Why I left facebook

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:29

My primary reason for starting and maintaining a Facebook account was to keep in touch with remote relatives. The secondary reason was to promote my businesses.

In reality I barely posted anything, liked things sporadically and rarely commented. It was nice to see what people were up to but most of my feed was people liking pithy sayings, liking pictures of memes and a good helping of ads and questionable news articles.

Having 7 kids I don't get much free time so I pick activities that give me value.

Sugar and losing weight

Submitted by Dave on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:46

Sugar. For me, at least, it seems to have a significant bearing on my weight.

Early in 2015 I started going to the gym. I went 5 days a week for an hour a day for almost 6 months and lost around 8 lbs. So not only did I not enjoy going to the gym, but I wasn't getting the desired weight loss. My trainer at the gym had suggested that sugar may be a part of the problem, but I didn't give it much thought as I didn't think I was taking in too much sugar. Once my job changed I ended up not having the motivation to keep going to the gym.

Dealing with regret

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 21:06

With the weather and a number of sick kids keeping me indoors and out of my self-sufficiency stint for a few weeks, I've had a lot of time to think. Apparently thinking is a dangerous thing and all thinking leads to insanity. If my last two weeks are anything to go by, then that statement has its roots in truth.

Name your Demons

Submitted by Dave on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:35

I've been doing a lot of introspection and self-evaluation lately. Trying to find the reasons behind the background discontentment in my life. I've been looking at my personality, values, ethics and history for pointers to what drives me.

It has not been pleasant as I've needed to face everything that causes me pain and discomfort, to work through the decisions that I've made in my life and the consequences of those decisions. It has been risky in that the outcome could mean that my life is on a path that is completely at odds with my true nature.

Cottage Cheese

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 09:37

I've been attempting to make cottage cheese before moving onto more complicated cheeses like mozzarella. I say attempting because I've only been mildly successful so far.

I've tried 3 different recipes, all very similar, but with very different results. I will be trying a 4th recipe later this week.

Goals and Reviews

Submitted by Dave on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:32

Every corporate job I've had has had some sort of goal setting and review process. At first glance this seems like a great idea. I get to pick some things that I want to accomplish over the next year, come up with some indicators to show that the goals have been accomplished and then at the end of the year I get to review how I've done and if I meet and/or exceed those goals I get a raise, a promotion or both. It looks like a win-win for me and the company.

Getting some exercise

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:43

I was fortunate enough to be able to go cross country skiing with my son's class last week. What a great experience! I had forgotten how great it was to just get out and do something. It wasn't too cold and I was over dressed so I sweated profusely, but the exercise got my heart going and I felt great for the rest of the day.

Now I know that exercise is good for me, I went to the gym for an hour every day for 3 months and felt great, however I let that slide when I last changed jobs as I didn't have the old job as a motivation to go to the gym any more.

Ice Cream

Submitted by Dave on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:15

I love ice cream, unfortunately I've given up sugar, so I don't buy it any more. But the kids love it so I have been trying my hand a making it myself. I have a mixer with an ice cream maker bowl so that makes it a little easier.

The recipe I use is pretty simple

  • 2.5 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2.5 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

The steps are as follows:


Submitted by Dave on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 14:07

I recently read a book "Where ever you go, There you are".  I love this title, it is a very simple and obvious statement, but at the same time it wraps up so much complexity. Ultimately it means that there is only the present moment, we are where we are, and that we need to deal with the choices and events that we have now, not those in the future or those that happened in the past. It is a book about mindfulness and a guide on getting there.