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

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.