Five things for the week

L Bird mural
Lady Bird Mural
  1. No resolutions for 2019. No projects, writing or photographic. No defined things to change, do, or observe. Just another year, intentionally. I need 2019 to be my “recalibration” year. A year where I can just “be” without expectations.
  2. 2018 was difficult. It wasn’t, when compared to others’ 2018 anything remote to “difficult” but, for me? Difficult. I made a huge necessary change in moving back to California, mainly because I was struggling in early 2018. A lot. The remaining part was me trying to get reacclimatized to (what sounds weird to say/type) my own life. Thus, the reason for #1 (above).
  3. I have fully accepted and embraced my introversion. I truly have but, I do need to work on some balance. I have let my lifestyle stray way further into it than it should have.
  4. I want to start working on my own defined timeline and stop working off of other’s timelines. I need to drive more.
  5. I didn’t end up buying a car this past week (many reasons) but am still on the lookout for one. It makes the shopping experience easy when there is no timeline/deadline or sense of urgency.

Recently read, watched, and listened

Read

It may sound weird but, I intentionally avoided reading a lot, this past week. I wanted to keep my mind clear and I wanted to keep myself from “hiding” behind books instead of getting out to enjoy my week off. While that didn’t quite work out as planned, it was still quite nice (to be lazy).

I do have quite the reading list ready to go for 2019.


Watched

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) – Argh! It almost ruined the book for me, it was so bad. So bad that I added the book onto my reading list so that I can refresh how good the story really is. Such wasted talent (cast) and opportunity for this movie to be epic.

The spare time that we had, this week, we spent trying to clear some more recordings from the DVR. That experience just made me realize how bad the majority ofd television shows are. So many recycled storylines and cliches.


Listened

Bear Brook (podcast) – My wife and I listened to all of the episodes on our drive (from Sacramento to LA), on Christmas Eve. It’s fascinating though, the “jumpy” timeline made it difficult for me to describe to others.

Five things for the week

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  1. This. Just… we just need more of this in 2019. Throughout the whole year. I know that I want to do more. I love random, anonymous, acts of kindness. I’ll be looking to do more in 2019.
  2. There’s an 80% chance I’ll be buying a car (used) this week. We have been a one-car household for the latter half of 2018 and it was okay. I’m starting to realize, though, that I need to get out into the world a lot more often than I have been, lately. A car isn’t the answer but, it definitely would help.
  3. I’m enjoying the daily Connect Four games my wife and I have at our dining room table. It’s one of her favorite games and we recently started playing it again.
  4. I rejoined Nextdoor (since our move back to CA) for our new neighborhood and yeah, it’s still a dumpster fire of a social media platform. Now, instead of arguments breaking out between random strangers, I can witness arguments breaking out between neighbors. Fun stuff. Thinking about deleting the app again.
  5. Merry Christmas!

Recently read, watched, and listened

Read

I wasted my time on Lee Child’s The Christmas Scorpion. Sure, it was cheap and just meant to be a short story but, I got no enjoyment from it whatsoever. I can’t even throw my “it’s entertaining because it’s part of a series and even if it is predictable, like every other procedural, I still am entertained” defense because, I wasn’t.

No excuses but, all of my other reading this week was school and work related, all in the interest of closing up all of the loose ends before going out on vacation.


Watched

Once my workday (the last of 2018) ended, I started watching Season 8 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. I love this series and think that Dreamworks did a good job with this reboot. The season (I’m only 4 episodes in as of this writing) is a slow burn; definitely building up to something big.


Listened

The simple joy of loading all of my music onto my iPhone, opening the music app, and then letting the songs play on shuffle. I get to hear songs I forgot I had, artists I forgot had existed and wonder what they are up to now, and feelings and imagery I haven’t visited since, in some cases, decades. Even when I’m home alone, I still opt to put on my headphones and let shuffle run its course. I’m able to get lost in both what I am doing and what I am listening to.

Some of my favorite “rediscoveries”:

And then, pretty much the entire Michael Jackson catalog. He was a musical genius.

Love/Hate Instagram

My continued love/hate relationship with Instagram continues. Love because it’s where the people I want to keep in touch with are (more so than other social media sites right now), and hate because of… well, everything else.

It could be said for any social media site, really. But, it’s stuff lie this that really makes me hate the platform: