This is my personal week in review, shared out for anyone and everyone.
The Big Takeaway from this Past Week
Sleep is underrated. So many issues are traced back to a lack of it, and everything feels easier when you get enough of it. The problem is, it’s hard to shut down, to turn the TV off, or stop writing for your blog (it’s 11:30 right now).
I wake up, meditate, eat, spend a few minutes with the kids, then go to work for 9-10 hours. Then it’s back home, dinner, a couple more hours with the kids, an hour or so with the wife, then suddenly it’s 11pm. If I want to get eight hours of sleep, then its lights out right there.
But there’s writing to be done. Silicon Valley to be watched. Freaking SILENCE to be appreciated.
When I get 7+ hours a few days in a row, it’s magical. I’m a different person and everything is easier.
Then there are weeks like this, when I’m under six hours almost every night. My legs are heavy, my mind wanders more, Twitter sounds better than work.
There’s not a happy ending to this one. I’m struggling with it, but it’s just this week. Next week will be better…maybe.
Probably Inappropriate Internet Content I Shared with My Kids This Week
I mean, I wanted Nathan to learn about Mastodon and proper movie theater behavior, so this made a lot of sense at the time.
What I Read This Past Week That’s Worth Sharing
I’ll write a post about the author, Ryan Holiday, and his new book later, but this article is a good illustration of something that’s become very clear to me recently: passion isn’t always great. Mindfulness, and focused efforts are great. Passion is Youtube comments, purpose is love.
What I’m Grateful for This Week
- Spellcheck, even though I ignore it most of the time
- Father’s Day, to celebrate another successful year of fathering
- Another beer in a barrel, to be celebrated in August perhaps
- Lori’s tenacity in conquering Ragnar even after getting sick the night before
- When Nathan hikes and doesn’t whine the whole time
- Anna’s willingness to let me do her hair when mama is away
Listen to This
I fell in love with Lera Lynn when her song was the only good thing to come out of season two of True Detective. But her older stuff wasn’t the type of stuff you could listen to all the time. Too brooding, plodding. Like Tom Waits. You can’t cruise down the road with the windows down with Tom Waits playing.
Or maybe you can. It’s something to try, I suppose.
Anyway, Lera has a new album out, and it’s still brooding, but the tempo is up a bit. I love this song. And I think it’s proof that there are good artists out and about in country music, just not on the radio.