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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Photo Blog

Obviously I've left this blog neglected.  Actually, it's been too long to use the term "neglected" -- I abandoned it.  However, I've had the urge to get something going on again, so at Casey's suggestion I've started a photo blog, and I've named it "Fleeting Glances", the same name that I've used in the past for my galleries.  Hopefully it turns into something great!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

COME BACK

come back Chris, return to the blog world. We miss you come back

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Instant Gratification

The other day Emma and I were in the car, driving to the store. We had the radio on and after a song finished, she asked me to put on a particular song. I told her that I didn't have my iPod with me, but she insisted. I chuckled a little and told her that I couldn't control what plays on the radio like that. Not 3 minutes later, she asked me to put the song on again. At first I was a little frustrated. She is only 5, but it seems like she's able to understand so many things. I started thinking about it, and realized that there's really no reason why this situation would be a concept she understands after all. We have a TiVo at home where we can instantly put on a TV show that the kids want, iPods at home or in the car where we can instantly put on a song the kids like... they're used to it! They are so used to it that they don't understand in the rare times that we can't make it just happen. My frustration melted away into a feeling of disappointment in myself.

Instant gratification is something that I struggle with. Nearly all of my big purchases have been made in a hurry because I was spurred on by the want to have it now, not later. For most of those purchases, I've had regrets. I get so caught up in the excitement that everything else pales in comparison. Don't get me wrong, I'd say that in most instances I would have still gone ahead at some point at made the purchase, but in some cases I may not have had I just taken the time to cool down a bit.

Taking it a step further, I think about the lack of patience that I have on nearly a daily basis. I want to get something done, for my day to go my way... Sometimes I get upset, but most of the time it just frustrates me internally and sours my mood for a little while. Almost always it ruins whatever opportunity I had to enjoy the good that I could have experienced at the time.

I like our gadgets. I like how modern stuff seems to make life easier. I don't see how I could ever become a luddite and I think I am too much of a geek to really ever change even a little bit. I do enjoy being able to immediately stream the next episode of Lost to my computer as soon as I'm done with the previous one! But, it's thoughts like these that make me wonder if it's really all worth it. It's at least worth it to find ways to teach our kids that some things are worth waiting for.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lost

I started watching Lost a couple weeks ago. I wanted to see what it was about... and I got hooked. I'm now almost finished with season 2 and still loving it. I do understand what some people have told me about getting frustrated with it, but to me it's just intriguing. I can see how if I was watching the show week by week waiting for the next episode to come out that I'd be tired of the never ending cliffhangers, but since I can watch the next episode as soon as I have time, I think I'm good.

It'll take me a while, but I think I may make it through the entire series... the finale was a couple days ago.