Friday, October 17, 2014

It's mid autumn 2014

Mid Autumn 2014

I am asking in my meditation and prayer each day for
the willingness to release my old habits of eating and
the willingness to embrace new patterns.

Pesto is getting quite large.  I pick her up every once in
a while just to show her that I am a dominant male.
Other times I brush her completely from head to tail.

Looks like things are lining up for getting the bike
fixed this weekend.  I not only have a $ 20.00 bill I
have the desire and motivation to do it.  It's the same
thing I've described before, go to Community bikes and
pay $ 10.00 an hour for qualified help and hands on.

The Ford, the ford is behaving like a well heeled
steed.  It's really neat.  I like the cruise control it's
so much easier than feathering the gas on and off with
my foot. I just set the Cruise Control and let the
engine do it for me.  Also there is Overdrive available.

So, the plan for the weekend is to put the bike in the
back of the Ford and swing by the Saturday morning
food group, then make my way out to Wright Rd.
For the bicycle repair.  Needing repair is either the
front or the rear gear shifting, I can't remember at
this point.  Allison wants a bike, too. So, I can just
take her down there and we can both work for 5
hours and get her a $ 100.00 bike.

I haven't procured a new bird yet.  I look at the
empty cages all the time and wistfully remember
Burdy Burd.  He was such a trooper.  He was
great.  He could even say, 'Hi Burdy Burd'.

I have been Skyping with my Dad quite often and
I find it to be a very nice form of communication with
close ones.  Also Skype with Alan S. KE6IDU.

Gotta get the ham gear together and get ready for
field day next year. I wonder if i should take the bike.
Might be cool to run around the lake and stuff for
exercise.  Boy this drought is really something the
reservoirs are all really low and the water table is getting
there too.

Anyway, g'night

-marcus

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Writers block.

Writer's block is the bane of all who seek to put pen to paper. Whether it's your ideas, motivation, or just your brain causing it, here's a few tricks to breaking that block.
You're staring at your page and you just can't seem to get the words out. You have ideas, but they're stuck at the customs checkpoint between your brain and your fingers. We've featured a few of these before, but these are some of the best strategies to really get yourself through the worst of it:
  • Leave things when you're doing well: Force yourself to hold on the parts you're excited to write, and stop mid-sentence if you have to. You'll always be ready to come back and write more.
  • Just write anything to get the words flowing: John Brandon at Inc. breaks his writer's block just by starting to write anythingThis tip is the easiest to do. You can write something weird, funny, stupid, the most mundane thing in the world, or anything at all.
  • Write about how it feels not to be able to writeGetting those first few words down is the toughest part, but now there's no excuse because you always have something you can write about. It won't be good, but it doesn't need to be.
  • Keep an exciting scene or idea on hand: Jaime Todd Rubin at 99U recommends pulling out an emergency scene that your particularly eager to write. Whipping out an emergency scene can do three things for you: ensure that you make some sort of progress that day, reinvigorate your excitement for what you're writing again, and gives you time to see why you running in to writer's block to begin with. 
  • Maintain a writing schedule: When have a set time to write, your brain will get better at being ready to scribble coherent thoughts over time. All you have to do is show up.
  • Get verbal: Author Dayo Olopade suggests thinking aloud to get the creative juices flowing. Use a voice recorder and try and explain what you're trying to say out loud.
No matter what you're writing, it's a creative endeavor. We often get stumped when it comes to creativity because we're afraid that we aren't good enough, or that our ideas are bad. Embrace your bad ideas and get the words flowing. Eventually you'll have a fine-tuned, well-designed piece of work, but you have to spill the words onto the canvas first.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Allison mentioned Indian Summer.

September and all the students are back in school.
the Yaesu FT-2200 quit working last night.
The bike needs repair. I don't feel much like writing
right now.  I want to go camping. I should start
feeding Pesto individual portions twice a day.
I have a 1/2 cup measurement I could just use one
of those twice a day and she would be fine.
I'm thinking about sending the FT-2200 to HRO
in Sunnyvale.  The new truck is great.  It works
very nicely.  Aunt Bonnie is coming over soon and
I will put Skype on her laptop. That way she can
keep in touch with the cousins.

New Mentor Peter and I had a very nice chat
tonight in Cotati.  I had run out of brown rice and
was eating white rice but it wasn't healthy so I
have to get some brown rice tomorrow.  Brown
rice has some residual protein and a lot more
fiber.

I've been picking up these Pork Tenderloins and
they go a long way of keeping me fed with meat.
I'll cut the usual tenderloin in three pieces and
put two in the freezer and keep one out and just
saw steaks off the end of the cut. They are so
juicy and tender, i can't believe it.

-marcus :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer is almost over.

Yes, soon summer will be over.  I have wanted to go camping,
but i can't seem to get my life in order, I just want to spend one
night in the tent, in my sleeping bag.  I see bundles of firewood
at the grocery store and think, "that's just what i need". They
also have Mesquite BBQ charcoal. I wonder what cooking over
coals would be like. I would probably sleep like a baby.

Need to get the bike fixed. I bought a pump for the tires. I don't
know for sure if i need new inner tubes or not. Both wheels are
flat. The back rack needs to be re-attached. The main problem
with the bike is that the rear gears need their control cables
re-done.

Well, I just had a nice fruit smoothie.  I have yet to get the exact
amount of ice cubes for the perfect thickness.  I like it pretty
thick. Then it seems like ice cream.  yummy yummy.

Pesto the cat is doing okay but she takes after her master. It
seems that she could probably weigh 1/2 as much as she does
now and still be healthy.  But, who am i to judge?  She has food
any time she wants it, she has fresh drinking water.  And, I
give her loving when I can. She's a good kitty.

okay, g'night till next time.

-marcus

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I am on a new path, this is a path that really challenges me.
It's a spiritual thing, plenty of praying and meditating. No,
Sugar no Flour. weigh and measure each meal.  I'm still
grappling with that, I want to rebel so badly. But i've been
pretty good about weighing and measuring.

Here I'll commit the food plan here tonight.  It starts with,

*** Breakfast
8 oz of sugar free fat free yogurt,
1 apple,
2 oz of steamed brown rice
2 tbsp of flax meal,
ice and water.  blended together smoothie style.

*** Lunch

6 oz of protein,
6 oz of salad
6 oz of vegetables
2 oz of steamed brown rice

*** Dinner

6 oz of protein
6 oz of salad
6 oz of vegetables
2 oz of steamed brown rice

No eating between meals, meals should be taken at the
same time every day so that the body knows what to
expect.

It's not some miraculous play that solves everything.  I
still crave foods that i can't have.  I still feel hungry
between meals.While nobody is perfect sticking to the
plan has obvious advantages, if not only for the colon
cleanse, then for the flavor of a lot of this food. I've
also been watching salt too, and without any junk food
what's actually going into my body is much healthier.
It's getting easier to prepare foods and what not.

One thing that bugs me is 6 oz of salad is almost a
whole bag of salad.  So, i have to either go over my
6 oz on the scale or put 1 or 2 oz of salad back in the
fridge for some other day.

I made my self some delicious oil and vinegar.  I took
a bottle of balsamic Vinegar and put 3 cloves of
garlic inside, then i did the same with a small bottle
of extra virgin olive oil.  The result is tasty and sorta
savory if that's a thing.

-marcus

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Remembering to journal.

Writing a journal is an interesting concept. It provides a
relief and can be a concrete way of  'getting it all down'
on paper.  Yes there's stuff that you don't talk about in a
public journal like this one.  Hey, there's stuff I don't
talk about anywhere.  That's why the release from blogging
is so rewarding. Here I go again without a topic. 

What are useful topics for me to discuss, food, my pets,
the vehicle, my bicycle.

I cooked a 9 pound pork shoulder last night in the oven
from 7:45 pm till 1:45 am. At 275 degrees. I used Honey
Mustard BBQ sauce on it and added some Sriracha to that
for a bit of bite. Sriracha is an Indian condiment, it's a
medley of garlic and red chilis. The only problem with this
is I tend to eat my way around the roast. Just eating up the
sweet parts and leaving the bland stuff for later. I also noted
that it's much better heated.  Right now I'm having a bowl of
instant mashed potatoes with salt and hand cracked pepper,
but I'm all out of butter so it's not perfect. I think in a few
minutes I'm going to have a fried egg sandwich. That'll
be very tasty, I have American cheese and mayo.

Birdy bird my Cockatiel died the day after they cooked the
apartment.  I took him out in his cage but i guess i brought
him back too soon.  Yeah the place was like a sauna and
I still didn't think he would be so sensitive.  I feel pretty
bad about losing him. He had been a boon companion.
For the better part of 10 years.  Pesto is a good girl too.
She doesn't beg much and just eats about anything I give
her so long as it's 'cat food'.  I tried giving her canned
food for a while, and gourmet cat food at that, to the tune
of $ 1.00 a day.  I'm sorry that was just too rich for my
blood, I went back to good old Purina kibble.  She's okay.
She doesn't howl like the old kitty did, I just thought that
the old kitty was in heat when she howled like that.

My Bike needs the rack put on the back.  I lost the screws.
That's a shame, cause the rack is useful. I'll look around
tomorrow and see if i can find the screws. I put them in an
Altoids tin box. I have the nicest seat on the bike.  It's a
gel padded jobber and it's very comfortable.  I just have
to carry an extra chain so that the seat doesn't get ripped.
It has a quick release on the seat post and can be removed
quite easily.  Maybe next Saturday I'll get the work done
on the bicycle.

Well, off the top of my head that's all i can come up with
tonight, so I'll sign off now.  Good night!

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Meatball Sub

Well, it's almost been six months without bedbugs.
The bedbug guy from 'the hitmen' eradication team
will be here this afternoon, but i hope it's soon
because i want to go get a pizza at Papa Murphy.
Pesto is really plump, I wonder if she has diabetes
or a thyroid disorder.  She's so darn large and she
sleeps all the time.  It's funny, the sun is going in and
out behind clouds today.  I can feel the radiation on
my face when the sun is out from behind the clouds
and then a nice cool feeling as it ducks back behind
the clouds. I wish it would stay behind the clouds
all the time.

Had a meatball on dutch crunch, with provalone
and peppers and onions.  That is my favorite
sandwich, I currently like it even better than pastrami.
The meatball is very mild and soothes the stomach.
The meatball sauce is very moist and flavorful.
Don't get me wrong, I still like a Pastrami on light
rye.  But anyway there are probably a hundred
different sandwiches that are very tasty.

I started Javascript at Codeacademy.  I'm currently
stuck on lesson 13.  I have to write a program that
well, let's see...  Program that picks from 3 different
states. I can't remember what they are right now but
it's complex enough that I'm really scratching my
head over it.  Maybe I should go back to Python
another programming language. Which is slightly
more forgiving.

Wow, It's sweltering in here.  I wish the sun would
just go behind the clouds and stay there, I don't need
to be warm right now.  Sheesh...

Given some thought into getting a new rat.  I still
have not picked out a bird yet.  I did find some
arrows at Walmart.  I think i'll buy 6 arrows and
three broadheads and three target points.

Anyway going to go sweat in shame here, see ya.

-marcus