Good afternoon friends! I’m so happy you could make it to our little coffee chat. This past week didn’t go at all the way I planned and I have a feeling next week won’t either. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Right now I am just trying to put one foot in front of the other until Winter Break, Christmas, and New Years are over with.
If we were having coffee say that I know last week I didn’t want to make a big deal about quitting smoking but this week we can, a little. As of today I have been smoke free for 18 days! I know that doesn’t seem like very long but those of you have ever been addicted to nicotine will know, this is very big. I feel like I am through the worst of it but I know I could slip up at any moment and start again.
I still crave them but it really does get easier every day. I am working on building a new routine and filling the time that was previously spent smoking on healthier, more productive things. I am also learning to deal with difficult people, situations, and emotions all over again. It’s very hard but rewarding at the same time.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that luckily, there was plenty to keep me busy with at work. Actually both me and my lady have been very busy at work. We are both dealing with a bit of work related depression and anxiety so I thought, in order to cheer us up and get our minds off of things we should have a special date night. So Friday night we raced home, dressed up, and went to the Fresh Fish Co. for oysters and wine. We had a wonderful time and the dinner was everything we hoped for and needed.
Me and my girlfriend had oysters for the first time last Valentines Day. We really liked them. So much so that now we are planning future vacations based on where we might be able to get the them fresh. As you can imagine, in landlocked Denver, CO they are expensive and not the freshest.Most people think oysters look and taste gross, although I imagine it is more of a texture problem. I can’t explain what exactly I like them so much except that to me they are delicious and surprisingly filling.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this morning I finished up a new page for the blog, a /now page. I got the idea from Derek Sivers, and I heard about it through Ausin Kleon . Basically it is a list of things I am working on right now. It’s mostly for me, to keep me focused and remind me of what is really important. It is for other people because I am always feeling like because I don’t have much to show for all the work I do and people think I am not doing anything real.
I’ll be updating my About page and linking to my /now page from there rather than the main menu. I’ll be updating it regularly and I plan to let you all know when I do. I also encourage you to look into making one for yourself. Sivers has a page that lists tons of other people’s pages that you can check out for inspiration.
If we were having I’d tell you I’m slowly working on a “100 Dreams” page that I hope to post for the New Year. I got the inspiration for that from Laura Vanderkam and it’s pretty much a very long bucket list. I have broken it down into places to visit, skills to learn, thing to do, and major life goals.
Over time it will be tweaked, things will be crossed off, hopefully, and somethings removed or added as I grow and change. Like the /now page this is more for me, to keep me focused on where I am going and what I want to do in this life. I guess now that I am getting older it is getting increasingly important that I get on with the business of making this life something great.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that other than all that, the biggest thing I am looking forward to is seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Friday. I am so stoked to see this movie. I want to re watch the other six movies this week and I think I might buy an ugly (read:awesome) Star Wars Christmas sweater to wear that night.
That night will also kick off two weeks of winter break for me. I may or may not go to work for a few days of it but they won’t be the usual stressful days. I’ll work on projects I need catching up on and organizing paperwork and files, that’s all.
I look forward to Christmas with my family since I didn’t get to see any of them for Thanksgiving. I’ll be having brunch at home with my lady and dinner with my mother and sisters, niece and nephew, and maybe my brother if he feels like seeing us. I’m sure we’ll have a great time, we usually do.
If we were having coffee I would say that’s about all that’s been going on with me. I would say that I hate to leave but I really do have to get started on the housework and working on other blog and writing related projects. Thank you for stopping by and please let me know what you have been up to in the comments.