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Happy New Year! What Are Your New Year Goals?

January 6th, 2014 | Posted by pmpax in La Vida - (Comments Off on Happy New Year! What Are Your New Year Goals?)

Can you believe that it is a new year already? It just seems that last year was just around the corner and this new year was aways away. The old adage that time marches on is certainly one of the principle truths that we experience in life. You can not escape time.

So with that in mind and the new year here, it begs the question as to what goals and resolutions have you deemed worthy to make a go at?

I did a bit of research about how best to successfully accomplish the aspirations and intentions that have been so recently made. What is the point of making goals and then not obtaining them? So with that in mind, here are four fundamental concepts that provide a good foundation to helping one reach there goals set:

One: Make your goals measurable

Two: Make them realistic

Three: Make sure it comes from you

Four: Don’t make too many

Sounds easy right?

Well, that is the strategy! By being straightforward and uncomplicated, it allows for the best chances for one to obtain their particular goals and new year resolutions. Who doesn’t want things to be straightforward and uncomplicated right?

So with that in mind, I will share the three new year resolutions I have:


Join a local gym and work out at least three times a week there. My goal last year was to lose weight and that I did-90 pounds! Now, I want to tone up and add some muscles this year.


Spend time in prayer when I get up in the morning and and before I go to sleep at night. While I do set aside quiet time to spend with Our Lord, I have come to the reaslization that I could add a few extra moments in the morning and at night to help myself focus more, as well as to be more reflective. One of the primary reasons why I set up my Saintland web page was to help not others with their prayer life, but also as a means to assist myself with my own prayer life. I will add a section specific for morning and night prayers, which I know will help me be faithful to praying them.


Write a book. I have had the desire to write an ebook for quite some time now. I have worked on it here and there, as well as have done some preliminary work on the various aspects needed to make it a reality. Now is the year to finally make it happen!

So there you have it.

Those are my three personal goals and resolutions for the new year. Now that I have shared them with you and made them “public” you can help me stay true to them and stay on track!

So let me ask you if I may, what are your goals and resolutions for the yew year? Have you made any yet? If you have, how faithful have you been to them?

The cool thing about making a resolution is that even if you falter, you can always start right back up again!

We can support one another!

I will finish by wishing you and your family and friends a very blessed and happy New Year indeed!


Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Holiday - (Comments Off on Merry Christmas)

Hard to believe that it is that time once again of the year, that of the Christmas season! I want to take a moment to wish everyone a most blessed and peace filled Christmas. In these days which seem to only be more hectic, chaotic and so fast paced with little or no time for quiet, self reflection and personal solitude, my hope is that you and your family and friends can take an opportunity to put everything else aside for an occasion to simply ponder as to what this season of Christmas is truly about…that of the birth of Christ, the One who brings true peace, comfort and a joy unending. It is so easy especially nowadays to miss Him and to forgo any sense of what His birth truly means for all of us.

One of the songs that was sung at last weeks Advent Mass is one that has been stuck in my head and which I have been humming and singing around the house since then. I think it very much exemplifies what the holiday season is about and what it really encompasses, that of waiting for the King of Peace to come to us and to restore us all through His loving care and redemptive sacrifice.

O Come Divine Messiah

O come, Divine Messiah,
The World in silence waits the day,
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away!

Dear Savior haste!
Come, come to earth!
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence baits the day,
When hope shall sing of triumph
And sadness flee away.

Shalt come in peace and meekness
And lowly will Thy cradle be,
And veiled in human weakness,
Thy Majesty we’ll see!

Dear Savior haste!
Come, come to earth!
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence baits the day,
When hope shall sing of triumph
And sadness flee away.

May God bless and keep you! May the peace of Christ be with you throughout this season!


Godzilla Trailer

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Movies - (Comments Off on Godzilla Trailer)

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to watch the classic Godzilla movies. A couple of years back, I read how Legendary pictures wanted to reboot Godzilla and present a new movie within the framework of the classic films. Well, here is the first official trailer they have released.

W H O A!

I can not wait to see this on the big screen. By the looks of it a Godzilla film worth of being a Godzilla film!

Link: Godzilla Trailer


RIP Paul Walker

December 5th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Reflections - (Comments Off on RIP Paul Walker)

Posted a short reflection and video that Universal released dealing with the tragic passing of Paul Walker.

Link: Paul Walker RIP


Happy National Dice Day

December 4th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Holiday - (Comments Off on Happy National Dice Day)

There is a holiday for everything it seems these days! Well, I just learned this morning that there is in fact a National Dice Day! How fun is that! For a gamer like me, Dice have been an integral part of my life. So to all my fellow Gamers wherever you may be, I want to wish you a very Happy National Dice Day!!!

May all your rolls be Yahtzee, or a D20!

Gamers Dice1

Down With Black Friday

November 29th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Reflections - (1 Comments)

A small, independent little company that I very much respect and support make non gmo energy bars, which I very much enjoy eating is called Larry and Lenny. They had a question on their FB page this morning asking,”What’s your opinion about Black Friday; Love it or Leave it?”

Here was my response:

Leave it to my way of thinking…without coming across all wacky taffy, I do believe that our society/culture is too materialistic focused. We don’t need all all this stuff to make us happy…we need to focus more on the simpler, deeper things…I can enjoy a gift and the thought and consideration behind the giving of a gift without all of the “hype” of the holiday season. I am all for the free market and for businesses to succeed, but I also believe that we need to also focus on what truly matters…the family, our friends, treating one another with courtesy and respect. How much courtesy and respect will be shown today in the shopping frenzy of today? I am going to spend visiting some friends today. Who knows maybe we will share a Fit bar*.

* One of the non-gmo energy bars that they make, which I purchase to nom on.

Link: Lenny and Larry

So what is your take on Black Friday?

Happy Corporategiving

Black Friday1

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer

November 26th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Trailers - (Comments Off on How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer)

Just posted the new trailer for one of my favorite films which is going to have a well deserved sequel!

Go over to my movie review page to check it out!

Link: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer


Goodbye To The Couch, Say Hello To Toady2

November 23rd, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in La Vida - (Comments Off on Goodbye To The Couch, Say Hello To Toady2)

Well, it was bound to happen. Not that I was looking forward to the sad day when I would have to part with my beloved Park Avenue Buick, affectionately named “The Couch”. Why was it crimsoned which such a name? Quite simply. it was akin to sitting on ones cozy couch, while driving in ultra classic 1988 style. It even had a Hi-Fi Delco Sound System! It was a great car that had an awesome Highway horn, which allowed me to literally blast any knuckle headed driver before me! Oh what tremendous joy and mirthful laughter did that horn produce! Well, thankfully to my good buddy Mark, I now have a new vehicle, a Ford suv/truck, which at this point I am calling Toady2, named after the original Toady, my previously beloved Nissan pickup truck, which was a predecessor to the Couch. Given enough time, a new name might might be deemed better suited, so we shall see. Three tips I can share with you if you are going to “ditch” your car and buy a new one. First, put the time in calling every car salvage shop. Eventually, you will come across one that will give you a fair deal for your car. Second,  have a Triple AAA membership. I didn’t have to deal with the hellish and devil filled Department of Motor Vehicles. I just walked in to my local Triple AAA location, dealt with a courteous and helpful employees and best of all it was fast! As in less than ten minutes fast! Third, if your car does not pass its initial smog test, don’t fret. You get a second chance. Put in the highest octane fuel, have your mechanic put in a new air filter, and any other little doodads that your mechanic thinks may help and then drive it for a while before you have it smog tested again, since a warmed up car has a much better chance to pass. It took Toady2 a second go at the smog test. Thankfully, Mark is also my mechanic, which works out well! I owe him a dinner with taking the time to fiddle faddle with truck to help get it to pass. So there you have it! A new used vehicle to get around the mean streets of LA! I know I am going to miss the old Highway horn, but driving a truck again is a lot of fun! The Couch before being hauled off…I do miss her!The Couch1 Spent the morning doing some interior cleaning of Toady2…how many years of dirty is this???? DIrty Rags1 How thoughtful of Mark, he left me all of his change!!!! Woot! Toady2 Coins And he gave me an extra tire and other truck stuff! Extra Tire1 Toady2 ready for her new missions! Toady21 Toady23

Blizzcon Rocked Me

November 19th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Blizzcon Rocked Me)

One of my longstanding hobbies as a gamer has been playing World of Warcraft. I have been playing it now for nice years! Recently, Blizzard the company that publishes WoW held a massive gaming convention, which is the seventh they have had thus far. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to attend each one that they have had. This year was a blast! Here is my write up which I posted over at my WoW blog. Enjoy and For The Horde!

Link: Kern’s Blizzcon Rocked Me Post






Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

November 15th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Movies - (Comments Off on Thor: The Dark World Movie Review)

Finally finished and posted my movie review for Thor: The Dark World

Go check it out on my movie review site.

Link: Patrick’s Movie Review Site


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