Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Late December:
So what's next? I'm going to try to get back to the diet, back to the creativity, and maybe some more regular introspective and real posts, not just commentary on the news.
It's time to try again. Things may now be settling down again enough to try to get back on track. We've now been in the house 11 days. Most accoutrements have been ordered, delivered, assembled, hung, installed or registered as the case may be. Many boxes unpacked, and now it's just down to the a lot of junk boxes, one of which may or may not actually contain one of my two missing pairs of jeans. That aside, it's starting to feel like things are going to start to settle down into a routine. The money is quickly dwindling, though our credit cards have no outstanding balances and there's still more in the bank than we've ever had before. Seriously, buy property. It's like printing money.

Tonight I even walked the dog. She enjoyed it and I did, too. It was raining just a tad and I discovered that a jacket I hadn't worn since I last lived in Washington still fit just fine and its built in hood kept my head dry. I still haven't worn long pants except to church since I've moved down here. The weather's been great. Even when it rained, the weather's been great.

My diet today wasn't that great. In order to try to change my eating habits, I've done some rather odd things that may or may not actually by themselves do anything good for me, but rather represent a change in thinking. For one, I've tried to eschew dark colored beverages in favor of lighter ones (Sprite, Lemonade, etc.) In some cases, I know these are exactly as bad as the dark colored ones in terms of sugar and sodium, but they're also easier to water down. I've also tried to use more ice in drinks, smaller glasses and at home pour from a 2 litter instead of my own individual can of something. I've also looked at salads before anything else on menus and for the most part ordered salads, or ordered stuff with fruit instead of fries or onion rings. I haven't had nearly as much Starbucks as I would have expected, so that's in my favor as well. And lastly, we've had little fruit cups in the pantry for Rachel and I've been making sure we have more in there and been eating some myself.

Creativity? That will need to wait a little bit but I've had some ideas rattling around in my brain.

Current events and introspective... coming soon. One of my goals for the new start is to read more. Each week I am going to consult the New York Times Bestseller List for Non-Fiction and if it's a new one, then I'm going to purchase and read it. For my birthday Lori got me a really interesting book called "Blink" which I notice this week is #5. I read it before we moved. It was pretty cool, all about the subconcious mind and how people have been able to hone theirs and how we make decisions without realizing why we made them, and how hard engrained perceptions and things like racism is. One thing I thought it lacked was application... how can I hone my subconscious and get better and making intelligent and correct snap decisions?
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