Here’s What Happened While I Was Away …
With so much of my time spent away from the site in the past 4-6 weeks, I thought I’d give a “here’s roughly what’s been going on” round-up. I had intended for a lot of this to turn into their own stand-alone posts but this will be faster.
On the Cooking, Recipe, and Food Front …
On the Home and Garden Front …
On the Operating Business Front …
Aaron and I are also starting another company, which I’ll write about later this summer. It came after significant pressure, over many years, from friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers, and me finally solving the problem of how to integrate it into my existing life without too much interruption. My attorneys suggested a way to solve everyone’s problems and we’re in the process of taking care of the regulatory requirements now but I don’t want to get into it too much until everything is finalized. Most of my days are spent thinking about and preparing for it.
The overhaul of this blog still needs to be completed, too. I can’t stand the broken links or scaling issues that haven’t been corrected, yet.
Kennon Green Enterprises has some bigger plans for later in this year, too, involving an intellectual property contract I need to oversee.
I agreed to increase my production at About.com as part of a project they’re doing.
I also have several personal projects going on, some of which you know about and others I haven’t mentioned.
All of these are, taken together and in conjunction with the out-of-state traveling we’ve done lately, has kept me away from the site. There are only so many hours in the day and, as you can tell from the lower post count, this hobby of mine gets pushed to the side. I can’t wait to get back to the regularly scheduled program – a post a day, on average – but there are things that need to be done first; things that are more important.
On the Video Game Front …
Remember the indie game studio that published Loren: Amazon Princess? I like supporting independent developers and the guy who was behind the title just released another game called Seasons of the Wolf. I haven’t bought it, yet, but I plan on doing so later this summer since the Loren title was so well done (it was like those old, cool, awesome games you used to get back in the golden age of PC gaming). If you played RPG’s in the 1980’s or 1990’s, it will probably be right up your alley.
There is also an update coming to the Civilization: Beyond Earth. It’s called Rising Tides and will involve colonizing the oceans.
Like most other Civ addicts, I’ve stuck almost entirely with Civilization V because it’s so well developed following all of the expansions (just this morning, I had Austria march and army on Persia). Beyond Earth will likely get there but it just needs more time for the small things to be fixed. Though, they really need to do something about the exhausting color scheme. One of the great things about Civ V is you can play in all sorts of terrain – desert, lush jungle, wheat fields, snow … with Beyond Earth, there’s no variety. They’ve restricted the entire experience to a tiny portion of the color wheel, which gets really old after an hour or two.
Also in media: We finished a Korean drama called “Fated to Love You” on Netflix. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. We loved it so much we now have the soundtrack. If you’re into the genre, watch it.
On the Family Front …
Wait! Have you seen this video that showed the test results of attempting to figure out how the enemy movements in the original Legend of Zelda are determined? Watch this!
Otherwise, it’s work. A lot of work. There are things we need to be doing to position ourselves for where we want to be in 1, 3, and 5 years, especially since Aaron and I will be having kids of our own during that time period so they are roughly the same age as their cousins. That takes precedence over everything else. What was it Ray Kroc said? “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.” This is the doing part; the part that doesn’t get shown on the blog; the until-three-or-four-in-the-morning sessions to line up another annuity stream bringing money into the CCDA; the research; the meetings; the conferences with advisors. I have three or four big things I want done before December 31st this year and they require a disproportionate amount of time, energy, and brain power; things that should pay off for a long time. I’m old enough, and wise enough, at this point in my life to know when both Aaron and I get in that zone, we need to ride the wave as long as we can.
We’re in the mood to work so work we shall.