After 35 years of life, I have a few things to say.

Monthly Archives: January 2014

I just started writing again a few weeks ago and to my amazement, you are enjoying my thoughts in print. I decided to expand my operation so that more people get an opportunity to see my work. I am very new to blogging and I didn’t know how to get the word out about my posts except for adding tags, and posting a link to my blog on Facebook. My Facebook friends like my posts and leave comments on Facebook, but they don’t have a way to follow me here since most of them are not bloggers. Well, I finally took some steps to break through some barriers. I’m not sure how it will help, as this is my first post since. We will see. What I did was finally link this blog to my Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts. My hope is to reach more people so that they can benefit from my writings.

Now that my experiment has been explained, probably making me look very foolish to you guys who have been blogging for years, I will give you some of my recent news. School is back in session as of last Monday and this semester, I am registered for 2 classes, both online, and both general electives. Since i work full time, I need evening classes, but there were none offered for the classes I need in my major. So Computer Science classes will have to wait until next semester. This semester, in the interest of knocking out some of my Gen Ed requirements, I am taking a Philosophy class in Practical Reasoning with an Intensive Writing Marker. This means that not only will I be writing blogs regularly here, but I will also be writing papers every two weeks on the Scientific Method approach for solving problems and analyzing data. This is going to be a fun class for me. I am also taking a German Literature class, taught in English, on the Middle Age German Writers and their historic impact on the country. This will give me a chance to learn about the German society, as I have already taken 2 semesters of the German language. My family ancestry is also partly German, so that strikes my interest as well. It’s going to be an eye opening semester.

I know this is a short entry tonight, but I am going to stop here because I an ancious to see how all this account linking is going to work. Please stay tuned and I promise to write again soon. Have a great start to your week everyone.


Simon A.


I’ve been through a lot in my life, as some of you may know. My medical history reads like a novel, and the surgical scars on my body tell so many stories. But it’s ok, because everything that I have been through has made me the person I am today. I am here and I am grateful.

My friend Sarah is running the Walt Disney World Marathon right this second, as I type this. In fact, just a few minutes ago, Mickey posted her progress on her Facebook wall, as she just crossed the 10 mile mark in under an 1:40:00. It’s amazing to me that anyone can run a marathon, especially someone I know, who I have watched from the beginning of training. She has come a very long way and I’m proud of her for making it this far.

Everyone I know has challenges in their lives. Some have bigger challenges than others, but overcoming the challenges that are important to you is the most important thing. My challenge a few years ago was to run a 5K. I did that. Last year, it was to ride a century on my bike in one day. I did that. This year, one of my challenges is to do a triathlon. I am signed up for a Sprint Triathlon in April and I am looking forward to it. I don’t anticipate any “sprinting”, but all I want to do is finish. I know it is a race, but the only one i am racing against is my own doubt. It’s easy to say you can’t do something. It’s hard to do something new. I just think it looks fun. Like my Spin Class teacher always says, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”.

Baby steps is all it takes and every challenge can be overcome. Sarah is proving that right now. She is such an inspiration to many, including me.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

Simon A.

Why has the weather been so crazy lately? It seems that it warms up and rains every weekend when we want to be outside doing things, and during the week, the rain stops, but the temperature falls to single digits. I grew up in Northern NY, so I enjoy snow in the winter, but here in NC, it doesn’t happen very often. If only the moisture was around during the cold week days. It would be sweet to have snow during the week and then be clear and warm on the weekends for outdoor activities, but I guess that is too much to ask in this climate.

Today is going to be a lazy day, I can feel it already. The family is sleeping late, both dogs are going crazy because they can’t go outside in the flooded backyard, and the rains continues to fall. This afternoon it is supposed to be in the mid sixties, so tea on the front porch in the rocking chairs may be in our future. It is definately a good day to write. The neighborhood is quiet, except for the occasional rumble of thunder, but I love the sound of rain. It is so peaceful and calming, like a deep tissue massage for the ears and the mind. Rain blankets my thoughts and makes all the troubles go away, maybe only temporarily, but it’s better than not at all.

I hope everyone who reads this can take a moment today and listen to the rain. Close your eyes, breath deep breaths, clear your mind, and enjoy the peace of the world that surrounds you. If you are not in a place that is raining today, you can do the same thing with the soothing sounds of music, or just remember this post the next time it does rain where you live.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone.

Simon A.

Since before Christmas, the office has been operating on a skeleton crew. I was out of town for my birthday and Christmas, like most others in my group. When I came back to work after Christmas, the office was a ghost town. Most people just took the whole week off, so I had lots of peace and quiet to catch up on paperwork. This past week was the same situation. Monday and Tuesday were dead since it was close to New Years. I was there with a few others and work was steady, but still slow. Thursday and Friday after New Years was a little better. People started coming back to work and it was pretty lively most of the day. Everyone was sharing their holiday stories of being with family and friends. I was no exception, and it was nice to share with others the good times of the past few weeks.

Now the holidays are behind us, and tomorrow starts the first Monday morning of 2014. Along with the cold snap that we have to deal with in most of the country right now, the office will most likely be a madhouse of chatter. I have enjoyed the quiet peacefulness these last few days, but I do miss normal days at work. It will be nice to have everyone there, all the vendors, suppliers, and customers back online and ready to go, and business as usual. January is normally my company’s slowest time of year, but this year, it looks to be very busy for us. I like staying busy because it makes the time go faster, but more importantly, doing more work gives me more to be proud of, since I enjoy what I do.

This is the start of a new year. I hope to make it the best one yet, in my life and at the office. I hope you all have a great first Monday wherever you are tomorrow. I know I will be enjoying the day, as it is the first of many in a new and wonderful year to come.


Simon A.