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1.23.20 – Daddy Daycare

At home with the strep thoat-stricken child today. I have administered Jello and antibiotics and offered advice regarding a boyfriend matter. Daddy daycare and advisory board, pro bono.

Aside from that I’ve not done much of anything productive today, yet I’m not really missing work. The Impeachment trial is on the tube in the background. Lunch has just arrived via The Lady of the Manor. But it’s just occured to me that I’ve not yet had any tea today. I will have to correct that at some point.

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Time-Traveling on a Lazy Sunday

#NowReading Octavia Butler’s 1979 classic KINDRED. Just a little light sci-fi featuring time-travel and the antebellum South. Never forget that the late, great Octavia E. Butler is a great American treasure.

Btw, I’m known to drink 2-3 cups of tea a day. I’ve already had 3 this morning!

Have a good day, my lovelies.

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The Perfect Day Is . . .

clock-439592_960_7204 hrs reading.

4 hrs writing.

4 hrs rocking.

6 hrs miscellaneous activities with self/family/friends.

6 hrs sleeping.

Daily I live with the disturbing truth that I somehow failed to maneuver myself into a career that paid me a modest living’s worth to either read, write or rock. Hell, all three in the same day would be exquisite.

But no.

Instead I as a middle-aged man somehow manage to function with the anxiety of having not made the right choices in that regard.

FUN FACT: You can damn near spell the word underachiever with letters from my three names. You’d only be short the h and the i. Obviously only someone with issues would even think that way, right?

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Tea Time

20200113_0808298299867030855938130.jpgThe folks in my life who know me well know that I’m a big time drinker of tea. Historically it’s always been black tea WITHOUT any additional flavoring, aside from sugar (don’t even mention lemon, peach or raspberry in my presence!). Today I branched out and took a chance on a couple of different flavors. The cinnamon flavor I think I might’ve cautiously tried a few years ago and with a little sweetening it’s an acceptable addition to my pantry and office desk drawer. The salted carmel, though? 🤔 While not bad tasting by any means, I must say it . . . as I kinda expected . . . is doing too much.

 

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Pack Rat

wp-15786294759601981533645904357549.jpgAs an artist/creator of stories and music, I keep everything I create. And I do mean everything. If my creations are my children, it’s very much a no child left behind! situation. Heh. My hard drives and archives are filled vastly with many seeds for various projects, be it a story, novel, song or album. To wit: tonight I stumbled across a video recording from early last year of me playing a brand new bass line that’d I’d forgotten all about. As I ramp up my music production activities in these winter months, I’m going to use those two riffs to base a new song around for the BRANDON: UNSUNG instrumental project. Probably add some piano, a little acoustic guitar and maybe the drum machine. That is if I can motivate myself to set up all the equipment again. It’s a bit of a tedious task given that I’ve moved all my creative activities up to the master bedroom (having had to convert what was once my personal study into an additional bedroom, FML.) Regardless I have a busy weekend ahead specifically because I am a pack rat who always has unfinished business.

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The Quieting in 2020

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I’ve been talking a while about the need to turn the volume down on external noise, the chief culprit of course being social media. The New Year is off to a good start so far in that regard. I still haven’t quite logged off of Facebook yet (or Instagram or Twitter), but I have avoided it more than usual the last 24 hours or so to end the Old Year and begin the New one. I’ll actively be doing more of that throughout the year. Even if I have to remove apps from my phone. The goal is to achieve a more virtual and actual quietude. For a clearer headspace, if nothing else.

Besides, I’ve got shit to do this year. Which is to say all the shit I didn’t do last year. And really who couldn’t use more reading, more writing and more rocking?

Noise-cancelling. Reclaim your attention. This is the way. You should do the same.

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A Princely Evening

Having myself a Princely evening. I own the one on the left but paused around 1985 in the chronology (Around the World in a Day era). Starting the one on the left tonight cuz I was next in the library’s long queue of holds. I’ll finish whatever remains someday when I buy it.