Your mileage may vary.

Mine sure does, but it seems to really want to stay around zero. I decided yesterday after a few weeks of not managing to get out for a run that I needed it back in my life. I DID. I felt better all day because of my morning run, or perhaps it was the adrenaline pumping through my veins from slaying a serpent in the front yard afterwards. At any rate, I planned to do it again today, but life seems to get in the way. I need to go to the grocery store. My shins hurt. So on and so forth. I think I’m still going to try to get a run in today, even if it’s short. I’m pretty sure I legitimately won’t have time tomorrow, so I’d better get it in while I can. I guess that means I should get my early morning loving rear end over to the grocery store right now and get that part out of the way so I can hit the pavement.

Got any tips for how to help life stay out of the way a little bit so that exercising can be a part of your daily routine?


I don’t know what to do with myself.

I’ve been waking up to go to work between the hours of 4:45 and 6:00am for the past six months, and my schedule changed. Now I don’t have to be to work until 11:30am. I’m happy about that. It means I can get a little more done in the morning and I don’t have to put my second cup of coffee in a to-go cup. This is the first morning of this schedule, though, and it feels weird having the countdown timer go so long. My normal pattern is to get up, let the dogs out, start the coffee maker, brush my teeth, eat breakfast, take a shower, and head to work. When I finished those items this morning I still had three hours to go. I guess I know when I can do some blogging now. Also running, I think I’ll start doing that again. It’s only been 3 weeks since my running habit ground to a halt, I’ve got plenty of time to get that going again. But ugh, it feels like I’m going to my first day of work again. The only thing that’s different is the time. I like this new morning time I have available, but what’s the evening going to feel like now? Whine whine whine gripe moan. I think I’ll have another cup of coffee.

Adulthood Brings Crap to Daylight: The first four days of the A-Z challenge

I hate that I’ve missed the first four days of the A-Z challenge, but this really hasn’t been the best set of circumstances in which to write. I’ve been coming up with content and recipes and images, and all of the stuff that a nerd blogger dork like myself likes to present to the world, but that’s kind of all been washed away for now by a tsunami of adulthood.

Seven years ago I abandoned adulthood and went on a great adventure. I wanted to move to Hawaii, so I quit my then-promising career, became a scuba instructor, moved to Hawaii, then Florida, then met a girl. We moved to Korea for two years when diving became a j-o-b and had a great time exploring Asia and making money as English teachers. We moved back last spring (when I actually completed the A-Z challenge) and got married, then spent six weeks in Europe, traveling from Spain to Turkey by land and sea. It was bliss. For seven years I avoided adulthood, but I grew seven years older, so did my family, and you know what happens as we get old right?

Last week was a scary week, and involved a few trips up to the hospital where my dad was putting up what I’d say is the most valiant and determined fight for life I’ve ever seen anyone put up. My sister who also lives locally and I spent a lot of hours on the road checking on him, being there to give him support and a smile, and the old man pulled through what was pretty much the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen. I guess I can #firstworldproblems the fact that this was the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen and move on from that. Anyhow, when Monday morning rolled around it was time to head to work, which I did, and had probably the most successful week at work I’ve had since starting my job, but not much time to write. I think I’m all caught up now, though.

So adulthood has its pluses as well as its minuses. Sure, as you get older you see that life really is kind of fleeting and that everyone really does get old and frail, or sick, and sometimes healthy again. Another thing you get to see though is the kind of life you’ve created for yourself. Before I rejected the idea of a career, family, home, retirement, and all of that outright seven years ago I think I just wasn’t ready for life in general. I was a kid without a plan who wanted to get out and see the world and maybe meet a girl. That all worked out pretty well. Now I’ve got a beautiful, amazing wife, a nice home, some great animals, and someone who shares interests, dreams and aspirations. This part of adulthood I totally embrace. It makes up for the parts that suck and more.

To be honest, I’m not really sure what to do with the blog at this point. I’m not an expert chef, but I love to eat and cook. That’s pretty interesting, right? I don’t really have the flexibility or finances at this juncture to go back to travel blogging like I used to do. I think there must be some sort of happy medium. I’m hoping that the A-Z challenge will help me find a new focus for my efforts, and a way to put a small bit of bliss into my daily existence by having something to think about that is in essence, absolutely inconsequential.

That’s what I’ve got for today, I’ll jump in with an E topic on Monday. Perhaps “Excuses, excuses, excuses.” Heh!

All of this said, I’ve still been updating my instagram feed as I cook things, because hell, I’ve still gotta eat even if I’m not loaded up with freetime, so be sure and check me out there @thetreatsieats