My Ideal Day

5:00a: Awake, brush, floss, situps, pushups
5:15a: 5-mile run
6:00a: 20-minute meditation
6:20a: Start coffee, shower, shave, dress well
6:30a: High-protein breakfast
6:45a: Morning ideation
7:00a: Breakfast with the kids
8:30a: Write for 30 minutes
9:00a: Do the most important work of the day
1:00p: Lunch meeting w/ a coaching client @ a new restaurant or brewery
2:00p: Process new messages (email, post, voicemail)
2:30p: Choice time; kubb, nap, art museum, more writing, cooking, brewing, make art
4:30p: Daily review
5:00p: Make and have dinner as a family
6:30p: Walk with the family around the neighborhood, put kids to bed.
8:00p: Time together with Jen
9:30p: Journal writing & preview of tomorrow
10:00p: Bed


mother has a hard time texting
i can see it
in her knuckles
she wants
someone else to handle these things

Data Baggage

“Don’t collect data. If you know everything about yourself, you know everything. There is no use burdening yourself with a lot of data. Once you understand yourself, you understand human nature and then the rest follows.” – Kurt Gödel, A Logical Journey, MIT Press, 1996

reminds me of the Greek gnōthi seauton.

Homegrown Hops 2013

Today, April 5, I planted 6 hops rhizomes (2 each of Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) on the south side of the house, a few inches down in a compost/manure mixture and covered in mulch.

This is my third attempt at growing hops at home. The first year nothing came up. Last year, half the rhizomes broke through the earth only to be destroyed time and time again by a mix of lawnmower, gale force winds, and japanese beetle. I feel much more confident to combat all 3 this year.


Everything has a price.

At the last job where I was an employee – my immediate manager was always busy and happy to work long hours. Then, I observed that he didn’t really enjoy spending time with his family. Then and now, I see people commuting 45+ minutes each way, for decades, to live where they want to live. But they’re commuting, and spending more time in an office and on the road then in their dream house with their life partners. Any time I feel a pang of envy, I remind myself, I don’t know what price they’re paying for the thing I’m envious of, but it’s likely much higher than I’m comfortable with.

“Years later, I find out that the person, the one I modeled my creative habits after, was going through a bit of a cocaine addiction at the time.” – Ze Frank

13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside. –
The more you practice your craft, the less you confuse worldly rewards with spiritual rewards, and vice versa.

“You are your own problem, and you always will be. Also worth noting: you’re the biggest problem you’ll ever have. Better figure out how to deal with yourself.” – Jason Zabel