Friday, June 24, 2011

The Cure for Blog Block

I know that those of you who regularly read this blog see me as a gushing mountain spring of creativity and insight. Each time you finish reading one of my posts you sit back, exhale, and wonder to yourself, "Where does he come up with this solid gold material?" However, you may be surprised, that I, the one who has brought you such hard-hitting blog topcis as "Pineapple," "Sprinskies," and something about a monkey tail moustache, yes even I occasionally struggle to find that inspirational topic that will change lives and trend so hard on twitter that it actually reverses the earth's rotation.

These struggles are called blog block and I got it bad.

Thankfully, I called on my unintentional community (aka Facebook friends) to help me out. I asked for a good topic and received lots of great ones.

So instead of picking one and digging deep, I thought it might be fun to write a post about them all. Buckle up. Here goes...

1. Mario Kart on the 64--Easily the best Mario Kart, especially for battle mode. By the way, if you're not talking like Mario while you play, then you're just not playing it right.

2. My favorite teacher--Tie between Mrs. Bookwalter, to whom I owe my love and appreciation of literature, and Brad Price, my counseling Prof. I talk about him here.

3. Dream analysis--Intriguing, but not nearly as effective as analyzing what you do when you're awake.

4. Jon Chin Chinavong--The only person I know who can constantly tell others that he is awesome without it instantly becoming untrue.

5. The Shaq: One Year Later--(Book Description) Retired basketball player/genie spends a week at a secluded cabin in the woods where he encounters God. God tells him to once again team up with Burger King and bring back the Shaq pack (Whopper with cheese, fries with cheese, and a soft drink...with cheese?).

6. Best Memory of my college house (816 E. 8th street aka "816")--Moving out? JK, JK. This is like the favorite movie question. It's so hard to pick just one (unless you've seen A Walk to Remember. In that case it's no contest. Bravo, Mandy Moore, bravo.). One favorite memory of 816 is when some girls came over in secret and cleaned it for us. This was great for two reasons: One, it was just a nice thing to do and two, because I lived with guys who washed dirty dishes by breaking them on the wall behind a chair. COLLEGE!!!

7. Marriage--Second best decision I ever made. I highly recommend it. Advice for marriage: talking helps, secrets hurt.

8. Reasons a young couple and baby should live in Bloomington--Because their friends that already live in Bloomington pay them one million dollars. Each.

9. The difference between life and existence--purpose.

10. Sex--I'll tell you when you're older.

Good stuff. Thanks for all the ideas. Perhaps I will elaborate on some of these topics in the coming weeks. Here's a good question: Which of the ten should I elaborate on?

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I've completely fallen off the horse lately concerning blogging. But what do you do when you fall off the horse?

We get back on! (Sorry Maury, I'm not a gymnast) <---name that movie quote.

Anyhow, you can expect a bit more regular posting from me because I have recently spent some time doing one of my favorite things to do in the world:

No, not tickling puppies...guess again.

No, not singing my thoughts out loud opera-style as I walk around the house...guess again.

That's right! I've set goals!

I love setting goals. I love setting goals for several reasons. First, I'm a bit of a dreamer. It's fun to think about all the things you'd like to do. Secondly, I'm an optimist. When I think of all the things I'd like to do, I generally feel like, "Yeah, I could do all these things!" And finally, setting goals just makes good sense. It has been said that if you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time. Yowza! That's depressfest. Instead, why not think through what you want to accomplish and take small steps to make it happen?

We all have goals, even if we never verbalize them. However, experts in the field of goal-setting (David Beckham, the E-trade baby, and Debbie, the crazy eharmony cats lady) all agree that the key to goal-setting is actually writing your goals down and putting them somewhere you will see them regularly. So I took this idea of making goals and totally nerdified it. I created a monthly sheet on which I get to fill in a bubble each time I complete a daily, weekly, or monthly goal. Some of my goals include blogging once a week, exercising four times a week, and spending time praying for people every day (let me know if I can pray for you).

One goal I really thought about setting but didn't was to grow a monkey tail beard (see below). I encourage you to go where I could not. In fact, if you grow a monkey tail beard I will write a blog post completely about you (totally fair exchange).

Wish me luck with my goals. Go write some of your own down!