It’s January.  That means I’m going to exercise regularly for two months then get lazy/busy/bored and stop exercising for a while before picking it up again around the start of summer.

So in the mornings I do a ten minute workout through Xbox Fitness on the Xbox One, and then in the afternoon I either ride my trainer, do some P90x workout or something similar. In the Xbox Fitness App they have rankings of how you did compared to the average in your age group to motivate you.

Somehow beating the average in my age group this January just doesn’t feel nearly as motivating as beating it did last year.  Currently the 36 – 45 year old age group just makes me feel old, as opposed to last January’s 26-35 year old age, which I also beat the average pretty handily and felt better about.

Jolie Holland

Sometimes I think I don’t discover music until way later than everyone else.

Other times music in my collection goes unlistened to… and I don’t even realize its part of my music collection.

A little bit of both happened with Jolie Holland.

Somehow I had the album Escondida in my music collection. I randomly saw the album cover and decided to listen to it over the weekend. It quickly has become all I’ve listened to the last few days (OK… full disclosure… I listened to the entire radio broadcast drama of Empire Strikes Back while driving 8 hours from Cleveland to Queensbury…. but aside from that).

Anyways… give it a listen.  I’ve started moving on to her more recent albums.  This one is from 2005 and it holds up wonderfully.


WP_20151126_10_09_11_Rich_LII’ve had a Thanksgiving tradition making own meal and lounging the day away by myself ever since I moved to Cleveland years ago. It appears that tradition is dead now. But that’s ok.

Sam and I are spending Thanksgiving with her mom and brother in Madison at her parents. Its pretty great. Sam and her mom are working on the meal while I’m relaxing in the outer room.

I’ve got a book… Am listening to some Billie Holiday…texting family and drinking coffee.
It’s pretty wonderful. Even better… I’m staring at this view watching birds go crazy outside.

Nice Thanksgiving indeed.

Tinsel Pig

I now have the ultimate Christmas Decoration.  Sam surprised me with a gift after 13 hours of work yesterday. 


There is a story here. For the last few years I’ve stared at Tinsel Pig on the site shelves and said or been told wait until it’s on sale after Christmas.  And every year it sells out before Christmas.

So to come home to find Tinsel Pig in my window made my night.