Monday, April 13, 2015

It was my birthday and I felt joy



So my birthday post this year is not actually on my birthday. Deal.

Like usual I had taken the day off for my birthday.  I needed to renew my drivers license.  They had recently shut down the DMV in my town so I had a twenty five minute drive to a neighboring town. It was very windy but sunny and I drove down listening to people on the radio pontificate about sports. I experienced a DMV miracle. The people were nice and joking with me. I was in and out in twenty minutes with my new drivers license.  Yes it is the worst picture of me ever taken. I think there must be a law requiring drivers license pictures to be bad.

I went for a long walk when I got home and enjoyed the sunshine. After doing some stuff around my place I stood out on my balcony just soaking up the day.  Then..I felt.. something. A lightness in my chest.  I could not pinpoint this feeling. It seemed vaguely familiar.   Am I hungry? Is it gas? Am I gassy?  It's gas isn't it? Am i having a heart attack?  Am I passing out? What is this lightness I feel? Joy. This feeling is joy and contentment.  It was a good day

Friday, April 10, 2015

I accidentally discovered a recipe for crepes


Every once in awhile I make myself I nice big stack of pancakes from. So last Saturday I decided to make myself some and I accidentally discovered a recipe for crepes.  How does one accidentally discover a recipe? I got the stuff together for the pancakes and noticed I was out of baking powder. I looked at the ingredients and wondered if crepes were basically just pancakes with out the baking powder. So I gave it a try.

Mix in a bowl 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flower, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon white sugar.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. I put it in the microwave for about 40 seconds then let it cool for a bit.

To the dry mixture at 1 1/4 cups of milk and 1 egg. Start mixing.  After a few seconds start slowly adding the butter while continuing to stir.  I finally stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

At this point I thought the consistency wasn't quite liquid enough so I stirred in a 1/4 cup of water. 

I heated up a cast iron skillet and added a small amount of butter to melt. I didn't measure  out the amount of batter I poured into the skillet. I just guessed a good amount and used the back of a spoon to spread it out a little bit.  I cooked them 1 minute on the first side and then 30 seconds on the other. Viola crepes.  They came out very tasty.  This makes enough for two people so I took about half and put them in a ziplock bag and tossed them in the fridge.  Next morning I just popped them in the microwave for 60 seconds and they were good to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter Sunday

Easter


Resurrected life after death

Spring after Winter

Rebirth of hope after despair

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Return of the Slackers Guide to Life

The journey goes on step by step


Awhile back I ran a self improvement blog called the slackers guide to life.  I still own the url www.slackersguidetolife.com. As you can see it just redirects to here.  As with most of my blogging attempts it never quite took off the ground.  I ran it for over two years and had maybe thirty posts ever.  Every few months I would hide all the posts and schedule them to reappear as if the blog was a running concern. I did not give up on the idea of self improvement. I just got tired of not succeeding and having nothing useful to write about.


There are several reasons why I didn't want to announce the return of the Slackers Guide to Life right when I first started making positive changes. Studies have shown that just announcing the intention to change can satisfy the desire for change. I wanted to have some success under my belt before starting to write. I also wanted to concentrate on the actual changes in my behavior and not worry about having post worthy things going on.


So what successes have I had over the last few months?  With one fairly long break do to weather and sickness, I have been running somewhat regularly. My resting heart rate has dropped from around 100 bpm to the mid 60s.  I have moved up a notch on my belt and even started wearing some smaller pants I had lying around. I've taken to rarely eating out, maybe one lunch and 2 dinners, this has helped both my health and my wallet. The last three months I have, amazingly, been within my budget.

So look forward to some more posts in this series.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Why it is so hard for me to write blog posts




I have a blogging problem. Obviously, it's not that I blog too much. Despite having many ideas for posts on this, and my tech blog site, I rarely post anything.  When I do write a post they tend to be poorly realized. They come off as a confused collection of disjointed thoughts.  I tried to deal with this by coming up with my blogging process. The process alone has't been enough to improve my blogging. One of my main problems is the tendency to write a blog over weeks, sometimes even months; heck my windows phone blog was written over three months.  And even though I have an outline, I don't write them linearly.  I can look at a post I've had fermenting for months and see a collection of sentences and ideas that often don't proceed along any clear path or communicate clearly.

I've realized that I need to end the practice of the incremental blog writing. I am going to try out a new way of blogging. I am attempting to do steps 2 through 4 of my blogging process all in one sitting.  The hope is that this will produce more coherent writing.  I won't be wandering away into to other ideas or writing three sentences that all sound the same.

I checked to make sure the cat was napping.  I sat down, put my head phones on and opened blogger. I wrote the short outline at the top and wrote these three paragraphs.  Then I found a stock photo. I've  decided to give myself thirty minutes to do these initial drafts.  If the first draft isn't complete or flowing well by thirty minutes it might be time to reconsider that post.  This post  only took me 15 to do and I even got distracted a bit.  We'll see how it goes.

There might be some problems with this methodology.  When I went to edit this post I found the following sentence, "So from I am attempting a knew why of blogging, starting with this post."