Extremely Loud and an Incredibly Great Evening
January 29th, 2012
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Last night my wife and I were part of a rare occurrenceÖ
A night out without the kids!
Date nights have become an ever elusive commodity that now involves heavy pre-planning and outside cooperation. This time it all came together very quickly and with the babysitter set, we chose to see a movie. Our first choice was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. However, since someone is a slow reader and didnít finish the book before the movie ended its run at our local theatre, we caught Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close instead.
Life Lesson Day 2 and the Great...whatever
January 19th, 2012
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A day or so ago I wrote about restructuring my day to accommodate some of the things I enjoy doing, such as reading, writing and tweaking my website. I have to admit it's going well! Granted it's only day 2 of the the restructuring, but still, that's an accomplishment. I've heard or read somewhere you have to do something 20 consecutive days in order for it to become a habit. I wonder if that is true? Certainly I've done something 20 days in a row...and if I did it wasn't habit forming, because I'm not doing it today that I'm aware of. I'll have to see how this restructuring thing feels after 3 weeks. Habit or not.
A Life Lesson from the Great Collapsible Menu War
January 17th, 2012
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Day 17 of 2012 and I still canít declare victory in the Great Collapsible Menu War. I was so close to conquering the thing too, I mean, it was right there for the taking! I had Moriarty in my grasp and he slipped right through my fingers. Thatís a painful thing to endure, it really is. Iím not raising the white flag or anything just yet. So what if I have a collapsible menu that doesnít collapse? It has panache. Whatís more disappointing is this whole Ďdesigning my website when I have no clue as to what Iím doingí was the basis for my attempt at a ď365 ProjectĒ or whatever itís called. At this pace I may come in at 120 posts, well short of one a day. I guess I could double up on weekends or something, but I feel like that would be cheating. Thank goodness this wasnít one of my New Yearís Resolutions. Oh well, it is what is. And no, I havenít called my B-I-L yet.
2012 New Year's Resolutions Update 1
January 16th, 2012
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Well here we are, 2 weeks into the new year already and I donít know about all of you, but Iím fairly pleased with it so far. I thought since I havenít blogged in awhile and weíre 16 days into it, Iíd give a quick update on my NYRís. Not that anyone really cares, and thatís fine, but I think this will be a little therapeutic. A self assessment of sorts, thatís some leftover jargon from my halfway house/case manager days.
15 Resolutions to be Broken in 2012
January 1st, 2012
Iíve never been much of a New Yearís Resolution kind of fella, but Iíve resolved to be just that this year. So, I made a list of 15 resolutions to be broken in 2012. Just because I never really participated before, I understand thatís not how the game is played, but my guess is that on a yearly basis not many of these things are really kept? So being a realist, which isnít one of my resolutions, Iím going out a limb and saying that I will probably fail 12 of these. Don't let that last statement fool you, I am an optimist.
Current Reading pt. 1
"By the Iowa Sea"
I put the highly recommended "...Dragon Tattoo" book on hold to read this one. I ran across it looking at the Spring selections for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program. I felt a connection to this guy's struggles, whom I never even heard of before that day and promtly pre-ordered the e-book for my Nook Color. So far I haven't been disappointed at all and that's unusual for something that comes with so much anticipation... at least personal anticipation!
Current Reading pt. 2
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
I know I said Bromfield was next in line to be read, but I'm all caught up in this "Girl With The..." business since the movie's release...the American version that is, I know the foreign verion has been out for awhile. Depending on how this first volume of the trilogy goes, I may have to put Ole Louis on the back burner for a spell and finish off this series first.
On Deck Reading
Louis Bromfield was a local author who won the Pulitzer Prize for this work in 1927. He was considered one of the great young writers of that period and was compared to Thurber, Steinbeck and Fitzgerald. I think I read somewhere that he helped Hemingway publish his first book, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Anyway, last year my wife bought me several of his books for my birthday and it's time to start reading a few of them. I guess there's no better place to begin than with the Pulitzer Prize winner.