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In an explosion of originality, I’ll be reviewing my year. Try not to be overwhelmed by my awesomeness.

Well, let’s see…. How about we start with fitness? I worked out on 90 out of the past 365 days, which translates to one day in four being a workout day. Vast room for improvement there. I exercised for a grand total of 143 hours, covering 317 miles, and burning 107,800 calories, which is the equivalent of 30.8 pounds of fat. That’s all good. I’m also proud to say that my body fat percentage is at the lowest it’s ever been since I started keeping track of it. That means the changes I’ve made to my eating (and drinking) habits are working. I just need to strengthen my resolve and be more consistent on my workout schedule.

Financially, I’m totally in the crapper. I lost my job back in June and have yet to find any sort of employment. I have all of seventy dollars in the bank and no income. Finding a job has to be my highest priority at the moment.  On the plus side, I’ve made good progress in improving my photography and set my long term sights on pursuing it as a career. I’ve managed to make it to the finals in one photography contest and had my picture published in their annual. Definitely a good thing there.

Relationship-wise, I’ve made some new friends online and kept good friends offline. I’ve tried to be there for those who’ve needed me, with varying degrees of success, and I’ve managed to avoid doing anything (too) stupid to strain the relationships that truly matter. What mistakes I did make have been addressed and resolved, hopefully to everyones satisfaction. While I have no one in my life romantically, I’m also not feeling all that strong a desire for someone. There’s just too much to fix in my life right now before I’d be comfortable offering myself to someone. I have to be right with myself before I’m right for anyone else.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. All in all, I’m satisfied with the progress I’ve made this year. There’s definitely room for improvement, but I’m confident that I’ll get there. I just have to stay focused, make consistent effort over time, and not try for that magic wand quick fix.

Damn, didn’t that sound all kinds of mature?

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Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Memorable ::Mammaries (Couldn’t help myself)
  2. Resolution ::Mega Pixel
  3. Goal ::Working toward
  4. 2008 ::Coming soon
  5. Sensational ::Over hyped
  6. Popular demand ::Media Blitz
  7. Old ::Car
  8. Music ::Dance
  9. Intense ::Emotions
  10. 2007 ::Almost past
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At the end of the tax year the Tax Office sent an inspector
to audit the books of a synagogue. While he was checking the
books he turned to the Rabbi and said, “I notice you buy a
lot of candles. What do you do with the candle drippings?”

“Good question,” noted the Rabbi. “We save them up and send
them back to the candle makers, and every now and then they
send us a free box of candles.”

“Oh,” replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his
unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in
his obnoxious way: “What about all these matzo purchases?
What do you do with the crumbs?”

“Ah, yes,” replied the Rabbi, realizing that the inspector
was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. “We
collect them and send them back to the manufacturers, and
every now and then they send a free box of matzo balls.”

“I see,” replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he
could fluster the know-it-all Rabbi. “Well, Rabbi,” he went
on, “what do you do with all the leftover foreskins from
the circumcisions you perform?”

“Here, too, we do not waste,” answered the Rabbi. “What we
do is save up all the foreskins and send them to the Tax
Office, and about once a year they send us a complete dick.”

Annnnd, we’re back. Didja miss me? I bet you barely noticed I was gone… Slacker.

So, I’m feeling pretty damned chipper at the moment. I don’t know how long the good mood will last, but I’m riding this wave as long as I can.  My holiday was a good one and extremely mellow. We had a delicious brunch at Pete and Kendra‘s with a small present exchange. The only bummer was that I’m far to poor to give gifts, but it was a nice social time that I thoroughly enjoyed (And wow, did I just butcher the spelling on thoroughly. Thank you, Firefox, for the automatic spell check). I love my sister deeply, but having a family gathering without any drama is just so….pleasant.

After that, I visited my friend Jim for a bit. Unfortunately, the main reason for that was my needing to borrow money to cover my car payment (And thank you for bailing my butt out yet again Jim), but it was also nice to just sit and chat for a while. Then it was home for a yummy dinner with my father, which was also pleasant and sociable. Yep, all in all, a good day.

Now, of course, there are things to deal with. I got my last payment from unemployment this week, which was just a partial one, hence my needing to borrow money. After all the bills are covered, I have a whopping ninety seven dollars in the bank and absolutely no income on the horizon. I need a job, any job, and I need it now. Gone is the luxury of passing on anything because it doesn’t pay enough or just plain sucks. Any income is better than no income.

And yet, I feel oddly optimistic, energized even, like there’s nothing that’s going to get thrown at me that I can’t handle. I’m gonna do what needs to get done and enough with this angst ridden whining about it.

Word.

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Whatever you celebrate and however you celebrate it, enjoy time with family and friends over the holidays.
Diversity is the greatest blessing of all.
Peace.
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It’s funny how things balance out sometimes. After having my pictures rejected yesterday, I get this in the mail:


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W00T!! I am now officially a published photographer! I’m number six on the page, for those who don’t recognize the photo. Looking through the whole anthology, I’m even prouder to have made it to the finals. There are some fantastic pictures in there and I’m surprised my photograph made it as far as it did. According to the publisher, I made it into the top five percent of over twenty thousand entrants. That really helps my confidence that I can actually do this. It’ll just take time and effort.

Good thing I’m so patient, eh?

Well, out of ten pictures submitted, ten were rejected and all for “Limited commercial value”. Translation: They’re pretty, but the won’t sell. At least, that’s how I’m choosing to translate it. I’m actually not too surprised. I’m the first to admit I’m not a professional photographer and my subject matter pretty much falls into the ‘artsy’ category as well as being fairly commonplace. More than likely, they have plenty of pictures of flowers, trees, and squirrels.  As I’ve said before (repeatedly), getting myself up to professional quality is going to take time, dedication, and equipment. The trick is to keep working at it and not get discouraged by minor setbacks.

I’ve had a strange craving for macaroni and cheese lately, so I got some the last time I went shopping (organic M&C, five boxes for six bucks) and I made some tonight. I even went the healthy route with low-fat milk and no butter (though I did add extra cheese) and a yummy kale salad on the side. ‘Twas tasty, but it sure didn’t satisfy the hunger pangs for long. Now my tummy’s all growly and I’m resisting the urge to snack. Actually, I’m resisting the urge to run out and get a bacon double cheeseburger (With extra fat!) and a chocolate shake, but that’s beside the point.

Yep, you know when I’m blogging about what I had for dinner that I just had a day filled with excitement. I faxed a couple of more resumes, which will hopefully show some results for a change. I also submitted another set of pictures to a stock photo company. If the pictures are accepted, I then become a member and earn a fee for every time one of my pictures is downloaded for use. A lot of professional photographer use this sort of service as a secondary source of income and the company I’m trying for is reputable (and it doesn’t charge an entry fee or anything), so I know it’s not some sort of scam. I definitely stay away from any company that promises I can make thousands of dollars if I just send them twenty bucks to find out how. So, here’s hoping I get accepted.

Well, I’m even boring myself, so here’s a pretty picture for you:


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I did get some good pictures on Friday morning before the sun came out and melted everything away. This one is by far my favorite:


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I posted more on my Photoblog, so check ’em out there.