Time For These Three Things

Hey blogmates, what’s up? It’s been a busy January for me. Indeed, time is flying by fast! Only 334 days ‘till Christmas! But there’s a few things I’ve got going on before that happens.

Work

One is my day-job. Yep, I’ve gotta make a livin’, ya know. We’ve been workin’ extra hours on a project, nose-to-the-grindstone all day. And we have more projects in the works. I think the whole year is packed! Don’t get me wrong, this is a great “problem” to have – we are blessed! But long hours for months on end can get stressful with deadlines, pressure, stress… Work starts to feel like it’s your whole life. But life outside of work is not slowing down either. Maybe you’ve been in this place too.

Since I’ve been working hard, I also like to play hard. I’ve been doing this in two ways a lot lately: practicing karate and playing Nintendo! Call these hobbies or passions, I don’t know. How about, “Fitness and Fun!”

Karate

Right about last Thanksgiving, when my day job ramped up in work hours, my family learned that the next karate belt test would be at the end of January. Time to get ready! So right after the holidays (and all the food!), I started prepping for the belt test. So lots of cardio and calisthenic exercise! Burn them calories! Of course, I’m also practicing my karate chopping skills: katas, blocks, punches, kicks, throws, etc. Outside of karate class, one thing that makes me very glad is the big red heavy bag we bought. It’s a nice workout to go beat it up! My knuckles don’t bleed anymore.

Gaming

Besides being very focused on karate (and trying to avoid the flu that’s going around), I’ve been loving the escapism of video gaming on my new Nintendo Switch! It’s one part nostalgia, one part pure fun. I guess you could say I was somewhat of a gamer in my youth (Atari, NES, Super NES, N64), but once adulting was the game, I had to put down the controller. Yet now that I have youths of my own who have moved beyond the toddler years, I’m sort of re-living my childhood with them.

Anyways, the machines we run are: Wii, Wii U, Switch, and 2DS. I finished (finally) Twilight Princess HD. Then I finished Pokemon Sword (the story part); I have Zacian! Now that I’m not bouncing between those two games, I’m flip-floppin’ with Octopath Traveler and Yonder. Both these games are fantastic and warrant their own blog posts…if I have time to take. Suffice to say, with the Switch, this is like another Golden Age of gaming, at least for me!

Blogging

So those three things have been my focus and time-eaters: work, karate, and Nintendo. My family is blessed; I’m very grateful.

All that said, I feel kinda bad that I’ve neglected my blog the last few months, starting in November when I diverted all my writing-time to authoring a Novella (which I didn’t finish). But this blog seems like a part of me; I certainly am not giving it up. I would like to put a little more time towards fresh new blog posts about my fave topics like technology. Oh, but there are a lot of books I need and want to read too!! This year is a busy one, for sure.


What’cha been up to? Got any time management tips for me? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for following along!

A Post Holiday Post

Alright, here we go; first post of the year! Let the annual blog stats begin!

After one week in, how is your 2020 shaping up so far? Mine is challenging. Since I enjoyed vacation and holiday time off work, going back to the daily grind has not been nearly as fun. Maybe I should have resolved to have more fun in 2020.

Sleeping in every morning, hanging out with family, eating lots of good food, playing games, and having a loose schedule: these were all great things I enjoyed for two solid weeks away from the job. Now I’m trying to readjust to the normal routine: rise early and sleepily, sit in a cubicle all day, watch what I eat, work more than play, and juggle a tight schedule. Yet it has been good to revert back to a normal routine just because it’s what I’m accustomed to.

Like many people, my eyes have turned towards my fitness – or lack thereof. With the holidays came a lot of eat, drink, and be merry…Christmas! Indulge and imbibe. It wasn’t too bad, really. But I know I need to get into better shape.

Speaking of fitness, I resumed my karate class this month, and we’re gearing up for the next Belt Test at the end of January! So now it’s time to double-down on cardio exercise, conditioning, and calisthenics! I’ve already started and can feel my sluggish body resisting. I’ve got work to do, and I know I’ll be able to shed a pound or two and push myself to get more fit.

In addition to all of that, I’m also playing through a couple of Nintendo games on the side for fun! I’m near the end of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. I’m also close to finishing the whole story of Pokemon Sword on the Switch. And I guess I should mention that I started playing through Final Fantasy VII on the Switch too!

There are so many good games to play…2020 is gonna be full of Nintendo gaming I think. And Pokemon. So when will I have time to read 12 books this year? That’s the goal I set for the goodreads annual reading challenge. One book per month is reasonable. But with all that’s going on, it will be a real challenge. Oh, also, I think my wife and I will binge watch a couple of shows this year, so there’s that.

There’s a lot of play and a lot of work that will fill up the year. It looks like 2020 is going to be a busy one.


Do you have any predictions or plans for 2020? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

This Marks Post 100 For 2019

More Meta

This one’s gonna be meta. Along the way of blogging, I like to trumpet my small milestones. I make these mini-celebratory posts to encourage myself in writing, despite the taboo of tooting my own horn. Maybe my fellow bloggers will get a little pumped themselves. Our solo writing gigs could use the camaraderie. Otherwise, this post just happens to follow the 99th one.


One Hundred Posts

I’ve blogged off and on over the years. But last October I recommitted to stick with it – no more hiatus.

Just. Keep. Writing.

That’s what I’ve been doing. Just putting one foot, or post, in front of the other. It adds up!

Once again checking my stats (no shame), I noticed I’ve published 99 posts so far this year! The last time that number was cool was in 1999. I digress.

So I had to (you know I did) make a special 100th post. It’s like a birthday or anniversary. Just for fun!

Publishing Fun

Personal blogging tends to be informal. You can be loose with it. Like any hobby, I think blogging should be fun. Even though one can get serious about writing, especially if you want to profit from it, I don’t think it should be “all work, no play.”

I’m serious about having fun.

Of course, you can pursue any hobby however you want. Yet often, hobbies relate to your passions. I think that includes a healthy balance of laser-focus and laissez-faire. Work hard and play hard. For reals and for funzies.


Sum It Up

After 99 posts, I’m happy to report this one additional post makes for one-hundred. And counting!

I don’t get paid to blog. I pay to do it. It’s my hobby; I enjoy the process of writing. So I plan to keep at it and keep adding posts.

The journey itself is fun. And I’m serious about the goal of better writing. I might even join a Grammar Police Academy!

Until the next post…


What’s your hobby? How do you keep at it? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

Unified Minds

Two geeks walk into a deli. And play cards… So my wife and I are still on a Pokemon kick; it really is a fun strategy game! The cool thing is, the newest expansion was just released August 2; it’s called Unified Minds.


Two Minds One Goal

We have 5 boys, and we’re all into Pokemon, so we’ve got lots of cards. But not all the cards. After one month of playing and trading Pokemon, I’ve learned something, let me tell you: You are not going to catch’em all! But it sure is fun to try!

So for fun, and to enjoy Unified Minds release day, my wife and I went head to head at Jason’s Deli as part of our Date Nite. We each had bought the latest Theme Deck – a pre-packaged 60-card battle deck of Pokemon cards.

Each deck has a specific strategy to try out, and neither of us played these decks before, so we were going in blind! We started to learn the cards and their abilities on the fly, utilizing basic and general strategies to figure out how to win. Just writing about it makes me think how fun it was; I want to go play a game now!

Oh, by the way, my wife won. Again.


Two Are One

Marriage is a lot of work to, uh, make it work. But it is also a lot of fun! My wife and I are two people, but we are one couple with the same goals and other stuff. We share our things, our time, etc.

Over the years, we’ve been into different things. For example, before we had lots of kids, we were really into tent camping! We had lots of gear – and time – to spend together in nature, enjoying the great outdoors. I’d say those times “working” together outside strengthened our bonds.

There’s a little theme here that follows the last three Pokemon expansions, by the way. In order, those are: Team Up, Unbroken Bonds, and Unified Minds.

Yeah, husband and wife teamed up. Our bonds together are unbroken. And our minds – and hearts – are unified as one.

I meant to write this post as a simple journal to geek out a little about Pokemon. It’s turned out to also be about marriage. So here’s some simple wisdom:

Making marriage work requires both work and play. Like other areas of life, take marriage seriously, but also balance it with lots of fun! Try new things together, explore, have adventures: these things help create new shared experiences, which makes your knot-tied roots grow deeper.

But I still need to win more Pokemon battles against my wife.


Have you played Pokemon before? If married, do your share hobbies with your spouse? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

Tired Of Being Busy

Blogging is not my day-job, even if I wish it was. Instead of getting paid to write my posts on Jason Journals, I pay to do it because, among other reasons, it’s a hobby I enjoy. But lately, being so busy, stressed, and tired, my blogging brain has slumped in a corner.


Why so much busy-ness? It just happens sometimes. Mostly, my actual day-job has been very demanding. I’ve had to work overtime to catch up. And all the hours have been extra mentally taxing due to switching between focusing on my main task but then needing to juggle many other tasks too. So lots of back and forth.

Maybe your job does the same thing to you sometimes. It’s when you must buckle down, grip the wheel with both hands, shift to high gear, and mash the gas pedal to the floor. And the low fuel light is blaring in your bleary eyes the whole time. Anxiety creeps up; you’re about to run out of gas!


Besides my job demands, I’m still a Dad to five kids. So parenting, my 24/7 job, has not taken a break. But it’s been kinda fun.

Father’s Day, although busy and “distracting” from blogging, was really nice. My wife helped my sons make me feel honored as Daddy!


What’s left over? Not much. Yet there has been more…extra activities.

There’s the usual chores at my house, but I’ve also been swamped by my do-it-yourself project: building a new half-bath. But even that work has needed to move to the back-burner!

And amidst all this, my church’s annual Vacation Bible School kicked off yesterday! So I’m expending myself there too.

Maybe I should add: discover perpetual energy source to my to-do list. I’m not all that busy really. Sure I can find time for that.

Blogging is not the only thing to suffer from my recent crunch-time. My important and fun hobby, karate, has also lacked my attention. I usually go twice a week. But I’ve only managed to make it once a week this month, and now I’m missing three classes in a row!


Anyways, all that to simply say, sorry for not blogging much this past week. I’m sure I’ll be writing more again. Writers gotta write. Thinkers gotta think. And Bloggers are gonna blog.

I’m tired of being busy, but not tired of blogging.


What do you think? Has your Summer been busy? Comment below or message me. Thanks for reading!