Playlisting: Treadmill Time 03 11 2014

Tonight’s Ancient (250 songs max) iPod Shuffle treadmill playlist:

Blue Rodeo. Till I Am Myself Again

Lady Antebellum. Slow Down Sister

Ed Sheeran. You Need Me, Man (I Don’t Need You.)

U2. Stuck in a Moment

Bone Pony. Poor Boy Blues

When In Rome. The Promise

Brother Phelps. The Other Kind

Chris Rene. Rockin’ With You

Jason Isbell. Super Eight

Muse. Super Massive Black Hole

David Ford. Pour a Little Poison

The Wreckers. Leave the Pieces

Crowded House. I Walk Away

Works Progress Administration. Always Have My Love

Keane. Is It Any Wonder



what goes


Circumstances have allowed me to allow routine into my life.

If I were to write an advertising tag-line, it would most likely proclaim:

Routine: Makes Everything Easier

My main objection to routine has always been, “It’s boring.” We ate, as a family, every evening at 5:30 pm. Sunday we had tuna sandwiches for lunch. Tuesday was the day assigned for emptying the indoor trash bins in the bathrooms; Thursday was “strip the bed day,” which later morphed into strip the beds, wash the sheets, and replace them, on all beds.” I knew what was expected, and it made my parents’ lives easier.

My no-longer-living-at-home vow was to not restrict myself; to just do things as they needed to be done. My first independent living experiences were… messy. I rarely put things back where I found them, kept multiple sets of sheets to avoid laundering every week, stockpiled magazines and cleaned only when company was expected.

Routine, although seemingly boring, becomes manageable once a pattern sets in. One key ingredient for routine is limitation. Limiting choices is a personal challenge that has become important and more comfortable for me. There are circumstances that simply do not require 17 choices. 17 choices require 17 analyzations, ranking, reanalyzing, paring to a smaller palette, and a smaller palette, and possible an even smaller palette; then, finally, a final comparison and decision A basic palette of 5-8 colors produces unlimited options; no one really needs 120 tubes of paint. We can get where we want to go to with fewer choices, a little less expensively. I admit the big, big Crayola 150-count Telescoping Crayon Tower has caught my fancy. I can’t mix crayons the way I mix paint; and I’m not discounting the possibility that layering and overlaying could lead to something amazing. I’m also not likely to hang my own crayon art on my walls, or give it away as gifts.

In any case, as I mentioned, my desire to embrace routine is coming to place where my working theory has become an almost-realized vision. Working out once a day is a routine: changing the mode, incline and speed are variables.

I tend to have the same things for breakfast: Oatmeal OR Yogurt, and a fruit.

What I want to stress is my late-bloomer discovery that routine doesn’t have to mean boring. My morning fruit could be an apple, pear, clementine, banana or grapes. Based on my rate of use, I tend to only keep three types of fruit at any time. My oatmeal could be sweetened with strawberries or blueberries, or become savory including cheese, and sometimes a small amount of leftovers. Dinner could be chicken, sprouts, and a baked pear or it could be EggBeaters with spinach, cheese and potatoes and one wild-card item, usually a protein or additional vegetables.

I also adore my FoodSaver. I standardly cook a meal for 2 or 4. I vacuum-seal and freeze the leftovers. These small stockpiles of choice are easy. I currently have cooked ground beef, pork roast, steak and chicken ready for the after work-out dinner grab. I keep frozen spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, and fresh carrots, onions and peppers. I prefer fresh tomatoes, but in the off-season, canned tomatoes join canned mushrooms, olives and beans as other staples. I have nothing again fresh, except that I don’t tend to use it fast enough to avoid waste. I have a box of macaroni, a box of spaghetti, and a few cans of tuna should I ever feel the urge. I do keep emergency treats: frozen cookie dough (cooking up just a few at a time), hard candies, gum, and a cake mix, just in case. Chocolate isn’t on my emergency list because it’s part of my daily routine. One piece, every evening. 🙂

Long-lasting, shelf-stable items provide a sense of security for me. I still want freedom of choice Limiting the number and types of pantry items I maintain requires more creative use to avoid boredom. I’m pretty creative with food. Sometimes to the point that others question my taste, but as long as it tastes good to me, it’s fine. There’s lots of creativity out there on the internet – from 5 ingredient dinners to using different spices or vegetables.

I am happily sticking to what I know works for me and what fits into my SparksPeople diet plan. It makes meal planning easier. It allows meals to be made more efficiently.  It makes grocery shopping easier, although I do still read the weekly ads to see what is on sale. Sometimes, there is some sort of “treat” that sounds really good, so I add it to my list. It could be a healthy treat such as crab clusters, or could be an unhealthy treat such as ice cream.  Mostly, that item never makes it into my grocery cart. That’s due to another game I play: that challenge is called “Budget.”

2 Corinthians 8:15  As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

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Enjoy this week’s discovery links:

5 Ingredient Dinners:

Basic Pallettes:

Vacuum Sealing Guidelines:

Sparkspeople (a free nutrition and fitness tracker, specialized):


I don’t remember taking my first step, but obviously I took it. Now, I walk.

Often unrealized, we accumulate skill sets over time. What once was unknown, is now known. What once we did not know how to do, we do without much conscious effort. Sometimes mastery ends at a peaceful place. Sometimes it leads to new levels; additional drive.

Drive fosters progression. Much as we move from tricycle to training wheels and beyond, we begin driver’s education with the simple steps, then continue on. Confidence in basics allows upward  experimentation: from standard to manual, from car to truck to RV.

Even if you have driven for 10 years, if you haven’t driven for another 10 years, you will need reminders and refreshing. Mostly, it all comes back, but beware. Re-sitting in the driver’s seat, commands attention and demands concentration.

Maybe you can’t recall if you are supposed to hold on tighter or more loosely on bumpy roads, or perhaps you can no longer gauge how long it will take to properly stop. Your experience before was with a different vehicle with different mass, different acheiveable velocities.  You do remember that going too fast or too slowly will end up hurting as you revisit memories of speeding tickets and rolling backwards down an incline while maneuvering clutch, brake and gas.

Rarely is a full restart needed: the knowledge is there; it just needs to be adjusted.

Besides being a stored blessing, what we know prevents us from ever truly starting completely over. Blank slate is a nice idea, but we bring our experiences with us. The obvious impossibility of attempting to obliterate all previousness frustrates us. Instead of attempting to blank experience, question it.

How was I taught? How did that teaching translate in action?

How do I handle changes in weather? In surface conditions?

Are there safer routes? Smoother roads? Is there a better way?

Just as there are owner’s manuals for every type of vehicle, there is the Bible for every type of life. Scanning either, either accumulates or reiterates basic knowledge. Reading deeply, brings old issues into a new light, supplying us with no-expiration-date information; stored until needed. We can confirm; but must also remember, true learning only arrives through experience, and reflection.

So, forget about starting over. Delve deeper, learn more, teach-out what you know.

Proverbs 9:9 ESV: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

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Enjoy this week’s discovery links:

How to Keep from Starting Over:

First Car Manufactured with Automatic Transmission:

Definition of Delve: