The Writing Fool Keeps At It

I haven’t gone to the cafe for about a month. But that hasn’t stopped me from writing! Of course, this has been true for years now. This year alone I’ve filled many journals (as well as many blog post, of course) with my thoughts. The picture above is just the journals I’ve finished since the Summer. I’ve probably averaged about one journal per three or four weeks. The journal writing helps me focus. It’s nice to write in an actual physical journal. There are no emails to read, no updates…

Our Perfect Little Thanksgiving at Home

Since being married, my wife and I have mostly gone to other family members’ houses for Thanksgivings and Christmases. In fact, I’ve always associated the Holidays with big family dinners. The two times we dined alone for the Holidays were last-minute changes where we had to stay home (here’s one of those times*). Though we enjoyed ourselves anyway, I remember having a nagging sense of missing out, or at least feeling a little guilty not being with the rest of the family. Then comes 2020, and all the norms of…

Breaking the Habit of Being Myself

I’m a big fan of the idea that people can change their habits. I love the idea that we can “break the habit of being ourselves,” as Joe Dispenza has said. Forming positive habits is a topic I have devoted numerous blog posts to, including these: The Habits that Save Me From Myself Good habits rock! Day 383: I will develop good habits and become their slave! Currently, I am changing the habit of how (and who) I be at my computer. You see, I have a new computer. It’s…

Just Another Mellow Pleasing Day

Today was a pleasant balance of free-time and structured time, me-time and time shared with others. All in all, it had several elements of my ideal Saturday 🙂 Allow me to enumerate: 6am: up and at ’em while still dark out (see featured image above), 10 mile run along the American River Parkway. Bee-you-tee-ful sky, and enjoying the cool fall air. While I ran, I appreciated the well-being of our cat Leeloo. 8am: Delicious post-run breakfast, then time spent creating my latest monthly update of our financial progress. 10:30am: Enjoyed…

We Finished Our Fricking Taxes!

Okay, so today we got our taxes in! Instead of feeling triumphant and awesome, I feel shy and kind of guilty about sharing it. I think I’m worried people will think I’m bragging, or that they will think I’m a nerd for writing about it 🙂 I’m open to ideas from my “Higher Self.” Chris, we are happy to talk to you! What is it you would like to know? Um, why do I feel guilty and kind of shy about sharing that we got our taxes done? Because you…

Today’s Gratifying, Satisfying, and Much -Appreciated Costco Run

Today my wife and I went grocery shopping at Costco. We have been regular monthly Costco shoppers for 4 1/2 years now. Yet for the past week I was nervous about making the trip. After all, when I went there last time, two weeks ago, I got a bit shell-shocked at the “new norm:” lines around the side of the store to get in, limits on how many creams or eggs you could get, people wearing masks, everyone’s carts filled with toilet paper and/or bottled water… and no tables at…

An Infinite Supply of Well-Being

My last blog post was from February 17th, 2020. Today is April 1st, 2020. If you are reading this on or near this date, you know as well as I how much the world has changed in that month-and-a-half. I don’t think I really need to go into details. After all, you are living it. We all are. Yet generally speaking, it’s probably fair to say that it has been easier than ever to see what is unpleasing, what is stressful or scary. So much is happening seemingly all at…

Day 297: Our Cat, the Fifth Element

I wrote a whimsical post about both our cats awhile ago. Both of them are characters indeed, but I have long been intending to write a post specifically about Leeloo, our male. So here goes. First of all, Leeloo is a cat unto himself. Scruffy looking, with black flakes that collect below his eyes that we scrape off, Leeloo is white with orange on his head and tail. Because of his orange hair, my wife was reminded of the character of Leeloo from the Bruce Willis movie “The Fifth Element.”…

Day 225: A little goes a long way for me

I have written a few times about being highly sensitive. I have learned to honor this quality in my daily life. For example, although I consider myself very people- and performance-oriented (after all, I am a musician and teacher), after interacting with a lot of people I tend to need time to myself to recharge. Although the center of many a day are the social interactions I have, afterwards I tend to crave being in a low-stimulation environment where I can decompress and think. It seems that a little goes…