There is only now.

“No, I don’t live with the regret at all. If I’m sitting here this moment talking to you and showing it, there isn’t a moment that took place that preceded it that wasn’t worth it. Good or bad…” — Norman Lear

Dare Greatly

Today was just one of those days. Stressful. Frustrating. Embarrassing.

I kind of need a win. And I’m not talking about a win like “You did a ppprrreeeettttyyy good job, but [insert constructive criticism here] and have you started working on [insert project that I know I need to be working on but haven’t had the time to start yet here]? Oh, and have you thought about [insert thing that I’ve totally thought about but haven’t had the time to articulate out loud here]?”

I feel like I’ve been working really hard for the last few months and yet I’ve somehow found myself dug into a hole that I am having to desperately climb out of.

And my climbing is not enough.

And I am not enough.

And it’s all just a big shit show.

Alright, I don’t kind of need a win. I want a straight up win.

Great work. Full stop.

Today I watched Brene Brown’s 2012 TED talk.

Let’s just say it hit the spot.

ONWARD.



“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 
— Teddy Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910

[3] Things I Learned at the Kid Rock CARE Concert

[1]
Kid Rock is really, really, REALLY good live. Really good. Kid Rock can sing. Kid Rock can play the guitar. Kid Rock can play the drums. Kid Rock can spin a mad turntable. Also, Kid Rock is super-sexy, in a street-wise hillbilly kind of way. 

[2]

My friend Christi is a total bad-ass and can work a GA crowd like no one I’ve ever seen. Need to four-wheel through a dirt parking lot to get a great parking space? No problem, she’ll even back the car in. (Me: “Wow, Christi, I’m a little turned on right now.” Scott: “I’m a little scared right now….aaaaannnndddd a little turned on.”) Need to get a wrist-band for the 21+ level of the club? Christi finds a bouncer wandering around and we totally cut the massive line at the stairs. Need to mow through a thousand people to get in the beer line? Done. Need to get closer to the stage? No problem. Christi knows someone who knows someone who happens to have a great spot on the main floor. Someone standing a little too close, maybe rubbing up on you a little too much? Count on Christi to turn around, give a polite smile, and tell him/her to “Back the F**K off.” Oh, and that sweet parking space that the car is backed into means that you’re out of the parking lot afterwards in, oh, approximately 37-seconds.
BAMF!

[3]

Kid Rock has a heart of gold. He is living proof that you can have fun, make money AND do good.

The purpose of the CARE tour is to support the Kid Rock foundation AND local charities at each tour stop.  As the lyric says:

I cant stop the war
Shelter homeless, feed the poor
Cant walk on water I cant save your sons and daughters
I cant change the world to make things fair
The least that I can do is care

The show would have been a bargain at twice the price.

Thank You Kentucky!!

[March 16th, 11: 49 AM, Re: March Madness]

All—I may have missed you earlier on this—please sign up today.

Please note, this is a free competition, where the only booty (pirate usage) is the thrill of victory. THAT BEING SAID—

There are some who want to put a small wager on their brackets. If you would like to do so, let me know who’s in and give me $5. Brutsch and Marshall are already in this group, so the competition is well…enough said.

So play for free, or, if you can get your spouse’s permission, throw $5 in the pot.

–Mike

[March 16th, 3:30 PM, Re: March Madness]

I am definitely in for $5. This is easy money for the rest of you because:

1. I just realized that our own little Utah State is in the Tournament. Awwww. Look at Utah, being all sporty and stuff with two teams in the tournament.

2. I was going to pick my bracket based on where I would rather go on vacation, but soon realized I did not want to take the time to learn where all of these schools are located. So in short, it became a hot mess based on where I’d most like to Travel to, where I had semi-loyalty (I lived in Texas once!), wanting to see a Utah team win / wanting to end Jimmer mania more, which school had a cooler name (Xavier!), which school had a cooler logo, which school sounded less snobby (bye bye Princeton), etc. etc.

3. I got kind of bored towards the end and decided to go with President Obama’s pick. If Kansas ends up winning then there will finally be a reason for me to pay attention to SportsCenter while I’m in the breakroom.

I do about as well on NFL pools so…looking forward to giving you some more money in the fall! 😉

— Natalie

[March 16th 3:32 PM, Re: March Madness]

Sadly, it’s this type of picking strategy from a female that always beats out every man who thinks he knows college basketball.

— Mike


[March 28th, 10:50 AM] 

 (Yes, that’s right. I WON.)

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