Home from work, 6:30pm. Off with the shoes and shirt and pants, on with the fuzzy slippers, t-shirt, and sweats. Around 8:30pm I decide to run. For some reason, having an iPod makes me want to run - more time to listen to music on that little gem of modern technology. The hard drive takes my puny strides without missing a beat; I hate running, but I'm trying to do it three times a week - maybe Keaton won't have to look quite as far back as my high school pictures to ask, "Daddy, you were skinny?" I don't think I'll ever get off on running like those people on the sneaker commercials seem to, but if it'll keep me from an early, artery-clogged, grave whatever... I'll give it a shot.
Well, not to tread over and over and over again on the same theme - but I really am having trouble keeping the "appropriate" focus on work these days. It's a mixture of some form of "senioritis," the inevitable winding-down that overcomes most people when they know a big break from the grind is coming, and a general sense of work seeming less-than-important. I find my mind distracted by all things baby. Thing is, we're now pretty much ready, nursery-wise, for Lil' Chino's arrival. The room's painted, the crib, changing-table-dresser thing, and glider/rocker are all set up, waiting. Out registries are, for the most part, depleted - for which I consider us to be very lucky, babies are not cheap to welcome home. But, I catch myself letting work pile up, slip, and fall off... I sit in front of the screen and work on things of little importance, but things that keep me engaged. Writing Visual Basic for scripts for Excel... sure, it's valuable - but it's nowhere near as high as the things on the priorities list I'm shirking while doing it. Right now, nothing's more important than this fetus.
Y'know, funny things happen when you look at your budget under a microscope as part of a simulated-Chino re-budgeting analysis. Thing like discovering that you spend $35 a month on Starbucks coffee at work, and that's just one a morning each morning. That's too much to spend on coffee, methinks. So, you head to the local-economy-ruining Wal Mart and buy a buy of Verona for $6, then you spend 5min each night telling the coffee maker you got in college to make you a fresh brimming mug right before you leave for work. Throw that in a travel mug, kiss the morning ritual of "going down for coffee" goodbye, and save $30 a month. Sure, $30 may seem petty... but it's funny how making simple trades like that can add up if you really need them to. Me, I'm not going to mind the extra $30 one bit. $30 a month on dang coffee!! Stupid Starbucks.
Time to link you up a bit. If you're a music nut like me, you'll surely appreciate this outstanding blog I recently discovered: coolfer. With a keen eye and ear for industry news and other music-related info, it reminds me of my days working retail and reading Billboard or ICE weekly - solid music news on a daily basis. Also, snagged from a God-blog I read from time to time, I found this quick "God plausibility" test kinda cool. You're presented with a list of checkboxes and told to mark as many or as few attributes which the God you believe in has. Then, a team of "metaphysical engineers" tell you how plausible your conception of God is based on the combination you choose. Frivolous, but kinda neat. My God? 0.9; plausible.
I shaved my beard. Just when it was getting nice and shaggy. I also left a sweat-towel from last week's inaugural gym visits in my truck over the weekend, now the whole thing reeks of football locker room. Goodnight my friends.