Blogging, Life, Uncategorized

A slight check in

Geez haven’t blogged in forever. So what’s going on with me? 

Mona– things are good with us overall. Two weekends ago we went to Long Island’s North Fork for some farm stands, a winery and decent meals. Then a few days later she got on my case for not looking for another job to increase my income to make our future easier faster. She’s right, I do need to get my ass in gear. And I need to keep my ass in gear. And she shouldn’t have to get me in gear. I’ve never been a great self motivator. Something I need to remember. 

We got past it, for now. I have started looking for a job with verve again. 

So overall, we’re great. 

My primary job – it’s been 14 months now, things are going well. Someone left recently so we’re bet busy.  I really don’t see a future with my particular company.

My second job – I’m still taking external pictures of real estate. I do enjoy it even though it eats a full day on the weekends I’m in upper Manhattan now: Harlem, Inwood, Morningside Heights, Washington Heights. Some really nice architecture up there. 

It’s lots of walking, like 10 miles an outing. But extra money is nice. Not that I’m keeping any of it. Using it to pay off debt or unexpected expenses. 

Debt–  I’m down to $2,488, from my height of $19,500 maybe 13 months ago. $2,500 from my tax return, another $3,000 from my savings, then the rest from my paycheck or second job. Not bad. 

So that’s me in nutshell. Sorry I haven’t read much lately at all. Hopefully I’ll start managing my time better. 

Hope everyone is safe in these crazy times.

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Blogging, Cell phones

I Uninstalled Facebook

So I’ve blogged about my constantly checking my phone or going on Facebook, and how annoying it is but I keep doing it. I work from home so I have a little more freedom throughout the workday and even then I find myself picking up the cell phone and going on FB.

Today, my FB app kept freezing over and over. That could have been a sign from the great beyond you get my shit together. So I did one better and just uninstalled it. See?

That’s where it was. 

Ok, I could still check FB from my computer but I NEVER go on from my work computer and my personal computer only gets turned I after work.

But… I still found myself picking up my phone just to look at it. Strange, right? 

Well, cell phone stimulus is known to cause a spike in dopamine in your system. Dopamine is not necessarily about pleasure anymore, but it keeps us seeking. Here’s an article.  Interesting stuff. 
Either way… Facebook has no place in my workday. It divides my attention and I’m realizing what a precious thing undivided attention is. 

Blogging

Hello to more of the earth! 

( I’ve written about this topic before but not in a while.)

I’ve been blogging for three years or so.It’s really fun to write what’s on my mind, read what’s on other’s minds, comment, get in other’s lives. 

But what I didn’t know I’d like about blogging: international traffic. Dont get me wrong, I love the USA, but I think it’s really cool that people from all over read what I write. Even accidentally. 

My two newest countries? 

My penetration into that African continent is pretty low, so any new country is exciting, hello Mozambique! (though I think one of my semi-regular readers is in Nigeria, what is also awesome.)

Then there’s my affinity for exotic island nations. Perhaps it’s because my travel experience is rather limited and I’d love to experience fine, white sand and crystal clear water. So hello New Caledonia!

(And hello everyone else too. You rock as well. )

: D

Blogging

My blog broke 1,000 followers! 

So this here blog has been open since Oct 2014, I believe.  It initially started as a comedy blog- pointing out weird things about life. Then at some point it got personal-  job search, dating, relationships, hard times, etc.

I never get more than 100 visitors a day, averaging around 70, I think. It’s nice to get picked up by search engines and two year+ old posts in particular keep getting traffic: 

Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” and its Additional Lines and HOLY HELL, I HATE THE LOUD, SMACKING SOUND OF KISSING, ESPECIALLY FROM OTHERS!!! 

And International traffic! No offense to my fellow Americans but reaching out across the globe is extra cool. 115 countries overall. Yes, many small/ remote countries have only brought 1 or low single digits in visitors (including the elusive Greenland)… and I will GLADLY take them. 

So now, I got this news today: 

I believe I have 1,002 in total. Go you guys! You’re the best! 

Thanks for reading about my job search, my relationship fun or just my wackiness. You rock! 

I’ve even met a few of you and transitioned off blog to texting with some. 

How long to 2,000? Blogging rules! 

Blogging, Coincidences

Blogger Coincidence/ I’m a Wizard!

So I left a note on a fellow bloggers last blog post from months ago, one saying she was going on a blog break. One of the first bloggers I blog-befriended. My comment was “you’re still on a break?  Booooo!”

Well, I received a reply saying:

That… is awesome. Look at that timing!

COIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINCIDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENCE!

(She then followed up with…)

YES! I’M A WIZARD! 

Blogging

2 More Blogs?

So when i started this blog, it was a comedy writing outlet. I used to do stand up comedy and wanted a space to still post wacky stuff.

Eventually, it became a life blog: coincidences, unemployment (at the time)  and dating. Then it became random life stuff, coincidences and transitioned to relationship stuff instead of dating… 

BUT… i have some ideas for other blogs: one like a creative writing game like a Madlibs-type where readers participate… the other idea concentrates on my nerdy, sci-fi/fantasy genre discussion side. 

THREE blogs? Wow. Maybe I’ll set them up on my first weekend with no Mona where I’ll have extra time.