Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Perspective

I had a little bit of open time today and I found myself looking back at where this blog began. Around 4 years ago I started this blog as something to do, somewhere to put my thoughts, feelings, and finding from across the internet. I did it because I thought people were tiring of me putting all the links that I found amusing on Facebook. For a few years I posted here consistently on weekdays and over time it has somewhat depreciated down to a passing thought here and there. While it seems that the blog itself is somewhat fading and falling to the wayside, I can't help but feel that it isn't. My intent when I started was to provide a location to find elements of humor and entertainment. Over time it developed into a personal challenge and obligation to get content out every weekday just so I had something to ponder and plan for. I successfully posted for an entire year and then my availability started to diminish to the point where I really had to block off time to devote to blogging. From my perspective, I wish I had more time to devote to writing posts like I used to, but stepping into the expectations of adulthood have made it a little more tricky to consistently post. While it seems that my weekends could be a great time to pre-write some posts and schedule them for a couple days a week, I am really more focused on planning my wedding with my fiancee which is takes a lot of time up. I know all this sounds like I'm going to completely stop writing posts for P(x) Randomness, but I don't think I could convince myself to shut this site down because it really shows my growth over the last 4-5 years as a writer and even with my opinions. While there are times that I miss writing the daily posts, I really feel that these one-off posts are going to be more commonplace for the near future. I can easily say that I am proud of this blog and the fact that I have reached nearly 200,000 people on something that I started on a whim one day. While there isn't so much of a community feel that you would get from a YouTube channel, I still have probably impacted someone's life at some point whether it be a laugh or two or just providing a profound thought here and there. Ultimately, just that thought is pretty satisfying. I don't know who I impacted, but I can feel that at some point in my life I have positively impacted a moment (at minimum) of someone I have never met. That impact is one of the reasons that I keep blogging. While it is sporadic for new content, it really is a cool thought that these words have a global reach to people that speak multiple languages, have varied social and cultural upbringings, and all because people stumbled across this site while looking for something on the internet. As I said, I don't plan on stopping this blog anytime soon and I don't think I can after thinking of the global impact it has (be it large or small).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New-ish Year

We're almost 2 weeks into 2015 and it really doesn't seem all that different from 2014. Nevertheless, I am still doing pretty well. I finally am pretty much over a nasty cold (if it can even be called a cold) after around 3 weeks. Assuming that it's this nasty flu that the CDC is saying is going around, it really is no fun. With it being gone though, I really have a greater appreciation for my health. You never realize how much you appreciate something until its gone, and your health really falls well under that category. Normally people choose to make resolutions for the start of the new year, but I don't care for them because it really just becomes an overhanging chore of a task. Therefore, as usual, I have not made any resolutions. Awkwardly enough, I now want to talk about what I want to try and do more this year without it sounding like a resolution...and hopefully in saying this it doesn't come off that way, but we shall see. I'm putting more of an effort into making food from scratch rather than buying simple pre-packaged foods like frozen pizzas and mac n cheese, and trying to go beyond the simple boil water and go recipes like pasta and hot dogs. Why? I enjoy cooking. I also have been watching many videos from a YouTube channel called Sorted Food and they cook a bunch of delicious looking and sounding foods that don't seem all that much of a bother to make. As a result, I want to make an effort to trying to make more of my own meals rather than being lazy and cooking a bunch of prepacked quick meals. Last night, I tried a slow cooker recipe that was simply hash browns, eggs, cheese, and breakfast sausage and it cooked on low for a couple hours and it was great and it was a cheap option as well because each of the ingredients were under $3, other than the breakfast sausage. It was simple, and the only bother was having to wait for it to cook and smelling the deliciousness the entire time. Who knows what other sorts of foods I'll end up making, but hopefully I can get more creative and make some of my own recipes as I improve at cooking.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bottom 10 Worst Christmas Songs: #1

Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon and Yoko Ono


Yoko really does ruin everything.. This song is by far my least favorite Christmas song of all time and it gets so overplayed. It's lovely that war is over, but the last thing I want to think about at Christmas is war. Plus the kids in the background singing the word "Now" just sounds like yelling "Ahhahhhahhhhahhh". It just reminds me of the big guy from Spongebob Squarepants during the fry cook games.



If I didn't have to hear this song again I wouldn't miss it.

With a week to go until Christmas Day, perhaps I'll try and rouse some positive Christmas spirit with some of my favorites, but we shall see as it always gets busy this time of year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bottom 10 Worst Christmas Songs: #2

Last Christmas - Wham!


Oh boy! Nothing says Merry Christmas than a whiny faux-love song. This song makes me think of children in kindergarten giving a toy to someone else, but that person didn't give it back, no, they gave it to someone else so all you can do is cry about how that was your toy. This song is essentially that kindergartener calling the other person a "poopie head" and being grumpy. Also, why does this song feel like it goes on forever. Ok, musically, I understand it's not out of the norm to repeat the refrain, but after 9-10 times it gets a little obnoxious.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bottom 10 Worst Christmas Songs: #3

The Christmas Shoes - Newsong


Nothing says Merry Christmas like a good tear-jerking song. This song just doesn't really fit in with any other Christmas songs. It's really hard to say anything about this song without sounding insensitive and jerkish. I'm saying that I don't like this song because Christmas is supposed to be a time for happy thoughts, and while some sadder things do happen it really does put a damper on the spirit of the season. I get the sentiment of the song and it really is touching and if you haven't heard it please do give it a listen, but I really don't care to hear it on my Christmas stations.