morning babble / Monday 2-15-21

Okay, so yesterday – it was Valentine’s Day, but it was bacon, bacon, bacon, too. For our dinner, we were going to prep a Thanksgiving dinner and for the turkey, I joked about dressing it with bacon. Well, we did it. And – it was glorious. AND – we have leftovers!

Happy President’s Day? Go enjoy a good sale? I know back in my radio days for New Year’s Day, they would send us out to a carpet location because of the great sales that they were having. I never understood that. Great deals on carpets on New Year’s Day? But – the place was always packed. I mean, I know we were advertising it and teasing that we would be there for that coveted free radio station t-shirt. BUT – there was a ton of people there that I know didn’t hear about it on the radio. They just knew: Carpet sale on New Year’s Day – we are so there.

Anyway, I get a lot of daily emails. I’ll need to edit that list down and review some of the the ones that I truly do cherish arriving to my inbox. Off the top of my head, the favorites are from: Seth Godin / Morning Brew / Daily Dad

“When you arrive home, you should be like Ulysses S. Grant, be ready to wrestle. Ready to be present. Ready to have fun. Ready to be the dad they want…not the dad that’s left over after the ravages of the day.” – Ryan Holiday via Daily Dad

morning babble / Sunday 2-14-21

I have not run yet today . . . it’s Sunday, so remember, I change up the routine today.  It felt good to leave the running shoes right where they were for the time being. They currently reside on the floor next to my bed with their designated running sock in each shoe.  They’re ready.  I’m not.  Not yet.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hoping every one has that special someone to give a hug or snuggle up to today.  If not, ehhhh . . . no big deal.  Love yourself – gotta do that first anyway.

Looking forward to breakfast this morning.  Anticipating bacon.  Also, hoping for bacon.  As Jim Gaffigan states, Bippity Boppity Bacon. What’s for breakfast?  Bacon. And after that? More Bacon. And finally after that? Hmmm, maybe some more Bacon.  Perfect.
Today, we are actually cooking up a Thanksgiving dinner.  Gonna have a turkey in the oven – smelling good all day.  I remember many years ago for Pigskin Gourmet, Cecil & I covered a turkey with bacon and grilled it.   Go check that out by clicking here. Mmmm – bacon.

Meanwhile, my appetizer for breakfast is Lucky Charms in a cup . . . which makes your burps smell like dog food. Whew – all over the place! Run coming up after breakfast!

“Saying, “I love you,” is one thing.  Living “I love you,” is a whole other story.” – by Topher Kearby

morning babble / Saturday 2-13-21

I ran. I didn’t say it again yesterday, but I did. AND – I ran today, too. So, I made a new blue card to help remind me about saying it (check that video below).


1st – Thank you to Beth for sending me the Mad Libs books. Recently, I claimed that I didn’t have any fun books, but now I do. AND – my kids enjoy them with me. Many thank yous again for your kindnes, Beth!

Next, I’ve talked before about reading Matthew Walker’s book – Why We Sleep. Well, I’m still reading it. Typically, I read at night and I’ve been getting stuck in Chapter 8 on page 166. One night, I read a fact about “the simplest reduction of sleep by 1 or 2 hours will promptly speed the contracting rate of a person’s heart, hour upon hour, and significantly increase the systolic blood pressure within their vasculature.” What? I went to bed. So, the next night, I got through the top half of the page. Unfortunately, at the bottom of it, I then read, “If you were on of the individuals who were obtaining just five to six hours each night or less, you were 200 to 300 percent more likely to suffer calcification of your coronary arteries over the next five years.” Again, What? So, I went to bed again. This weekend, during the day, I’m hoping to read and get through all of this.

Finished Sapiens on Audible. It was good . . . I enjoyed it. But next . . . I was looking forward to this one after I joined Audible again. David Goggins and his book Can’t Hurt Me. I began listening today on the treadmill. That book is going to make me run – a lot.

I actually took this directly from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman – it was on yesterday’s daily post. Inspiring us to do something:

“Don’t forget to ask: Is this really the life I want? Every time you get upset, a little bit of life leaves the body. Are these really the things on which you want to spend that priceless resource? Don’t be afraid to make a change – a big one!”

– by The Daily Stoic (from the February 12th day, page 52)

morning babble / Friday 2-12-21

Happy Friday!

Answers to 2 questions:

  1. What broke your fast last night? Tacos / Homemade Guacamole & Chips / Corn Pudding / Red Wine – all done with help of my two kids which made it that much more special / There was dessert – Chocolate Croissants but I was stuffed. AND – since they are croissants, I deemed them breakfast worthy today.
  2. Why do you call Tom Brady, the G.O.A.T? Stands for Greatest of All Time

New Music Friday:

  • Miss Taylor Swift – come on, girl . . . every week? Okay – here’s the cliff notes version on all of this. Today, she released “Love Story (Taylor’s version)” which is a re-release from her 2nd album, Fearless. It’s new though – she redid it. In fact, she plans on re-releasing her first 6 albums – all rerecorded. Rumor has it that the full album rerelease of Fearless will be out April 9th and includes 6 new songs. A machine right now.
  • JAY-Z and Nipsey Hussle’s New Song “What It Feels Like” is out. In fact, the new Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album is out now
  • For the rockers – there are singles from Greta Van Fleet and Kings of Leon. And the whole album from Pretty Reckless, “The Death by Rock and Roll”. You might not of heard of them. They do have some hit songs out in the rock world. But the lead singer – Taylor Momsen. You know her as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch movie with Jim Carrey. She all grown up.

“Perfection is the enemy of productivity” – AJ Jacobs on the James Altucher Show

morning babble / Thursday 2-11-21

I got a hole in my pants.  I’ll survive the day, but this isn’t fun.  They’re cargo pants and I can’t get these anymore. Why? Because they are out of style and I realize that, but for work . . . I really like them when I’m out on the road

Happy Friday Eve! 

5k run is done / I’m into the 3rd day of the fast /
Feeling okay, but I got a little grumpy yesterday afternoon – could have been work stuff too.
thinking about food . . . alot

Kit Kat yesterday / Butterfinger talk today. Butterfinger is teasing out a peanut butter that they might be making – Crispety Crunchety Peanut Butter – oh that’s full glory!

Fast ends tonight at 6:54pm but who’s counting

“Happiness equals reality minus expectation ” – by Tom Magliozzi

morning babble / Wednesday 2-10-21

41 days in a row! Non-stop babble and running. Be sure to check out the rest of this website for my 52 Meal Challenge. Read the short – more are coming!

5k done / listened to David Chang’s podcast – I know I’ve talked about him way too much, but I just truly love his podcast. I need to create a Top 5 list of my most babbled about people: 1) Dave Chang 2) Ryan Holiday . . . we’ll work on it.

Anyway, the other day I learned about Kit Kats on the Dave Chang podcast. Hershey’s makes Kit Kats in US. while Nestle makes it for everyone else in the world. So, all those crazy flavors from Japan – it’s Nestle that’s performing that magic. Chang compared it to Spider Man being in a tug of war between Sony and Marvel. Nobody wants the Sony Spider Man. We want the Marvel. So, you want the Nestle Kit Kats.

FYI – 2nd day of the 3 Day Fast and no gripe! We’ll see how I’m doing tomorrow.

“My goal is to inspire people to be as excited as I am in making other people happy” – by Will Guidara, a restaurateur in NYC, via the podcast “The Moment with Brian Koppelman”

morning babble / Tuesday 2-9-21

I was mindlessly pushing along pictures on Instagram last night, when I came across a David Goggins post. If you don’t know who he is, go find a podcast with him as a guest and listen to it . . . without kids around. He has colorful word usage, but he’s incredibly motivating.

Anyway – this post he did. He’s holding the 4x4x48 Challenge. What’s this? Let me me tell you, fine people. Starting March 5th at 8pm (West Cost Time aka PST) – run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Yeah, I’m not doing this one. But it is something to think about for next year. I am totally intrigued. However, my little 5k everyday would be toast if I would attempt this Goggins challenge.

So, I said how I’m still listening to Sapiens on Audible . . . about half way through – under 8 hours to go. It’s all very, very good. BUT – I still had another credit for signing up. I got the David Goggins book, Can’t Hurt Me. I’ve been meaning to get it on Audible because like I said, he’s very creative with his vocabulary delivery.

I ran / 3 day fast is underway – today is just day 1 . . . it’s the easiest one

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done” – by David Goggins

morning babble / Monday 2-8-21

I wonder if Bill Belichick watched last night . . . sitting there in his little cut up hoodie . . . I bet he already knew, too. You know why? Because he used to have the G.O.A.T.

Alright, quick takes on the “Big Game” overall:

  • Halftime show – ehhhh / It’s over?
  • Poet, Amanda Gorman performing right before the coin toss – well done NFL – loved that
  • With commercials, I enjoyed the Cheetos one with Shaggy. Later, I remembered it, but the Alexa commercial with Michael B. Jordan was very funny as well.
  • As for the actual game, I enjoyed it. I mean, I did say how deep down I would be cheering on Tom Brady, so the Bucs winning helped with that enjoyment.

I did run today and then later tonight, I begin my 3 day fast after dinner. Looking forward to pasta, sauce, sausage, and wine before shutting it down until dinner on Thursday. Any questions, send them along!

“When you lose, talk little. When you win, talk less.” – by Tom Brady (the G.O.A.T)

morning babble / Sunday 2-7-21

Soup or Bowl – radio promotion back in the day. The station would hold an event at a bowling alley for the day leading up to the “Big Game.” You could either bring a can of soup to donate or you could pay to bowl for a donation. By doing this, you would then get something from the radio station . . like a shirt. Your name would then be placed in the drawing for something like a big screen TV, which is what everyone wants for viewing on day of the “Big Game.” Miss those days. e had to stay on topic and up-to-date with radio. I enjoyed the days of something happening during the morning show and by afternoon drive, we had a promotion and were giving something away. A little tougher now with all the voicetracking going on and nobody in the building. Not all stations are like that – I still have friends that are actually in there and doing it live!

Birthday Wishes!

Yesterday – Nieces: Ashley and Melissa!

Today – Business Partner, but Friend first: Bob . . . just Bob . . . and you’re still older than me.

Tomorrow – Niece (got a lot of them): Rachel

Happy Birthday to all of ’em!

Hmmmm – back to tonight’s game – Chiefs or Bucs. I have no real preference, but deep down, I’ll be cheering on the 43 year old QB from the University of Michigan – the GOAT Tom Brady. I know that he deflated some balls, but whatever. This guy won 6 Super Bowls for the Patriots and Bill Belichick and they simply turned their backs on him. They thought – “we can get another one.” They didn’t AND they didn’t even get into the playoffs. I like the story here. So, if Mr. Brady wins #7, good for him. He’ll still be the GOAT either way. But – if Andy Reid wins another one . . . I’ll be happy for the former Eagles coach – seriously.

Oh, I still need to run. I think I’m going to keep mixing up my morning routine on Sundays. Sleep a little more. Eat breakfast with the family and always have a slightly later run in the day. It will be done though. Gotta continue the streak!

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – by Vince Lombardi

morning babble / Saturday 2-6-21

I ran. I have a tendency to forget to say that on Saturdays. So, there it is – 5k run is done and the streak continues. A bit too many of them on the treadmill though. Looking forward to hitting the outside trails – needs to dry up a little more though.

Did the WandaVision show again last night – I won’t dwell but it is good and totally playing with our Marvel minds. We did watch Endgame after it. What a movie. “I love you 3000” gets me every time. Sorry for the spoiler but you really should have seen this one by now.

Anyway – it was a long one, so waking up this morning was a little rough. It is all about the morning routine that helps me get to that run every day. These aren’t earth shattering tips, but this is what helps get me to the mill or trail. Alarm goes off – no snooze. You can’t. I have a long history of hitting that snooze, but there is nothing to gain from hitting it just once or . . . 14 more times, which I’ve done. So, alarm goes off and I stand up right away. I also have a glass/bottle/something of water on my bureau and immediately take a swig. Now, the night before I already have laid out my running clothes. I even have a sock placed inside each running shoe – I know I’m a geek. But – I don’t even have to think about it, I just start changing. I’ve also already picked out my podcast / music the night before, so I pop in the headphones along my journey downstairs and before I know it the warm-up is beginning.

Morning Routine breakdown:
Alarm goes off / No snooze / Stand up and drink that water / clothes are already out / Get dressed / Head to the treadmill while popping in those earbuds / Warm up begins

“No amount of money ever bought a second of time” – Tony Stark, Avengers: Endgame