The F-Word

8 months ago I was fat.  Very fat.  354 pounds fat.  Like eat half a pizza and pint of Ben & Jerry’s fat.  Fattest person in the room fat.  Man boobs fat.  Way too much junk in the trunk fat! Size 54 jeans, 4XL shirt and an old parachute with holes in it for underwear….

Perspectives 

Perception is reality.  Everybody sees things differently. We all have a point of view. The way we see things, the way we interpret things, and the way we understand things. It’s called a world view. A world view is our understanding of the world around us based on the information we have and the information…

Hotel from Hell

Hotel From Hell.  Warning: not my finest hour.  We’ve been on the road for a little over 3 weeks. Over the course of that time we’ve stayed in a couple of nice clean hotels, in the beautiful homes of several of our friends and a fabulous spacious condo. We have slept blissfully in exquisitely comfortable…

Sin City Sabbath 

Rest.  God worked his rear off and then he rested on the 7th day.  He called it the sabbath. It was a day to rest, recharge, restore, refuel, rehab and retune. It’s a time to quit working on outside things and take time to let God work on inside things.  Over the centuries we’ve gotten…

Rick is a liar! 

To be honest…truth be told…honestly…I’m not going to lie…full disclosure…if I’m being honest.  Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?  No.  These are phrases I hear in conversations all the time. And they’ve got me thinking. We use these disclaimers to emphasize that what we are about…

Soul food

Soul food.  We have been eating our way across the US southwest. Food trucks in Waco, wonderful seafood at Papadeaux’s in Arlington, smoked trout pizza in Dallas (it was great!), brisket tacos in Waxahachie, amazing barbecue with framily on the 4th, and an incredible steak in Tucson! It’s all been amazing, tasty and healthy!  But…

Walley World!

National Lampoons Cochran Vacation.  I’m a self proclaimed film buff. I love movies. Catching a flick is one of my favorite recreational activities. And I take movie watching pretty serious; I like for everything to be ideal for the cinematic experience. Dark room, no distractions, comfy chair and silence. My family cares much less about…

Fixer Upper

Her name is Nicole Renee (Atkinson) Cochran. She is the love of my life. Mother to my 3 kids and partner in everything. She is everything that I’m not. She is sweet, kind, kinda shy and doesn’t get too excited about anything.  That is, until we got to Magnolia in Waco, TX. Home of Chip…

All my bags are packed…

Baggage:5 suit cases. 8 personal bags. 4 bags of food. 3 DVD players. 75 movies. 2 laptops. 13 pair of shoes. Assortment of Pillows, blankets, snacks, electronics and chargers. We’re loaded.  We spent weeks preparing, collecting, organizing, and packing all the “stuff” that we felt was vital to our journey. We made lists, moved things…

SABBATICAL

The Cochrans are taking an adventure across the US!