Monday, February 06, 2012

Spiritual Maintenance Check - 10%

On Saturday on my other blog, I wrote about hitting the 100k mile mark in my MINI.  I then proceeded to perform some maintenance on the MINI.  Those maintenance items - flushing brake fluid, rotating tires, etc. - are things that are done on a periodic basis, usually once a certain number of miles are reached or a certain amount of time has passed.

As I mentioned in my last post here, for the new year I was starting a new reading plan which, if I make it through it, will result in me reading 3660 chapters of the Bible in 2012.  It has occurred to me that reading the Bible on a daily basis is like maintenance for my soul (or maybe spirit is more accurate as Pastor Mark and I discussed in Sunday School one morning - but that is another story).  But maintaining my soul is a little bit different in that it is not something that I can attend to every once in a while.  Even a little bit, like once a week, may be beneficial, but quite probably not sufficient to keep things really running well.  So in the case of my Bible reading, as our Lord's Prayer alludes to, I need to have some "bread" on a daily basis.

As I noted when I first started Horner's plan, reading on a daily basis was not going to be stretch for me as I was already reading almost daily.  Where it would stretch me though was in reading so many chapters and in reading from so many different parts of the Bible on a regular basis.  Reading ten chapters a day (or night in my case as I like to close out the day with my Bible reading - really the only time the house quiets down) has resulted in me spending more actual time in the Bible.  In my past reading plans, a lot of times it was only three or four chapters and I could oftentimes get through it in 20 minutes or so.  Reading the ten chapters is really keeping me in the Bible for a good hour now.

As far as reading from so many different books, I'm still getting used to that.  Every now and then I'm seeing connections/parallels.  Alas, I really need to start keeping a journal at hand as I read and jot down notes.  I figure I'll get to that shortly now that I'm starting to get used to the whole system.

Finally, this post is written mainly as a checkpoint as I have passed through the 10% mark today.  Yes, I've made it through 370 chapters already (10% was really at the 366 chapter mark).  Thus far I have read the following books in their entirety since January 1st:

  • Matthew

  • Romans

  • I Corinthians

  • I Thessalonians

  • II Thessalonians

  • I Timothy

  • II Timothy

  • Titus

  • Philemon

  • James

  • I Peter

  • II Peter

  • Proverbs

  • Joshua

  • Acts


For both Proverbs and Acts, since they are the only books in their respective list, I have started reading through them for the second time.

So, off to a good start with the plan.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

New MINI club = new MINI bling

Today I hit the 100,000 mile mark in the MINI WUF.  That is just a couple weeks shy of 4 years of ownership.

I "celebrated" the occasion by performing some maintenance.  First up was rotating the tires.  The Conti DWS tires are holding up remarkably well so far.  Rears were at 10/32nd of tread and the fronts were at 9/32nd of tread.  That's on about 5,500 miles.  At that pace I think I can squeeze out the 50k miles they are rated for.

Next up was flushing the brake fluid.  Made the switch from ATE Super Blue to some Motul 600 just so I'd be able to see when the new fluid had run through.  This proved to be a little more challenging that I thought as the blue fluid just mixed with the Motul (which is gold color) to make things kind of light green for a bit.  Think I got it all though, but I did go through both bottles of Motul, so I don't have any extra on hand.  I did note that the ATE still looked pretty good.  When I switched to it, the MINI fluid was a dark, murky brown.  As I got the ATE out, it was maybe a little darker than new, but otherwise looked good.

Finally, I did a Seafoam treatment.  This was the third one I've done and is the first time I got any smoke.  Just a little bit when initially administering the Seafoam.

Once all the maintenance  was done, I took off a couple grille badges and installed a MINI Mileage Club badge for 100,000 miles.

A final note, when I was last working on my MINI, the jack I had sprung a leak or something and would not hold up the MINI any longer.  I ordered a new 3-ton jack from Harbor Freight (now I should be able to lift my wife's vehicles as well, since they are always big and heavy).  Gotta say, this new jack is a monster.  It weighs 75 pounds.  But it gets the job done.