the mondays + wednesdays plan

As a follow-up to my new goal mentioned in the previous post for this collection of words and pictures, I will do my best to add a new post about what’s going on in my life on Mondays and Wednesdays if time permits. I believe it would be reasonable to use the pattern of attending a college course a couple times a week to add to this.

I attended classes on and off for over a decade and racked up plenty of college credits. Every now and then, I think of the days when I worked a full-time job and attended classes or when I worked two jobs and attended classes. I feel that I have reached a point in my life when I no longer want to find myself doing either. I see a possibility when I may go back to school for some reason, but that does not seem very likely at this point. I currently just work a full-time job, and I am content with that.

I’ve been quite a homebody for a while now. One of my primary reasons is that I am doing my best to save up as much of my earnings to achieve my bigger goals, and the expenses of being a social butterfly have become nuisances in my fundraising effort. Gas prices are so much more than they used to be last decade, so driving can be costly. Time is precious. Hobbies can be expensive. Paying the bills while trying to save makes it difficult to go out and spend.

The icing on the cake is sales tax. Texas state sales tax is 8.25%. That means for every $100 I spend on anything that accrues sales tax, $8.25 of my hard-earned cash is taken on top. Nowadays with e-commerce being the way to purchase and save on tangible items, I prefer to shop online for just about everything except gas, groceries, and smaller items that I’d be better off getting at a store. The prices are more desirable online, and I usually avoid having to pay the sales tax which is an additional savings in itself.

That should wrap up today’s update. I look forward to updating again on Wednesday. Peace out.

the five sixteen

I will attempt to achieve a goal that I will probably be too busy or too lazy to accomplish: two new posts per week. They may not be substantial, but what individual posts here really are? This is just one of my many collections. I don’t do as much updating here as I used to, and it seems that every time I do, I mention the fact that I don’t update enough.

Almost half of the year has gone by, and summer has arrived. I hope that I can keep up with this, because I think about it constantly. Another task or another thought almost always shows up to take priority, so that’s really the reason why I don’t update this as often.

Two updates per week? Will that keep you coming back like you used to? Or have you left for good? Hold me to it. Peace out.

the human machine

The end of the Spring semester approaches signaling the completion of 25% of my short-term goal. I should be done with the first stage about a year from now. I’m following a path that I should have chosen ten years ago, but this past decade was spent discovering life.

Now that my twenties are almost over, the stage of my life where I need to be a responsible adult has taken over my existence. The monotony of everyday life sprinkled with happiness has become my personal routine. As mundane as that sounds, I actually enjoy the redundancy.

The schedule goes a little something like this for the next couple weeks until I get a couple weeks off before the Summer semester begins: Mondays thru Thursdays are occupied with my full-time day job and school in the evenings. Fridays are celebrated, because I just have an eight-hour shift followed by a relaxing evening and the weekend ahead. Saturdays and Sundays fly by, because I do whatever I want with them unless the calendar tells me otherwise.

At work, I plug into my workstation from 7am to 3pm with a couple breaks during that time. I’m connected to a machine which is connected to another machine which is connected to yet another machine and who knows how many more machines until you’ve reached the backbone of this vast network that records our lives.

When I am not in front of this type of device that you’re using to read this, I am living. Go do the same. You’re better than this.