Baby Time

“Honey, what time is it?”

“Hmm… It is 7:45 AM.”

“Gotta go, running late again.” And with a quick kiss on my forehead daddy disappears through the door.

Most mornings, while I sit awake on mommy’s lap I hear this quick exchange between my parents and then go back to playing my own version of paddy cake . What is this ‘time’ thing anyway and why does it take someone away from playing with me? Not cool. It’s as though ‘time’ controls people, yet I have never seen this ‘time’ —its as though an invisible hand is constantly turning peoples’ heads on a string and Father Time is the puppet master. All I know is that I’m not a fan of time.

 

Why time sucks

Have you ever ventured into a busy city? If so, you will know exactly what I am talking about when I say city folk are always in a rush. Even the cars and taxis whizz and weave through a sea of people trying to cross the street Now why is it that people plow through each other, bumping into everything in their path? As mentioned early, this thing called time commands it of them. The scepter of time mandates the mad dog rush.

Time constricts people, creating specific scheduled blocks for different things to be accomplished. Time tells people when it is appropriate to wake up, eat breakfast, shower, dress, go to work, drink coffee, go back to work, have that second or third cup of coffee, leave work, go home, have dinner, go to bed, and repeat and repeat and repeat. If there happens to be a fumble, like sleeping an extra five minutes in the morning, you are screwed.

People end up going about their day only thinking of all the stuff they need to accomplish within a certain block of time, and this takes away from any form of creative or provoking thought. Amongst a vast sea of quick paced zombies, there are a few bodies who do not let this time control them; often these people are criticized and thought of as irresponsible. But why?

Despite different states, countries, and even cultures living by different standards of time, it still seems to have the same effect on people? We feel confined by these invisible barriers set-up by time, and yet, there is no actually physical thing holding us within them.

 

‘Depends On The Meaning What Is Is’

What if you remove time? Will all of the accomplishments, meetings, money made and money spent be lost? Who (or what) are you left with? A liberated soul. You’ll find it easier to think for your self and feel the urge to do something outside of the box.

Adherence to time leads to mindlessness. Robots lack creative thought and creative thought is unique to a human existence. Humans should not be robots.

Since the social construct of time isn’t going anywhere, how do we deal with the smelly old elephant in the room? Live moment to moment. I honestly don’t know what is going to happen in the future, and because of my immature brain, I have no recollection of the past. All I care about is ‘what is.’

I eat when I am hungry and sleep when I am tired. When my basic needs are met I carry on the rest of my day pontificating and swinging my arms around (because that’s rad and I might be a boxer when I grow up). Interestingly enough, by concentrating just on the current moment, I am influencing my future.

 

I Dare You…

No, I double dog dare you to question your existence. (Ever been double dog dared by a 2-month old baby? Didn’t think so). The possibility of time stopping if you do not finish the objective at hand is slim to none, so focus on ‘what is’ and hey, that mad dog rush may just slow down into a nice stroll.

 

 

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5 Things Peanut Does That You Should Do

  1. Peanut talks about her feelings. She always let’s us know how she really feels. “I’m really hungry, tired, happy, etc.” Because she is so vocal on her opinions, people know exactly what to do to help her out. You would be surprised how comparable this habit is to adult life things.

Talking about your feelings at work can actually be beneficial.

In a Fast Company Article, they argue that making yourself more vulnerable builds trust faster than if you aren’t vulnerable.

  1. Peanut cries. You should cry too. Embrace your emotions. Louis C. K. was his usual funny self on Conan and described why “you should just cry.”
  1. Peanut laughs at the little stuff. When you can laugh at the little stuff in life, you can easily pick yourself up. It’s a good quality to have. So have a sense of humor and laugh a bit more.

Peanut’s nose is her happy button. You press it, say ‘boop,’ and the reaction that ensues is as if you told the funniest joke on the planet.

  1. Peanut wakes up early. She always starts the day off right with a little snack and then gets right into her early morning workout routine. This usually consists of marching in place and punching the air.
  1. Peanut sits and pontificates. You should take time out of your day to simply sit and think about the world you live in or some brooding questions you have about the earth. Treat it as a meditation time.

It only takes 10 minutes too. Afterwards, you will feel liberated. If you put the time in everyday, you will transform yourself as a person and be much more aware of the world around you. This app called Headspace really helps as a jumping off point.

Moral of the blog is be more like Peanut.

What’s Your Nickname?

Disclaimer: All of the nicknames used in this blog are real…

Nicknames are fun. They also have an amplified meaning, just as names do. daughters nickname is Peanut, hence the name of this blog. Who was James Bond without his esteemed (and nicknamed) secretary, Money Penny. Let’s just say he’d miss a lot of appointments and not be as smooth.

Peanut, for whom this blog is named after, is a little pistol of a girl who has enough attitude and glowing smiles to bring an auditorium full of drill sergeants to their knees. Peanut’s nickname just kind of happened, like any other great nickname.

To better remember people’s names, I add a description of something significant in my phone contacts. ‘Flimsy handshake’ or ‘talked about her Senior Thesis all night at the bar.’ While these aren’t quite nicknames, they cut to the chase and help to remember the essence of that person.

Sometimes there’s a story behind it but the best are really backed up by that gut feeling of “oh yeah, he does look like a ‘Claw’ because he holds his hand in that weird way or ‘Chainsaw’ because his jean shorts look like they went through a chainsaw”

Other times, the nicknames are SO much better than the original, so referring to them by their socially ordained name really makes all parties involved happy.

Tiger Woods’ first name is not Tiger (so disappointed at first, I know). When hearing that his first name was indeed, Eldrick, I wholeheartedly agreed with the well-advised substitution.

In many circles of friends, if you don’t have a nickname you’re not really close with the group. It’s a way of bonding and showing respect for one another that the nicknamed can joke and be joked about.

In my personal friend group, we all have nicknames. Mofo, Big Dog, The Bird, Nud, Cowboy, Scuba Steve, Doctor, Poth, Trugs, C-rad. All of them make absolute sense when you meet them. The name calling process allows creative juices to flow and everyone has a little fun.

Nicknames can be hilarious. So if your friend group doesn’t have any, you should probably address that dire situation ASAP.

 

You Are What You Eat

You are What You Eat

On December 14th, I was born at a healthy weight of seven pounds and thirteen ounces. Even though I lost just a bit of weight at the hospital, when I went for my first doctor appointment only a day after going home, I was already back up to my birth weight. The doctors have all told my mom how surprised and amazed they are by my strength and alertness. By the time I was two weeks old, I was already holding my head up. Now at eight weeks old, I recognize when my mom or dad’s familiar voice says my name, and I turn my head in their direction in order to make eye contact. I am not trying to brag or anything, but in all honesty, it is quite amazing to feel strong. Now the question is, what is my advanced strength and alertness due to?

When someone asks my mom how she lost her baby weight within eight weeks and how her daughter is so strong and alert, my mom simply answers that it is all due to her healthy eating habits. My mom loves fish, chicken, vegetables, and complex grains; and as a matter of fact, I love them too. Salmon is most definitely my favorite and I find that it helps with my skin complexion.

Ignorance is bliss… Until karma kicks in.

Food is often too overlooked as just food. But if you think it over, what you ingest is what fuels your body. The nutrients, by-products, and additives that are in some foods do not just enter the body and then leave; rather, they enter the body and then break down to only circulate throughout your system. So, when it comes to your energy levels and health, these are all attributed to what you eat on a daily basis.

So then, why doesn’t everyone eat healthy foods and cook their own meals?

The easy way out.

In my opinion, too many people rely on other people or places for their meals, such as McDonalds or Burger King. I mean before you even see the large yellow and red sign, you can smell the aroma of French fries and burgers, which can be irresistible for someone driving on an empty stomach after work. For only one dollar you can buy yourself a meal. McDonalds must be a life savior… Right?

Have you ever noticed that the majority of people who eat McDonalds, Burger King, or any fast food for that matter are unhealthy both in appearance and mentality?

So this begs the question, is the rather inexpensive and fast food healthy?

Fast food companies claim to be healthier than they have been with their dishes in the past; however, the emphasis is on the descriptive “healthier.” This does not mean that the food that can be served up in less than a minute and sit in a refrigerator for weeks time without going bad is healthy; it is just better than it was in the past. With this being said, why do people consume fast food?

In one of my previous blogs, I mentioned a thing called “time.” I notice how rushed people appear to be on a regular basis, always having to be somewhere else. This can make it challenging for some to go to the grocery store and to take the time to cook a meal, picking up a one dollar burger in less than a minute appeals to the rushed. I cannot blame a person for resorting to fast food to quench their dying appetite, but I do not sympathize with them when they complain about having to lose weight or their persistent unhealthy skin.

If you are going to consume large quantities of unhealthy food than accept that you are going to be unhealthy. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” is a simple yet true statement – the reason for why I am healthy is because I eat healthy foods.

 

How Interesting Is Your Life Story?

Peanut loves stories. She’ll be all fussy and squirming around, but when a story starts, she stops and gives a listen. A great big calm hangs in the air and she seems to be paralyzed in deep thought as she visually and mentally grabs onto the words of the story.

Humans of all ages are inherently drawn to stories.

Storytelling has been around since ancient times and for good reason. It is the most effective way to make a person learn a lesson, evoke emotion, or laugh. Homer told epic tales of the Odyssey and William Shakespeare told the loving tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

Be The Author Of Your Life

Contemporary short story author Dr. Jonathon Gottschall takes it a step even further and says that people live their entire lives inside stories. Jonathon says, “we live in stories all day long —fiction stories, novels, TV shows, films, interactive video games. We daydream in stories all day long. We go to sleep at night to rest; the body rests, but not the brain. The brain stays up at night and it’s telling itself stories for about two hours per night.”

Jonathon has a pretty good point. Almost everything we do as humans can be looked through the lens of a story narrative. Why? Because our brains process information much more effectively through this technique.

Humans are addicted to stories. They can’t help but follow the latest celebrity gossip or binge watch Netflix.

So, considering our story narrative isn’t going anywhere any time soon, how do we make the most of it?

You may not be a good writer or storyteller. BUT YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR STORY AS INTERESTING AS POSSIBLE.

Introduce a Plot Twist

Do something today that you’ve never done before. It could give you a new perspective on life and change you for the better.

Try doing yoga on the beach. Try doing 1,000 jumping jacks. Try learning a different language.

The key word here is TRY. Try whatever strikes your fancy. As long as it is beneficial to you as a person, why not try it.

Too often, people lead sedentary lifestyles (and everyone wonders why depression rates are up) leading to feelings of resentment. But it is so easy to avoid, just try.

Following some good ol’ Latin can always act as a good mantra, ‘acta non verba’ or “Actions not words.”

Conceptualize your story. Go act on those thoughts. Then reap the rewards.

The Devil Is In The Details

Ira Israel is a psychotherapist who counsels creative people on mindfulness and happiness. Ira has a blog about living a meaningful, productive life.

In his video ‘How to Own Your Life,’ he talks of his experience in a car crash. Ira concludes that while his involvement in the car crash were awful; he was dwelling too much on the negative. Ira practices a form of radical acceptance and accepts what happens in his life. So don’t let yourself get in your own head. In the words of Mr. Israel, “Accept what is. Accept every aspect of your life.”

 

 

 

 

Befriending Two Fury Beings

Man’s best friend, they said. It would be fun, they said. Well, dogs deserve the title ‘Baby’s best friend,’ too. Peanut was surprisingly calm when meeting the two family dogs for the first time. That’s pretty impressive, considering these two giant fur balls cause a ruckus 24/7, they pride themselves on bringing small dead animals to the doorstep and jumping on top of anyone who’s really comfortable watching a movie.   That being said, the pups know when to implement their often-dwindling manners when appropriate.

Hi, Hello, How Are You

They’re the first faces you see when you walk through the door and there’s no better greeting on the planet. Let’s get down to the stats here.

Stewie, an Australian Shepard, is a Momma’s boy, loves snacks, gets jealous when other people get more attention than him and Beyoncé is his guilty pleasure. When Stewie gets excited he does a wiggle dance with his butt. He is renowned for being an alarm clock in the form of licking toes.

He is a wise intellectual canine, too. Stewie can unlock all of the doggie doors and he’s a great listener.

On the other hand there’s Moose, a big clunky Rottweiler. He always needs to be in the action, slobbering on TV remotes, chasing squirrels or scaring the shit out of the mailman. He always goes 100%. Moose looks over Peanut like Carl in those awesome Alexandra Day kid books.

Friend or Foe?

When meeting new people or being thrown into new situations, that’s when the pups’ ADHD kicks in. Stepping briefly into their minds, it would sound something like this: “IF I DEVOUR THIS PERSON, WILL DAD GIVE ME A SNACK? FRIENDS, NEW FRIENDS, I LOVE PARTIES. HE LOOKS TASTY.”

First things first, everyone should prepare themselves for where a dog will go with their nose. Yup, for some reason a dog must stick that slimy wet nose of theirs right in the most uncomfortable and rather private spots. The sniffing of the butt can last anywhere from ten seconds to a minute, but it’s gotta happen. It’s like a doggie initiation, if you will. This initial stage only happens the first couple of times you meet them, then you’re old news.

As uncomfortable as it may be, you should just go with the flow. “Hey, when you’re done sniffin’ around down there let’s play fetch and become best friends.” Would be a recommended reaction.

Have We Met Before?

The second encounter with Stewie and Moose is not as long and thorough as the first. Now, even though this is the second or third time you meet them, the pups immediately begin sniffing you, just to make sure their eyes are not playing tricks on them and you are still the “new human.” After a good sniff or two, Stewie begins to wiggle his butt due to a lack of tail. Moose, who is not as trusting as Stewie, moves from sniffing you to slobbering all over what you’re carrying. (RIP those cool new headphones that were drowned in drool). Something along the lines of ‘DOES THE NEW HUMAN HAVE SNACKS!?’ is probably going through their heads.

Oh Hey Old Friend

After taking some long walks with the dogs and letting them lick your hands after you’ve eaten, you can now consider your relationship to be more than just occasional acquaintances. When you wake up in the morning, they no longer bark at you but instead immediately begin licking feet. Instead of solely following their owners around the house, the dogs begin to pay more attention to you, laying by your feet and occasionally giving you a big lick on the cheek.

You know the two dogs care about you and have your back. Even Moose, who was wary of you for the first couple encounters, no longer hesitates when greeting you. The relationship is very comfortable at this point. He even farts when you’re both on the couch. But don’t be that guy who blames the dog.

 

 

The 5 People You Meet On The Jersey Boardwalk

Going on walks are great for newborns. The movement usually puts them to sleep and they get some quality fresh air. All walks of life are out on the boardwalk too, so your kid gets to experience the ‘real world.’ And what a time it is to be alive.

1. The Surf Rat Skipping Work In The Winter To Catch The Latest Swell

It doesn’t matter whether he’s as old as Gandalf or a Young Buc, he’s getting in on some tasty waves and is letting everyone on Ocean Ave. know it. Often seen sprinting by you (top half of their wetsuit not even completely on) in the direction of the ocean yelling, “Yeeeewww.” Or, in groups returning to their cars with such dude-jubilation (or düdilation, if you will) that the entire block can hear. The words “dude,” “sick,” and “shreddable” are overused, but it’s all-good. Their employers would undoubtedly be impressed with the shred sesh.

2. The Elderly Lady Walking Her Small Dog

You know how they say owners look like their dogs. Well, that holds true here, too. It doesn’t matter whether the elderly lady is walking a Shih Tzu, a Maltese, a Chihuahua or a Pug, they are mirror images of one another. Jowls, poofed up hair and a look that’s little cocked to the side. They’re both cute in their own way.

And thank god she doesn’t stuff the little dog into her purse like Paris Hilton.

3. The Weird Workout Wonder

Now these workout anomalies are hard to miss and they leave a lasting impression. These people are indubitably grateful to be alive and are soaking it all up in the weirdest workout experience possible. They take on many forms.

  • A hula hoop lady, blasting Madonna so loud through her headphones you can hear it yards away.
  • A crazy elliptical guy (and sometimes his wife) who go 100 mph. I Googled the awkward looking and deadly fast Elliptical Machine On Wheels (or ‘Hell on Wheels,’ however you want to look at it) and the reviews were sublime, so maybe we’re the one’s missing out.
  • A guy riding his bike bumping 80’s cardio music and singing along while taking his hands off the wheel and punching the air.
  • An overweight guy who is sweating through his under layer and sweatshirt on a run in the middle of winter. But he’s kicking some ass and probably following up on some New Year’s resolutions.

4. The Old Local

He sits and ponders away as he smokes his cigar all day. You often smell him before seeing him, especially if you’re down wind from his Habanos Bolívar. He’s the type of guy you’d find playing checkers at a café in the square with the other guys from around the block and they all wear Irish Tweed hats and have croaky laughs. He doesn’t say much but always gives you a subtle nod as you walk past.

5. The Pack Of Gossiping Women

These bloodthirsty ladies group up every day to ‘power walk’ in their Active Wear. Amongst arm pumping and long gaits, they talk about the juicy town gossip. They faintly resemble birds chirping away at each other. And, just so everyone knows, Johnnie’s fiancé is a deadbeat according to Cheryl.