Nickel and Dimed, or (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich

My Copy: 9780312626686 (image from bn.com) I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. The writing style is certainly different than other types of creative nonfiction I've read. As far as the information within, I had to remind myself many times that this book was written 20 years ago. I've seen this book … Continue reading Nickel and Dimed, or (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich

One way to ensure house cleaning gets done fast: sudden roommates.

I knew today was just gonna be weird. Started out crazy and never seemed to stop. My computer abruptly (after a storm) stopped connecting to my TV and that led to me finally updating both my computers. My office is a wreck so I've been using the computer in the living room exclusively. Plus, my … Continue reading One way to ensure house cleaning gets done fast: sudden roommates.

Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.

In essence, my future is a black hole. I suppose that's true for most of us, but I'm really in a strange state regarding my job right now. My boss is leaving the job after next week, and I'm really bummed out about it. I wondered what would happen to the place if she were … Continue reading Looking into the black hole, and I can’t see the safety net.

My first day back at cardio kickboxing… nice to know I lasted instead of dying.

(Def not my location, but the spirit's the same) For a bit there, I thought I might be well on the way to dying. I was probably 20 minutes in before I felt the beginnings of a stitch in my side. Oh, I did NOT want that. It's been over a year since I'd done … Continue reading My first day back at cardio kickboxing… nice to know I lasted instead of dying.

Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…

It's a bit strange seeing as how I already have an acoustic guitar (well, an acoustic-electric). It's a pretty blue sunburst Ibanez. It was also the first guitar I bought. I got it as part of the promotion they had while signing up for music lessons. They had a limited option as far as guitars … Continue reading Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…

Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.

Welp, not gonna turn out the way I thought. What I figured might be a bad twisted ankle that just needed icing and resting the rest of the night kept me awake every time I moved it. So I sucked it up and went to a local E.R.--bad sprain. When I described what happened to … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.

Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer

My Copy: 9780735217003 (image from twitter.com) I'm sure the title gave away that this was a self-help book, and it doesn't disappoint. No worries, it doesn't curse you out throughout, but does call it the way Jon Taffer does on Bar Rescue...minus the physically in your face element. His calmer voice comes through well in Don't … Continue reading Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by you-know-who

My Copy: 9780760768617 (image from abebooks.com) I was about to take it easy this pouring-down-rain 4th of July with a book written by a famous Canadian, but put it down in favor of a book written by one of the first Americans. THE American, as far as the rest of the world was concerned. It's … Continue reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by you-know-who

Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm fooling myself. Scratch that. It's in the back of my mind every day. I'm always wondering if I'm fooling myself, that I believe I'll find some talent deep within, nurture it, and make my life more complete, better. Into something resembling what I want. But each day I wake up … Continue reading Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.