I Lost Weight and Don’t Have Gas Anymore

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The Metamorphosis – I lost roughly 2,500 pounds and got rid of my annoying gas problem by going from this (no, not the chicken, the car behind the chicken):

My Ford Expedition, and my now-eaten rooster.

to this:

Leafy the Nissan Leaf, eating it’s breakfast from the wall charger.

This is my sub-compact Nissan Leaf, the smallest car I have ever owned, and the first car (instead of SUV or minivan) I have owned since 1998. I am in love with not going to the gas station, it’s fun to drive and full of cool gadgets that m… Read more

Churchill on Liberalism and Socialism

The Metamorphosis – I’m reading my first book on Winston Churchill finally. Churchill has been on my “I’m Intrigued” list for awhile and so far his story is NOTHING like I expected.

I read this quote today and it immediately got transcribed into my reading journal for future reference. I find it fascinating and though provoking:

“Socialism seeks to pull down wealth, Liberalism seeks to raise up poverty…Socialism would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preferenc… Read more

The Dude Abides

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The Metamorphosis – I think I heard from a Fresh Air episode (btw, I have a secret fantasy that I have never shared with anyone to some day be a guest on Fresh Air for something. I have even practiced in my head how I will respond when Terry says “Welcome to Fresh Air”) that Jeff Bridges had written a book with his Zen master a few months ago. Although I am a huge Big Lebowski fan, the book didn’t excite me much. However, as soon as I saw it in the library I picked it up and brought it home. I am SO glad I did, because while i… Read more

Reading Goal Update

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The Metamorphosis – My Goal: 100 books in 2013.
Status as of 4/9/13: 41.5 books.

Happiness I have. I am loving this challenge. Here is one big reason why: even when I am sitting around wasting time and being unproductive, I am WORKING ON A GOAL! Because instead of surfing the internet or watching TV, I am reading. Also, once I really started reading a lot I got to a place in LEARNING where one book sills into another, one idea enlightens another, and I can chew on all these mixings and stewings of ideas and thought in a reall… Read more

Why Perfectionists Hate Goal Setting

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The Metamorphosis – I tend toward being a perfectionist. It’s a horrible and useless character flaw that does nothing but create continual discontent.  Somehow I think there are a lot of triathlon readers out there that call themselves perfectionists, too. This post is for you.

The idea for this post started over a cup of coffee with another perfectionist. We were talking about goals and admitting to each other that we hate goal setting. Yes, we know it’s important. No, we don’t want to go through life acting withou… Read more

My 2013 Goals. Part One: Media

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The Metamorphosis – When I did my goal setting for the year, I broke it down into categories such a marriage, family, house projects, work, and personal goals.  From those categories I have action items that I can add to my weekly to-do list so I know that on a week by week basis I am inching toward my overall goals.

One of my personal goals was to address media consumption. My intention was to limit my exposure to TV and the internet and to be intentional with what I choose to expose myself to. In the month or two … Read more

Our Baby Tornado

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The Metamorphosis – The chickens liked the mess

On Jan. 30th at 3:30 in the morning a tornado went through our yard. It touched down across the street, ate a barn and a garage, and threw it up across three houses on our side of the street as it traveled through our property.

It woke us up and we jumped out of bed and got downstairs as fast as we could, but it was gone by the time we got down there. Andrew and I left the kids downstairs to fall back asleep on the couch and went to look outside with our flashlights. We could s… Read more

Difficult People

The Metamorphosis – We are having some difficulty with our neighbor. He’s kind of cranky and ornery, the caricature of the grumpy old man yelling at kids chickens to get off his lawn. It’s inconvenient and annoying to deal with him, more so because we moved out to the country to avoid dealing with people and the sense of being watched that we thought we left behind in the subdivision.

I like people just fine, I suppose. Just not people I don’t personally choose to interact with. The difficult people.  We all ha… Read more

Life Without a Laptop

The Metamorphosis – I got my first laptop about 7 years ago. It’s one of those things you own that becomes so ingrained in your life that you can’t remember what your life was like “before”. My iPhone is another example. And kids. Kids and iPhones – similarly life altering.

About 2 months ago, I broke my beloved Macbook Air by spilling a just a tiny bit of water in just the wrong spot. In many ways the experience of being without it has reminded me of the process I go through when I give up sugar. For the first 2 weeks, it su… Read more

The Recurring “Nightmare”

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The Metamorphosis – Recurring nightmares are interesting. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of them but never experienced them myself. I imagined them as a movie clip played over and over, but when I was in my early 30s I started to have what I call a recurring theme in my nightmares instead of a recurring movie clip dream. The theme: plane crashes.

Sometimes I would be in a plane and it would be crashing. Sometimes I would be on the ground and a plane would drop out of the sky and crash on me. I remember one of thos… Read more