Meanwhile in the Land of Getting Things Done

I’m struggling a little bit lately as my recent writing dry spell likely has made clear.  I am trying to get lots done and struggling with motivation all at the same time – on a whole bunch of fronts. Exercise: I’m trying really hard to ride 60-90 minutes in a day 5-6 days a week. It not only is good for my body, it’s great for my mind. I’m always in a fantastic mood after intense exercise. I’m managing this about 60% of where I want to be. I start with good intentions, setting an alarm for 5:00 AM and … Continue reading Meanwhile in the Land of Getting Things Done

Library Experiment Day 2: Yesterday’s News

Today was my first weekday with the library experiment underway – substituting many of my paid or commercially supported entertainment items with those from the Toronto Public Library.  Here’s how it is going so far: Music:  My best luck so far has been with CDs. Pet Shop Boys, Beastie Boys, Shad, Lupe Fiasco, St. Germain and some world music found their way in to my house via our local library. A 3 CD changer that I never used before (we only used the turntable on the stereo and the aux-in for digital music) came in very handy for this. Streaming … Continue reading Library Experiment Day 2: Yesterday’s News

Language Learning Logistics Always Seem to Escape Me

In my adult life I’ve studied a couple of languages.  In the mid 2000’s I studied French in the hopes of being able to work in Quebec more. I met a local tutor whom I met with weekly and she and I worked together. I got to the point where I could speak relatively well though still had a very small vocabulary made up mostly of things I cared about – food, music, and at the time, politics. In 2008 it paid off. I got some work in Quebec City. It wasn’t my skill with French, though. That was definitely … Continue reading Language Learning Logistics Always Seem to Escape Me