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What Do I Want To Accomplish This Summer?

Mt. Fuji - beautiful right?

Mt. Fuji – beautiful right?

Summer is when I get the most work done. Maybe its the inspiration of the warm weather, maybe its just because everyone around me is more relaxed and happy. Whatever the reason, I want to make this summer the most productive summer ever, both in terms of work as well as life experiences, a.k.a. bucket list items.

Here are some of the things I want to accomplish this summer:

1. Learn To Play The Oboe
Why the oboe? Why not? Its been awhile since I picked up a new instrument. I can currently play 11 instruments passably, 6 of them well. I’ve also always been horrible with reed instruments, and I figure there’s always room for something new and working on things you’re not good at.

2. Spend 1 week Relaxing By Myself On A Tropical Beach
Instead of taking the wife and kids, I want 1 week just to relax and recharge on a tropical paradise. I’m thinking somewhere like the Maldives or Bora Bora, though I’m not sure I want to be around all those honeymooners.

I’ve read that a break like this can be great to recharge the creative juices. Really, it doesn’t matter too much where I go, as long as its beautiful, serene, and I’m away from the world for awhile. Maybe Vermont?

3. Hike Up Mount Fuji
Its something I’ve always wanted to do, but somehow never got around to doing (even though I’ve been in Japan twice). There’s something peaceful and majestic about Fuji. It probably won’t be so peaceful when if I take the family, but hey, that’s how it goes.

4. Write A Symphony
I’ve been dabbling a lot in classical music lately. I’d like to complete a full symphony from beginning to end. I’ve never really had the patience with this sort of thing in the past, but with age, I’m thinking I might actually follow through this time.

That’s what I want to accomplish for the summer, I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to add to this short list in the coming months.

What Do You Like To Do When You’re Bored?

me_boredEveryone gets bored from time to time however there are several ways to get out of a “bored stiff” mentality. Unfortunately when you’re already in that state of mind coming up with activities can be challenging; it’s where that there’s so many choices and boredome seems to make them invisible. It’s interesting paradoxes like these that can certainly kill a good time.

While you might live a hectic lifestyle and many of us remain quite fulfilled with work, friends and family there are still going to be those days when you’ll have free time on your hands yet just can’t think of a fun way to take advantage of it. By keeping the following list of stuff to do when your bored at home close at hand you’ll always have access to ideas for great ways to pass the time, and they may even spark a few of your own. Continue reading

What I Love About K-Cups

As a musician and composer, my life is fueled by caffeine. I love coffee and always have, I guess from the first cup my grandmother gave me when I was 15, whipped up in an old school percolator – do you remember those? Well the coffee drinking experience has come a long way and today there’s a Starbucks on just about every corner, serving a long list of fancy coffee drinks or bold, rich drip coffee named after its country of origin. One of the latest innovations in the coffee industry is the Keurig coffee maker and their fantastic K-Cups.

Well, I’ve always had a 12 cup drip coffee maker and at first figured the Keurig K-Cups were just another gimmick that I could live without, at least until I had the opportunity to try them out at a friend’s house; now I’m hooked. I love everything about K-Cups! I love the fact that I can make one cup of coffee in the early afternoon or evening without having to make a whole pot. I love the fact that you never get those left over drips on the kitchen counter that I can’t seem to avoid. Most of all, I love that I can choose from a variety of coffee blends (I love options) one cup at a time and even tea or hot chocolate; what’s not to love about that??? Best of all, my delicious cup of coffee will be ready for me to enjoy in seconds and tastes as good any coffee blend you’d find in a prestigious coffee shop, at a fraction of the cost.

Long story short, I love my Keurig coffee maker, their awesome K-Cups, and the variety they come in that includes Green Mountain coffee, one of my favorites. Other popular brands include Starbucks (of course) Donut House, Timothy’s, Gloria Jeans and more. I’d suggest buying a sampler pack of K-Cups and trying them all.