It is Friday morning and I’m sitting in the Snack Shack. It’s raining a little bit, not much more than sprinkling, but the sun should be out in an hour or so and then the PYO strawberry patch will likely get busy. The Snack Shack will probably get busy too.
I thought I should probably take advantage of a few quiet minutes here and work on tomorrows blog post. It won’t be a long post, probably on the short side actually, but I wanted to explore a few thoughts that I’ve been having this morning.
Over the last few days I’ve been reading a book, The Robe by Lloyd Douglas. Rather than reading the actual hard cover book, like I did many years ago, I am listening to it using Audible. Every 6 months or so I find myself thinking about this story and go back to listen to it again. At just over 22 hours of run time it does take a little while to listen to, but I’m familiar enough with the story that listening at 1.75 times speed works quite well.
I won’t go into the story too much because I don’t want to give away many details. I’d rather if you would grab the book from the library to read, or downloaded it from Audible to listen to yourself.
It’s almost 6 a.m. on this Saturday morning. I’ve got a good cup of coffee that I can grab from time to time. A fan is oscillating lazily nearby creating some white noise while also stirring the air.
I only have about a half an hour to write this post and get it ready to publish. The last half of the task will take about seven minutes, so really I’m down to about nineteen minutes. I guess I should get to writing instead of pontificating on things around the situation.
A few weeks ago I wrote about being honest even if not everything has been figured out completely. This morning I thought I’d do a little bit of that. :)
I had a great idea for a blog article this week. It’s one of those subjects that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time.
As soon as I had the idea I started a note in my writing app of choice Bear and threw together a bit of an outline. Once I had a number of “headline” sections, I went back through and started adding ideas in each section.
I don’t always make an outline, in fact my writing happens in a lot of different ways. This article you’re reading is basically me sitting and typing in a “stream of conscience” manner. For other articles where the subject is a tad complex or I want to make sure I touch on a number of points, I generally start with an outline.
So, for this article I was working on, I started to flesh out the sections one by one. As I worked I kept thinking of additional things I needed to include. Those ideas went into new sections. Before I new it the Bear note bloomed into a full fledged “whole bunch of words.”
It’s been a pretty normal week, with a bit of a twist towards the end.
Right now I’m sitting in a chair in my room trying to put together the thoughts that are required to write in a semi cohesive way. The only problem is that my mind is a bit foggy at the moment.
Why is my mind a bit foggy you ask… here is why. Wednesday afternoon or evening a developer I follow on Twitter (@r00k)) mentioned that he was embarking on a 48 hour fast, and he was setting up a discord channel if anyone wanted to do join him. That kind of thing fits in pretty well with my philosophy towards food and one of this years health goals, so I joined the group. (If you’re interested in fasting at all do a google search “fasting health benefits.”)
I do want to make it clear that I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the internet. Take anything I say about fasting and methods in pursuing better health with two large grains of salt. Do your own research before attempting anything I talk about.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s continue.
Last weekend something happened that surprised me a bit.
If you’ve been following the blog thus far this year, you may know that in preparing these weekly posts I like to, in theory, write throughout the week so I don’t have too much to pull together Friday evening or Saturday morning before publishing.
Often, and usually because I didn’t follow through on things, it still comes down to Friday or even Saturday morning till I get any writing for that weeks blog post done. I usually complain a little bit about it, but proceed to publish whatever it is I come up with, even if at times it is a bit under baked.
Well late last week I still wasn’t sure what I was writing about, I had a couple of ideas, but nothing that seemed super great, so it wasn’t till late Friday evening that I started writing a bit around the fact that, at times, I really want to quit things. The decision to “quit something” or “keep on” can be pretty complicated. In a nut shell that is all I was trying to say in last weeks post.
After writing a few ideas down Friday evening, I got up a bit early Saturday morning because I was planning to go turkey hunting with my brother, but, because it was raining pretty heavily when we first got up, we decided not to go chase birds. Instead I had about an hour to pull the post together and try to get it published before I needed to move on to other things.