365 Day Challenge

365 Challenge: Day 220 – Pie

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Pie: a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry

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Earlier today, I had coffee/tea with a wonderful friend I met via blogging. We talked about the book launch, each other’s blogs, ways to promote, life’s fun happenings and the way people behave in real-life. It was a fun conversation and I’m glad to know her. As I was walking home, about 40 NYC blocks, I passed a number of restaurants who must have been serving dessert. All I could smell was different baked goods — mostly pies! I have never been a big pie guy. I love cake and cookies, but pies usually meant mushy fruits in soggy crusts. My mom bakes good pies, which I enjoy. But when I order dessert, it’s rarely pie. They all smelled delicious today, but why is that today’s 365 Daily Challenge word, you ask? {Hopefully someone did and I’m not just hearing things} Because I realized the way I feel about pie is often the way I feel about people. Bear with me a minute here…

Sometimes people are hard and crusty on the outside. Protective of all the wonderful things inside their minds. They might be cross on the outside or just have a tiny little opening to let out some steam when necessary. Sometimes they are mushy once you really dig in to get to know them. They can be sweet or tart. They can be full of color or drab. They can also surprise you. Sometimes the way a whole pie looks on the outside is very different than the way one slice appears once you cut into it. There are so many varieties, some you like and some you don’t like. But in the end, rarely are they ever exactly alike.

I’m not a fan of meat in pies as a general rule. I eat them, but I don’t call them pie. I call them quiche or Beef Wellington or Chicken Pot Pie. But when we’re talking about the sweet kinds of pies… Cherry. Pumpkin. Apple. Lemon Meringue. Just to name a few. Then I’m interested in a really well-baked pie. Either I am craving desserts or my mind is playing tricks on me. I really want pie right now. Maybe I’m just out of 365 Daily Challenge words. Or maybe I’m so distracted by everything on my plate, even little things like pie are easily able to steal my attention. It is autumn, also known as pie-baking season, right? Nonetheless, rules are rules. I wrote about pie. I cannot delete anything. So I’m left with asking all of you:

  1. What’s your favorite kind of pie?
  2. Is it time for me to bake a pie this weekend?
  3. Do you have any suggestions on words for a future 365?

I’m asking for a friend. I’d never admit to being stumped. Also, I’m heading to the bakery for some before-dinner pie. For a friend. Have a nice evening.

I just love Melissa McCarthy

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 219 – Copper

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Copper: the color I’m possibly planning to change my hair to next time

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It’s been a long time since I posted anything too revealing in the 365 Daily Challenge, which means it’s time for a more informal and embarrassing one today. I’ve mentioned before that I have dyed my hair since I was about 18, as grey started quite early for me. It’s barely ten percent, but I see it and don’t like it! I have nothing against grey hair, and sometimes I actually find it quite attractive on other people. But I have an age in my head when I will give up on dying it and let it be all natural. I’m not there yet.

That said, though I’m usually consistent in 99% of all areas in my life, my appearance does not follow those same rules. I have always stayed within the same family of browns for my hair color, occasionally a bit darker or lighter, depending on my mood. On one scary instance, I went very black. And on another, by myself, I went quite copper. I didn’t know at the time you had to bleach your hair in order to turn it blonde. I was very young. Forgive me.

Lately, I’ve seen a bunch of redheads and found myself interested in giving it a try. I have natural red tones in my hair due to my Scottish and Irish ancestry, but I’ve never before wanted to bring them out. Until recently. W and I discussed it, as I wanted an opinion; he vetoed it. I’m sure you can imagine that discussion… and he’s not home yet, so as I write this post, keep this in mind. He might be reading this one in a few minutes and know sooner than expected. I went for my haircut today and showed a bunch of photos to the fantastic Rosemary who has taken care of my hair for about five years. She reminded me that due to the color already on my hair, she’d have to bleach it to get the color I wanted in the photos. So we compromised… I added more red tones to see if I like it, and then in my next hair cut, I can decide if I want to go full change or hold back where it is now.

There is still a bunch of product in my hair so you won’t see the full effect until it’s washed and dried again. It will also lighten up in the next few days, but I went with copper tones to try and get closer to the color I’d like for a little while; after all, it is autumn. It’s been a banner week with the book launch; I wanted to show my real personality. And give everyone a glimpse into my world… feel free to dislike it! 🙂 But feel free to love it. It’s not incredibly different, but I definitely see it getting more and more red. I also am growing it out longer until I decide what to do with it… Here goes…

 

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It’s not clear in the last pic, but you can sort of see it starting to come through!

Let the embarrassment begin!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 218 – Holiday (Ryder Rant)

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Holiday: a special day where you send out a card to all your friends, family and acquaintances

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Hello, Furry Friends! I just assume you are all dogs like me, please don’t take offense. The world would really be better off if we were all dogs who just wanted to cuddle with one another. Too many bad things going on and I just hate reading about all of them. I do read a lot, in case you didn’t know that… Mostly stories with dogs in them, or the news to see if anything special is happening. Speaking of special, let’s chat a bit about holidays, as there are quite a few coming up in my world.

Halloween is always fun around here. The building has trick-or-treating for all the kids. Dad 2 calls it “Ryder’s Halloween Extravaganza” or something like that… I don’t always pay attention. We bought a bunch of candy for it, or rather my Grandma, Dad 1’s mom, bought a bunch of candy for it. She laughed when Dad 1 told her how much he paid last year for candy in the city, so she bought bags in the ‘burbs where I used to live and dropped it off for him. But he’s been eating several pieces of it lately. I’m worried I may not have any left. He keeps complaining his belly hurts from it, yet he still eats it. Now I know where I got it from; he can’t say anything bad about me anymore now that I’m on to him. Anyways… it’s coming up… and I’ll be ready to answer the door for all the trick-or-treaters even though there may be small children haunting me.

The other big news is Dad 2 created the Christmas card to send out this year. Last year, he took a photo of me sitting under the Christmas tree, claiming he would use it this year. He bought a new computer yesterday and decided to start working on the card. Apparently it’s all done, but he won’t let me see it. It’s off to the printer after he put his own finishing touches on it. It seems I’m the cover photo and will be sent out to everyone. How exciting! I will have to share a picture of it once I see it. Can you believe it’s almost Christmas season? I know we first have to get thru Halloween and Thanksgiving, but planning has started. I already know what I want for the holidays. And no, it’s not a brother or sister, so bite your tongues.

Time to go check on all the fall flowers… it’s a beautiful 55 degrees here in NYC, so everything is starting to really feel like autumn. Ah, it’s a good start to the week. What’s up for your holiday planning? Bye for now!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 217 – SMA

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SMA: Top 10 list of social media apps where you can find me

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options

Since the groupings won’t all fall into buckets of five (5), I’m using today’s post as a one-time list of social media apps that I use. I’ve done this before, many months ago, but thought now would be appropriate to ensure everyone knew how and where to reach me. Please follow by clicking the link with my user name to connect wherever you’d like; I shall respond and follow back. Thanks in advance.

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

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LinkedIn

Google+ / YouTube

Bloglovin’

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon

 

And one additional reminder for good measure… all my websites!

WordPress

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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365 Challenge: Day 216 – Grocery

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Grocery: (a) place you buy food items, or the food items you buy in a store, (b) a place to get compliments and NOT be rude

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Today’s 365 Daily Challenge message is simple. You never know when what you see happening isn’t really happening.

Weeks ago, I mentioned the frustrating grocery store near me that had no brisket to cook for Ryder on the return from our vacation. Well… I went back yesterday to buy another one to cook last night for dinner this weekend. The store had no brisket again, but at least I picked up a pot roast as an alternative. I added everything else to my cart and got in line at a register where I was next to be checked out. There was an older couple taking their time with packing their own groceries and being a bit rude to each other and the cashier. Lines were building up and another cashier was just wandering around doing nothing, as this couple kept re-bagging multiple times. I was slightly annoyed at how the store failed to provide appropriate customer service and formulated some words in my head to try to help speed the situation along; however, I was also inclined to be careful not to be rude myself, so I said nothing and just let it go.

The customers leave and the cashier rings up my groceries. I begin bagging my own (I always help, as I was once a cashier and appreciated the help) and then the other cashier who had been wandering around doing nothing, walks over to the register. All three of us have a conversation where I learn before I had arrived at the register, the second cashier had started bagging the previous customer’s groceries. But the rude customer told him to go away noting that he would break everything and no one should touch her stuff. The cashier also told me the same rude customer was there shopping the day before, cursing out the person in line before her because that other customer was taking her time and holding everyone up.

Wow! I learned a few things… it’s good I didn’t say anything, as I would have been wrong… the cashier did try to help and was told to go away. I didn’t have all my information. I also learned rude people are just rude, and they probably don’t even care how they treat others.  But then I had the best lesson: the cashier soon turned to me, saying… “Don’t ever grow up to be rude like that, lad. You’re so young, it could happen to you one day.” In all sincerity, this cashier was barely 10 years older than me… calling me lad… telling me “when I grow up.” My moral less today:

Don’t be rude. Don’t say something if you’re unsure of all the facts. Your reward in the end will be someone telling you how young you look!!! What a big win for me that day… and the pot roast is cooked and ready to eat tonight. Life is good.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 215 – Chill

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Chill: (a) amazing coolness in the air, (b) relax, (c) shiver up your spine when frightened, (d) what you do to a bottle of wine or champagne to celebrate

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Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word was both easy and cathartic. I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I awoke to such an amazing and beautiful temperature in my bedroom. It was chilly, but not from the air conditioner; I left a window open overnight and the cool air danced its way around me. I love autumn and this is the first day I actually felt like it was beginning to materialize. I’ll forget that on Sunday it will be back up to 78, but then it drops and I will be a very happy guy. I can wear a light pair of pants and a v-neck tee, perhaps a comfy cardigan or sweater, and not feel like I’m in the depths of hell. Hallelujah, the weather deities are on my side. Sorry to everyone who misses summer or is concerned about winter’s approach… between Game of Thrones and this, you must be on high alert.

The word “chill” is also appropriate because W is back from a business trip and we will celebrate my book’s launch this week by chilling a few bottles of wine and champagne; we can celebrate the next step in my hopefully new and permanent career. Even Ryder might get a taste, although he’s a Prohibitionist. He turns his nose up (literally and figuratively) whenever either of us has a drink. I often use it to keep him away from the dinner table when he begs for too many scraps. I bring my drink to his nose as if to give him a treat, but he gets all huffy and walks away, perturbed at my beverage choices. And for anyone who thinks I’m being cruel… this lovable little monster gets scraps everyday, but after one or two, that’s enough people food. He’s only twenty pounds and I’d like him to live forever. Even if he and I have different views on many social and political topics.

Yet another reason to choose the word chill is today’s date: Friday the 13th! It means the beginning of a few scary movies this weekend to lure in the horrors of Halloween. It will send a chill up my spine but scary movies are my favorite. Thrillers… serial killers… and chillers… what a wonderful way to leave reality and just get lost in a good piece of fiction with a spot of danger. I know it’s not for everyone, but I like ’em. And lastly, it’s time to put my feet up and relax this weekend, as it’s been a busy week full of excitement and stress (all in a good way). I will chill for 24 hours and not worry about anything I have to do, rather I will focus on doing whatever I want to do. We all need a weekend day like that…

So tell me… which of these interpretations of the word chill do you most identify with? Or have you located another definition I’ve forgotten?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 214 – Alert (Are you an author?)

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Alert: a message notification for people to pay attention if you are an author

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As many of you know from reading my blog, and hopefully not thinking I’m posting too much about it, I published my debut novel this week. It is called Watching Glass Shatter and you can read more about it or purchase it @ http://mybook.to/WGS; however, that’s not why today’s 365 Daily Challenge post is about the word ‘alert’ but instead because it is time for me to give back a little to a select group of my followers. Given how hard it is (I now know!) to publish and market a novel, I’d like to help out my fellow authors by building a new weekly segment on my blog called “Author Alert.” Let me explain…

It is extremely critical for both new and established authors to get as many book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (and other sites) as often and as soon as possible after their books are released. It helps with marketing, ratings and sales, as I am learning. I’d like to establish a stronger team of authors on my blog who can support one another and share news and tips. On the flip side, I don’t want to be repetitive with my 365 Daily Challenge posts, so this gives me an opportunity to find a word that represents the author and blog about them, similar to my former “Ryder Recommends A Blogger” segment which finished up in August. I was running out of words and had to come up with a new idea!

In the future, I may start up the Recommended Blogger segment again, or run another segment for highlighting other bloggers trying to promote their products / services (e.g. artists, services, etc.), but I’m starting with authors since that’s familiar to me. Since I am at just about 3k followers right now, I hope I can provide opportunities for others as so many of you have given me in the last year. Beginning in a few weeks, the 365 Daily Challenge will host “Author Alert Friday” where I will blog about a published author who is following me on WordPress (and has been for a while). A few ground rules…

  1. If you are not following me but read this and begin following me, I am happy to share more information about you on Author Alert Fridays after we’ve had enough time to get to know one another.
  2. If you are an unpublished writer, let’s chat separately about other ways I can help. This particular segment is for published authors at the moment, but I can help others learn the ropes as I did in different ways.
  3. I may not have read your book, but I will do my best to incorporate it into my upcoming reading list. Even without reading it, we can still promote you!
  4. I want these to be informative and fun, but not lengthy… a teaser to sell the very best of YOU.
  5. I’m open to suggestions, so please feel free to throw out other ideas for my 365 Daily Challenge.

If you’re interested, comment here or send me a private message on any of my social media accounts. I hope we have a good response rate, but if not, we’ll tweak the format and/or keep it as a short run. Start messaging me and I’ll prepare a schedule. And if you are reading my book, please leave a review!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.