serendipitous reflections

Monday, March 31, 2014

Add to the to-do list

30 Places to Eat in Virginia ... road trip!

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Story telling -- visualized

I really like this graphic on how to tell a good story.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jump little chicken!

Years ago Jeni and I were on a road trip, and as we drove down the interstate we passed a flatbed 18-wheeler stacked high with cages full of chickens. Yes, I eat meat, but it still made me a little sad knowing the fate of all those chickens as they clucked and lost feathers on their way down the road.

But then, as we pulled alongside the truck we saw this lone chicken standing free between two of the cages. We both cheered for her to jump. She most likely stayed with her flock, but I hope that she did escape when the truck slowed down. Sure, she might only make it one day on her own, but that would be her day to live on her terms, and what more could you ask for.

Some days I think we are all that chicken, torn between staying with what we know and an unpleasant fate, or going out into the unknown.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Being happy

This article lists 10 simple things to make you happier. They are pretty interesting, including the tidbit that the happiest temperature is 57 degrees (13.9 C in the article -- I had to convert it). I'm linking it here because I just had a quick second to skim the headers and some bolded text.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Cousin's blog

My cousin has started a blog. I am very excited for her to explore this outlet. Blogs seem so much more or a permanent reflection than Facebook or Twitter. I need to add this to my list of sites to follow...


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Big Orange Pants

These UT Dockers pants are pretty cool. I'm not sure if they are $70 cool, but they are cool.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Run run run

I've said in the past that I want to be able to run. I have no crazy aspirations, really. I don't want to run a marathon. Not even a half, really. But I would like to be able to run a 5K in under 30 minutes. That seems reasonable. Back when I was running on the treadmill regularly I actually had a really good day and finished in 30:20. Those darn 20 seconds killed me. I cranked up the speed as fast as I could at the end when I realized I was getting close, but just missed.

I recently saw an article on starting to run. I'm linking it here so I can find it again. I remember when I first started trying, and I realized that I needed to learn how to run -- that you can't just go and put one foot in front of the other. There's a technique to it. Hopefully I'll get back to it soon.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Unicorn Hunting License

I'm not a big proponent of hunting, but I have to say that I am excited about acquiring my Unicorn Hunting License. I just learned about the Unicorn Hunters, and figured if I was going to get any kind of hunting license, then this should be the one. There are regulations that should be followed closely when hunting unicorns, and although it is not clearly stated what happens if you don't follow these regulations, I can only imagine that it would be a very bad idea. I suggest you also look into getting your license and joining the hunt. Happy hunting!


Saturday, March 08, 2014

Stop procrastinating

Interesting article... http://www.businessinsider.com/use-seinfeld-strategy-to-stop-procrastinating-2013-7