Feeling I know the words to a song I haven't wrote
Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
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
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.
- 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
Friday, April 03, 2015
|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.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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."