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Afternoon Inquisition 3.10

Last night I spent many hours after-hours in the office.  My business partner GroovyBrent, who is the coolest guy ever, spent those many hours trying to save my computer from itself.  (Ok, fine.  Trying to save my computer from me. Happy now?)

The good news?  It worked.  He’s a rock star and I’m humbly amazed he could be so laid back when I was giving him answers like: “Um, I deleted it because I didn’t think I was using it,”  when talking about my hard drive. (Yes, really.)

He has preternatural good cheer and perpetual calm, and I admit I’m envious.  I’m making a not-so-New-Year’s resolution to work on some of that in myself.*

What skill set are you missing that you’d like to aquire?  What March 10th Resolution would you make?

*to be fair, I bet Brent would prefer it if I educated myself a bit more about how my computer works, but such is life.


A B Kovacs is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with critical thinker and fiction author Scott Sigler. She considers herself a “Creative Adjacent” — helping creative people be more productive and prolific by managing the logistics of Making for the masses. She's a science nerd, a rabid movie geek, and an unrepentantly voracious reader. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.

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  1. I’ve actually made a resolution to stick to a budget and spend less on food. This is difficult, because I’m craving chinese right now, when I have a perfectly good sandwich in the fridge. SIGH.

    I wish I was better at math in general.

  2. I’ve always thought everyone should learn ASL and then the world would be a quieter place. Then again, text is probably taking the place of ASL.

    March 10th Resolution? Hmm, stop raising my voice to my (grown up) children. Although I might not last the day if this one doesn’t GO HOME already. It’s Tuesday and the weekend is OVER.

  3. I want to teach more people about their computers. It’s amazing how many time-travelers from the past there are in the 21st Century. I tease, I fix computers for a living and those primitive past-people are my bread and butter ^_-

    Seriously though, I’d like to have a better understanding of finances. I can’t hold on to money at all.

  4. Spontaneity. I’d like to be able to just do stuff instead of having to work out details and contingency plans. All that’s great when I’m developing intranet web applications at work. Kinda sucks for weekends, though.

  5. I’m a very good cook (hard core foodie who put his way through college chefing), but bread making has always eluded me. I’d would love to be able to make wonderful artisan breads. When that’s all sorted out I’d like to learn how to make my own cheeses, and then onto good wine.

    One can’t prepare early enough for retirement!

  6. @mxracer652: Well, I’ve reduced everything else I can … and am coming up negative every month. It’s pretty bad. I have to cut my food budget. If I stop spending $6-10 on lunch every day, I’ll be able to actually budget time to hang out with friends, go to a restaurant, etc. As it is, I have NO MONEY left. :/

    You don’t want to know how much I was spending on food. LOL

    I hate cooking for myself, though. It’s hard to cook for a single person, and stay within budget. And I don’t see the huse of cooking for 30 minutes to an hour, only to sit down alone and take 10 minutes to eat. But, alas, I need to cut my food costs down drastically. SIGH. I suck at this!

  7. Honestly? I wanna learn how to meet more people and get into more relationships.

    But in a practical sense, my resolution would be to vow to start knowing what the hell I am talking about more often.

  8. @Nicole: Valium.

    @marilove: Been there, done that. We were even at the stage of going to food banks for handouts once. I hope that never happens again.

    At risk of dating myself (again), you might want to look up Depression-era recipes or talk to some folks that lived through those times. There are many fairly simple, filling, nutritionally sound and cheap dishes from that era. You can cut your food bill drastically and still get by for a long time this way. Granted, it’s not haute cuisine, but it will work until things get better.

    I quit going out to lunch (for the most part) many years ago and ‘brown bag’ every day. A sandwich, some chips in a baggie and a bottle of soda come in at a lot less than $6-10/day. That will free up a lot of $$ for you right there.

    I hated cooking for myself as a single. Since I was raised in an Irish-German family, the smallest recipes I knew could feed a entire county and they got bigger from there. I ended up freezing a lot of meals for later. The sad thing is that many tell me that I’m a gifted cook. The problem is that I don’t enjoy cooking – I feel it’s just another kind of work.

  9. I wish I were better at getting myself motivated. I never seem to be able to say “That project’s due in a week, I should start it now.” It’s always, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Until I run out of tomorrows.

  10. I’d like to add astral-traveling to my skill-set. I heard from a friend of a friend that she saw on Oprah this psychic who, like, totally claimed that anyone could learn to do it if they just sent away for his “Astral-traveling for Dummies” 6-DVD-set. For just £99+ pah AND you get a free copy of his book “Astral-traveling and you: it’s all in your mind”.

    My resolution – to get out more

  11. @QuestionAuthority: My problem is that I’ll bring in a sandwich, and not want it later:P

    And I have a tiny fridge and like, no counter and cabinet space, which makes things even more difficult. I AM TRYING THOUGH!

    I have a budget for food and I’m going to attempt to stick to it as much as possible.

  12. I want to meet more women. And I could benefit from less procrastination. I’m not making any resolutions though, I know I’ll find a good excuse to first break, and then forget about it.

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