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Smoothie Morning

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Finally made myself a smoothie again on Wednesday morning for breakfast. I'll include the rough recipe below. I think that it's pretty healthy and there's no reason that you couldn't substitute one thing for another since I'm not a dietician.



I primarily used Berries and Greek Yogurt. I think that you would be hard pressed to mess that up. The funny thing is that the instigator for me finally breaking out my little personal blender again was because I had tried to buy Carly an avocado. It's one of the tastiest things that she can eat on this diet but she has trouble ever finding one at the right stage of ripeness.

Anyways, the answer to the question that you are all screaming at your computer right now is that this avocado looked good--until Carly shoved her fork into it. She then mentioned that it was probably okay to put into a smoothie but that didn't sound good to her at the time and she went to toss the whole thing in the garbage.

That's when I ste…

Come to my senses

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Okay. So...I think that I've finally come to my senses a little bit. It was definitely a little crazy to decide that I was going to have any chance at landing the part of the Silver Surfer in his inevitable appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; especially if they just do mostly CGI or use a super skinny guy in a suit like last time. That surfer was a little off to me though...


Anyways, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing but I think that I'm going to put that goal on the backburner that nobody ever sees. Maybe if I can keep up with this I'll at least get a cameo.

So, this is going to be a My Fitness Journey thing. I'm sort of enjoying it for now. But I'm not totally sure what I'm going to do in the winter months when it starts to get cold.

Vlog part 3

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Workout successes this week

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So, I've been trying a new fitness plan in order to increase the odds that Marvel will cast me as the Sentinal of the Skyways! (That's the Silver Surfer for you comic book laymen...laypersons)


I'm really just trying to work out for 30 minutes per day for five days a week along with an increase in the amount of broccoli and other vegetables in my diet.

Like everyone, I've been hearing about the benefits of 30 minutes of "strenuous" exercise per day or five days a week or three times per week for as long as I can remember. But other than, those treadmill or Bowflex commercials, I didn't hear any plans on how to work out for 30 minutes. So, like many, this lead me to running a lot; because that was something that you could time easily. Whenever I did go to the gym, it was inconsistent and I would usually end up moving from machine to machine for 45 - 90 minutes.

On Saturday, I did three 10 minute circuits of random exercises using things that I had around th…

What the heck am I doing?

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I've been playing around with my social media accounts for a while now. I've changed my Facebook page and my Instagram to have something about the Silver Surfer in the title. So, I think that all of this begs the question, "what the heck am I doing?" 





The most honest answer to this is--I don't really know. For the most part, I'm just having fun online. For some reason, I was walking across the parking lot at work and I decided that I should be uploading Silver Surfer themed YouTube videos because then, of course, Marvel would have to cast me as the Silver Surfer when he is inevitably integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU). 

This made sense in some long formant branch of my psyche; this was probably the part of my mind that I left behind when I was playing the lead in my high school play and singing Phantom of the Opera in my family room as a teenager. 

Anyways, I'm basically going to have a fitness Instagram based on the premise that I am getting…

I feel better when I’m dancin’ in the kitchen

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To be or not to be...Hamlet's soliloquy

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TMNT quick sketch

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This was a quick two-minute sketch. My 8-year-old self would have been thrilled. 

Chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Just some copy work that I'm doing occasionally; nothing to see here.

Feel free to copy it on your own a few times and see if you can pick out anything in the writing. Or you can just use it to practice your typing.


Harry's last month with the Dursleys wasn't fun. True, Dudley was now so scared of Harry he wouldn't stay in the same room, while Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon didn't shut Harry in his cupboard, force him to do anything, or shout at him -- in fact, they didn't speak to him at all. Half terrified, half furious, they acted as though any chair with Harry in it were empty. Although this was an improvement in many ways, it did become a bit depressing after a while.

Harry kept to his room, with his new owl for company. He had decided to call her Hedwig, a name he had found in A History of Magic. His school books were very interesting. He lay on his bed reading late into the night, Hedwig swooping in and out of the open window as she pleased. It was lucky…

One of the aforementioned poems

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Here's one of the aforementioned poems. And then I'll round it out by presenting you with a really good poem that I hope you've heard of before. If you haven't...then there it is.



The following poem is from PoetryFoundation.org
Still I Rise BY MAYA ANGELOU You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard ’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with…

Love Yourself

I believe that I've posted about this particular book before now but I wanted to put this out there again regardless because I've gotten back into it and I think that I'm in a better place than I was before to get the most out of it.

It's a simple message that I think would have received a little more attention if it was longer. As the author states in here, he thought that increasing the page numbers of this book would have only served to pad his ego. That may be true but again, people don't like buying tiny books.

As I said it's a simple message, which essentially boils down to creating a positive mental loop. If you've looked into Neuroscience or Meditation at all, you'll be familiar with the term mental loop or the default mode in the brain. I'm not an expert on this so I'm not sure if my terminology is dead on but...essentially your brain, and your thoughts are not the result of your conscious creation of them. Does that make sense? Unless …

Poetry Instagram and whatnot

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I've started writing poetry and other stuff on Instagram. It's sort of fun. I feel a sort of obligation to shamefully admit that I, sort of, started doing it out of a sense of superiority against individuals who have found money and success on that site, also writing poetry. Their stuff doesn't even rhyme!

Yeah. I know poetry doesn't need to rhyme but the intention of poetry is to draw out an emotional response in the reader, I think. From that perspective, I was being a little unfair: these people are obviously connecting on an emotional level with millions of people and who am I to pass judgment?

Having said that, I've come across several poets and writers on Instagram whose work I can appreciate with relatively little effort. Like the old saying goes, "I don't know art, but I know what I like."

I've put some stuff up on the account. I don't think that it's very good or even any better than the works that I had privately criticized out …

Copywork for writers (Writer's Block)

I may have touched on this topic before but I've become even more convinced that is a critical tool for writers, especially those who wrestle with writer's block.

A few months back (or maybe over a year, in fact) I discovered a little-discussed trend among the writerly inclined. There is apparently something called copy work.

You've likely heard that artists learn by copying and that statement is usually followed up with whoever said that clarifying that said artist should in no way shape or form pass on this copy work as their own with the intention of making money.

Of course, copying something and then selling it is bad. But there is a way to copy something and retain all of your noble intentions. The practice involves copying something word for word and period for period, in order to pick up on certain stylings by your favorite writers. This isn't actually that much different from reading the work of those who inspire you and examining it a little more closely with…

Bummer news

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Anthony Bourdain has passed away at 61 in France

This wasn't the first thing that I read this morning but I saw this before I got out of bed. I haven't told my wife yet because stuff like this is a crummy way to start the day.

He seemed like he was kind of mean to a lot of people but he also seemed pretty genuine. If he didn't get along with someone, he wasn't going to waste his time around them.

I don't know the man; I've never met him.

This is just to say that I really enjoyed his cultural interactions from all over the world as well as his writing. He will be missed.

If you haven't read Kitchen Confidential, I'd recommend it. Most libraries have it too. I'll put a link to it back there but, FYI, I don't get any affiliate money from it if you decide to pick it up.