Sunday, November 28, 2010

Annual Turkey Day Post

So here we are again. Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Every year, I post what I am thankful for. The list really hasn't changed, so I am going to try a different format this year. Lately I have been writing some notes on a book project I want to write for my children. The book is tentatively titled, Things Daddy Has Learned. One of the things I am thankful for is knowledge, and each day I learn something new.

However, I have learned a lot, and I thought I would pontificate a bit on what I have learned right here on my blog. Enjoy!
  • As often as you can, watch the sun rise and set.
  • Relish the first sip of coffee in the morning. Close your eyes, sip, and feel it go through your body.
  • People will always disappoint you. Even if they don't mean to.
  • Cherish the small things. Celebrate them.
  • You don't have to be perfect. You just have be you.
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say. When necessary, use words.
  • Do what you love, and get paid for it.
  • Listen to the birds chirping. They are serenading you. 
  • Always, always, always tip your servers. They depend on it.
  • Learn a new word every day.
  • Surround yourself with people who make you feel inferior. Then become better than them.
  • Take excellent care of your teeth.
  • Exercise. Start a plan and never stop.
  • Give jazz a try. Live jazz is a good way to start.
  • People in bars are nicer than people in church. 
  • Cry when you need to. 
  • Laugh. Out loud. A lot.
  • Be open-minded, but not so much that your brain falls out.
  • People, including you, make decisions based upon what they know. Increase your knowledge all the time so that you can make excellent decisions.
  • Take the time to know yourself.
  • Try new things. Don't be afraid.
  • Take risks, but only for yourself and no one else.
  • After you have been mentored, mentor someone.
  • Expect nothing from anyone, and give of yourself to everyone.
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Updating the blogosphere

Wow. I haven't posted in quite awhile. Not like me. Much has been happening. Here is the proverbial rundown:
  • Tracy and I have separated. It was a mutual decision, albeit an unhappy one. We both believe it's for the best. Not sure what else to say, other than that it has been a long time coming.
  • I have moved into my own place. The bachelor pad is getting settled nicely. Room for me and my kids, plus Lilly and Sunshine. It is an adjustment, but it has been nice.
  • I have a publisher in Oklahoma that is very interested in my novel. It is far from finished, so I am trying to ease back into writing mode. Gotta finish the dang thing either way. Nevertheless, it is an awesome feeling to have received my very first publishing contract.
  • Midlands Tech teaching is going great. I will be teaching again in the Spring and I am very excited about that. Now I have no date for the Christmas party. May take my daughters.
  • The Freelance writing is slow going, but going. I have picked up another local publication and Columbia Metropolitan is going to let me write some pieces for them in 2011.
  • Work at Jamestown Coffee can hardly be called work. I am having the time of my life. 
  • I have taken up tennis. It is great. Much safer than wrestling, and I am starting to get my game back. Although if I could just have one more match...
  • Class is gearing up for me again next Monday. Taking a seminar in poetry. I have been looking forward to this class. There is the heart of a poet in me somewhere.
Other than that, not much has been happening. HAHA!