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Goals and Dreams for 2017

HAPPY

Travel to Southern Illinois in August to view a total solar eclipse

Attend a rock concert (or two) 🙂

Laugh and smile more everyday

Write more poetry (maybe publish a new book?)

Read more books (for enjoyment)

Get together with friends (more often)

Eat healthier foods 

Drink more water and green tea

60 days of PiYo challenge

Sign up for indoor triathlon

Sign up for a 5k or two

Go on long bike rides (for fun)

Call my mother more (at least once a week)

Visit my dad a few times a year

Get creative with my blogs

Clean and wash my vinyl records and place them in new sleeves

Sign up for a class (just for fun and learning)

Clean and organize my closet

Meditate every morning

More yoga practices

Make new friends and hang out more (widen the circle)

Become more open minded

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The Most Beautiful Things I Have Ever Seen #love #nature #music

The ocean for the first time

Pink Floyd at Soldier Field in the summer of 1994 (Pigs, Mirror Ball and the Rain)

The day I met my future wife at a train station on a cloudy rainy day

The Badlands of South Dakota

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Children laughing at playgrounds

Gazing up at the stars

My little poodle named Shadow (1989-2004)

The lower dells near Starved Rock State Park

Sights along my first Route 66 trip

The balcony in Cancun of our hotel room (honeymoon)

Looking at the Caribbean Sea and hearing the waves rollin and out

First time I saw the movie The Matrix on the big screen

Once there was a guest priest at my childhood church who sang songs from the Lion King and gave a really powerful sermon

One summer, at work in the gardens, I saw several Hummingbird moths

When I was home recovering from surgery, My Aunt Rhonda had these chocolate dipped pineapples delivered to me

Pumpkin custard

Seeing Katy Perry live at the United Center in 2014

Witnessing the White Sox win the World Series in 2005

Finally getting to see a brand new episode of Star Wars on the big screen (that actually brought tears of joy to my eyes) 2015

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Things that make me excited #happy #beautiful #awesome

A List

Attending rock concerts

Hunting for vinyl music at record stores

 

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Watching movies at the theater

Brewing french press coffee

Taking scenic road trips

Playing video games

Going for a bike ride

Engaging in lively conversations

Making cupcakes, nut clusters and casseroles

Reading at the podium in church

Snuggling on the couch with my wife

Scavenger hunt adventures

Hiking and camping

 

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Listening to podcasts while discovering new music

Watching fireworks displays

Haunted Houses

Dressing up for Halloween

 

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Riding roller coasters

Buying a new T Shirt

Reading a good book or magazine article

Listening to or playing music by the campfire

Going to my mom’s for Christmas

Swimming Laps in the pool

Hot dogs and beer at a baseball game

Scary movies in the dark

A day of bowling, pool and arcade games

Binge watching a TV series

Digging up change for an ice cream cone

Cooking with home grown vegetables

Hanging out with my nieces

 

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I am #alive and #happy

Random things I have done during my lifetime:
Gone on a blind date
Skipped school
Watched someone die
Been to Florida
Been on a plane
Been on a helicopter
Been lost
Gone to Washington, DC
Gotten an autograph from someone famous

 

Swam in the ocean
Cried myself to sleep
Played cops and robbers
Recently colored with crayons
Sang Karaoke
Paid for a meal with coins only
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t.
Made prank phone calls
Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
Eaten Rattlesnake
Written a letter to Santa Claus
Been kissed under the mistletoe
Watched the sunrise with someone
Blown bubbles
Gone ice-skating
Gone skinny-dipping late at night
Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
Seen the Statue of Liberty
Traveled by train
Been horse back riding
Gone to Disney World (twice)
Truly believe in the power of prayer
Ridden on an elephant
Been in a parade
Been water-skiing

Been snow-skiing

……to be continued

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Happy Dog Day

How do I get to my happy place?

Little dog and a black ball

Running around the backyard

Tackling it and playfully dancing

So cute with her bouncy ball

Various birds approaching the feeders

Blue jays

Baltimore orioles

Woodpeckers

and sometimes a hummingbird

Sun is peaking through the gray clouds on a pleasant Sunday morning

Savoring these sweet moments

Black coffee on a patio table

Bacon cooking on the grill

I am happy with my dad talking to Denny and Doug

Just the 4 of us chatting

Human stimulation

later…

…I am sitting on a lazy boy chair

Staring at a brick wall

Listening to indie pop music on my earbuds

I am among people scattered throughout the house

Mostly ones i havent seen in about 4 years

The strange thing is I am a social person

Yet i feel distant and apart from interactive behaviors

Sipping on a Canadian beer and maintaining a peaceful sensation

Vacation started for me when I clocked out on Friday afternoon

My wife and i chose to visit my dad’s place in Michigan

This afternoon its cool, cloudy and a bit rainy

Its a lazy day

At least we went to the store earlier and did some disc golfing

Which was nice and recreationally active

But now i just space out and attempt to fall asleep

Sleep is good

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Fun Weekend Activity

I have found a new hobby. A brand new weekend obsession. It’s called Geocaching!!! It is a fun outdoor recreational activity, where you use a GPS, iPhone or other navigational techniques like a compass with latitude and longitude coordinates to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.” They are located all over the world. Even in your own backyard.

Most of these caches are small waterproof containers (like a pill bottle) with a tiny logbook shoved inside. Just bring a pen or pencil on the scavenger hunt. The geocacher writes in the date they found it and signs it with their code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Its a good way to get outdoors, go for a hike and bust out the compass and go on a little scavenger hunt. Now that Spring weather is slowly taken over, it just feels good to be outside.

That makes me HAPPY

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