Greetings from a Sunday Morning

Greetings and salutations from a lazy Sunday morning. I’m playing hooky from church this morning but, don’t worry, I talked to God about that earlier. I asked if it was okay for me to sit and listen to the rain instead and He said He was fine with that as long as I did something to update the blog. So here I am, sipping my cinnamon hazelnut blend and tapping away at the keyboard.

So far, all I’ve been able to do is change the look of the site. What do you think? Whaddya’ think? I think it’s hideous, personally. I am so dissatisfied with many of the free themes available out there. They all seem to meet maybe one criteria you have for them but fail utterly as far as the rest is concerned.

This “theme” for example, meets the criteria for easily allowing people to follow this blog via Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc. But it does not do anything for the aesthetics of the blog. I probably could hack the template given a little motivation and a lot of time but…I’m no designer either. In fact, I am the opposite of a designer. I know what I like but I have no ability to bring the picture in my head to life.

I’m convinced that is why God made woman. Adam was in the garden and he was making a real mess of the place. It was comfortable but messy. God took pity on Adam and created Eve to tell him where to put the furniture.

Anyway, I have some topics in mind for future blog posts if I can ever work up the energy. I wanted to write a little more about my trip to Seattle and I’ve been meditating on the topics of pride and gratitude. I’d like to share my thoughts if I can get them out on the page.

Until then, I think I’ll go back to shopping or page layouts. I am not digging this one. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

Oh…and, God, I realize this post is probably insufficient as far as the church-skipping agreement we had earlier. I’ll, uh, just keep working on a more substantial post, shall I? Thanks!

Update: Okay, I’ve settled on a more appropriate looking theme, though one that is slightly less functional. I’ll have to work on that. Plus! It has rotating featured posts. Nifty.

Still Here

Hi, all. I know I’ve been bad about keeping up the blog of late. Since my return from vacation, I’ve been vacationing from the blog. Honestly, it’s not because I haven’t had the time. It’s more that I haven’t felt the need to say anything or that there was anything worth saying. Minus the update to let you all know I’m still alive, I feel that way still. Who knows when I’ll be in the mood to blog next?

Soooo…feel free to talk amongst yourselves. I’ll be back soon, I promise.

Friday Minutia

Not much to talk about this evening. I just got in from the day. Work, gym, grocery store, home…pretty uneventful day.

I did get up to 1750 meters at the pool this evening, so that’s good news. That’s 35 laps for anyone that’s keeping count of such things. I hope to do 2000 tomorrow. I probably could’ve done it tonight but I was the only person left in the pool and my calves were threatening to cramp up during my only attempt at the butterfly thus far.

According to my scale, I’ve also converted about one-and-a-half pounds of fat into muscle. It’s not much, but it’s enough to keep at least one fitness metric moving in the right direction, and it’s enough to keep me motivated. Repeat that three more times and I will have met one of my goals.

I continue to find it difficult to consume enough protein to satisfy my nutrional log over at Gyminee.com. I am making a conscious effort every day to do so but, every time I manage to score enough protein, I bust the goal for carbs and fat. It’s maddening. I’ve upped my consumption of dairy to include 16 to 24 ounces of skim milk every day. I added two fried eggs to my breakfast routine. I’m even starting to add high protein smoothies from the gym. Still falling short.

Hell, I’m having a hard time consuming enough calories. The stupid tracker yells at me if I fall short of my calorie goals and I’m eating far more food per day than I have in years. Stoopid tracker. It gave me a “C” for nutrition this week. What does it know?

That’s pretty much it, folks. It’s a dull life, I know, but it’s all I have.  Thanks for stopping by and happy Friday the 13th!

De Rigeur

Just winding down from a long day and, though I have nothing worthwhile to say, I thought I’d jot down a few notes for my increasing horde of followers. I’m up to 80, count ’em, 80 page views today. It is the best traffic day of this young blog by…tens of page views at least. Thanks to all of you for stopping in. I’m sorry I don’t have something more worthy to share with you.

It’s not been my intention to share daily life here on the blog. My intention has been to practice my writing by telling tales. I have plenty of them and several of my good friends…well, one of my good friends (that’s you, L), has been encouraging me to write them down.  Some of them are on the old blog and some of them exist in oral tradition only. I think I’ll gradually move some of them from the old home to the new and, hopefully, will find time, energy, motivation and inspiration to pen the others.

I’ve been thinking of other ways I’d like to use this site and have hit upon some things I’d like to do. For one, I’m going to change the domain associated with this blog and use the current domain, charliestafford.com, as a broader umbrella. The blog will be my writings and the domain will a house for other projects.

The new blog domain will be http://www.talesofacharmedlife.com. I get a domain for free with my hosting so I figured I’d go ahead and grab it. And as long as I’ve got it, I might as well use it. It’s a little longer than I’d like but it should have the benefit of being easy to remember, at least. I’ll give you all a day or so to update your links before pulling the switcheroo.

I’m sorry to say it but I think that’s it for the evening. I’m tuckered out from a long day. I have less than half an hour to unwind and meet my self-imposed schedule for bed.

After all, I have to get up and do this all again tomorrow.

Feeding the Hungry Beast

Ah, feeding the blog. It’s an old, familiar feeling. This is why I stopped blogging in the past. It becomes a obligation rather than a pleasure and the pressure to create content for your readers to consume turns blogging into something of a chore. But…I also think once writing becomes habitual, it’s not so bad. So here I am, trying to start a new habit.

It helps that I’m totally obsessed with traffic to the blog. I have no less than…(one there…two there…two there…) six different ways to check visits, page views, etc.  Speaking of which, I need to check at least two of them to see how I’m doing.

Thanks to all of you who’ve stopped by to read and comment. There are a lot more of you than I thought I’d have at this point. Don’t think you aren’t appreciated, because you are. I’m adding many of you to Google Reader just so I can keep up with your blogs in return. It’s only fair, right?

Okay, this not what I came here to post so I’m going to publish and start anew.  See you in a few.

Beginnings

Okay, I have been meaning to start this blog for some time. I’m a horrible procrastinator and I also start lots of things and leave them half-finished. (You should see the abortive list of blog posts that were going to launch this blog.)

Anyway, in the interest of “just doing it”, welcome to my new blog. I’m starting it because I no longer wish to blog anonymously on my old blog and I think having my own blog will allow me to use a wider range of voice.

I may still blog at the old blog but it’s been abandoned for some while since neither I nor my brother can find the time or energy to resurrect it from the mostly-dead.

Now, let’s see if I can keep this sucker populated with goodies on any kind of regular basis.