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find a good cafe
buzz kill

I went to the best cafe in the city and had a creme brûlée latte. Sitting at those heavy wood tables, some trendy, trashy music playing over the speakers, I realized I didn’t need that to be productive nor to relax. Coffee, anyways, is something I’m trying to phase out.



help my family
perched ashore

my family has some land that needs to be sold. they have no idea how to go about doing it, so my wife and i are going to handle things.



Get a PhD (read all 3 entries…)
postgradual

i’ve added this to my list again. i have a program i want to get into, but i need to publish four or five more times before i have a shot at it. admissions are in about a year from now, so i’ve got time. i also have a backup program that i’m certain i’ll get into.



rejoice (read all 2 entries…)
yay!

i feel like i’ve been doing this during the past month. i now have lots of professional opportunities, a settling life (but not quite settled yet), and a positive outlook. it’s been a tough trip, but i’m here, alive and well and excited as ever.



teach (read all 2 entries…)
the staff room

i’m teaching elementary school english and geography right now. i love the kids, but i can’t handle our very overbearing administration. next term, i’m getting a new job as a university lecturer. thinking about leaving the kids makes me tear up, though.



Raise chickens (read all 4 entries…)
we moved to the city so far from my family

well, this isn’t happening anytime soon. we’ve moved to the city and it’s unlikely we’ll live anywhere suitable for raising chickens. i’m still keeping this on the list, though, because it’s definitely something i want to do someday.



climb sigiriya (read all 2 entries…)
crosswinds

i did this with my wife and a friend! it was stunningly beautiful and surprisingly windy. the cave paintings are incredible.



reread Siddhartha (read all 2 entries…)
the ferrymen are merry men

definitely as profound as i remember it. our journeys are arduous, maybe even necessary, but they do not lead to salvation. ending life’s journey, detaching oneself from past and future, is the only way life can be lived truly in the present.



become CELTA-qualified (read all 4 entries…)
ttt is over

i did this! the program lived up to its reputation both in terms of quality and lack of a critical component. during the course, we weren’t allowed to question the efficacy of the methods; we were simply to take what we were taught as educational scripture. that being said, now that i’m teaching full-time, their methods certainly are rather useful! even if, in the end, they aren’t what i aspire to use in the long run, they are quick and dirty approaches that are easily applied and pretty good. i’d recommend the course to anyone looking to develop basic teaching skills.



Raise chickens (read all 4 entries…)
protection for prey

our coop is almost done! there’s a section with wooden walls and a section with open air so the chickens will be able to adapt according to the weather. the total dimensions are five by ten. we’re planning on having twelve hens and a rooster in there. hopefully, in a week or two, we’ll be waking to a screaming rooster!



become CELTA-qualified (read all 4 entries…)
crash course

i start in about a week! before then, i’ll have to complete my pre-course task. it’s a 20-page-plus beast, so i’d better get to it.



escape the city (read all 5 entries…)
the metropolis

on the far periphery of the world system, i reflect, listen, grow food, and meditate.



Stop eating fish to become a real vegetarian
the age of pisces is over

i’m a real vegetarian now! i miss sushi, yes, but now i know i’m a real vegetarian. sometimes i’ll eat something that i thought was vegetarian and realize it wasn’t (like cheetos), but i’m learning the ropes with processed foods!



Raise chickens (read all 4 entries…)
the confines of freedom

we’ve started to build our chicken run! we’re using cheap three-foot chicken wire, so we’ll have to clip the wings. hopefully, within a week, we’ll have finished the run and the coop. so excited!



build a pond (read all 2 entries…)
the jungle prevails

so our pond is overgrown with plants. that’s fine… i have plenty to do without a pond!



see a blue whale (read all 2 entries…)
marine mammal

i went dolphin watching! we saw hundreds of them… they move so gracefully in their pods.



become CELTA-qualified (read all 4 entries…)
gargantuan app

jesus i’m procrastinating… less than a month until the deadline. i hope they still have space left.



shred my skateboard (read all 2 entries…)
razorback

well, the skateboard is going in the trash. i did shred it quite a bit. not as much as i’d have liked, but well enough that i’m marking this as done.



master b minor on the ukulele (read all 3 entries…)
slapping the nylon again

i finally picked it back up! my calluses were about gone but after a mere three days, they’re returning. for some reason, the hiatus has refreshed my sense of creative strumming, and i must say i’ve been pumping out some pretty catchy rhythms. maybe some time away is a good thing? anyways, i’m back on it now.



kick ass again (read all 23 entries…)
may update, doctors' orders

i’m definitely well into ass-kicking gear at this point. i’ve graduated, i’m drinking far less, thinking about the future more, and settling into a more meditative state. i’ve got two doctor visits down, one tomorrow, and ideally three after that. i’m struggling with those final three because i now have shitty-ass healthcare when i used to have the top-notch stuff. it’s really frustrating because i have an incredibly limited time to get all of it done (about two weeks). i mostly hope i can get surgery by that time, because i know it’d really improve my quality of life.

so i’m hoping to get most of the visits i want. if i can do that, things will look even more open for me than they already do.

edit: just found out one of those three appointments has been set up.

day-after edit: all appointments scheduled!



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