I’ve requested the relevant week off, but have no firm plans. It’s not for lack of ideas. It feels like not one of them has really felt more appealing than the others.

I’ve thought of a first time visit to Hawaii, or New York; both places I’ve never visited, which seem worthy of a visit.

Not sure if this is Hawaii, but it looks nice.

I’ve also considered some local exploration. Visiting some places I’ve always wanted to, but could never seem to set aside time to do so.

The more I think about it, the more that combining these ideas feels better. Perhaps a visit to the east coast, and then return for some local activities, might be a fun way to celebrate 40 trips around the day-star.

I’m still not sure, and have less than 2 weeks to firm up a plan, should I decide to do something. My usual tradition is not to do much of anything except a quiet time with immediate family. I’ve have 39 years of that, so I’m good for a little while.

Whatever I decide to do, I probably won’t stop with just one week. I think I should celebrate for an entire year, perhaps. We’ll see.

Based on a prompt from the Desk App community.

I Can’t Understand what My Husband is Saying: Why I like it.


I like it because it is real

I_Can't_Understand_What_My_Husband_Is_SayingThat’s from my friend Carissa, in her review of episode 10 of  I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is SayingThat sums up, pretty well, why I like this show as well. There’s just something about how these characters feel “real”. Neither Kaoru nor her husband Hajime seem to be free from quirks or emotional hangups, but, somehow, they still have managed to remain happily married.

Both have insecurities as well, with the most recent episode digging a bit into one that I’m sure is common: worries about infidelity.  It’s not, however, presented in a cheesy or overly romantic way. Just a bit of introspection done by both, who take seriously their feelings about their side of the situation, and how it relates to their love for their respective partner. Seems like they’re both “doing it right”, so far.

The episodes are short, so getting caught up takes a short amount of time, so I recommend this series for those with a bit of a romantic side who are pressed for time to watch. It’s available currently for streaming at Crunchyroll.

Source: Anime Girl in Glasses: I Can’t Understand what My Husband is Saying: 2nd Thread Episode 10 Review

Defeating Blank Pages

“You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts

Source: Daily Post – 4.24.2015 – Daily Writing – Desk Community

A blank page as a writing “problem” to solve – that’s an interesting way to look at it, right?

It is the single most intimidating part of writing, I think. I mean it’s like this. How can I turn this blank screen into a number of paragraphs, that each have something semi-interesting to say? Brainstorming didn’t always seem practical to me in my schooling days. Now that I’ve been adulting for a while, however, I guess I get to avoid blank screens more, so it’s easier. Replying to emails, for example, allows me to quote the original email and even to reply inline, and both of these features of modern text communication are what “seed” most of my actual writing.

I do sort of miss pen-and-paper writing a bit, but not the blank pages. Perhaps I’ll give that another try to make sure I can still do that kind of writing.

Remember pen and paper?
Source: Steve Shoemaker

At any rate, this page isn’t nearly as blank as when I started, so I think I’ve “fixed” it, until the next time, which begins as soon as I click “publish.” :)

Now, it’s your turn (can’t let you get away with just reading this, now can I?) How do you conquer the Blank Page Boss? Let’s see some strategies. Post or comment.

Random Number Generator Fun

The long grind to pick up some more rare mounts continues. I’m taking a break from back-2-back Stratholme runs to work towards a mount that has a (more or less) reliable average time spent/drop rates; archaeology. For now, I’m focusing, as I noted in an earlier post, on a bug mount. I’ve only seen them a few times, which is good because it means that it’s still a sign of true perseverance in a game where instant gratification is winning a bit more often against luck over time.aquamarine-battle-tank

Example video of another player crafting the mount after many attempts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaTobctx2SY


My most popular tweet:

Some context is in order:

Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by stagnation and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba.

Yahoo CEO Bartz fired over the phone, rocky run ends

The search for a Yahoo! CEO was also the spark of many jokes. I liked Snoop’s offer to step in, so I commented, and Snoop retweeted it. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have your phone going off every few minutes with retweet notifications, it is kind of exciting. That tweet had pretty good reach for being sent so quickly. I didn’t expect it would even be noticed due to the sheer number of replies to the original tweet.Has anybody else had a bit of good luck on one of their posts? I want to hear about it. Comment or post about it.

This post is also a part of the blogging challege over at the Desk Community.

5 Days to More Engaging Content – Day #3

Wallets. I have them.

Somehow, I’ve become a bit of a collector of wallets made of paper. Here’s one of them.

Grey Wallet
My current choice. It’s not leather, believe it or not!


It’s called a Mighty Wallet, and is made by the folks over at Dynomighty.

At first, I was a bit skeptical of using folded paper as a wallet, but it both grows on one and has some practical use. In a way, it forces a more disciplined use of the wallet. I mean, everybody knows about the “old man” wallet, the one your dad (or other elder wallet user) has that is so massive that it closely resembles a small, leather-bound brick. I never liked having that feeling in any pocket. Since it’s paper and folded (not stitched), you’re less inclined to overfill it since that would push the seams apart. Since I do not carry a lot of cash or cards, this is great.

Also, dropping a bulging wallet can sometimes be quite embarrassing, especially when cards fall out.

A cool thing about the particular wallets I’ve collected is that they can also be pretty good conversation-starters (I have a Batman wallet, for example), but that’s not just due to the fact they’re made of paper, but more due to there being some pretty interesting designs available, of which I have a few.

This post is in response to  5 Days to More Engaging Content – Day #1