Me & My Muse – Day 2385: Moving Sunday

Moving, for my brother, that is.  Well, sort of since he’s moving officially on Thursday.

For today, I got up and went to church. I went to the second service. My parents, grandparents, cousin, and his wife were there, so I was able to go to the service with them. After that, we all had breakfast at Stackers.  My brother joined us.  After that, I went home, changed, and went back to my parent’s place to help my brother get ready to move some of his things for later in the week.

Now that I’m home, I’m going to take it easy. I will make my dinner and will take it easy for the rest of the day.

Today’s high is going to be 25 degrees and the silver lining is having a little bit of time to relax.

To those of you who have been enjoying your Sunday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  Phew!  I think I’ll relax now.  Time to have dinner…

Me & My Muse – Day 2384: Snow Day

Having looked outside, we have around 3-4 inches of snow on the ground.  Ladies and gentlemen, we have a snow day.

And what does that mean for me?  While I have no snow to remove in my driveway (snow removal and lawn care is included in my apartment), I will be getting the snow off of my patio.  I will also be cleaning the place.  Anything that needs cleaning will get cleaned.  I will then chill for the remainder of the day.  That is pretty much this day in a nutshell.

Today’s high is going to be 36 degrees and the silver lining is enjoying a peaceful day off at my place.

To those of you who are enjoying this snow day, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  There’s so much snow!  I think that I’ll make some snow angels and build a snowman!  I think I’ll have some hot chocolate and watch Frozen afterwards…

Me & My Muse – Day 2383: Weekend is Here!

And with that, you’re going to get a short entry, since I’m a little tired tonight.

Work was good, as usual and I was able to get my water deposit paid for with the city.  For tonight, I’m going to take it easy.  Time to enjoy the weekend!

Today’s high is going to be 26 degrees and the silver lining is the weekend finally being here.

To those of you who are glad that it’s Friday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  The weekend is here at last!  Time for some hot chocolate and a good book…

Me & My Muse – Day 2382: Dentist Visit and Big E’s

To summarize today as a whole, work went pretty well.  I worked, went to the dentist, and then came home.

I will now get ready for my sister’s birthday dinner. She will be turning 32, and me and my family will be celebrating that at Big E’s.

Today’s high is going to be 31 degrees and the silver lining is celebrating my sister’s 32nd birthday.

To those of you who like celebrating your family’s birthdays, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  Your sister’s turning 32?  Tell her that I said happy birthday!

Me & My Muse – Day 2381: Now We’re Cooking!

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When you reach the end of a busy work day, there’s nothing like cooking a fresh meal.

For me, I like to draw my inspiration from Ignis, a spectacled character from Final Fantasy XV who cooked various dishes for Noctis, the prince of Lucis.  Although quiet and reserved, Ignis was proficient at preparing delectable dishes for the Lucian heir to the throne.  His approach was precise, always devising new ways and ideas for any dish he could improve upon in the future.

So effective immediately, I am assuming the Ignis role at my apartment.  Although my cooking skill is not even close to what he can do, this is something that I will work on, and “level up” over time.  My brother will be the Noctis when he moves in.  I guess it’s only fitting (after all, Ryan means “little king”).

What’s on the menu tonight?  A parmesan mozzarella rotini meatball pasta with green beans.  It’s not much, but a perfect starting point for a novice.  I want to get the basics down in cooking the noodles (and of course not overcooking them.  There is a balance in this whole process…)

And of course, the goal of every recipe would be to improve upon it the next time that I make it.  Who knows?  Perhaps I may substitute the meatballs and make shrimp meatballs from Italian bread crumbs.  How would a spaghetti and shrimp meatballs sound?  The possibilities are endless!

Anyway, I will start cooking my meal and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Today’s high is going to be 34 degrees and the silver lining is cooking a fresh meal at my apartment.

To those of you who like to cook masterpieces, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  That spaghetti and shrimp meatballs sounds good!  I think I’ll be making that tonight!  Time to gather the ingredients…


Me & My Muse – Day 2380: Managing Change

Besides the change that I have already experienced so far, my Toastmasters meeting at work today was quite interesting.  I gave a presentation about managing change.  More specifically, I talked about managing change for Tuesday Talkers: A Club that has been a President’s Distinguished Club for 16 years in a row (Perhaps longer.  I couldn’t find any data that went further back…).

For Tuesday Talkers, I have always seen it as a club that other clubs should strive for.  The model club that leads by example.  With so many wonderful leaders in the club over the years, it has served as the source of the club’s ongoing success.  With the merger of Dow and DuPont, and the split into three companies (Dow, DuPont, and Corteva), this has affected the club’s core membership.  The layoffs and restructuring.  The loss of valuable members due to job changes and other things happening in their lives.  This is and will be a challenge that will test the strength of this club that was built on a solid foundation.

In the speech that I gave today, I outlined a plan that would keep the club strong.  This plan, of course, would only be effective if we have the support of the members.  As the core membership gets rebuilt, this will be the key to the club’s future.  A legacy needs to be established for this club from the members that made it successful in the first place.  A lot of those members don’t attend the club anymore, but their wisdom that led the club would be a useful thing to pass on to the future members.  This is a new age and a new era, and the club needs to change with that era.

My goal is to try to keep Tuesday Talkers as the club that I remembered when I first heard of it.  The rumors of it achieving President’s Distinguished every year and having an outstanding program for those who join it.

With the speech done and my sister’s birthday card bought, I will now take it easy for the rest of the day.

Today’s high is going to be 40 degrees and the silver lining is giving a good speech at my club today.

To those of you who have ever had to manage change before, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  I know all about that. In one of my clubs, I’m noticing the core starting to dwindle.  I better start making a plan for that one…

Me & My Muse – Day 2379: Office Space was Wrong – Mondays ROCK!

Yeah.  I said it and I’ll say it again.  Mondays ROCK!

Now before you all gang up on me and throw me into a dumpster, I want to make one thing clear.  I was only joking.  If your sarcasm detector was off, it’s either time for a tune-up or a new one.

If anything, I hope that I was able to make you smile, or least have you generate some kind of positive emotion on this drag of a week.

If you’re reading this now, you’ve done it.  You have made it through the grinder.  Your bad case of the Mondays has been cured.  So get everything ready for tomorrow and indulge in your favorite hobby.

For me, work was pretty typical of what I expected for a Monday.  My 4.15 mile workout got me ready for the work day.  Toward the end of my work day, I was able to tour a newly renovated facility at the corporate headquarters.

With work over, I will focus on the goals that I want to accomplish for this year.  Get my book published for the whole world to see.  There will be more on this in the not so distant future.

And before you ask me if I had a bad case of the Mondays,  here is my reply.  I have had all my Monday vaccines so it’s impossible for me to have a bad case of the Mondays.  Thank you for asking.

Today’s high is going to be 35 degrees and the silver lining is having the rest of this Monday to enjoy.

To those of you who have not had your Monday vaccine, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  I got my vaccine and it works!  No more bad Mondays!  But do be careful!  The side effects of the vaccine may include excessive amounts of happiness and optimism…