Communication in a modern world…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World.”

How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?

How have we changed our communication methods to adapt to our constantly changing world and how can we stay connected to our friends, family, colleagues, others?  This is something I’m always asking myself.  I was never a huge “communicate by phone” person before all of these other methods became available and popular.  To be honest, outside of my work, it took me a long time to really catch on to communicating by email with friends or family.  I had always put this pressure on myself to write a certain amount and if I didn’t, I worried what the other person thought.  Texting, chatting, etc, are much easier.  No one is offended by a one or two word response.  Hey, it’s almost preferred!

However, it is much more challenging to convey the right emotion.  I’m notorious for misreading email.  I love when people include emojis — helps to make the message clearer.  I’ve had some funny exchanges when I ask for clarification.  😉

Lists of lists…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”

What a perfect prompt for me.  I love lists and have been known to create lists of lists.

Favorite places to create lists:

  1. Paper
  2. Todoist
  3. Evernote
  4. Email
  5. Rattling them off to other people

Most common lists I create:

  1. Grocery
  2. Home to-do items
  3. Work to-do items
  4. Short-term goals
  5. Long-term goals
  6. The ever famous lists of lists!!

It’s getting hot in here…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ring of Fire.”  Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring?

hot sauce

This is my idea of a little slice heaven.  I took this picture at a store in Boulder, CO a few summers ago.  I couldn’t even get all of their wonderful varieties of hot sauces into one picture.  I wish I could have brought all of these amazing bottles of goodness home with me.  This doesn’t even include fresh chilies, chili powders, wasabi, etc.  Throw those in and I’m truly in heaven.

I go out of my way to have spicy foods. It is a staple in my house and lives right next to the salt and pepper on the table.  I love it all from the mild heat that brings a layer of flavor and depth to foods to the intense heat that leads to a slight burn in the back of my throat, the beads of sweat that form on my forehead, the runny nose.  I have to admit, I just don’t understand people who don’t like spicy food.  There was a study recently that men who like hot food have high testosterone.  They really need to do a study on women too.  And heck, there have been studies too how spicy foods speed up metabolism.  Hot sauce is just another part of my weight loss plan.

Friday Fitness Roundup…for the month of April!

So, you might have noticed that I’ve dropped off recently.  April was a very busy month for me, but I’m getting back on track.  I will start up next week with posting on Friday’s again.

I kept up with all of my workouts in April, even while I was on vacation.  I even ran a 4 mile race once I got back.  I had run the same race 13 years ago and beat my time from back then.  I’m still slow and steady, but I actually ran the entire time…no walking breaks for me.  I was so energized by it that I’ve now signed up for a 1/2 marathon in October.  I’ve never run more than 5 miles, but I’ve got a few months to train!