Hello again my loyal friends. After a long and frustrating couple of months fighting with an unnamed electronic store, I finally have my laptop back. I now have the distinction of the computer equivalent of writing off a vehicle. Yes, after 4 weeks of examining my beloved laptop, the vendor finally determined that it was too expensive to fix. Although I have my suspicions that the geeks in the back warehouse really just decided they didn’t know what the hell was actually wrong with it… I grudgingly accepted their explanation. Well, I suppose it wasn’t all that bad of a result, since I got to pick a “comparable” replacement. The problem was that the only model available that fit the mould was $100 more expensive. But then the unthinkable happened! The store actually offered me the better laptop at the same price. Whaaaat?!? No arguing? No hopeless negotiating with a manager who is more concerned with his university final exam marks than his job? Nope. They offered it to me without any of that nonsense. And then something even better happened. When I got to the til, I discovered that I was required to again purchase the extended “performance plan”, hence protecting me from falling victim to Murphy’s Law – which would almost ensure my laptop would fail if I didn’t buy the plan. So I prepared to pony up another $139, expecting to receive a 2 year plan. And as I was walking away, the young fellow who took my money advised me he had “thrown in” an extra year on the plan. Wow…I didn’t know the rules for “throwing in” stuff like that were so lax! Based on this new knowledge I shall adjust my negotiation tactics on my next technology purchasing adventure. So anyways, the story ended well as I now have a better laptop to spew out my ramblings for y’all to enjoy. But you don’t want to hear any more boring stories. Continue reading Sometimes Work Sucks – But it Doesn’t Have To!
Life has been tough lately, and I have found myself allowing my life’s negative things to seep deeper and deeper into my personality than ever before. I know that life is bigger than my problems, and that I should never let circumstances define me. So when I started feeling like the negative things in my life were starting to dictate my behavior and emotions too much, I became slightly worried. Frustrating things like slow traffic, Tim Hortons messing up my order, or receiving a rude email have started to have more of an affect on me than they should. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever let normally small problems become big for no apparent reason? I actually yelled at the coffee lady (while my window was rolled up so she couldn’t hear me) because she thought I said “sugar” instead of “sweetener”. Yep, that’s rational Craig. I was even at a red light recently and when the light turned green, I only waited for 1.9 seconds to honk at the car in front of me, instead of my normal 2.9 seconds.
Continue reading Find Your Reason to Work Out
So I’ve been trying to think of a way to make myself feel better after a really shitty thing happened yesterday. My friends will know what this “thing” is, but that’s not important. What is important is what I choose to do now. For those of you that don’t know me, I’ll elaborate a bit. I basically applied for my dream job and I was told no. That’s really it. So on the surface, it may not seem all that upsetting to the outside person. But this is the third time I have applied for this job and obviously it’s the third time they have said no. The worst part is that I have to wait another 2 years if I want to apply again. It’s like the air has been sucked out of my lungs, if that makes any sense at all.
But I am not writing this to get sympathy, and I am probably not even writing this to give advice to anyone… other than myself. For some reason my brain tends to respond better to suggestion when it sees words on paper (or a computer screen). I guess that’s why I have been keeping a journal for most of my life. So… although I hope you see these words as inspirational, they are probably intended more as a way to tell myself what to do.
Continue reading Dealing With the “Downs” of Life
This topic is something that I know everyone struggles with at one point or another. The reason why I want to write about it is simply because there are so many reasons why the paleo diet is easy to stick to. I am going to do my best to try and list some of the most effective ways to stay on track. I will include some things I personally do, as well as some things I know I should do but still struggle with.
Continue reading Sticking to Your Diet
So after finally posting my blog on Facebook last night, I have to say that I am overwhelmed by the response I have had. Thank you all so much for your kind words! I am more inspired than ever to write about the things I am passionate about and to share them with all of you. I really have found something new that I love doing, and having so many awesome people to share it with makes it that much better! Someone made a comment that I found very helpful, and I wanted to talk a bit about it before I dive into the meat and potatoes of today’s topic.