Five things for the week

More flowers are starting to come in.I want to write something about Anthony Bourdain but, I don’t know what nor how to write about it. It is affecting me, though. And, if anything, it’s helping me speed some decision making that I need to do for the overall betterment of my life.

  1. Parts Unknown: Iran
  2. Parts Unknown: Korea
  3. Parts Unknown: Koreatown, Los Angeles
  4. Parts Unknown: Hanoi
  5. Parts Unknown: Montana

//The list isn’t necessarily my favorites but, just episodes that stick out in my mind when I remember his most recent work. There are multiple episodes of No Reservations as well as an episode of A Cook’s Tour that I vividly remember. Not to mention his writing… for my money, one of the best writers (not “travel writer” or “food writer”, just “writer”) of this era.

Five things for the week

  1. I meant to blog a lot more than I actually did (0 times), this past week. I’m not sure how/why that didn’t happen.
  2. My wife and I have identified our next steps and now, we just need to work on the plan to get from here to there. Yes, this is cryptic but, trust the process.
  3. Photo above is of one of the new chickens that my parents have. It is a good reminder of how much i would love to have my own chickens one day.
  4. I’ll be 41 years old soon and yes, I’m still addicted to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
  5. “Less is more” seems to be the key to so much more than I realize, or even gave credit for. Something I need to incorporate into almost everything that I do.

Five things for the week

Sunday dinner: chicken enchiladas
  1. I cooked most of the weekend, which is good. We caved (ordered dinner delivery) more than we should have, during the weekdays. Not a horrible start but worse than it should have been. We picked up a lot of good, healthy food this morning so, here’s hoping for a good week.
  2. My workflow is a really chaotic mixture of digital notes (OneNote, Apple Notes) and handwritten (two different notebooks). I need to wrk on streamlining this. It’s a weird method that I have sneaked by with for a little over a year but, it needs immediate improvement.
  3. I have a renewed love for Tecate (beer). It’s just so good.
  4. We stopped by the mall, this morning, intending to swing by the Apple store before heading to the grocery store. I really wanted to see the red iPhone 8 in person (I know, fanboy). My wife is also considering another Apple Watch band. But we got there too early; it was about an hour before the store opened. But, we were really surprised at how many “mall walkers” were there. It looked like track and field practice (for senior citizens).
  5. I had some really weird dreams over the weekend. They all alluded to leaving work, and the east coast, but not in the way that I think I would do so in real life.

Tuesday tough, but to be expected

It’s only Tuesday and I am having a really tough week. It’s most likely drama built up in my own head but it’s taking a toll on me. I have alluded to needing to make some changes and taking more control of my happiness (in previous posts). I’m serious, it all needs to happen soon.

That’s said, I need to find a way to manage this. I’m challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone. I’m making myself learn to be better. Trying to take myself to the next level. I’m going to have doubts and I’m going to second guess myself. And I’m going to have rough days, weeks, possibly months. It’s going to come with the territory.

Five things for the week


Sunday mornings
Sunday mornings
  1. This week, thanks to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert podcast, I discovered some new music that I like. Superorganism is a fun band with some great energy. I really like their creativity.
  2. The camera will live in my bag, and my bag will go whoever I go. The camera will live in my bag, and the bag will go whoever I go. The camera…
  3. I have always known that cooking was another outlet for me, both creatively and for stress relief. I am gaining some renewed energy around cooking, which is good. Lately I have been “too busy”, or in other words too stressed out, to work it into my routine. But, the realization here is that if it’s not in my routine, then my balance is off.
  4. I switched back to 1) having one phone, no longer splitting work and personal between two phones, and 2) using the iPhone 8 plus instead of the iPhone X. There are many reasons behind all of this. It all boils down to making choices based off of practicality and function. Both choices can be traced to being more functional, more practical.
  5. It’s important for me to remember, and understand, that I have much more control over my happiness than I originally believed to have.

Dear tomorrow me,

It’s time to get better. It’s time to take back control. For too long, you have been coasting You were good, are good. You have talent. You can lead. You have let your foot off of the gas. You are coasting now. And you’re starting to drift.

Coasting, drifting, and waiting for something to happen. No more. No more waiting. Now, you need to act to make things happen. It’s time. You have been coasting for too long.

It’s time for you to take it all back, make the life you want, and be the person you want.

It’s not that time is running out, its that you need to have more respect for time itself. Respect that it will keep moving, with or without you.

It’s time to get better.