I’m noticing that while I am going more slowly now that I am still making progress forward. I am also realizing that in cases where I am going through folders that seem overwhelming such as the folders of pictures from trips with my friends during college that it means that I am not ready to go deep in those areas. So instead I am only going through the folders and deleting the obvious trash and moving on. Given that my goal is to only declutter and organize by making space for the most meaningful pictures stand out more in a smaller collection. At the same time this is not a photo 100 Things Challenge as the right size is determined not by the number of files or disk space on my computer but by the number of meaningful photos. I was blessed with my second half of college being in the time where digital cameras both caught up to film cameras and became affordable, which means that I have more pictures from college than somebody 5 years older than I am. Yet I was also blessed with being old enough that digital cameras were not everywhere so they were a bit more selective at the same time. So while somebody 10 years older than me might have a single photo album of their college years that they scanned in the top 40 into their computer, there is no way that I will be able to reduce my entire collection down to that size. At the same time there is nothing preventing me from creating my own best of the best of my college years photo album/collection. Not that it means that I need to get rid of everything else that does not make the cut, but just so I can better enjoy them and share them with my friends from college now as we approach our tenth and eleventh anniversary years from when we graduated.
Current Weight: 284 pounds
Lost This Week: .5 pounds
Total Lost: 8 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds
Current Weight: 284.5 pounds
Lost This Week: -1 pounds
Total Lost: 7.5 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds
A friend suggested that I try Chimay and I tried the blue label one during the weekend which he said that most people consider the best one even though he personally likes the red label one more. I tried the blue label and found it to be the first beer that I actually enjoyed enough to be worth going out of my way to have again. Eventually I will be sure to try the red label although I have zero plans on trying the yellow label as I know now that I do not like light beer but dark beer. What else I like about the Chimay is that unlike most modern beverages that leave you wanting more is that it satisfies me to the point that one bottle almost seems like too much and leaves me feeling that a few a year would be more than sufficient for me. I also like how it is made by Trappist Monks that use the profits for charity work after their own needs are meet and are responsible enough to make sure the grains used to brew the beer are not wasted but are feed to the cattle that they keep for cheese production. Sure it might not be the cheapest beer around but I’d prefer my money to go to the monks than to a corporation that feels that mostly naked women is the best way to sell beer.
The Sexuality of Synergy by Brian Shell
A very unique book on creativity where the author makes the argument that the creative process of writing a book is like giving birth to and raising a child. Just be warned that the book is littered with dirty jokes so depending upon one’s point of view this could be an advantage or a disadvantage. Regardless to me at least there were enough good points that were commonplace book worthy to make this book worthwhile in the end even though I feel it would have been better if cleaner.
I generally try to make a batch of homemade water ice at least once a summer as it is really great but a lot of prep time to make. So the rest of the time this is the water ice that is around the house.
Simple glass of ice water.
A male red eared slider turtle swimming over to see me in hopes that I will feed him an extra meal today.
Do you drink coffee or tea?
Do you continue to drink them during the summer?
What if any changes do you make to your tea or coffee drinking during the summer as compared to other cooler times of the year?
An African Violet which fell off the plant.
I love the fun of combining the items into pictures. I opened up my window and got a picture of the tree outside in the rain with the green grass being visible in the picture.
I am drinking the last of my 2009 Xiaguan Eco Wild Tuocha Puerh now. This has to be one of the best green puerh teas that I’ve encountered and is likely a fine candidate if one wishes to produce an aged green puerh. Personally I prefer to drink the ripened puerh over green puerh from how the postfermentation process makes them more mellow and adds more interesting earthy flavor to them. Thus even though it was a wonderful tea I highly doubt that I will be buying any more Xiaguan Eco Wild Tuochas.
Little Book of Contentment by Leo Babauta
This one is inspired by the pet question a few days ago …
1 – Are you a vegetarian or a vegan?
2 – If so why did you become a vegetarian or a vegan? If not do you have any interest in potentially becoming one and if so what is holding you back?
3 – What do you think of the concept of flexitarian (as in a diet that is mostly vegetarian or vegan but will include some meat from time to time)? Do you think it means something or is just a term for the sake of having a new term for a person that wants to least a lot less animal products but does not want to fully give them up?
The Way Of Solomon by Rami Shapiro
A very unusual book, if the author did not say that he was a rabbi I would have assumed he was a Buddhist or Taoist priest writing on the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes from an Eastern perspective. The bulk of the book is a very free form expanded and dynamic translation of Ecclesiastes from the original Hebrew. While I can not deny that it makes a lot of commonplace worthy good points I feel as if it is borderline as to if it is even on a book of the Bible vs a Buddhist translation semi-rewrite.
Homemade ice tea as always for me. My current batch is made from a dark Ti Kuan Yin Oolong from Taiwan.
I’m impressed by this seedless watermelon that is actually really seedless. Too bad I could not find any of the old fashion black seeded kind as I think the watermelons with the black seeds in them taste the best even though they take a bit more work to eat.
I just realized that its been close to 5 years since I last posted on this goal that I just moved from the I give up to my long term section of my life list. I need to be seeing this one more often as I know it is getting closer to the time that I should probably be doing this as my hair is becoming thinner and is reaching or has already reached the point where shaved bald would be better than partial. I just do not fully feel ready in some ways as I know it is a step that once I take there will be no going back or at least going back to the stage that I am now because for the past few years my only hair cuts have been trims in the back and sides so it is a safe assumption that once the center is shaved that it is not growing back.
I use Pidgin as my chat client as it lets me deal with both AIM and Yahoo Messenger in the same program without needing different clients up. I knew it kept log files of the chats which at times have been helpful a few days later when I remember somebody mentioned a book or a website link so I can go back and look it up without having to go out of my way to ask them what it was again. I just looked into the logs folder and to my shock they added up to a few KBs short of 50 MB worth of plain text chat logs dating back to 2007. My computer is not that old but when I got my laptop (I think it is around 4 to 5 years old) I copied over the log files from my old computer so I would not lose them. That was too insane as I’ve never looked back at any log file older than a week since I started using Pidgin so I just deleted all of them. It is crazy in many ways how far back we tend to keep old email and chat logs just in case yet we never need to go back to get them. Besides if it was important enough at the time I would have used the chat log to write up a journal entry about the talk which I have done several times before but always within a few days of the talk.
I’ve read 29 books so far in 2013 and have since started book # 30. If you want to read more books the best advice that I can give you is to cut out the mindless tv watching and video game playing and books will naturally fill the time vacuum with more enrichment and value than what you cut out to make the time.