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

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The time has come to make a fresh start once again.  When the clock struck midnight early this morning, the calendar started its march toward December and as tradition, lots of people are making new promises to themselves for the upcoming year.  Some of the most popular resolutions for the new year are to eat healthier, get into shape, connect with old friends (in person, not online), and many others that attempt to make them feel better and better about themselves.

This year, I am no exception, but I did get a head start on a few of them.  I’m already a gym rat, so check that one off the list, although all my goals at the gym are not fulfilled yet.  It’s a work in progress.  I also recently started going to spin classes again, which I used to do and fell out of it.  I can’t remember when, but I decided to go cold turkey on my sugar in my coffee.  Some people told me to just stop drinking coffee, and since that will never happen, I did the next best thing and stopped the sugar.  It took me a few weeks to get used to the bitterness, but now I don’t even notice.  Now, if I can only kick the soda addiction.  I have gone diet, but in recent times, they say diet isn’t any better for you, so that should probably be the next thing to go.  We’ll see.

I started this blog when I turned 35.  Last week, I turned 38 and much has changed.  Life is fast.  New babies come into the family, as well as new spouses with their own families.  Some family members go to heaven to start their new journey.  My dad made that trip this past year.  Some family move into the next phase of their life.  My step-daughter is one semester away from finishing her high school/Associates Degree middle college program and she is already accepted into a private 4 year school that she will attend in the fall.  It’s only an hour away, but far enough to spread her wings and stretch.

This next year is going to be great.  Lots of things will change, I know, some for the better, and some not so good, but with my head start, I believe this year is going to be different.  I’m already ahead of the game, ahead of the resolutions.  My new habits are already taking shape.  I won’t be at the gym tomorrow as a stranger to all.  I will be there to help the new members adjust to the good life and hope they stick it out for the long haul.  Since my sugar habit is already broken, it will be easier for me to cut back on other unhealthy habits.  I know I can do it, and that gives me strength.  For once, I don’t need a new years resolution list.  I have already made my choices and they started long before the countdown to midnight.  All there is to do now is maintain and optimize the plan in order to meet my goals.

Good luck to you all in your new year journeys.

Simon.


I promised myself that I would make time to write and even though it is getting pretty late tonight, I intend to keep my word to myself.  It may not be a long post, but it’s going to be from the heart.

It’s been two days since the camping weekend came to a close.  Now that we are back home, we had to catch up on lots of things.  The lawn needed to be cut, the animals needed extra attention, and all the house work was backed up as well.  So needless to say, it has been busy around here.  But I am happy to say that things are looking good now, except the weather.  It has been a gloomy day today, with rain on and off, misty and then downpour. The dogs had to spend the day inside, which I assume is boring for them because there is nothing to bark at except the cat.

The temperature has been very nice and cool, which is great because our A/C is being stupid right now.  We’ve enjoyed having the breeze come through the open windows  and the sound of the rain makes it even better.  It’s a great atmosphere to write.  I would love to set up my writing desk in front of the window, but the room is not the correct configuration for that to happen.  Besides, once the A/C is fixed and summer hits, the windows will be closed and the sounds will be gone.  Then I’ll have to rely on Spotify for my audible motivation and inspiration.

Unlike while camping last weekend, I am now using all my fingers on the keys, making it much easier to type a post.  I know I will be able to take my laptop with me on the next camping adventure, and even though I won’t be able to publish while in the woods, I can type my heart away at speeds thumb typing on the phone can’t match.  So my next promise to myself will be to get my thoughts into a draft before packing up to come home from a trip.  Get my thoughts out while I am still in the atmosphere that inspires the thoughts in the first place.  That would make the most sense I would imagine.  The farther away from nature I get, the more detail I will lose in the creative process.  So while I sit here in bed, feeling the cool breeze from the open window, listening to the crickets and birds from that same window, I remind myself of a few things.  When I find myself lacking inspiration or the mood to put words to paper, all I need to do is simply open a window.  Nature is my inspiration and whether it’s coming from outside my bedroom window or through the canvas and zippers of my pop up camper, it will enable me to keep my promise to myself and just keep writing.

Goodnight.

Simon A.



For me, camping and writing go hand in hand. One of the reasons I don’t post much is because at home, life is too busy it seems. Between work and family, the gym and playing with the pets, it is hard to find time to watch some TV, or to write. There are just not enough hours in the day. I know I should make time though, and camping is the perfect time, place, and atmosphere to start again. It’s quiet, with only the sound of birds singing. It’s peaceful, so I can think about what I am doing. There are hardly any distractions, with the exception of a few dogs barking on occasion, mine included. The sunlight is sprinkling on me through the leaves in the trees. The smell is of fresh air, pollen-free finally, thanks to the rain recently. The only down side right this moment is that when I finally want to write, my laptop is at home. Go figure. So I sit here in front of a smoldering fire pit in a folding camp chair, IPhone in hand, expressing this post, one thumb click at a time. Not the fastest way to get my words out, but at least I have a way, and a signal to broadcast. So let this be my new beginning, once again. Back on the horse. And pray with me, that once I get home, my fingers will find their place on the keyboard where they belong and my thumbs can have a rest. Let this be the start of my new streak, where there is time to think and write, and the words find their way to the page once again. 

Talk to you again soon. 

Simon A. 


IMG_1097And I’m off and running.  Day 1 and my book is started.  1772 words so far and I might do a few more pages tonight.


Since I can remember, I have wanted to write a book.  I have the stories to share, but I have never taken the time to put them down on paper.  Well, I think now is the time to get started.  Why now you ask?  Well, I’m not entirely sure, but I have just recently started blogging again and it feels good, so I guess it has inspired me to look back on what I really want to write.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am no stranger to hospital stays and surgeries, and I have the scars to prove it to the ones who don’t know me.

At a very early age, I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus.  I have been through many surgeries, a few shunts, and lots of hospital food trays.  Today, I have zero shunts, zero headaches, and have been surgery-free for 15 years.  This was made possible with new cutting edge technology and the surgeons willing to try something different.  I want to write a book telling my story, not only as a historical record of my journey, but also to give families hope that there are success cases out there.  I am here and healthy and I want all the parents of hydro babies to know that their kids can grow up healthy like me.  Hydrocephalus doesn’t have to control their lives.  I just feel like my story can help in some way, to show the possibility of a positive outcome which doesn’t end in headaches and more surgeries.  It’s time for me to share.

Another reason I am ready to start now is that I found out about a novel writing contest in November.  Even though I am not looking to write a novel at this time, from the site of that contest, National Novel Writing Month, I found another challenge just for me, The Write Nonfiction in November Challenge. I’m going to do my best to finish my book in a month, but more importantly, I am going to start my book in November.  If it takes longer, so be it.  The challenge for me at this point is just to start.  Anything more is icing on the cake.  Wish me luck.

I hope you stick around and read my work when it is complete.  I will try not to make you wait too long.

Goodnight.

Simon.


It’s been a few weeks since I have written anything. It’s been so busy around here, and with the ice storm a few weeks back, I have been keeping myself occupied by cutting down and chopping up trees that have fallen. It’s stillI a mess out there, with tree limb piles on every street, just waiting for the clean up crews to come take it away. My carport has a few years worth of firewood split and stacked now, thanks to our poor pear trees that did not survive the ice.

All American Sprint Triathlon (Thomasville, NC - April 26, 2014)

All American Sprint Triathlon
(Thomasville, NC – April 26, 2014)

Because of the storm, not only was the power out at our house for 4 days, but I have gotten really out of sync when it comes to working out and writing. This week, I finally got back to the gym and did a few classes, got back in the pool and did some swimming, and today I got back on the treadmill. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get a few slow miles in, and plan to continue training strong for the next few weeks. My first triathlon is in exactly a month, and I want to be in good enough shape to at least cross the finish line under my own power. Finishing a triathlon will be a big deal for me. I played sports in school, from basketball to soccer to track, and I was decent at most of them. But that was a long time ago. Now I am older and not in the best of shape. I have some work to do, and I am doing it, but it is going to take time and effort. I have ran some 5K’s, put many many miles on my bike, and seem to be getting back in the swing of things in the pool too. What I have never done is do all 3 of those things during the same event, continuously. It will be a challenge, I know, but it will also make my accomplishment list one item longer, and one more checked item on my bucket list. One month to go and I am going to make it.

My wife is starting day shift next month, which is going to give her and I much more time together, including carpooling to and from work, and also more time to get outside and bike and run together. Since the weather is finally turning in the right direction, we will have the kayaks on the water soon also. We have decided to keep a blog of our adventures, and as my loyal readers, you will be the first to hear about it when I start it. We haven’t decided on a name for it yet, or if I will link it to this blog or start a completely new one. Regardless, I hope you have enjoyed my writings so far, as few of them as there are, and I hope you will follow our new one too. The way we are going to try to manage it is that I will log one of our adventures, and then the next time we do an activity, she will log it and put her spin on things. We have been wanting to write a novel together for years and have never had the time, so this will be our new beginning to start to write together and see where it goes. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know when it’s up and ready.

Hope everyone has a wonderful evening and week.
Talk to you again soon.

Simon A.


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.

Goodnight.

Simon A.