Ketchup, Catsup or Catch up?

Well it would appear that I still have a lot of text to catch up on, and to be honest, I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m not giving up by any means, I just have all this other work to do – another excuse I know. So, I guess I just need to decide if I want to write, or sit back and relax and do nothing.

Last night we made a quick image for a concept for S2 Photography, and now we need to turn it into an actual site. It’s just something quick, and a quick concept at that. It’s done completely wrong in that its one huge image. Not even sliced up! Sorry about that if you head there, but it does look pretty cool.

So, I’m not going to write too much right now since I’ve got so much other work to do, but I will continue to write, I promise. I need to write. I need that BIG idea. I’m sure it’s only a few pints of Guinness away!?
(WC: 175)

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If you’re lazy and you know it clap your hands

OK, I know I still owe a lot of writing to this blog, and to it’s readers, so here we go. I’ve been busy. Well, actually I haven’t. I’ve been slacking a lot at work, and at home, and at my own business. I need to get that drive and passion back. I want to sit back, relax and enjoy life, but realize I need to invest some time into it first.I guess it’s really the time investment that I should look at, and how I divide my time. I’d like to say “there’s not enough time left in the day” but in all reality, I often have too much, and get bored and don’t want to do things.

I have an ever expanding list of things to do, which include some of the following:

  • NECCS website — follow-up on the proposal, and hopefully complete the contract.
  • NECCS marketing proposal — we’ve got some ideas, now we just need to put them on paper.
  • WOLF website — contact the owners to get final payment, or take down the website; a task I never like doing.
  • Blue Rock Landscaping website — we’ve got some mocks sent to them, now we just need their approval, then we get to build the site.
  • Happy in Rush-Hour cover, website, marketing & more — yes, we have to get that done for Leanne so that she can launch her book and sell it to the world.
  • **** website & concept — I can’t divulge the information of the project, but I can definitely make some money at it, and I’ve had the idea for a bunch of years. Time to just do it!
  • website — I need to get in contact again with Louis B and get together so that we can get the movie & theatre review site going.
  • website — some general maintenance, tweaks & enhancements. Think I still owe Lite 96 a banner for the logo as well.
  • U of C Women’s Dinos Hockey website – get it done already!
  • And more… – I know that I’ve got more, and I’m forgetting a bunch of them. This always happens to me without my task board. Time to make an online one.

So, as you can see I have a number of projects on the go. On top of that I want to have a life, spend some time with my dogs, my girlfriend that I love, my brother and my friends — of course, not necessarily in the order that they appear. I’ve already got 33+ hours banked at work. I figure once I hit the 160 mark (which at this rate won’t take too long), then I’ll be able to take a full month off with pay, and add my vacation time of a couple of weeks to that, and I’m set for a six week vacation somewhere — like Australia for WARR I hope. That’s my plan, now to make it actually happen. Of course the more business that I can get coming in for SPRY Design Group, the better life will be. My brother wants to run with it full-time this summer, and I’m sure that if it goes good enough (which we all know it can), then I’d be willing to bet he’d continue at it, and forgo another volleyball season at SAIT…though I know he loves it. Guess that’s something we need to discuss, and probably will happen with the business chat this evening. We tend to do that on Wednesday evenings. (WC: 586)

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How many circles?

So it’s been a few days since I wrote. I knew it would happen. I thought about trying to find a computer this weekend while up in Lake Louise at The Fairmont, but decided against it. I decided to actually take time out and relax. Apparently, I also forgot to post on Friday, so according to my calculations I owe you 360 words for four days resulting in 1440 words posted today. Holy smokes that’s a lot of writing to do!

I guess it’s a good thing to write though, since I’m working on my new ergonomic keyboard it will give me a chance to get used to it a little bit more. I think what I’ll do is split the posts up a little bit more and perhaps carry one of those days forward so that you don’t have to read it all at once — you know, one long pointless thought.

The weekend was spent skiing and relaxing in Lake Louise. For not having skied in about 5 years, I was actually somewhat impressed with myself that I didn’t completely bail and have my skis end up at the bottom of the hill without me. First run down the hill resulted in an almost wipe out, but I didn’t actually fall. “Great! That means I’m going to get progressively worse throughout the day” I thought to myself. Of course, being that the mind is so powerful, I instantly believed it, and as you can guess got a little worse each run down.

There were briefs period of brilliance and skill, but there were a lot of me as a beginner, and it showed. I figured that the easiest way to get up from falling was to simply not fall. Of course that didn’t always work so well. Oh well, no harm done in falling I guess.

It’s not such a great thing to have writers block, especially when I have to write so many words today, but it feels like that’s what I have. I guess it’s all the other work that’s building up that I’m thinking about. I’ll continue to write throughout today and get to that magical 1440…or you could just stand up and spin around 4 times and that would be the 1440 degrees that I would owe you!? Of course, now I’m just rambling on (though it was a great song).
(WC: 396)

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Morning wake-up, or just a wake-up call?

Well, I woke up this morning and new what I was going to write about. Funny thing is I still remember what I was going to write about. Unfortunately, it’s not the “BIG” thing. I was sitting in my home office last night discussing a new layout and some design elements with my brother and business partner, Andrew. I noticed my idea book sitting on a shelf behind him. I’d been planning on paging through it to look for some specifics, and decided there was no time like the present.

I reached over and grabbed the book and began paging through it. I found the idea that I was looking for when I started back through the pages — from back to front. The idea that was written in the book was from December 5, 2003. I know for a fact though that it’s been bouncing around in my head far longer. I still talk about it to a few close people, and the idea has evolved to a point where I think I could almost make money doing it…so that’s the plan. Get the beta version up and running (yes, it’s something online) and go from there with testing and hopefully profits — maybe someone will even buy it from me.

I was looking in the same “To Do” list and noticed something else. The last item on the list of 15 different things was, and I quote, “Movie/Book/Whatever idea!!” So I can confidently say that for over three years I’ve been giving this some thought, but apparently not enough. I’ve known for that long that I’ve wanted to do it. That I’ve wanted to write something. That I’ve wanted that recognition for writing something great. My problem still is that I’m not sure what to write. Or am I? Is there something that I’m just sitting here complaining about not knowing what to write? Am I gaining some twisted form of satisfaction knowing that I can complain or just simply is it that I don’t want to commit to it?

I have a problem and I know it. I’m afraid; just as many other people are as well. It’s quite silly if you think about what I’m actually afraid of. I could see being afraid of sharks, or guns, or famine or something else. But for me, I’m scared and afraid of success! Yes, to be successful and actually recognized and respected is something that apparently I’m afraid of. My brother and I have spoken about this before, and we both feel it’s why we haven’t been able to take SPRY Design Group, our graphic & web design firm, seriously for the past — oh, ever!

Why? Why is it that we’re afraid of success? More importantly, why am I afraid of success or is there something more specific about being successful that actually scares me? Everyone always dreams of being rich and famous, but most only every think of it as a dream. Why not be rich and famous? In school children are often asked what they would like to be when they grow up. I know that I was asked this question, and thinking back, I can’t recall my answer. I think there was a fireman, a policeman and the usual super hero listed in there somewhere. The first two were dangerous, and the last was unrealistic, so I moved on. The next big one was architect, but not just any architect, someone that was highly respected; thought outside the box — sometimes too far outside the box, but was still recognized. Someone like Andrew Lloyd Wright who changed the way people look at buildings. That’s what I wanted to be.

Thinking about it now, at the age of twenty-eight, nobody asks me what I want to be when I grow up. People often ask me to grow up, but never what I want to be. Why? Am I all grown up now? I know plenty of people that would disagree if you say yes (right Terri). I’m fine, make that extremely happy, with not being grown up. I love being young at heart, and trying new things. So really, what do I want to be when I grow up. It’s a long list, but it goes something like this.

When I grow up I want to be:

  • Financially free to do the things that I want, when I want, with who I want, how I want.
  • Wealthy in time, money, friends, freedom and love.
  • Famous. Yes, famous. I want to be respected in my field by my peers, not necessarily known by everyone, but at least known and highly respected in my field and profession.

The list is longer, but since I’m at the office, I can’t think too much…too many distractions around here! My point is that I don’t actually want to be anything…but in fact that could be my problem. If I BE it, then I DO it, then I HAVE it…interesting how that should work. Now to decipher my life and ponder a little more. It’s crazy how a few simple, intense days and hours in a Personal Best seminar can change your life — or I guess technically my life.
(WC: 867)

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The idea is almost there.

I keep thinking that I’m almost there. Almost know what that big thing to write about is. Only problem is that I’m not. It’s not a life’s meaning or anything super huge like that, or maybe it is. Speaking of the Meaning Of Life (no, not the Monty Python classic), I find it interesting that people all too often search for it, when in fact they already know what it is. In fact, most people can create their meaning, and that’s what I’m setting out to do. Now to think about it!

Just kidding of course. I know that by turning off my brain (yes, it’s on sometimes) and just sitting and listening, I’ll be able to figure everything out and it will all come to me, and hopefully all at once. I think I need to start carrying around a small notepad and pen or pencil — one that will be reliable to write with so that as I’m driving I can write down the ideas. I’ll most likely pull over to ensure that it’s done in a safe manner…of course, I’m pretty good (or bad I suppose) at texting and driving.

I’m actually quite amazed at the lack of laws here that prevent people from talking on their cell phones while driving, or texting or doing other things that are distracting from them while driving. I used to not care, but now have taken a bit more of an attitude towards the subject…depending on the day of course. Whipping down the highway with me behind the wheel will now result in no message being returned until I’m stopped, or at much slower speeds; usually the prior. Talking on the phone isn’t much of an issue for me, though flying down Deerfoot Trail, I won’t answer the phone if I’m not on it. Really, it can’t be that important and if it is then they’ll call back – repeatedly no doubt.

I should also take this quick chance to wish a Happy Birthday to Lyndsay…she gave me an Ode yesterday, but I’m not that committed to writing that much about a particular person; nothing personal Lyndsay. She’s great, and fun, and not single guys. Sorry. She’s feeling a little lonely today since she’s here on her birthday and all the way from Winnipeg (maybe that’s why we bonded) and missing her man. So, head to her site and wish her a happy one. If you’re drinking tonight (just don’t drive), have one for her, and all the other thousands of people in the world celebrating a birthday today.

I wonder on average how many people celebrate their birthday on any given day? Further more, I wonder what day of the year has the most birthdays celebrated — of course, per person. Anyone know where I might be able to find an answer? Leave me a note then.
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