Five things for the week

  1. Digital life is still a bit of a mess. This is going to take a few weeks of cleanup to get through it all. And, to make sure it doesn’t get this bad again.
  2. The digital cleanup is a good reminder of the overall cleanup I have to do. Sounds like it’s time for a proper Spring cleaning around here.
  3. Here’s my (now) obligatory line about how I really need to photograph more.
  4. Here’s my (now) obligatory line about how I really need to take better care of my health.
  5. After this past month’s travel, I think I’m finally now back into my home routine and sleep cycle. This month was rough. When home, I didn’t feel present. I didn’t feel like myself. And, I felt sick (some of it really was sickness) the entire time. Finally got out of that funk.

WTF, it’s April 7th?!?

It’s mid-afternoon and I’m sitting here eating a Cup Noodles, which I have recently “rediscovered” and was reminded how much they’re guilty pleasures for me. So good! So, I’m sitting here, mid-afternoon, enjoying a late lunch as this is the first Saturday that I had a chance to sleep in. Sleep in to ~10:30 AM, which was quite nice.

So, I made myself a breakfast (avocado toast, scrambled eggs, coffee) and then vegged out playing a game on my phone for an hour (still addicted to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp).

Then, I realized that I need to use this weekend to get caught up… I’m way behind.

First order of business was to process a stack of mail that has been piling up on the desk. That lead to having to do some physical and digital filing. This also lead to me realizing that I really don’t want to fall behind in this aspect ever again. I hate filing!

Second order of business? Filing my 2017 taxes. This is the latest, in my entire life, that I have filed my taxes. It’s been hanging over me for a few months now but, things at work have been dominating my time (more on that later).

Filing the taxes (really, tracking down all of the needed information) lead me to realize how bad all of my home files organization has been, specifically my digital files (I scan everything). So now, as I eat my Cup Noodles, I am working through a major cleanup and reorg. of my digital life.

Music, all over the place. Thanks, iTunes! You hot mess of a music organization application! How the f did all of my music files get so disorganized if I’m using you, one application, to manage it all? How?!?

Photo files all over the place and, even worse, not backed up in over a month! The shame! So bad… just bad. And more of the same on all other fronts of my digital life… I’m driven to correct it by the end of the weekend. My workstations and home cloud need some TLC.

Work… So, for the month of March, work dictated the pace and (in)balance of my life. I was in Abu Dhabi for 18 of the 31 days of March, working an event. All other (very long) work days were spent in the office prepping and wrapping up said event. I neglected my wife, friends, family, pet, hobbies, and personal space… And it’s showing. It’s all showing.

I love the work I do, and love that I get to travel, but this March was a bit of a wake up call. I just can’t let time get away from me like that. I can’t.

 

When you need to create, you find a way

I listened to this entry on the way to the office, this morning. And once I got to the office, I watched this video a few times (or like, 5-7 times). It’s a very touching story about how one individual overcame adversity and found a way to create. It’s touching, and was the kind of feel good story I want to see and hear more of.

From NPR All Songs Considered:

Bernie Dalton’s Tiny Desk Contest entry comes attached with an origin story that is heart-rending. Dalton hired voice coach and singer/songwriter Essence Goldman to formally refine his voice, only to lose it two months after to bulbar-onset ALS — an especially deleterious form of the disease that has now left him only able to communicate with his eyes and an Eye Gaze Device. As his ALS worsened, Goldman started making music to accompany Dalton’s lyrics, putting out a full-length album in February sung entirely by Goldman. In his Tiny Desk Contest entry, Goldman and the band involved with the album’s creation perform at his bedside. It is, at once, devastating and beautiful.

Sharing fajitas

flic.kr/p/24PMVJq

Recently, one thing that my wife and I have learned that we enjoy doing is sharing fajitas. Fajitas are a dish that begs to be served and enjoyed family style. Any time we ate in a place where fajitas were served, I would always opt for something else (fajitas are not always on top of my list).

A few weeks ago, my wife asked why we just don’t share fajitas. I didn’t have a good excuse other than that I had never really thought about it before. I generally always opted for tacos or something more like a combo plate. So, we indulged and shared.

And I came to realize that yes, fajitas as great. When done right, they taste do’s good, So simple,m yet so good. But the act of sharing with someone I love? Makes it even better. So now, we make sure to share fajitas whenever we are at a place that serves them.

Slowly starting with more video

I am slowly starting to “dabble” in video, recently. I’m not sure why but, I suspect it’s just as other medium for me to try to user to kickstart my creativity again. YouTube is making it easy with some very quick video editing and music tracks that I can add.

I hate that I took this one in portrait orientation. I didn’t think about it in my grogginess as I had woken from a nap and noticed the scene outside of the airplane window.

I remember it being so calm, so quiet. Everyone around me was still asleep. My mind was calm… that’s what I think I appreciated the most as the clouds passed by.

 

Five things for the week

    1. The above video is something I took (via iPhone) yesterday afternoon. I remember looking up from my school work and watching the snow come down at a fairly rapid pace (it wasn’t cold enough to stick to roads, but enough to blanket the grassy areas). It was beautiful, so I though a nice slo-mo video would be fun. I also had some fun adding music to the video… perhaps this is something that I need to dabble more with?
    2. It’s all a good reminder that I do like to create, and I simply do not do that as often as I really should be.
    3. I’m not a big fan of snow and east coast winters. This California kid really, really misses Southern Ca. But it’s not just weather; there’s so much there that I miss.
    4. I have a great system for organization and productivity… my issue isn’t a lack of system. My issue comes from a lack of being able to consistently put in the work to make the system effective. This is something that depends on me being able to (re)build some routines that I have strayed from.
    5. I know who I want to be but, it’s still going to take a little bit of work to get there.

 

Koreans and Italian chickpeas

Italian-style chickpeas
I had breakfast with my friend, Andy, on Sunday. He is on his annual business trip to the east coast, from Korea. It’s always good to catch up with him. He has become one of my good friends since first meeting him in 2013. Three of his colleagues joined us, which was great (to meet new people). I feel bad, though, since the place I chose must have had an off day. Breakfast want good… at all.

But the friendship and the conversations were.

One thing about Koreans: they have a knack for making you feel self-conscious about things that you never gave thought about before. They don’t do it maliciously, nor intentionally… it’s just their nature. A lot of cultures do this whole “you don’t eat enough” and then “you are too fat!” contradictions. So, Sunday was full of that for me. It usually happens because I only see Andy once a year.

So, for dinner, I decided to prep a vegetarian dish (pictured above) of Italian-style chickpeas. This was a very simple recipe done in a slow-cooker. Pretty good. I had mine served over rice. It made the house smell wonderful all afternoon.

I always wish i had more time with Andy. Sometime soon I would like to travel back to Korea to visit him (and many others). Sounds like a goal for 2019?