  Let me introduce you to my good friend and team member…Rev. Bobby Stuart.  Recently graduated from Northwest University.  Bobby has been faithfully leading our Fusion Singles ministry for the last few years while finishing his education and working full time to support his wife and 2 boys.  I love doing ministry with people like Bobby.

Congratulations on finishing school Bobby!

Who’s at the top of the gene pool on your team?

American Girl?

I have an 11 year old daughter and fortunately she just missed the obsession called “American Girl”.  Se is just a little bit too old to catch the American Girl craze.  I’ve breiefly heard about American Girl….yet was still shocked when I drove up to the Northpoint Mall today and saw an entire store dedicated to American Girl.!?  Thank you God for saving me from this expensive passion that my daughter just missed.  I’m not sure I would have survived it (financially).

What trend did you or your kids just miss?

Starbucks at Target

I have a dream that one day I’ll be able to go into Targe with my wife and slip into a fully equipped Starbucks and drink the perfect drink while my wife shops.  Then, once she’s done…I simply pick up my perfect drink and walk to the car with my wife.  I have a dream!  Today I realized that this is not just a dream but yet a reality.  We walked into Target…Brenda shopped…I drank the perfect cup.  It’s a good day.


The Perfect Cup.  “americano with cream”

Where is your favorite “non-starbucks” Starbucks and what is your perfect cup?