Thursday, March 15, 2012

#17 Compost more. DONE.

Last spring after cleaning the yard and flower beds, preparing for new plants and flowers, I had a lot of extra clippings, leaves and various yard-waste. I had been thinking about starting a compost pile for a while but never took the time to get started, that and the fact that I had a feeling The Wife wouldn't want me collecting a pile of decomposing earth in our backyard. I’m sure her main concern was, the aesthetics of a compost heap don’t quite blend well with a manicured lawn and trees, I understand that.

With that in mind my composting began in planter-pot. The pot was small enough to not be an eye sore but big enough to start. Initially the pot didn’t have any drainage holes so I had to drill them, gotta have drainage and air circulation or that heap will begin to STANK!

Original Compost Pile.
Recently we’ve been getting a much appreciated amount of rain; while good for the drought burdened area it’s not so good for my potted composting. The lack or aeration and drainage has made for sour turns, not good. Now that The Wife is pretty much on board with composting and Young Money helps turn it when we’re in the yard playing, I’ve decided that now is a good time to “Compost more” (#17).

New Compost Heap.

Link to My List

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

#56 Inspire. DONE.

Well that didn't take long at all, #56 on My List can be crossed off. on top of that, this pairs with #31 on my list so now I'll have to add $5.00 to the 101 in 1001 savings bank. Sweet-ass! :) 

But today, I'm here to tell you that I've inspired a good friend of mine, Crispy, to start his own 101 in1001. Ever since I mentioned that I had a blog and upon his first visit to it he's been all bout it, he thinks it's the coolest thing. For good reason too, it is a pretty awesome blog. Ha-ha, kidding. Seriously though, he digs it and likes the idea of having an presence in the great world wide interwebs. he's been wanting to start a blog for some time now, we even briefly started one together but nothing came of it and I think the blog itself may have been pulled from blogger. Oh well. 

Now Crispy's got a list of his own and will soon be starting his own blog just like I did in 2007. This is a great opportunity for him to accomplish some goals and the blog will (should) hold him accountable since his list will be published. Besides, this is too much fun and some of the tasks on his list match mine, so we should be able to accomplish them together. Stay tuned and I'll revisit this post with a link to Crispy's blog once he starts one. 

Here's his list of 101+

1 Get a motorcycle license
2 Buy a new bigger TV for the living room
3 Buy a motorcycle
4 Beat Nat Mendez at madden(trust this dude is cold at madden)
6 Buy a vehicle (sharing a car sucks and kids can’t ride the motorcycle)
7 Make my own pizza
8 Join a crossfit gym
9 Get promoted or at least get paid more
10 Lose 30 more lbs
12 Tattoo (finish my sleeve)
13 Go camping
14 Get to work on time for a whole week
15 Find another place to live(house or duplex)
16 Take my mom out to dinner
17 Get married to BRANDY
18 Clean out closet and drawers
19 Do dishes everyday
20 Go to the drive in
21 Go tubing
22 Buy a lawn mower
23 Read a book
24 Run a 5k
25 Go to a Dallas Cowboys football game at the new stadium (still haven’t been)
26 Go scuba diving
27 Buy new couches
28 Take a hip hop dance class (gotta sharpen up my moves hahah)
29 Go skinny dipping
30 Buy a laptop
31 Buy a video camera
32 Take the family to the aquarium
33 Go H.A.M. when it comes to training
34 Go to Schlitterbahn
35 Go to Six Flags
36 Try out a game of disc golf
37 Take fam to the zoo ( dallas or ft worth)
38 Buy a new mattress
39 Go to a Miami Heat game
40 Go to Texas Rangers game
41 Save more money
42 Design my own t shirt
43 Go to tailgate
44 Go to Texas Football game
45 Take a boat to the lake
46 Donate clothes I no longer wear
47 Take a family photo
48 Try rock climbing
49 Take a trip to my grandmas
50 Buy dumbbells (don’t have any so any weight is heavier)
51 Clean house
52 Eat smaller portions
53 Volunteer at the Special Olympics
54 Buy a bike and ride with the kids
55 Buy a bed set 
56 Go somewhere I've never been
57 Go to a UFC fight
58 Fly on a plane somewhere
59 Attend a Halloween party (so I better get invited to yours) haha
60 Take family to visit my dad
61 Start a blog
62 Go on a beach vacation
63 Go to the ROT Rally
64 Meet a celebrity
65 Go to SxSW
66 Go to ACL
67 Drink a green beer
68 Buy a tablet(iPad2, Kindle Fire, whatever)
69 Get the iPhone 5 when I get a new phone
70 Go to an art museum
71 Eat something ive never tried
72 Go to a hookah bar
73 Ride a bull
74 Take kids to Sea World
75 Go bungee jumping
76 Go water skiing or wakeboarding
77 Try kite surfing
78 Go bowling
79 Go on a helicopter ride
80 Take family to Blues on the Green
81 Go watch the bats
82 River boat day cruise
83 Go to a Houston Texans game
84 Eat somewhere new
85 Pay off credit card
86 Be more happy
87 Get a massage
88 Get a pedicure and manicure
89 Play the lottery
90 Take the kids to a park
91 Buy a weed eater
92 Kick it day with DY (Mortal Combat and a bad ass movie)
93 Random dancing in public
94 Date night with the  Ybarras
95 Go fishing
96 Take more pictures
97 Go on a picnic
98 Go to the Texas State Fair
99 Retry Crispy-Bang
100 Tint the windows
101 Buy a surround sound

Alternate - Buy a camera

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Again! - 101 Things to do in 1001 Days.

Before injuring my Achilles I was actively blogging, averaging about 18 posts a month. That all ended when my active life slowed to a complete halt, there’s nothing interesting about an adult American male’s monotonous life of recovery. Although, while holding the couch to the floor I did catch too many TV shows about nothing really… You collect miscellaneous garbage and dead cat’s, sign up for hoarders. Do you enjoy casual sex, drugs and alcohol and maybe have a kid because of it, that’s MTV. I’ve got hundreds of channels of high definition rot your brain, time suck “entertainment”. I’m glad I’m feeling much better, indoor life isn’t for me.

With that said, I’ve decided to embark on another 1001 day journey to accomplish and yes, maybe even fail 101 goals. This will be my second go-round with this project and since this is the reason I first started blogging in 2007, I figured it would help get me out of this (lack of) blogging funk of 2012. Check out my list below, check back often and let me know if you’re doing something similar or plan on it. 

My 101 in 1001 Days ends December 9th, 2014.

A day with my brothers.
Attend a Notre Dame football game.
Backyard camp out.
Build a raised flower-bed/garden.
Build deck in backyard.
Build up savings account.
Buy and wear more bowties.
Buy and Xbox 360 or PS3.
Buy heavier dumbbells.
Buy more (Vinyl) albums.
Buy resistance bands.
Clean house daily.
Clean out closets and drawers.
Clean out garage.
Compete in a Disc Golf tournament.
Compile a soundtrack of my life.
Compost more. 03/14/12

Cook/Make something from my Pinterest.
Create a budget.
Create a photo-journal.
Create short movies with videos (Clips) I've taken.
Do something I've never done before.
Donate clothes I no longer wear.
Eat at new (to me) local restaurants.
Eat healthier.
Eat something I haven't before.
Enjoy Epoch responsibly.
Eye exam + new contacts.
Family picnic.
Find a new swimming hole.
For each goal completed, award self with $5 to save. [$45]
Get a bike (and ride it).
Get a Hole in one (Disc Golf)
Get a new (larger) vehicle.
Get a new tattoo.
Get paid more or get a new job.
Go Camping.
Go Fishing.
Go skinny dipping.
Go to a concert.
Go to a Texas tailgate party.
Go to a theme night at Alamo Drafthouse.
Go to bed at a decent time for a whole week.
Go to Schitterbahn.
Go Tubing.
Grill Baby Back Ribs (more than once).
Hand write and send letters.
Have another "Super Saturday".
Have clothes tailored.
Have house sale-ready.
Host a Halloween party.
Host an Outdoor Movie Night.
Inspire. - 03/14/12
Keep records of yard work.
Lay a dry creek bed in backyard.
Learn a full song on the guitar.
Maintain Up-To-Date resume.
Make a damn good Pomarita.
Make my own beer.
Make my own wine.
Massage (at least ONCE).
Monthly outings with The Cohens.
New dentist + dental work.
No fast food for a month (Including breakfast).
Open separate savings account.
Pay off credit card.
Pedicure/Manicure (at least) twice a year.
Play and beat LIMBO.
Play the lottery.
Raise chickens.
Read books that are on my shelf looking much smarter than me.
Record more video.
Reverse pick-pocket someone.
Ride a train anywhere.
Run a 5k.
Say yes more.
Score within 5 strokes of par.
Sew my own shirt.
Take a Yoga class.
Take family photos.
Take son to a sporting event.
Take son to Blues on the Green.
Take son to Shady Grove Unplugged.
Train more, train harder.
Transition to Apple (iCal, Notes, Reminders, etc) exclusively.
Try rock climbing.
Update blog tags.
Update iTunes content.
Vacation at the beach.
Vacation to a place I have never been before.
Visit a cave.
Visit a winery.
Win a "Super Saturday" (Disc Golf).
Write & send DG course proposal to city council.
Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.
Write a letter to myself to open in 5 years.
Write in Journal. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Disc Golf Kit + Gear

CamelBak - USMC Boonie - HD Ultra - Water Bottle - UA Loose - UA Compression - UA Running Short - Zensah Compression Sleese - The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR
QJLS - Wolf - #2 Upshot.

Music Monday - The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Disc Golf

In an effort to gain some physicality back after the surgery to repair my ruptured Achilles (and after ONLY a few visits with physical therapy) I decided to try my hand and foot at the game of disc golf. Like ball golf or regular golf, the goal of each hole is to make your disc into a basket in the least amount of throws and end the game with the lowest total score amongst competitors.

In high school after a shitastic cornea transplant, I was left on the sidelines of the football field when my doctors thought it would be in my best interest to reduce and cutout all full contact sports. A few of my friends were on the (Ball) golf team so with the suggestion of my doctors, disappointment and lack of complete motivation I got together some basic clubs and tried golf. I was a hyper teen, I could go from coma to sugar overdose quicker than a sneeze, I lacked patience and focus. My golf career lasted maybe a month, the only good drives I had were when I shouldn’t have been driving. I remember one day we were playing Riverside and there were some guys ahead of us who were moving pretty slow, my buddies knew I had nothing for a drive so suggested that I tee off (It didn’t matter anyway). Well, I cracked into the ball with punishing force, I watched it as it screamed off the club, my friends voices yelled too –“FORE!”- as the ball approached the group ahead of us. It was AWESOME! The ball ricocheted and pin-balled around their golf cart as they were loading up. That was my first best-drive but not the last of the kind. Haha.

Alright, this post is about Disc Golf not the silly nicker wearing ball golf. What I like about disc golf is its availability and cheapness, not to mention it’s attractiveness to beginners and seasoned vets. Just about anyone of any level can play with no prior skill, practice or expensive equipment. Also, it’s another reason to get up and enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and competition with friends.

Disc golf has been, ehh, somewhat in my life for as long as I remember. While I’ve never actually played until recently, my stepfather has been a rabid competitor for years so I’ve heard terms and stories of his victories and losses. Lucky for me too, is the fact that when I rang him, letting him know that I was invited to play and asked him if he had a simple set-up I could borrow, he said yes. When I showed up to get my gear, he really hooked me up. He gave me a disc bag, a few discs –which included drivers, mid-rangers & putters- he also gave me a sweet-ass practice basket which I’ve recently started bringing to work to get 15 minute practices in here-and-there.
"Work Break"
Brushy Creek - Hole 3 - Par 4

If you ask me, I should have started playing this long ago, maybe in high school instead of ball golf. I’m not bragging but I ain’t gonna lie, I’d probably be pro by now. Hey, I’m just saying. I’m not that good but I’m not at all close to bad and I keep getting better. Disc golf is a great game, I’ve only played 9 times and each time is a new experience and the time in between playing all I want to do is play… So far, throwing disc is the closest I’ve felt to being a kid again. I just want to play.

Brushy Creek - Hole 7 - Par 3. Birdie!

Today marks the 8 month anniversary of my surgery to repair my ruptured Achilles. At the end of January I began playing disc golf, a game I highly recommend to almost anyone recovering from an Achilles injury. The game isn’t violently demanding on the body, you’ll begin to stretch and bend your ankle on uneven ground, all while playing a fun game with friends and family, outdoors and gaining back confidence in your physical ability and range of motion.
"Where you at?" You know who you are.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Music Videos

Do yourself a favor and mosey over to my music channel and enjoy some new and/or lightly used music videos. 

And stop back here, leave me a comment... Am I missing anything? Did you like the music? Was any of it new to you?

Music Monday: Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know.

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (Feat. Kimbra)


Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk Off The Earth COVER