Dreamer’s World February 01, 2018 – Changing The Routine

    Sometimes a change to the routine is what we all need. Last night, Hal and I spent the entire evening binge-watching “The Flash” on Netflix while we just cuddled together on the couch with The Stooges. Hanging out was a change from the typical routine where we were each occupied with phone calls and surfing the internet. Something rekindled without any special effort; we spent the evening talking and laughing as we watched the program together. The Stooges noticed the difference, and they all spent parts of the evening cuddled up with us. It was a beautiful time together, and I look forward to another evening like that soon.
    The only change that I will make the next time is that I will go to bed earlier. I slept well last night, but I know that I need more sleep to get things back on track. I also want to avoid the temptation to try doing this every night because then it becomes the new routine that we must break at some point. The important thing is to find the happy compromise, just like every other aspect of life.  The Flash will still be there; we have plenty of episodes left to explore and enjoy together.
    Today is the first day of February. I know lots of people who consider January to be the longest month, but personally, I think that February just goes on forever. February is the middle of winter, and it tends to produce the worst weather in this part of the country. All of the worst snowstorms we have endured in the DC area during our time here have occurred in February. The rule is that once we pass President’s Day weekend, we won’t have any more big snowstorms. Regardless of that, I am taking a week off immediately after the holiday just to recharge my internal batteries. I don’t plan to leave the area because of Hal, so I will just enjoy the time off with him. Who knows? Perhaps we will do more binge-watching?

Dreamer’s World January 11, 2018 – Making Changes

    As 2018 begins I have begun making some changes that should help to improve my life. I know that I can do things better, and the time to implement the necessary changes is always the present. Like everyone, I am guilty of putting things off because they are too inconvenient, or I was too busy. The excuses are endless and so easy to fall back on when we need them. They are crutches that support our bad decisions or lack of action.
    Sometimes the changes are straightforward. There is one that I have begun changing, and that is the amount of money spent on eating out. As much as I love to cook, I found myself in the kitchen less often. I took a chance and purchased one of the “Instant Pot” electric pressure cookers for xmas, and I can already tell that it is going to save money for us. It makes cooking so easy and quick that I have already prepared multiple meals that took far less time than if I had made them the old way. There is also less cleanup required after using the instant pot. I just wash out the inner pot by hand and let it dry and then wipe down the inner lid.
    I noticed a substantial difference in the bank balance at the end of the last pay period, and I know that is due to making meals here at home. Even the increased cost of buying groceries to account for cooking still saves money for us. I consider the instant pot a very wise investment, and Hal likes the results as well. I am spending more time in the kitchen cooking and less money at restaurants, so this is an excellent choice that I made.
    It is time to re-evaluate other areas to see what changes I can make to improve things. I will have to take some time to determine the best course of action, but it will be worth it in the long run. One thing that will be relatively easy is to stop worrying about upgrading my tech toys. What I have is perfectly functional, and if it finally fails, I can then consider an upgrade. For pieces of technology where I have multiple devices, I need to use them until they fail before even considering a change, no matter how intense the temptation might be.
    Another change is to get out of the ruts I find myself in from time to time around here. I need to get to bed earlier and do more for myself after work. Motivation always gets more natural when the days are longer, so winter is usually a time I struggle with this issue. For right now, getting more sleep is the primary way to feel better.