Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Late. Random.

11:10 PM. I'm sitting in the recliner. Woody is running on the hamster wheel. Buzz is sleeping in the dome. Jenn, Ellie, and Silas are all in bed. The dryer is running. My suitcase is packed, except for two pair of shorts, which are in the dryer. I cleaned the hamster cage tonight. Woody & Buzz seem much happier. Halloween starts in 48 minutes. It hasn't even felt like October yet. We have had frost two mornings in a row. I like frost. I like cold mornings. I like walking in frost covered grass in my bare feet. On Thursday it will be November. The leaves have been changing. The weather today was perfect. I wonder how the weather in St. Louis compares to here? I want to go tent camping. Tent camping in the fall is the best. I like to sit around the fire when it is cold enough that you need the fire to keep you warm. I shaved my head this evening. I hate my hair. I'm so tired, but not sleepy. I am very stressed. If my days had 25 hours in them, and I didn't need sleep, I might feel more organized. I'd love a cup of coffee. Coffee is also better when it is cold. The weather, not the coffee. The coffee is much better when it is very very hot. Hot coffee. Cold weather. 11:25 PM. Surprising how noisy hamsters can be when the house is quiet. Dryer is still running. I think woody is on crack. He's the mean one. 39 degrees outside. Wonder if it will frost again tonight. Did I mention that I like frost? 11:36 PM. Distracted. Should be asleep. I don't get enough sleep. Lots of people on IM at this hour. Strange. Maybe not strange. Who am I to say. My toes are getting cold. 67 degrees in the house. May need to turn on the heater. Been very cold in the mornings. In the house I mean. I'm Too stubborn to turn the furnace on. Maybe in November. Silas is crying. Probably afraid of the dark. Or cold. Ellie is afraid of the dark. Sleeps with a light on. He stopped now. Must have found his binky or been rescued by Jenn. 11:52 PM. Headache. Took my glasses off when I shaved my head. Didn't put them back on. Eyes are tired. I'm grouchy. I Let too many small things get to me. It is dumb. I need to take a deep breath. Maybe get away. Maybe move away. Maybe just take a break. 12:01 AM. Happy Halloween. Alarm will go off in five-and-a-half hours. *Sigh. Still a lot of people online. Definitively will be wanting a good cup of coffee in the morning. I should go to bed. Dryer is still running. Should go check on it. I think I will. 12:04 AM. Roogles out.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Freak Out!

This is just too good to post on the other blog.

The #1 Billboard song from December 5, 1978 ( my birthday ).

"Le Freak" by Chic

Find your own on this site!

ht to Marko for posting this.

( totally unrelated, but I want to be just like this bass player when I grow up )

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Making the morning bearable.


Yes, of course I'm working...

A cup-o-Tims, NetNewsWireLite, 135 RSS feeds, with 517 unread messages... *sigh

What more does the morning really need?

Friday, October 5, 2007

Go Band

Another short post while I'm unpacking my brain and clearing the photos off of my iPhone...

I snapped this at the football game on Friday night during the pre-game show.


Lots of our youth from RVCC are in the marching band. There are probably scientific theories as to why the ratio of band kids in a youth group always seems to be much higher than that of the of football players and cheerleaders... I know that it was true in my high school youth group, and it seems to be the norm for youth groups I've encountered...

Maybe band kids are just more spiritual ?? Who knows...

Anyhoo... I played the tuba ( well, sousaphone... but you know ) in marching band in jr. high and high school. In a small county school marching band, I was the only tuba player in the band a couple of those years but normally I was one of a pair.

Laureen ( who was a senior, when I was a lowly seventh grader ) was a great mentor friend, and then Bobby ( who became my apprentice during my sophomore or junior year ) was a great accomplice and partner in all sorts of tuba-centric antics... We had lots of fun.

The band always joked at Adena about performing the incomparable script "A" during our pre-game show. It makes me smile, and brings back memories to see Waverly's band perform the incomparable script "W" on Friday nights...

It actually wouldn't be a stretch for me to say that marching band was probably the best thing about Jr. High and high school... ( I'm sure it would crack Steve up to know that I never missed an Adena high school football game for six years in a row, and still have little clue as to what is happening on the field ).

Anyway... Go band!

I'm proud of you guys.

Great show this past Friday night.

It sucks that you aren't at the away games.

oh... and tuba players rule!


That's my boy.

Something short and sweet after that last bit of rambling...

Took this photo on Saturday morning at Bob's in Waverly...


After devouring five pancakes of his own and two of Ellie's we resorted to giving Silas ( aka Hoover ) biscuits to inhale until he acted like he wasn't hungry anymore... He stopped after two.

Organization, Lists, and Getting Things Done.

For over a year now I have been toying with the idea jumping into the Getting Things Done system. If you're not familiar with it, or haven't heard of it, follow the link to get the gist... Basically though, if you're not interested in the link it is a system of organizing your thoughts, time, and activities into manageable lists and projects in order to keep yourself organized... Followers of GTD are almost as fanatical as mac users when it comes to loving the system and being "pushers" for the cause.

I went so far as to buy the book but never really got around to reading it. ( How's that for irony ) My cursory glances made me think it was just too complicated, and would take too much time to setup the processes, so I just kept putting it off and putting it off.

Steve, being aware of my affinity for moleskine notebooks ( link1 , link2 ), recently sent me a link in which one of the bloggers we both follow had created for himself a moleskine pda following the advice he had seen on some other blogs.

Since this long story is already too long, I'll just get to the point and say that based on some of the links that Adam pointed out in his blog I took the time to create a simplified GTD system, using a moleskine ruled pocket notebook, and have employed a simplified system to "get things done" myself.

These two pages [ Hacking a GTD Moleskine and PigPogPDA ] were the two posts that most inspired me to put the system I'm using together... I am mostly using the hyalineskies method form the first link, with small borrowed elements from the PigPog system.

If you really want to understand the systems in detail - go read their sites... The basics go something like this though...

1. You put everything you can possibly think of that you should be spending any time on at all down in an annotated "to-do" list.

2. The notations on the list show ( at a glance ) tell how long each item has been on the list, how many times you've put it off, and if there is something preventing you from actually being able to do it right now.

3. If an item is too big to actually be done in one fell swoop, then it spawns a project. A project is a collection of action items ( to-do's ) that all go together.

4. At least once a day, you start at the top of the list and take some action on every item! The action can either be to "Get-R-Done" ( Sorry Jenn! ) in which case you do it, or or to put it off in which case you move it down on the list and alter the notation.

With my OCD, I'm hoping that as the iteration number ( how many times have I put this off ) gets higher and higher it will drive me nuts and I'll have to do it...

Anyhoo... I actually started using the system last Saturday, and this has been a really productive week at work... We'll see how it goes from here on out.

Here are two photos of my current system ( Yes, I included my pen... more on that in a minute ).

The Hyalineskies GTD Moleskine


My current inbox/next action page


And now a notes on the pens... You already know ( you do know this right ) that I am such a huge pen nerd that I occasionally obsess about my writing impliment... One of the greatest thing about reading all of the blogs I surfed about moleskine organization systems, and from people who just have and love moleskines in general is that EVERYONE who writes about them mentions their preferred pen. It is great to see other ink pen fanatics posting about their weapons of choice. Love it.

Enough on this topic. I am interested to hear thoughts/comments.

-Roogles Out

( thanks to Steve for sending me the link, Adam for his original post, Eston Bond for the hyalineskies system, Tersie for this post (which motiviated to blog about this), and Jenn for tracking down some moleskine ruled pocket notebooks for me on the cheap )