Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow Shoeing on Foss Farms

Kandie and I went out snow shoeing together for the first time today. With the 8 inches of fresh snow we got yesterday, today was a perfect day for it. It wasn't particularly cold, either, at about 30 degrees, so it was pleasant for a walk in the woods.

Any day you can get outside and into nature I think is a good day. 

I love that we can walk out our back door and be in the woods. And yet I am less than a mile from my office.

It's such a blessing to live in New Hampshire. Everyday yields new beauty.

Friday, February 5, 2016

storm and a trip

A storm snuck up on us today. It was 55 degrees yesterday, and today we got about eight inches of snow.

I didn't even know we were supposed to get a storm; it didn't seem like any of my colleagues did, either. Which is strange given today's technology. Especially a storm of some significance. 

I actually took a car full of freshman students to visit a hospital in Manchester today where an alumna of my program hosted us and talked about opportunities to them (as well as some upperclassman). It was a great trip, and the roads were only a little slick on the way out, but they were a mess on the way back. We did 25 or 30 on the section of 101 that is normally 65. 

I love taking students to events like this, despite the storm. It's so great to see them see their possible future.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

30 Day Meditation - Day 7 - that's a wrap, folks

I was ready to shit-can this project yesterday after my rather unsuccessful afternoon effort. Then I was putting around the kitchen making dinner and listening to my podcast list and this HBR Ideacast interview popped up and the guest talked about the benefit of doing simple breathing exercises to train your control over your emotions.

Breathing out apparently reduces heart rate, which calms us. So the right way to do breathing exercises is to extend your exhale. The guest suggests trying to remember to do this in stressful situations.


So I wrote that first part of the post this morning, thinking I would find 10 minutes during my work day today to sit and chill. (no, not Netflix and Chill. I was at work.)

And, of course, I did not. So now it is 7:47 at night, I've had dinner, a beer, and I'm waiting to do a homework meeting with my kid's online Latin teacher.

Let's face it, I am not a meditating kind of guy. My life has no system to it. And honestly, I don't like orderly, systemetized life.

So there it is.

30 Day meditation has officially been shit-canned.

Onward, my friends. It may work for you, it is not for me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

30 Day meditation - Days 5 and 6

Day 5 - once again forgot until really late. Like 10:45 PM. Not sure this is working for me.

Day 6 - got in 7 minutes of my 10 minutes when I came home from work before I got called off to do something else.

I have mixed feelings about the experience. On the one hand I am starting to enjoy pursuing a certain stillness that I occasionally experience during my 10 minutes. On the other hand, the 10 minutes seems to go on and on.

And I just can't fix the time in my schedule. I don't know if this is for me.

something to be proud of, USA version

"Nearly two centuries later, the vast diversity of private charity in this country is as astonishing and fruitful as ever. Lord knows we get plenty of things wrong in these United States, but our culture of philanthropy remains a wonder of the world."

Private US Citizens give more to charity than anyone else in the world. Including most foreign governments.

Monday, February 1, 2016

30 Day Meditation - Day 4a and 4b

So yesterday was day 4 and I completely missed doing it until almost bed time, and by then I had had a couple of beers, and while I was quite relaxed, it wasn't going to be quite the same thing.

So we'll call yesterday day 4a - fail.

Picking up with Day 4b today, I did remember to do my meditation right before dinner. I found a different location - sitting on a bench upstairs rather than my office chair  because there was more activity in the house around dinner time. I had a really hard time not having my mind wander. Not sure I got more than 30 seconds of focus at a time.

I tried to focus on breathing more as a means of drawing off my attention to internal thoughts. I also tired doing some sort of "ohm". Nothing was working tonight. Ten minutes goes by very slowly when you keep thinking about what you need to be doing or should have done or wish you were doing.


I asked for (and received) a cast iron dutch oven for Christmas. I asked for it so that I could use it to bake bread.

This is the first opportunity I have had to use the new oven and it came out awesome!

This is a standard white bread, made with milk, sugar, and oil. Not healthy, but tasty!

Bread makes me happy. It makes me happy to make it; it makes me happy to eat it. Too bad it's not good for you.