Saw a news report earlier this afternoon about revelers in Times Square who had been there for hours and were wearing diapers due to the bathroom situation. No thanks. I’ll take my middle age, suburban New Year’s Eve. Chinese food, whiskey and an Indiana Jones marathon on TV with the family. #LifeIsGood
In between cleaning and wrapping I have given my website an overhaul. Simple and me. https://stevepbrady.me/
Full moon over La Salette Shrine last night.
This weekend’s newsletter:
Career in the Balance: Holiday Edition – https://mailchi.mp/80fff9a0ae89/welcome-to-the-new-and-improved-career-in-the-balance-newsletter-2893969
Deactivated Facebook yesterday. Moved my photo storage from Google Photos to Dropbox today. I feel cleeeean.
Went to get our Christmas tree today and found this beauty inside. Asked the owner and he said he hopes to have it up and working after the holidays. Gift idea for me. Quarters. Lots of quarters.
CURRENT STATUS: Christmas shopping badge achieved. We made a plan and executed. All the shopping done in one night. (I think)
WATCHING: Season 3 of Hannibal. I’m a little embarrassed how fast I am bingeing this show.
READING: A three year backlog of Gordon White’s blog: The Archonology Series. Interesting alt-history.
CURRENT STATUS: I’ve been going full tilt since 7 AM, it’s now 7 PM and I am finally sitting down to relax. December really is the busiest month of the year.
WATCHING: I’m up to season 2 of Hannibal and I plan on going full comatose in front of a screen for the next couple hours.
READING: Nothing. I have not had time lately, and by the time I do I’m too tired to really get into anything. Clearly a sign that I need to slow down. (New Year’s resolution unlocked!)
CURRENT STATUS: Trying to juggle working with 7 clients this week. Seven! Oh, and I have over 70 essays to grade as well. If you need me I’ll be main-lining coffee in the corner over here.
READING: American Exorcism in this month’s The Atlantic. Because nothing says Christmas season like a good ‘ol demonic possession.
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Situation critical.
CURRENT STATUS: 5 mile run to try and sweat out the mild hangover from last night’s holiday party.
WATCHING: Hannibal, season 1 on Amazon Prime. Heard a lot of good things about it. 2 episodes in and I’m hooked.
LISTENING: Latest release from ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ on Bandcamp
CURRENT STATUS: Listening to my wife and daughter scream about seeing @ChrisEvans, aka Captain America. (He’s filming a movie down the street.)
WATCHING: New season of Netflix’s Frontier
LISTENING: Big Wreck’s Grace Street
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Leaning tower of too much work
CURRENT STATUS: Squirrel in the attic, again. Thinking of charging him rent.
LISTENING: Original Halo soundtrack. Video game soundtracks are surprisingly good to write to.
WATCHING: Limitless. I know it is horribly formulaic, but I love this movie.
READING: Just downloaded Cabin at the End of the World and excited to start it.
CURRENT STATUS: Home with a head cold, which means it is a day of endlessly going over my digital workflow.
LISTENING: Backlog of Father Roderick’s podcasts. (Movies, travel, fantasy, TV, faith, sci-fi and minimalism.)
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Manageable, for now…
CURRENT STATUS: Trying to clean up all the lose ends before traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Moderately successful so far…)
READING: Joe Hill’s Locke and Key, the 1st graphic novel I’ve been able to really get into.
WATCHING: Adam Cesare’s YouTube channel. So many great book and movie recommendations. Focus is on 70’s – 90’s horror.
LISTENING: Thanksgiving Celebration: 60 Traditional Holiday Favorites, because, well, why the hell not?
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Winding down
CURRENT STATUS: Middle school robot wars.
LISTENING: Christmas music. God help me it’s started.
CURRENT STATUS: Beautiful hike by the lake this morning.
LISTENING: Ultraculture podcast
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Pretty manageable this morning actually.
CURRENT STATUS: First snow. A wet mushy mess.
READING: The Survivor by Prino Levi
LISTENING: Hypnagogue Podcast
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: I’d really rather not
Busy week for me. 3 days of parent/teacher conferences. Working with 3 job search clients. I’m also doing some A/B testing on my LinkedIn Profinder proposals. Oh, and the first snow of the year is set to hit tonight, 6 inches. So, ya, busy week.
READING: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
LISTENING: Dark Ages- A Chronicle of the Plague
WATCHING: Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime
INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Moderately intimidating
It’s been a while since I published a proper blog post. Not a 200 word hot take, or a quick personal update, but a really, truly, well-developed article. This 1700+ word exploration of Ralph Waldo Emerson and what he can teach the modern careerist is just what my creative juices needed. Curious? Take a look here.