Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Lexdate: This Week - Not Much Research, Plenty of Snark


I haven't accomplished much in the last couple weeks for the project. I've done a lot of reading and deliberation over some topics but not satisfyingly advancing in the matter. Not much to report.

I probably won't have much to report over the next couple weeks, either. Every two years I have to get enough Continuing Education credits to renew my insurance license in Illinois. I use the tactic to try getting half my credits in the first summer after renewal and the second half during the second summer. There are some exceptions when I can get most of them at once or I switch the season when I get them. I like to at least have down a plan of how many credits I want to get when.

I might just get all but a few credits over the next couple weeks. Those last few credits must be in-class ethics credits, which I plan to take the first chance for a free ethics class. For whatever reason, property disaster recovery companies host free ones frequently. They probably do it for marketing purposes, hoping that an agent will refer them to clients that need them. At the very least, they hope an agent will put them on a list since it might be unethical for an agent to refer just one disaster recovery company.

Companies that provide all types of courses -- online, take home, live class, etc. -- send a lot of promotional materials to agents when it comes to license renewal time. I already had enough credits for this renewal, so I figure I'll give it a shot to address my own schedule of summer credits for the new two-year term. We'll see how it goes.

That being said, I'll probably focus a lot of attention on that for the next week or two. I plan to do it, get it done, then move on with my life. I probably won't provide that many project updates because I don't expect to make TOO MUCH progress on it while doing this continuing education stuff. If I make any useful progress, though, I'll try to post it.


My Twitter posts on the other hand. . .I've gotten a little hot over the last couple weeks for reason I'm pretty sure my readers would understand. Without further ado (which I think might be becoming a catch phrase for me):

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Lexdate: Way Too Much Time Has Passed, Enjoy the Update Dump!


Well I haven't reported anything for about 2-1/2 months now. Some non-life threatening, non-disease, recoverable family stuff has occurred. It took my attention away from things I'd rather do with my time, but I had to attend to. It reached the level where I've had to take a staycation this week to try straighten out some space on my work table and in my mind while also spending time with MIchi and setting up some plans to spend time with extended family.

It's only Monday. I feel like my mind has already focusd on Wednesday. I don't feel like I"ve done as much as I would have liked to have done by today. This type of thinking isn't conducive to existing within the present of a vacation. I have to settle into chilling out (then probably start getting ready for work again).

I haven't done much on the project during the month of June except for reading a book on the bus. Add together getting a second degree burn on my left palm about three weeks ago (cooking accident) and my mobile falling into rebooting cycle and recycling until it gets pliugged into the wall, "external exigencies" have gotten distracting.

Reading through digital slush for Uncanny Magazine has taken a fair chunk of time, too. So much has come in and onto my "desk", I haven't had the luxury to read the latest issue that I have on my new phone ready to read.

Add onto all that, chores and spending time with friends. Some of these things I have to think of less as time sucks, rather more as enjoyable aspects of life. Any local friends, don't hesitate to distract me to hang out and stuff.

Nonetheless, despite the minimal progress on the project, I feel like I've gone into some interesting directions regarding peoples' need others and social contact, and how assisting others and interacting with others, if done in the right way, can lead to more health, happiness, and sense of meaning. More will come as I learn more, especially when I finally get this project done and ready for release.

I've had to put novel writing on pause. It's going to require a little more personal experience and research into other peoples' experiences and perceptions. Adding another particular character that has a lot of different characteristics than me takes me out of my realm of familiarity enough that I don't feel comfortable writing them until I have checked my perceptiosn and get some other ones to provide a more realistic understanding. Unfortunately, I have some other reserching to do, so this could end up taking some time. Oh I wish I had more free time.

Regarding all that pineapple I talked about in last entry, I stopped eating it. It pretty much ate away at my gums. It didn't eat away at my teeth like my dentist seemed to worry about, but my gums instead. Ironincally, the enzyme I wanted in my belly to help digest had been digesting my gums. Now I just take a supplement in cellulose to get the enzyme. So, folks, leasson learned: eat pineapple sparingly.

Watermelon, on the other hand. . .


So, without further ado, the reason I suspect you came to this blog entry, my Tweeting for the last couple months!

And 6 days after my Tweet saying that I don't remember knowing the name of a previous FBI director. . .