1. Communication and understanding are the two most important things in a relationship. Someone who you can tell literally anything to without worry of being judged is someone worth holding on to.
2. How your job makes you feel can directly impact how you feel about life in general and whenyou spend 40+ hours a week there, that’s just too much power to allow a job that doesn’t treat you right. If the job won’t change for you, change jobs altogether – you’ll be much happier in the long run.
3. There’s nothing wrong with reminiscing about the past from time to time, but don’t let dwelling on it stand in the way of living in the now. It’s called the past for a reason.
4. Just because everyone else disagrees with you doesn’t make you wrong. Believing in yourself is more important than swaying the popular vote.
5. Things don’t always go as planned – you can either let change ruin your day or you can go with the flow and make the best of things. In the long run, it’ll be a lot more fun to look back and laugh than to look back and realize what a jerk you were being.
6. No matter how down your last love leaves you, never give up hope that there are other fish in the sea. Also, don’t expect to catch that trophy fish until you get yourself back out on the water.
7. The right woman for me will let it slide that I just compared her to a fish in my last note. The trophy aspect is the only resemblance that they share, I swear…
8. Following one’s dreams takes focus, determination, and more time than you could ever predict. Let any one of these things slip and well, you end up seeing another year go by without any fruition whatsoever. Don’t let enough years go by like this to the point where you actually start second-guessing those dreams.
9. Learning from your mistakes may not make them ok, but at least it’s a little easier to live with yourself after the fact.
10. It’s worth the effort to try a few things outside of your comfort zone every now and then. While they may make you nervous or uneasy, usually it’s the best way to grow or expand on your horizons and nobody ever said that it was a requirement to compromise your own standing in the process.
Here’s a late-night text message conversation that transpired between Sara and I while she was at work that I found pretty amusing. For background, she’s a phlebotomist (takes people’s blood) at a local hospital…
Sara: I just had to go into the room of a pervert…
Scott: What makes you think that he was a pervert???
Sara: He was playing with his penis the whole time I was in the room, and when I stuck him (with the needle to take his blood), he said “Yeah, give it to me, baby…”
Scott: Ok. Yeah, that’s pretty perverted…
I don’t know what any of the words say, but the object is to keep both balls in play by balancing the bottom one and bouncing the other. I think my high score was something like three seconds because I am becoming an old man who isn’t very good at video games anymore…
It was a nice, quiet Christmas at home this year, filled with movies and video games and plenty of napping … and that’s ok. This has been such a busy season that I didn’t really get the chance to do much of the things that I normally do for the holidays (bake cookies, send out Christmas cards, etc…), but we made due with what we had and I think my first Christmas together with Sara went pretty well.
Seasons greetings to you all, whether I got a chance to talk or e-mail with you or not … I hope everyone had a terrific Christmas and a great New Years to come!
I haven’t really found Saturday Night Live entertaining in quite a long time, but this one amused me something fierce!
SNL Digital Short – A Special Christmas Box
Two million views already – could this be the next Lazy Sunday???
I’ve now made special trips to both Target and Wal-Mart to find me a copy of Kevin Smith’s latest Q&A DVD (An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder) and still, I got nothing. Why must Best Buy be on the other side of the gridlocked city during the times that I’m actually able to go???
So for about the 876th time this year, I started up my exercise regiment again this week. It’s been kind of rough because my elliptical is currently broken (at $400, apparently you get what you pay for…) and most nights I just don’t have the energy or time to go down to the gym after I get home from work. Plus, I’ve started working longer hours again, so time is a luxury that I just don’t have, but as my doctor said – your health isn’t exactly the thing you want to slack on.
Anyways, today was my 2nd trip down to use the treadmill and luckily for me (ha!), I got to re-live a fond memory that I have from my last home – that of trying to exercise while the neighbor’s kids are playing in the gym. Fortunately this time I had music to tune them out once I got going, but it just blows my mind that these parents can’t have a little more respect for the people who live around them. When I showed up, someone was running on the treadmill, so I began to decide which other machine I’d use instead. But after a few minutes of sitting there half lost in thought, I realized that the girl wasn’t actually “using” the treadmill – instead, her and her friend would jump on and run as fast as they could (the motor wasn’t running), then hop off to watch the thing spin. Finally I stood up and asked if they were actually exercising on it, they said no and walked away. Nonetheless, they continued to horse around on the rest of the equipment for a good half an hour – completely unsupervised. When they left, the bowflex machine was broken, there were weights and whatnot all over the place, and although I couldn’t tell with the weight machine, it wouldn’t surprise me if something was wrong with that, too.
I have two issues here. Ok, well three…
- Why can’t I exercise in peace and quiet? People wouldn’t bring their kids to a membership-based gym while they exercised, and even if they did, it’d have been a different situation if there was a parent or at least someone actually using the equipment there. But the gym is not filled with toys – point blank, the kids shouldn’t be there.
- Who pays for what they broke? We all will, or at least we would if our HOA was on top of things, but in the meantime we’ll all just have to go without because someone didn’t feel the need to supervise their kids. Keep in mind, this is the same gym that had both TVs and one of the treadmills stolen several months ago … by someone who had a key … and now we just don’t have TVs in the gym anymore.
- What happens if somebody gets hurt? Exercise equipment can be dangerous for somebody who is trying to use it correctly, much less a kids who’s just horsing around. When I hear weights clanging and machines bouncing back and forth, I’m just waiting to hear someone start screaming. And even then, do I intervene and try to help them? If their parents don’t care enough to watch their kids, who’s to say they won’t try to sue me or something if I try to administer first aid?
It’s sad because this is really the best resource that I have available right now – this kind of nonsense really isn’t necessary. I don’t have the money to buy better machines for at home, and although I could get the $25 gym membership and go someplace else, right now I can throw on my exercise clothes and be on the treadmill in ten minutes. I like being that close to home … now if only I had better neighbors…
Tomorrow’s bout will probably be later in the evening, so we’ll see if I have another “audience” then. 🙁