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  1. During Prime Day, I took advantage of the discount and upgraded to a Kindle Voyage. The Paperwhite is close to as perfect as you can get but, the finishing touches on the Voyage (e.g. auto light adjustment, flush screen with bezel, and the page turn “buttons”) really make it worth it.  #treatyoself.
  2. Currently reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. I don’t want it to end.
  3. I have been working from home a little more often, lately. I’m getting a lot more work done. But the biggest lesson learned? My cat sleeps like, 22 out of the day’s 24 hours. I envy her.
  4. Watch: Chasing Coral. Just do it. Please?
  5. I need to add more pictures to this blog…

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More life goals

  1. We spent this afternoon at a 3 year old birthday part for my friend/coworker’s son. It was nice to be out and socializing even if it was hot out.
  2. I have to rethink the pay I embed photos into my posts, here. I currently embed from Flickr but, am starting too get a little shaky about it. What happens if Flickr goes away (or i stop using it) for some reason? So many blog posts with no photos properly mapped…
  3. Slightly related to above: I need to rethink my blog. I want to make it a central hub for everything, that then shares out to different places. I also am considering self-hosting (instead of wordpress.com). I also have this weird thought of “do I really need a blog?” festering in the back of my mind.
  4. This is going to be a very busy month. I don’t expect much travel, just a lot of work.
  5. Finished The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses. I enjoyed it and confidently recommend it to you (reader). I have liked all of Matthew’s works (that I have read) so far. He’s a really good storyteller.

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Sunday breakfast tacos
  1. “We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”  – Joan Didion
  2. “If you can fall in love again and again… if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical… you’ve got it half licked.” – Henry Miller
  3. I’m working on re-establishing a photo hub. Somewhere along the line, most likely because I got lazy with my photography workflow, I moved away form having one. My photos are all over the place, mostly in cloud storage. This needs to be cleaned up.
  4. I love what Kristyn Leach is doing.
  5. Spark” by Violents & Monica Martin.

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Viewing the mosque from the bus

  1. I forget how much I love my music collection. I’m only reminded of this when I’m able to allow the songs to shuffle for long periods of time. I need to find ways to do this more often.
  2. I’m “slow-reading” (restricting myself to focus on 1-3 passages at a time) both The Way of Korean Zen, by Kusan Sunim and Ursula Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. The intent is to slow my mind and focus on meaning (value).
  3. To counterbalance “mindless internet surfing”, I have done a few things:
    • Self-imposed restriction of not using iPad in my bedroom, just the Kindle. Read more!
    • Subscribed to email newsletters from content that I want to keep up with. This way I can peruse through email (as I’m used to) instead of reading through every feed and post to get what I want. This means less reliance on social media feeds.
    • Deleted apps on devices. All of those “time sucks” are gone!
  4. I splurged on some early birthday gifts for myself. I’m really excited about this and this. I will never grow up. And, I bought some whiskey, which I cannot wait to drink out of these.
  5. I will never grow up.

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  1. I’m working on slowing down. Not in the sense that I want less to do, rather, in the sense that I move towards doing things in a more purposeful, quality > quantity methodology. I’m working on incorporating this in all aspects of my life, from handling large scale projects and tasks at work to cooking more meals at home.
  2. I started reading Ursula Le Guin’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. I first heard about her translation through Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings post. Intentionally I’m only reading a few pages at a time, taking time to process and truly understand what is being written. It helps slow things down and put things into perspective.
  3. Photography! I am slowly, intentionally, working my way back into it. I have identified it as something that has been missing in my life and routines.
  4. Work out loud. Live out loud. I’m exploring this as possible themes to help me post to this blog and social media sites.
  5. There’s something about my home office setup that has been bothering me. I cannot pin point it, yet. Not sure if it has to do with the technology/layout of technology, or the layout of the overall workspace altogether. Or, if it’s just something that I will always be tinkering with because that’s simply what I like to do.

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Figure skating, pairs

  1. Writing from the 2017 World Winter Games: As mentally and physically exhausting working the event is, and all of the events that we work, I always manage to come away feeling quite inspired to continue what we do. I keep asking myself “do I need to find a new organization, a new challenge?” Then I watch out athletes, our volunteers, and our colleagues work. And then I’m even more driven to help make it happen.
  2. The day I flew to Austria, I made the last minute decision to not bring my camera. “I won’t have the time to really spend photographing”, I justified. Wrong! I regret it.
  3. Sleigh Bells, “I Can Only Stare“.
  4. I have to keep this in mind: always due diligence before making judgement and passing information. Always.
  5. This is going to be a busy, trying, year. I’m ready.

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Basking

  1. Reduce… that’s the name of the game. Less equals more, and all of that jazz.
  2. Released on Feb 14th, Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember, by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Please go get a copy. It’s a very important story, written by one of the coolest people in my life.
  3.  This three day weekend is a nice inhale/exhale before a really busy week.
  4. It feels good to have a kitchen that I enjoy using, again. It makes a big difference in my enthusiasm levels for cooking meals, especially after a long day at the office. I’m more willing to cook dinner in a kitchen that I enjoy cooking in. Go figure.
  5. More good people, please?