Random Update

Haven’t been writing much of late, not here, not elsewhere and part of that is lack of desire and part of it is lack of energy. The new job continues and I’m down to feeling like the village idiot 3 out of 5 days instead of 5 out of 5. That’s an improvement but not one fast enough.

I never came up with any New Year’s resolutions but I have decided to do something(s) for Lent. Now mind you, I’m not Christian and I’m certainly not religious and God forbid (pun intended) that I ever give something up that I like. However, I see Lent working two ways. You can think of it as an exercise in self-denial or you can see it as the artificial imposition of discipline upon an undisciplined life. I’m going with the latter. I’ve never been long on discipline and so Lent seems like a good time to blame on God what I can’t manage myself.

To those ends, I’m doing two things for Lent. I thought about giving up drinking but let’s be realistic here, shall we? Instead, I’m giving up surfing the internet with one exception: I will still look at Google Finance because in the event of a possible stock melt down, I want to know about it. This is not to say I’m not going to ever be on the web, it’s pretty much required for my job, I’ll still do email and if you send me a link, I’ll read it. But I’m not going to look at my news aggregator, I’m not going to come home after work and see what “News” I missed, I’ll still write on here and I won’t look at ESPN.

The second thing I’m doing doesn’t involve giving up anything but instead deals with taking something on. I’m committing to meditating 20 minutes a day for 40 days starting Wednesday. This won’t be easy but it will be interesting to see if I can do it.

So those are my “I’m not a Christian and I’m not much on giving things up anyway” Lent plans. You got any? Want to join in?

That’s all for the random update. Next time, maybe I’ll talk about our new household addition, Ms. Vincent Van Gogh.

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