Sorry so late this morning in sending this out. Had a few finishing touches to put on it, but Miss Avery kept us up for quite awhile last night and that whole "I'll get my day started early" thing went right out the window.
A little light on total number of links this week, but I'll blame that on being the first week back at work after paternity leave. Most of what I read this week was email.
Hello! It's been awhile. This issue was due to go out on July 15th, which is precisely the day that my daughter was born. It wasn't ready before then, and since then I've been a little busy. But Amanda and I are finally starting to surface for air, and I had a few minutes to finish this issue and get it out the door.
So without further rambling, enjoy Issue 13.
Slept a little late this morning so didn't get this issue finished when I wanted to. We've got a lengthy one this time. Hope it made it to your inbox as you're getting ready to head to the pool, or to the beach, or to your patio with a fresh cup of coffee (or something stronger, depending on how your Friday night went).
I spent all last Saturday putting wooden tongue and groove paneling on the ceiling in the nursery. I think this is called planking a ceiling, or some people call it shiplap. Either way, it is a horrible task. Anyone that says otherwise (looking at you, Pinterest) is misleading you. They want you to suffer. Do not trust them. But if your wife wants you to do it, she is right, and you should do it, because you love her and want her to have nice things. The best things. The best ceilings.
I'm anticipating our daughter's first sentence to be "Dad, this ceiling looks amazing. Thanks for doing this, because it really took the room to the next level."
All that to say I hope that your Saturday is a pleasant cocktail of relaxation and reflection, with a splash of productivity. Here's to ceilings.
Welcome to Issue #10, folks. That feels a little bit like a milestone for someone like me. I've most likely started ten blogs so far in my life, each one lasting a few posts before I decided it wasn't going to blow up, or that simply adding a new category wouldn't work because you could build a completely new blog around content like this!
Anyway, I've added a new category this week, maybe in honor of it being the tenth issue. It's called Heavy Rotation, which is an overused phrase but my first streaming music service that I really loved, Rdio, had a station by the same name that I really enjoyed and I couldn't think of anything better. This category is for music recommendations. You'll quickly learn that I'm musically schizophrenic; I'll listen to almost anything and "shuffle" is always a dangerous option on my devices. I'll also be sharing exclusively Spotify links because that's where I listen to music, so if you don't have Spotify, sorry bout it.
I hope you're enjoying the newsletter so far, but honestly I don't care. I'm having fun blasting my opinions into space every week so I'm just going to keep doing that until someone stops me.
This week's newsletter has a theme, kind of. It's about thinking. Who is telling you what to think? What do you drink when you're ready to stop thinking? How do you capture ideas? Are you overthinking simple things? What do you do when someone challenges your thinking? Do your thoughts motivate you or overwhelm you?
It's been a great week. You've had exactly enough time to get your long list of todos done, and you're ready to go into the long weekend without a thing left to accomplish. You'll get to kick back, relax and unwind. Life is an Adirondack chair.
LOL, nah. It hasn't been a great week. You're probably like me and having an "OMG it's Friday how did that happen and who can I blame?" kind of week. That's fine. Remember that you do in fact have a long weekend, and let the vacation brain set in as you peruse this carefully curated list of distractions.
I hope everyone is reading this on a lazy Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. I think newsletters are the new weekend paper, so I like to pretend everyone that subscribes to this one is operating under the same assumption.
I think you could summarize the theme of this newsletter as being loosely historical: we've got the history of the whole world according to someone that may not sleep much and pictures of actual dinosaurs. Hard to top that.
If I haven't mentioned it before, please feel free to send me links you want to be featured in this newsletter by replying to this email or by texting me. Several of you have been doing this, and I've got your links queued up and ready for future issues. Thanks for playing along!
Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday evening. I'm enjoying a bourbon and finally getting around to sending out this week's newsletter.
I actually had all of my links together and was set to send this issue out on time. Then I forgot to send it. Maybe next week.
No bites on the free sponsorships yet. Remember, they're free. So sign up for one already.
Consistency is key
Which is why my newsletter is so random. Consistency is also hard.
Also, cool new idea: I've decided to start taking on sponsors for my newsletter. I know you're delighted. Here's how it'll work: Sponsorships are free. To get one, you email me (you can just reply back to this newsletter and I'll get it) or you can do it the right way and go here. You'll tell me what you want the sponsorship to say, and give me a link. This can be a link to your company's website, to a cause you support, to your Instagram account, or to a completely random website that you just want everyone to know you're associated with. It'll be great.
Alrighty, to the good stuff.