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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.

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365 Challenge: Day 199 – Store

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Store: an amazing book store in Asheville I wanted to live in

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Today’s post is a short one as we’ve been driving around a lot and haven’t stopped to take many pictures. We are leaving Asheville later this afternoon after a final stop in an amazing bookstore called the Battery Park Book Exchange, where they have tons of older books (and newer ones). They also serve champagne, pastries and coffee, as well as have a full bar and about 30 sitting areas over three different stories in a winding maze pattern. Amazing! My friend Kiersten (good blog to follow!!!) suggested another one, Malaprop’s, which I hope to catch before we leave. Definitely worth visiting Asheville… my favorite of all the towns in North Carolina so far. We had lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe, where the biscuits were perfection and walked around the town for a few hours. Oh, it’ll be sad to leave. But I have all the pics of Biltmore to get me to come back soon. Off to finish out the day… back tomorrow!

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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 25 – Obsessed

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Obsessed: preoccupied with or constantly worrying about something

There are varying degrees to which someone can be obsessed with something or someone, ranging from healthy to serial killer. [No, I’m not one]

I’m in that range somewhere. After 24 days, I suppose you think you know me well enough to pinpoint roughly whereabouts I’d fall in that scale. I’ll make it easy for you… it all depends on what I’m obsessing over. I have been known on occasion to be so obsessive, it is scary. Not scary in “he’s gonna go pyscho,” but scary in “did he seriously just do/say/eat that AGAIN?”

Since this post could go on forever about different types of obsession, I’ll share a few things where I find myself obsessed, but ultimately, I’m going to blog about my obsession with food and drink. Things I’ve noticed obsessions over:

  • Test Results: whether it was in school waiting for a grade, getting blood work or updates from a doctor, or DNA results from Ancestry.com, I would check every hour to see if something was new (if it was online, that is… I’d never actually call and ask someone the same question every hour — I do have some level of self-control).

  • Updates: Checking to see if the dial has changed on something (anything… temperature, stocks, points, votes, etc.), I check way too frequently to see if the number has increased or decreased since the last time I saw it. And if the WiFi or screen freezes for any moment, hell hath no fury like an obsessed Jay!

  • Email: At my last job, I looked at my mobile phone every few seconds to see if a new email came in as I was freakishly paranoid about missing it and not getting back to someone timely. I carried it in my hand (not in my pocket) — with the volume off of course (see post on quiet) — just so I could feel the vibration and know I was needed. It rested under my pillow while I slept too.

But… today I am choosing to focus on foods and drinks. So here is the problem… I’m very self-conscious about looking good and being healthy, so I am often balancing my diet, working out and generally trying to maintain a stress-free life. (Note, for another day I’ll cover stress: my opinion is stress causes all the disease and physical pain to manifest in our bodies. You may already have the gene markers in your DNA for it to happen, but cutting out the stress could help prevent it from developing or getting worse) — not a doctor — just my opinion from research and observation!

What foods and drinks am I obsessed with? And by obsessed, I don’t mean I eat them all the time and can’t stop thinking about them. What I mean is… if it’s on the counter or in the closet, I will eat it ALL. I therefore try really hard not to buy these things… and when my mother brings them over on Sundays, I just hate myself. 😛

  • Desserts (cakes, cookies, anything sweet)
  • Chocolate
  • Champagne
  • Cheese
  • Bread

If I open the bag of cookies, I will eat the entire box in one sitting. But I won’t go to the store to buy it every day. If I open a bottle of champagne for dinner, I have to buy at least two: one for me, and one for the other person. And I hope that (s)he does not finish all of theirs so that I can have more. And if I buy cheese and crackers as a pre-dinner snack, I do not believe in wrapping up the remaining cheese for another day. If it’s been opened, it is meant to be consumed. I’ll shove 3 or 4 pieces in my mouth at once. I’m a freakin’ monster when it comes to foods that I love.

And while it’s happening, I’ll reason with myself while sitting on said couch. Typical conversation with myself:

ME: “You had ten, that’s enough.”

ME AGAIN: “One more won’t hurt.”

ME: “OK, just one.”

… [scramble from the couch… into the kitchen… gone longer than should be… back on the couch]…

ME AGAIN: “You had just one, right?”

ME: [can’t speak because mouth is full]

ME AGAIN: “You didn’t, you pig!”

ME: [head hangs in pseudo fake-shame]

ME AGAIN: “How many did you eat?”

ME: “The better question is how many are left!”

That is obsessed. And it leads to a few moments of “got to go work out NOW” and “I feel sick,” but I still do it every time in the future when the opportunity presents itself. Gluttonous is most appropriate word to use. That said, a few interesting  sidebars I’ve noticed:

  1. It doesn’t show because I am probably almost as obsessed with working out, taking vitamins and eating healthy otherwise. I need to balance it out somewhere.
  2. Alcoholism and diabetes run in my family, which means I’m keenly aware of the effects over indulgent behaviors. As a result, I have always been cautious and aware of the risks… and I’d like to say I would never become dependent on these things. Yes, I obsess over some of them, but I also know enough to stop when I need to. (I only do that crazy cookie eating thing once a month!!!!!!)
  3. It makes me human. Perhaps I’m not so peculiar after all… though we all have some crazy in us.

I’m curious why I do these things… why I allow myself to become obsessed? Since it happens beyond just eating and drinking, it’s not some missing vitamin or mineral or chemical in my internal biology! 😛

Am I needy? Am I bored? Am I wanton of things I don’t have? Nah… I think everyone does things like this from time to time. We let our minds control us for so long on certain topics until we decide to just accept or forget the supposed importance. Obsessions just show how much you love something, right? Assuming you keep it healthy and non-impacting to anyone else, then it’s all cool, right? The other people are wrong.