contentment

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

This Lao Tzu quote is hitting home for me.

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Photo of the week

When I have reign to build my own burger

I didn’t like The Counter at first but, over the years, it has grown on me. I finally found a great combination: black bean and corn salsa, spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, 1/3 lb beef patty cooked medium, pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocado, and brioche bun.It was so good.

Five things for the week

  1. My best day? Making sure my wife had a great birthday .We did a “treat yo self” afternoon. Seeing her happy made me so happy.
  2. The downside about Fall? Halloween.
  3. I’m working on my everyday carry… I think I’m just two decisions away from having to carry a murse. Part of it is having a bigger phone (iPhone 8+). I like it but it’s a pain to carry around in a pocket. The other part is wanting to carry a camera around again. Proper camera, not just relying on my phone.
  4. The Dodgers in the World Series makes me so happy. So happy.
  5. I’m becoming increasing grateful for the life I have. It’s a good life. And the more I realize how much I have, the more grateful I become.

Recently read

Continued frustration here. The only things I read this week were proposals and guides and white papers and… and… all work related. Boo.

Recently watched

I like that I don’t anything to report here. I didn’t have time to watch anything on a screen, and i think that’s a good thing.

 

//I’m trying out a new weekly format, more to keep track of the things I have read and watched. It’s also a format that, I hope, will evolve as I look to put together a weekly email newsletter.

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Photo of the week:My game 5 view

Our evening’s original plans included a team dinner after our series of meetings (that had been going all week). But one thing lead to another and a few of decided that attending the game would be a far better experience (and much needed way to let off some steam). We found some surprisingly (for a game 5 of a playoff series) cheap tickets and the rest was… so much fun.

Five things for the week

  1. This week wasn’t all what I had envisioned at the start. I felt like each day I was simply treading water to keep up with everything that was going on. And to top it off, I had no energy left when I would get home in the evenings. This was proof that I didn’t manage time and energy well.
  2. The point (above) leads me to this: I need to start paying close attention to what I eat. It could be a combination of age and lifestyle changes but, I am starting to notice how different foods affect my mental and physical performance. It’s a matter of breaking routines and starting new, healthier, ones.
  3. It takes 17 (or 21, or 66) days to establish a habit… or something like that. I’m trying to get myself to write (with pen and paper) journal entries daily. It’s not going well. Need to make this happen.
  4. I feel like this is the year for the Dodgers… I want it to be. Really really want it.
  5. Single-tasking, living in the moment, practicing mindfulness… yeah, let’s do that.

Recently read:

Argh! This is one of my biggest points of frustration this week. I didn’t get to read anything (for recreation). And, taking last week into consideration, this makes two consecutive weeks. Not good. And this had a direct effect on my happiness.

Recently watched:

  • Everything is Okay – a funny web series that I stumbled on (can’t remember how). It has been in my bookmarks for a while, now. Reminiscent of Black Mirror. I liked the humor in this. Cirocco Dunlap is great (she stars and wrote).

 

//I’m trying out a new weekly format, more to keep track of the things I have read and watched. It’s also a format that, I hope, will evolve as I look to put together a weekly email newsletter.

musical writing exercises

I’m trying (again) to work myself back into the writing habit. I used to write a lot. A lot. But, over the years, I got away from it. And as I got further away form the writing habit, I find that I didn’t have the same focus, the same feelings, and the same… grounding that I used to have in my life. And I know this, and I know how important it is for me to write regularly. And so, I am working on establishing that writing habit again.

One of the ways I am doing this is to write a scene to a song. In other words, I’ll listen to a song and write something inspired by it. Most times, I’ll end up with a montage or something like a music video.

It’s kind of fun, for me at least. The last song I wrote to is below. Enjoy!

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses

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Photo of the weekMorning light

I have a lot of pictures from my trip to Abu Dhabi. I was going too choose one of them but, opted for this one because it’s of my backyard. Home. Something i appreciate more and more with every trip away. Home.

Five things for the week

  1. I spent ten days in Abu Dhabi (for work). Overall a productive trip; I enjoyed my time there and felt that we accomplished a lot. I also am looking forward to more work with that team (and more trips there) over the next couple years.
  2. I love laptops. I could see being just as productive on a tablet (tried a few times on my iPad Pro and came very close to meeting all of my needs). I just like working on a laptop; it’s much more enjoyable for me this way. I don’t foresee ever switching completely form a laptop to a tablet.
  3. One of the most underrated joys of my life is discovering new music, then spending hours diving further into the artist’s work, and sometimes even discovering other artists because of it. I fully recommend spending at least an hour each week to just sit and listen to music (both old and new).
  4. Still trying to decide whether to start that newsletter or just blog (here) more often… still unsure.
  5. Push yourself. It’s time to operate on the next level. You say you’re better, then be it.

Recently Read

  • I didn’t read what I wanted to (over the past few weeks). I usually find it difficult to read during work travel. It’s something I really want to do better/more of but, most times I end up working late into the evenings/night.

Recently watched

I had plenty of time during my flights to watch things…

  • Master of None: Season 2 – binged watched on the plane. The whole season is worth watching; I enjoyed it more than the first season. The “Thanksgiving” episode? Definitely one of the best episodes I have watched in all of 2017, for any show.
  • Chefs Table: Ana Ros – just an all around impressive story. I admire what she has accomplished.
  • Chefs Table: Jeong Kwan – This one blew me away. Absolutely fascinating.
  • Chefs Table: Nancy Silverton – I have always admired her and what she has done for Los Angeles. And, after watching this, I really love that she finds so much joy in working hands on. I want to try the mozzarella bar!
  • What Happened to Monday – So, this review (from The Verge) pretty much says what i want to say. I guiltily admit that I did enjoy it, though. The ending could have been so much better.
  • Lion – No, YOU cried your eyes out in front of everyone on the plane while watching this move… Adoption storylines can vary from extremely corny to extremely well done. My own adoption magnifies whichever point adoption stories fall on that  scale. I lost it when they showed the real footage at the end.
  • Jane Got a Gun – “Oh cool, a western with Natalie Portman. Strong female lead… should be fun,” I thought. Nope. Fell way short of what this could have been.

//I’m trying out a new weekly format, more to keep track of the things I have read and watched. It’s also a format that, I hope, will evolve as I look to put together a weekly email newsletter.

Hey, here are some songs I like

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Loved this entire set but, “All Night Long” stood out for me. Bought the entire album after watching this over and over a few times.

Bomba Estéreo – So Yo

Can’t explain it… I just love it.

Snail Mail

Another from NPR’s Tiny Desk series. Seeing this lead me to dive into their collection, where I ended up buying as much as I could find. I just really like their sound.

Lisa LeBlanc – 5748 km

I could write a few hundred scenes to this song. It’s just… good.