Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rory's Cube Picture #1

So I went to the store intending on picking up a book I had pre-ordered, when I cam across this snazzy little invention. They are called Rory's Story Cubes (by Gamewright if you want to order a set, or go to your local Barnes & Noble). And it's basically 9 dice cubes with pictures on each side. You roll the di and make up a story. 

So, let's have a little fun this summer. Every week I'll post a new picture up, and everyone writes a story on their own blog or webpage and put a link in the comments below. Also link my blog in your original post, so people can see the original picture.

Here's the first Story Cube Picture:
(Posted 7/19/12; Story by 7/25/12)

This is my way of getting back into the writing habit. Have fun!! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Stop Planning on Doing Things

I am a planner. I love to know what's going on BEFORE I get there, or understanding what is going to be expected of me somewhere down the line, but I think here is where I can learn from my more spontaneous friends. Sometimes we planners are so good at mapping things out on paper - you know, the calendar, the to-do list, and all of the organization that follows - that we are not as skilled at actually doing planned activity. The easiest example is everyone's mad dash to make exercising their new year's resolution. Maybe you'll write down the days of the week that you will work out, and even look up the gym class schedules for Zumba. But all plans fail when they don't get executed. And soon you begin to make excuses - you're hungry, forgot your workout clothes as home, haven't joined a gym, blah blah blah. And the difference between PLANNING and DOING is all about enabling yourself to eliminate those excuses, so that if you consciously decide not to do it, it is because that is what you chose. So, for someone who really wants to work out, well, just keep gym clothes and a granola bar in your car trunk. Then you are consciously deciding to skip the gym each time you drive by and can no longer blame your excuses.

So right now, I am working on those enabling activities that hinder me from doing all the things I plan to do. I'll be the first to admit that I don't like to cook. But that's not the real reason. The real reason is that things don't always turn out perfectly the first time and I am impatient. Well, nothing I can really do to fix the impatience, but what I can do is pick a recipe and follow it from top to bottom. And over time I'll find out what works and what doesn't work. But sometimes as a busy person working it's hard to find the time to cook. And to make the time you need to have the right ingredients. In order to have the right ingredients you need to know what you are making before you go to the store. So, today in fact, I picked out a recipe and bought the stuff I needed. And then I made it (yup, didn't finish until 10pm, but hey one step at a time).  To the left are the ingredients I used: vegetable oil, peanuts, cilantro, ground beef, red pepper, soy sauce, egg noodles (couldn't get rice noodles), onion, bouillon.

And the final dish on the right, was just like  the picture on the recipe. It didn't take 30 minutes like the recipe said (probably took me 1.5 hrs) but I enjoyed the process. I felt good using my hands, and I saved some money by making my own food instead of buying it. Plus, I'm sure it's healthier than any restaurant style of cooking with loads of butter. And I even have leftovers for lunch.

So, this is just one example where I just had to bite the bullet and get things done, because I've been talking about cooking on Sundays FOREVER, and only know I stopped PLANNING to do it and actually did it.

Part of this realization for the need to DO things is also due to the fact that my time here is short (I'm not being morbid, I am actually moving in 3 months or so [most likely]). And I really want to be able to say that I took advantage of where I am while I was here. I am in a great location, near my friends and family, and there are a lot of opportunities to try new things. I don't want to regret not getting to try something when I had the chance.

With the Olympics coming up too, it's a great time to feel motivated. The Nike motto "Just Do It" seems to have even more meaning right now. So other things that I plan to move from Planning to Doing? Well, my writing for sure!! And it's always motivating to get fellow bloggers support - check out my friend here and show her some love. I want to get this fitness regime back on track. I want to read more, get my apartment in tip top shape and minimize (as I've been talking about for years). I finally want to pick up my ukulele, and of course, step up my cooking game. I think we those things I'll be really excited and enabled to do even more things.

So, my challenge to you - pick 1 thing you want to do this week. And then do it. (Tell someone so that you are accountable). It takes 14 days to break a habit I read somewhere. It all starts with 1 step.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Great Young Professionals Magazine

Bloggers, Check it out:

Higher EleVation Magazine for Young Professionals on the Rise

Great independent magazine with lots of information for the young professional. And yours truly knows the Creator/Editor :)

TV Credits Rolling

So, I've decided to look a little deeper into the world of writing. To start, I'm looking at the writers of those sitcoms we love. People always know the actors and actresses, and maybe they even know who the director and producer are, but rarely do the writers get credit.

My favorite shows and their writers (thanks to help from

Fav episode: The one where everyone finds out (Season 5, Episode 14)
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Alexa Junga

A Different World
Main Writer: Bill Cosby

Main Writers: Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld

Main Writers: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

My Wife & Kids
Main Writers: Don Reo & Damon Wayans

Phineas & Ferb
Main Writers: Dan Povenmire, Jeff Marsh

Living Single
Main Writers: Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis

The Cosby Show
Main Writer: Bill Cosby

The Simpsons (pre-Season 4)
Main Writers: James L Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Gilmore Girls
Main Writer: Amy Sherman

Coupling (British)
Writer: Stephen Moffat

Caroline in the City (ya''ll remember this one?)
Main Writers: Fred Barron & Marco Pennette

Anyhow, you guys get the picture. There are some great shows out there. So when you find one, don't just look for the producer name, look to see who writes the script. They are the ones that make it funny!