Something I liked ”series”.

I have been doing a series of blogposts, almost weekly, talking about something I liked. I have always liked the idea of talking and praising the things you love and enjoy rather than ranting about everything that is “wrong”. Which is why I have dedicated this space to do some of that. There are two people in the internets that I very much admire and inspired me to start blogging about the things I like, Seth Clifford and Tim Nahumck. They both have their own blogs in which they blog about many topics including something they liked that week. Of course their writing skills are far better than mine, but for a long time while I was just a regular reader (and still am) I would say to myself, “I wanna blog about things I like too, I wanna play!”

One day had the courage to start my own blog and therefore I have started this series of blogposts called Something I liked this week. To me this is the most enjoyable topic to blog about. It is not intended to be any kind of review type blogposts or anything of sorts. It’s just me taking a moment to blog about something I am enjoying in my life and share it with the world, even if only one person reads it.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Thinking on getting a new iPad, since my two-year-old daughter viciously stole mine — jerk. Also go check out Seth and Tim’s podcast Fundamentally Broken if you haven’t done so — it is golden!

Jolly Russian | Odell Brewing Company

This is how I know fall is here, when my favourite kind of beer starts coming out — stouts! Yes, you can find stouts all-year-round but not the ones that matter (to me). This one is the Jolly Russian by Odell Brewing Company. This definitely my favourite beer, or at least in my top 5.

IBU: 45

STOUT AGED IN RUM BARRELS

ABV: 13%

Bridging the Baltic and Caribbean Seas, Jolly Russian is a rich Russian Imperial Stout stowed away in Rum Barrels for aging. Dark as night and thick as the raging sea, this brew boasts notes of coffee and cocoa with waves of oak, spiced molasses, dried fruit and vanilla from the planks. It’s dangerously delicious!

It is definitely a heavy beer (and by heavy I mean high ABVs). One of those you’d want to sit back, relax and sip on it.

Cheers!

The healthy bandwagon.

For the past year or so I have been trying to get my life organized in some ways. There are many areas that I have been able pice back together but in others, I am still struggling. What I find myself struggling with? Staying healthy, staying in “shape”, feeling good about myself. Right now I’m a version of myself that I don’t like at all. I have gotten pretty lazy this past year, gained a lot of weight and I feel pretty unhealthy. It’s so easy to fall off the “healthy bandwagon” and very hard to get back on it (at least for me, that is). I need to organize myself, create attainable goals, make a routine and stick to it.

I need to close those rings . My immediate goal will be to complete all my rings everyday! I think sharing my activity data with friends and competing against some of them, might help me stay motivated. Who knows? But I need to start somewhere. I am tired of feeling this way. I need to get back to that version of myself that I like best and used to know!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am going through another task manager crisis — again. Hopefully I can sort that one out soon too.

Trying new things?

The other day I was listening to the latest episode of the Fundamentally Broken Podcast, as you do. At one point they talked about, trying new things. This topic made me realized something about myself that I hadn’t thought about until today.

As most people did, I recently got myself some new toys, an iPhone XS and an Apple Watch Series 4. What I hadn’t thought about, which it hit me while listening to the show, is the choices I made this time around. Normally when getting a new device, whether it was the phone or the watch, I’d always pick space gray (black) for both. This time though, looks like I wanted to try something different. I got the silver (white) iPhone and same with the watch, silver, and I am very happy with this choice. I don’t think I have had a silver (white) iPhone since the iPhone 4s and I have never owned a silver Apple Watch. So see, I am growing and trying new things!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I think I’m done with my Micro.blog experiment.

My cluster of things

This weekend I decided to “clean” my backpack. This is something I tend to do every other month or so. I often throw random things in my backpack and after a while it just turns into a cluster of things. So I thought I’d post something about the usual things I carry with me in my backpack on a daily basis.

First of, my daily backpack is the SYNAPSE 25 by TOM BIHN and I love this backpack! It has lots of space and pockets for all the crap that I may or may not carry with me on a daily basis.

So here’s the list of some of the stuff and things I carry with me everyday. Items not included in this list, that I may carry depending on the situation are my Nintendo Switch, wet wipes and diapers (yes, diapers).

It has been a while.

“Kept you waiting, huh?” (a few will get that one). Been a while, since I last posted something here. In our last episode our hero was unemployed, a stay at home dad, coffee snob, photographer wannabe, philanthropist and Egyptian assassin (too much Assassin’s Creed: Origins?). Later at the beginning of May I received an offer for a new job. Next thing I know I am flying to Spokane Valley, Washington (of all places) for training. It has been about almost two months since then. So yeah, I have been busy hence why I haven’t been posting. My time in Spokane was a very interesting one, the new job is good — very different to what I used to do before, met awesome people and had really good beer. So let me tell you a little about my experience in Spokane Valley. There are many things I could tell you but I would like to talk more about the people I have met here. Yes it is not the most flamboyant/fancy city (depending on your standards) but the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, that’s what I take with me (besides all the new knowledge and extra pounds because of all the beer — and pizza — but that’s not the point). I have met very amazing, helpful and caring people which in a way it took me by surprise. In my mind this visit was just going be another stepping stone, another thing to plow through. I wasn’t here expecting to make friends and actually I wasn’t even sure if I’d really care about any of it, but as it turns out! It has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in a while.

I will always be grateful for the friends I made and mentors I had while training for my new position, thank you and I appreciate you all. And the amazing folks at Badass Backyard Brewing. If you ever visit Spokane, WA — you got to give them a visit and check them out! Not only you’ll have some amazing beer (like the Adrenaline Seeker IPA or the Mojo Coffee Stout) or play board games but you’ll get to meet some lovely people in there — trust me.

Now after all that training and all that traveling back and forth, I am back home for sure. I am back to my reality and to my family. I actually start at my new position at my own site this week and will see how it goes. I can’t honestly say how much I like my new gig, it’s still too soon to tell, but I’m optimistic and I’m sure I’ll write about in the future (I think). And again, I am very grateful to the people that spent their time training me and showing me about my new job and responsibilities. The ones that just helped me in one way or another. To the ones that just wanted to chat and have a good time. The ones that played Rummikub with me while enjoying some delicious beer. I will miss them all.

It’s good to be home!

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My subscription to Grammarly has expired so I apologize for any grammar errors. Too expensive to renew at the moment. 😁