The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint

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On the monkey bars! Atlanta Spartan Sprint

The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint has come and gone.  There were obstacles, both big and small, climbs and carries, and of course lots of that sloppy red Georgia clay.  While it was a lot of fun, it could easily have gone the other way.

I ran this race with my daughter, just like my other Sprint last year.  Having her out there on the course with me is great, but this morning, she wasn’t feeling great.  She could have sat on the sidelines, watched me run and cheered her old dad on, but that’s not my daughter.  In true Spartan fashion, she pushed on, ran the race and got that medal.  Maybe it wasn’t our best effort, but that’s okay.

Spartan Race isn’t all about getting muddy, though that is part of it.  It is all about obstacles, overcoming them, and then taking those lessons out into the real world.  We face obstacles every day in our lives.  Some people panic and run away from these obstacles, but not a Spartan.  A Spartan adjusts and attacks the obstacles ahead of him.

That’s what my daughter did today, before the race ever began.  She wasn’t feeling well, but instead of taking the easy way and sitting out, she used her grit to get through the race.  What a life lesson!  I’m so proud.

You are not going to feel your best all the time, whether at school or work, but what are you going to do?  You can grit your way through your tasks and reap the rewards, or I don’t know, lay in bed all day and skip out on life.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are real reasons to lay up in bed, and only you know your body, so keep safety first.  In the meantime, keep training and pushing ahead.  Maybe we’ll see you out on the course!

IDK

It sounds bad, I know. I’ll be the first to say it,  but it’s true. I really have no idea what I’m doing.

This blog/site was started not even a year ago with all the hopes and dreams that often come with a new blog, but now I’m not sure about anything. I’ve already thought about, and went around halfway through a redesign, and now, here we are again.

The question of what should I do is always there, and so is my reply. I don’t know.

Being this indecisive is frustrating.  For myself if not for anyone else. (It’s not like I have legions of fans waiting for the next post after all.)

So, the question remains, rolling around in my head.  Over the past month or so, as I’ve kicked it back and forth between deletion of the blog altogether and a complete reboot, I may have found a compromise.

What is this compromise?  Well let me say upfront, that it may not be a good idea.  But here it is.  The idea is to just be a bit more general in posting and therefore granting much needed freedom for creativity and general interest.

Most everything I read about blogging says to pick a topic and stay with that chosen topic for you’re blog. Target that audience. That is most likely very sound advice, but it is advice that I struggle with.

You see, I’m like most everyone else out there. My interest are many and varied. I like to write and draw. I also like to run and ride bikes. I have interest in fitness, clean eating, and dessert. You see what I’m getting at?  I feel as though I’ve been handcuffing myself, by restricting the things that I’m writing about, so I’m done with that.

I’m going to try this again. We’ll see how it goes. If it fails, then so be it. (To be clear, failure is not defined by page views, but by my own ability to keep interest in the work I’m doing.) There will most likely be some aesthetic changes to the sight as this process needs to be as fluid as possible, so be on the lookout for that.

Anyway, with a bit of luck, we’ll be talking soon!

#weekendcoffeeshare 1-9-16

If we were having coffee, I’d be drinking Folgers Colombian coffee.  It’s a medium dark roast and it’s pretty good. Not Starbucks good, but way more economical.  If that’s not your thing, that’s okay.  I’m sure we have some green tea around here somewhere.  We could put some water on for you real quick if you’d like.  While we sip, we can wait on the Supercross race to start.

That’s right.  It’s Supercross season once again, so I’m trying to stay up to watch it.  This time of year is about the only time I wish I lived out on the other coast.  The race starts at 7 o’clock over there, making that start time 10 o’clock for all of us over on the east coast.  That’s a late night, putting the end of the race at one.  If we weren’t racing ourselves tomorrow, that would be less of a big deal, but oh well.  It is what it is, I guess.  Good thing we’ve got that coffee, huh?

One more thing before I go.  The #weekendcoffeeshare has turned into one of my favorite blogging topics over the past several months.  I started doing it after moving over to WordPress, and it’s been great and all, but that may be coming to an end.  Here at least.  After some thought, I might be going back over to Blogger.  It’s just the money really.  WordPress cost and Blogger, not so much.  I’ve not decided one hundred percent yet, but I’m leaning that way.  So, if this is it, thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.  I’ll still be around though, so don’t worry about that.

So, you guys have a great weekend!  I’ll see you around!

Merry Christmas!

It’s late on Christmas Eve.  In just over an hour and a half, Santa will be flying his reindeer pulled sleigh all over the east coast, dropping off gifts and eating cookies that go great with ice cold milk.  He’ll have a lot of sit-ups to do in the new year!

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I hope your holiday season is going great and that it continues to do just that.  My Christmas Eve didn’t go quite as planned, but that’s okay.  There was one of those emergency things at work, and “vacation interrupted,” at least for about six hours.  No big deal though.  That’s behind us now and the festivities lie ahead.

On the way to work, I managed to tune in a station that wasn’t playing Christmas music and listened to some good Christmas advice from the great Rolling Stones.  A song that applies to this time of year, more than some would have thought maybe.  They sang, “you can’t always get what you want.  No, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”  So bear that in mind as you give and receive your gifts on the morrow.  If what you unwrap isn’t what you wanted, be thankful that you had someone that thought enough about you to get you something in the first place.

That’s all I’ve got.  Y’all have a great Christmas and as always, stay safe out there.  I’ll see you soon.

Slowing, But Not Yet Stopping

It’s hard to admit it, but as I approach 1,000 days of consecutive writing as logged on the Magic Spreadsheet, I may be losing a bit of my drive.

It’s been happening for a while now. Just kind of creeping up on me a little at a time like, I don’t know, some kind of alien sludge designed to rip all of our hopes and dreams from our bodies and leave us a broken shell of ourselves.

Okay, so maybe not to that extent, but you know what I mean. It hasn’t happened overnight, but rather over months. I thought that upping my daily word count would give me a boost, but alas, no such luck. My drive continued to slip even as my word count increased and left me wondering what I was doing.

It got easier to almost not write some days, which ultimately left me feeling like what I was doing wasn’t worth it anyway.

So now, my word count goal is back to the minimum requirement of The Magic Spreadsheet to keep my chain alive (250).  It’s not a great volume and that’s the point. Maybe, if I can release some of the burden that I placed upon me, writing can be what it was to start with. A fun creative experience that allows me to peak inside and poke around in my own mind. That one thousandth day is coming and I want to hit that milestone before I jump off this crazy train.

Maybe, we’ll find that the train isn’t so bad after all, and that I don’t need to jump off after all.  I’ll be sure to let you know when we get there.

 

 

Black Friday

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Starbucks on Black Friday!

It’s Black Friday, and I’m hiding out in the Starbucks, drinking from a red cup and listening to Christmas music.  Where, where I ask you, has the year gone?

It didn’t take much to drive me to Starbucks this morning.  One look at the parking lot of the strip mall of Lowes, Ross, and Kohl’s was enough for me.  So, coward that I am, have retreated to the welcome confines of the coffee shop while sending out the wife and her sister to fight the shopping battles.  Charge!

I will admit that this is not my favorite time of the year.  Things are just too busy for me, but dinner yesterday was good as was the run along the beach this morning.  A run done pre-coffee if you can believe it, but sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do what needs to be done.

On the Christmas side of things though, I did manage to buy a gift this morning without ever going into a store.  Ebay to the rescue!  Now, that’s my kind of shopping.

For all of you out there braving the crowds this Black Friday, stay safe.  Yeah, probably a little late for that thought, but you know what I mean.  As for me, I may hit a store or two before day’s end.  I doubt I can sit in my fortress of caffeinated solitude all day.  If nothing else, the Christmas music will drive me out.  Did I mention that this is not my favorite time of the year.  I did.  Well the music adds to that sentiment.

Don’t worry though.  We’ll make the most of it.  It will be another great Christmas and before you know it, it will be over and then here all over again.  The things we love, the things we like, and those we don’t come around again and again every year.

The fact of the matter is there are good and bad around us all times of the year and different people like different things, so it all works out in the end.  Someone said once that, “it takes all kinds,” and I guess that’s right.  So have a great day.  If you like me, don’t like the music or the busy going on right now, well, all we have to do is wait.  There’s a change coming right around the corner.