5 Things Making My Life a Little Better Right Now

Honesty is an important trait — especially when you’re blogging. And to be honest, there hasn’t been much as of late that I’ve cared to blog about!

Sure, I’ve been up to stuff, but summer tends to be a season where I try to spend more time relaxing and less fussing and fretting over my list of “shoulds”. The things I should be doing. The places I should be. Some would argue that at any given time, we’re right where we’re supposed to be.

With that said, here’re 5 of the things that’re helping bring me to peace these days:


1) Barbecuing

One of the things that’ve been missing in the last few years that Sarah’s owned this place is a good grill to char some meat over. Now that the wedding and renovations are out of the way, this past weekend we finally got around to putting our first barbecue together, cooking up some delicious food!

A shot of our new barbecue!

The new second love of my life :)

I hate cooking in the kitchen, but by the end of the summer, I’m definitely interested in attaining a “Lord of the Grill” status! (If I actually know you in person, I’ll probably have to have you over sometime for some good eatin’!)

2) Words with Friends

A winning Words With Friends game against a friend :)

One of my closer games!

While it’s hard to find friends that’ll play with me after a game or two, I always relish games of Words With Friends. Thought Scrabble’s always the game of choice, it hasn’t become as universally accessible as Words With Friends has :) Too bad they never bothered to incorporate stats into this damn game, though. One day, maybe I’ll move on to Draw Something and find some friends to torment there, too!

3) Reading

I’m not exactly sure how reading wormed its way back into my life — I probably have a little trip to Africa to blame! Over the past few weeks, I’ve devoured both the Hunger Games and Millennium Trilogies, and am now working  my way through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books (which I’m told progressively worsen over time, but I may as well).

It’s weird — after being a gamer for so many years, I barely give most games or TV any notice, preferring to keep striding to catch up with the end of Season 1, which is where I last left Game of Thrones.

(Note: I probably wouldn’t read nearly as much without an iPad, but that’s neither here nor there.)

4) Cleaning My Music Collection

Despite studies telling me that it’s likely to kill my career, I listen to music at work in order to help me get things done. But I found that more and more often, I’d be skipping songs on my iPod rather than bother to hear anything through. Some investigation showed me that my iTunes was filled with 16,500 songs! 45½ days’ worth of listening!

No wonder I couldn’t ever find anything to listen to!

So I decided to do something about it — I organized my music alphabetically by artist and started culling. No moving songs to other folders, no rating things on multiple levels to come back to them later — if I liked it, it stayed. If not — poof! It had to go!

I’m on the Cs now, listening to a Camp Lo mistake I once got, and I’m down to 15,500 songs. Definitely looking promising!

(Other simultaneous activities: using TuneUp to clean wayward tracks; replacing damaged tracks with new versions wherever applicable.)

5) Clearing Up Clutter

If you followed my blog posts from last year, you’ll likely know that one of my big to-dos was to get rid of a lot of the clutter that I’d accumulated over time. Slowly but surely, I’m winning the race by reading many of the old articles I’ve had laying about and trying to make use of everything around me. While we’re trying to have the office cleared out by the end of June, I’m happy to just be learning new things as often as possible.


So despite long hours at work and a nagging sensation that perhaps there’re things that I should be doing more often, these are some of the things that’re helping to keep my head attached to my shoulders.

May I find many tales to tell over the course of the summer!

–case p.

4 thoughts on “5 Things Making My Life a Little Better Right Now”

  1. I have a friend (who you should follow on Twitter (@jmass) who says “learning is our best technology.” LOVE THAT. You should always be learning, yeah? And jeez – how I love throwing things away. #best

    1. @Jmass has been successfully followed — thanks for letting me know about him :)

      My only problem with learning is that I absorb more information than I know what to do with it all! Eventually I hope to have an epiphany where all the dots connect and I suddenly figure out my purpose for all the things I’ve been up to all these years ;)

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