Life and Stuff

Sometimes You Have to Risk Looking Stupid

You ever have those moments where you wonder what the heck you’re doing, if your efforts are worth the time, or you’re just going to end up looking stupid?

It could be you’re learning something new, gearing up to talk to someone new, gathering the courage to speak out for what you believe in, or prepping to do something you don’t usually do. And, boom, you’re seized with doubts. Assuming those doubts are just good old-fashioned irrational fear and not some inkling of the potential for serious and unreasonable harm in your actions, I say check out the chicken below:

Now, folks keep calling this chicken (let’s call her Francine…because I like the name Francine) stupid. But who, with very little effort, walks away with not one but two portable snacks? The other chickens just keep pecking aimlessly, but Francine gets her food to go so she can go on being awesome.

Stupid? I think not. 😉

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Note: No ROW80 check in today. I’ll update on Sunday. I hope all your ROW80 goals are moving right along!

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How do you talk yourself out of the fear of feeling stupid?

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A Steaming Cup of ROW

You ever have those days where there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world to keep you on track?

Yeah, that’s pretty much been my week.

steaming cup of coffee
Need…more…coffee…soon…

Not that it’s been all bad. We’re getting back on track after our unfortunate car break in incident. I haven’t let too many things slip. But my motivation is severely dragging. Hopefully, I can pep up this week, but I’m keeping my plans light just in case.

You can see last week’s goals here.

Anywho, welcome to another ROW80* check in. Let’s see how it’s been going:

Writing

Last Week

Finished MN, though it’s going to need at least another reworking as it feels pretty rough still.

This Week

Rework TTG.

Cello

Last Week

My sound is coming along. I kind of feel like Dr. Frankenstein standing over his monster and crying out “It lives!” (note: I’m picturing Gene Wilder’s Dr. F here 😉 ) One can know, intellectually, that solid practice makes good progress, but it’s pretty stinkin’ thrilling when it actually happens. Even if that progress is not all that monumental in the grand scheme of things.

I feel like I’m able to sink more into playing my instrument. Not only is that healing but it’s better for my playing. I guess having a stressful event like a break in, has some positive side effects, at least in this case.

Hit all my practice hours. No days off.

This Week

Continue to work on straight bowing and steady, relaxed hands.

Giving myself two optional days off this week, as that seems to relax me and keep my motivation up.

Health

Last Week

4/5 workouts this week, but I upped the intensity.

This Week

I’m planning 3, but aiming for 4 workouts. I’ll be bringing up the intensity more (my ankle’s getting stronger) while probably shortening the duration.

Family

Last Week

We played Monopoly (Legend of Zelda version). I learned that my family is a bunch of cutthroat, dirty capitalist sharks…me included. We had a great time. My only complaint is that Monopoly is such a looooooong game, especially with my people. Sheesh. Maybe this week we play Rock Paper Scissors or something.

This Week

It’s looking like the vote is for another game night. There’s also been a request for microwave molten lava cakes, so I’ll have to dig out the recipe.

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*ROW80, also known as a Round of Words in 80 Days, is an opportunity for us to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep you accountable and cheer you on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

Photo Credit
Coffee on a Winter’s morning by Stefan Lins, on Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0

just for fun · ROW80 Check Ins

Did I Hear That Right?

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post

We have a running joke in our family. Whenever we think we misheard someone, we repeat back to that person what it sounded like s/he said. Sometimes, we’re reasonably close. Other times, we’re wildly, hilariously off.

We’re not alone. Lots of folks do this all this time, often without even knowing how off the mark they are.

You see this especially with song lyrics:

*May be a wee bit NSFW, due to language (but only two or three instances…and said in such a great accent…so there’s that).

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And now for a ROW80* update.

This has been a challenging week for me. Over the weekend, our car was robbed. Continue reading “Did I Hear That Right?”

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Everybody Needs a Snuggle

In terms of pets, I’ve never been a big fish person. They’re pretty (some of them) and soothing to watch, but I’ve never found them to be very interactive. I prefer something furry I can snuggle or play fetch with. But the fish in the video below has me rethinking things a little:

A big thank you to my daughter, who introduced me to this video. She’s like a walking search engine for good articles and videos.

Have you ever had a cuddle fish?

Life and Stuff · ROW80 Check Ins

Are You Overthinking It?

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post

Have you ever gotten stuck on something that you feel should come naturally but it’s not coming naturally and you can’t figure out why so you sit around and try to work it out but then you get stuck in the thinking about the thing and that’s worse than getting stuck on the thing in the first place…?

*pauses for breath*

If you overthink things (or just think you do) this video is for you:

Overthink. That kind of sounds like overlord, doesn’t it? Like something outside yourself is thinking for you. Continue reading “Are You Overthinking It?”

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How Do You Make Love Last?

Have you ever wondered how to make love really last?

The couple below, married 70 years in the first video and 75 in the second. Their advice is sweet, funny and very real.

*They might be the slightest bit questionable for watching at work, just so you know. 

 

Here’s the updated video from this year:

 

What’s your favorite thing about this couple? What advice do you think is the most helpful?

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Should We Quit Social Media?

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post

I recently came across the TED Talk by Dr. Cal Newport saying , not only is social media not harmless, it is dangerous and addictive.

 

It’s something I’ve heard before, but Dr. Newport makes a few persuasive points. Perhaps the most persuasive point is that social media sites are designed to be addictive the way that casinos are, that having social media apps on our phones is like carrying little slot machines with us everywhere. He further argues that social media is not an essential technology (see the video for a full explanation), and we don’t need it to be successful or well known. He concludes that, for us to make the choice to use social media, we have to show a compelling reason that the benefit outweighs the harm.

Of course, I did find the video of his TED Talk on YouTube. Continue reading “Should We Quit Social Media?”