Mini-Laptop Gone!

Backseat Laptop

Last Friday I unexpectedly parted ways with my mini laptop. While teaching my Friday night class to my “kiddies” I promised to give my computer away to the person who was able to memorize and recall 15 statements within 10 minutes. In the back of my mind I thought that this was an extremely challenging [and almost impossible] task for my group, so didn’t I pay too much attention to the fact that I might lose my laptop. One week later…BAM…Geremy was mini-laptop less.

I thought that I would’ve been a lot more devastated about my loss, but instead I am so proud of the young lady who earned the laptop that I don’t mind the $450 loss. Maybe this is the feeling that a parent has after promising their child $50 for each “A” earned on their report card–only to find out that the child earned straight A’s and they are $2500 poorer as a result.

I Can’t Believe it’s not Cookies

A little-known fact about me is that I’m a huge cookie connoisseur. Oatmeal-raisin cookies make my taste buds sing majestic praises whenever I eat them. I take my cookies seriously, so it made a lot of sense for me to learn how to bake them on my own.

Cookie Surprise

I was invited to be part of a “cookie-baking day” with one of my favorite little people, and one of my favorite big people. We had the goal of making mouth-watering oatmeal raisin and chocolate-chip cookies and we kept this goal in mind as we began building the cookies. I was in charge of mixing the concoction and I was also the designated “cookie-baller-upper.” I took my jobs seriously.

Cookie Surprise

After strenuously working for about 45 minutes to create the cookies we went to retrieve our amazing creation from the oven. We opened the oven but cookies were nowhere to be seen–just a pan full of “chocolate-chip mounds” and “oatmeal-raisin cement chunks.” I wish I could describe the taste, but if I tasted these cookies I probably wouldn’t have lived to tell this story.

Cookie Surprise

Cookie Surprise

I’ll leave the baking stuff to my favorite Cousin Betty…Betty Crocker.

Forget Acorns, We’ll take the Fries!

The Fry Stealer

There’s a burger joint called “Five Guys” that serves some absolutely delicious, caloriffic burgers and fries. When you chew each bite of your meal you can hear your arteries harden and your tummy widen, but the taste is so good that it’s worth it.

Two weeks ago I went to Five guys with my cousin and ordered my usual burger with a side of fries, then we went to a nearby park to eat. While eating the fries we were approached by a friendly squirrel who stood a few feet away, watching us eat our meals. Seconds after approaching, the squirrel quickly grabbed a fry that fell from my bag and he retreated to his tree to munch on the oily potato strip.
Not long after, the brave squirrel returned and waited for another french fry to be released.

I’m not the type of person to deny anyone of a tasty treat, so I grabbed the longest french fry from my bag and hand-fed it to the squirrel. Soon he returned with 2 of his friends who also wanted a soggy fry of their own. After giving a fry to each of his friends, I tried to peacefully enjoy my meal, but I was interrupted by the sound of two fighting critters trading punches over a french fry. I broke up the fight by giving a fry to each squirrel and peacefully returned to my seat to enjoy my meal. When I looked to my right, there were two more squirrels waiting for the human fry dispenser to give them more potato treats. By this point, all of the fries were gone and they had to return to the dry, hard, boring, acorns.

I expect to be greeted by six highly-overweight squirrels when I return to the park in the near future. Let’s just hope that their tiny rodent hearts can fully digest the peanut-oil soaked fries.

Here is some footage taken at the scene:

4th Quarter Goal Reflection

Happy September to you all! September is the time of the year when I reflect on my beginning-of-the-year goals to analyze whether I’m on track to accomplish them. Since I’m lucky enough to have a website with regular visitors, I will be doing this activity online for the world to see.

This year my goals were as follows:
1. Increase dependency on laptopPartially Accomplished
Although I purchased the world’s best digital pen to motivate me to write more often, I still remain heavily dependent on my laptop. In fact, I purchased another laptop to keep in the car for emergency laptop/internet access and for on-the-go business dealings. Maybe the solution is to smash my laptop with a sledgehammer and force myself to live Amish-style for the remainder of the year.

2. Buy a new car–specifically the Lexus LS460Accomplished
After months of analysis, thinking, saving and test driving, I purchased my dream car– the Lexus LS460L, aka “the car that parks itself.” Best of all, I accomplished this goal 4 months ahead of schedule!

3. Read 8 booksNot Accomplished
When I noticed that I didn’t have much time to read for fun, I purchased books-on-tape and began listening to them during long drives. The main problem is that the people who narrate the books usually have an extremely monotonous, boring voice that can quickly put an insomniac to sleep after two brief sentences. Since I have not yet mastered the art of sleeping while driving I decided to put the book-on-tape idea on hold until I find a pill that can cure “chronic book-on-tape, sleepy-while-driving syndrome.”

4. Improve communication skillsPartially Accomplished
I’ve been more aware of the nonverbal signals that I send while speaking and I have been working to improve them. Lesson # 1: Do not make a fist and aggressively pound your open palm while speaking to people.

5. Become more consistent with this websiteDefinitely Not Accomplished
Although I’ve only posted a handful of entries this year, I plan on finishing the year in a strong way. There will be more Geremy on soon (i hope). A few things that I have planned are: giveaways, mini-entries, and more videos.

6. Travel morePartially Accomplished
I’ve traveled to a few different states in the US this year, but plan to venture abroad at least once before the year is complete.

I encourage you all to set goals and consistently work towards accomplishing them! Also, be sure to keep up with me as I work to accomplish my goals and make everyday my masterpiece!