well… here we are again… i think that the longer i spend away from the ole blog, the more pressure i feel to write something worthwhile… of course with more pressure comes the fear of inadequacy and the defemse mechanism of avoidance… sometimes i’m just in bad shape… maybe that’s too straightforward of a confession to start back up with, but i’ve never really played by the rules anyway…

So, what have you been up to the last month or so as the calendar turned over once again and as Christmas came and went…? What have i been up to?

Christmas went fairly well, despite the last minue self-invited in-laws who showed up for the weekend… we still had a good time, but were utterly robbed of any relaxation since they’re always so much work to host… i just simply chose to focus more on the littles and the joy that they experienced during all the festivities and they are just plain awesome… and i got to watch little boy in his first Christmas program which was super cool… he held the “T” in Merry Christmas and waved to me almost the entire performance…

New Year’s was pretty quiet… i had to work one day between Christmas and New Years and then had a long weekend… but midnight found me to be the only one awake in the house… watching 21 Jump Street Season Three while my wife slept on the couch and the littles were safely tucked away in their beds… the ball dropped the next day thanks to the handy DVR… we all gathered round the coffee table and enjoyed the moment, amazed at how very old Dick Clark looks and sounds… it was sweet to see that kiss with his wife though…

Let’s see… this past weekend was one big potty… littler boy was going through the drills of potty training… fortunately, it was like 70 degrees on Saturday so the little warrior was out there all morning playing on the swingset in undies and a tee shirt… he’s doing remarkably well at learning it all… since then we’ve gone pretty much all week without any wet pants and just yesterday (i have a voicemail to verify this) he successfully completed a full transaction (trying to sound less crude)… he’s totally the bomb! (leave it to a dad to be proud of a boy’s aptitude for using the toilet)…

And here i am trying to get myself ramped up for the coming year… and looking back on the year past… and well, now that i’ve mentioned it… here’s what i did last year in the way of writing…

  • 157 Album Reviews for CMC
  • 58 Articles for CMC
    • 28 Special Features
    • 28 Interviews
    • 2 Concert Reviews
  • 29 Walk TRu’s
  • 7 inTRu-views
  • 3 Special Features (theTRu)
  • 6 iTRu-nes Playlists
  • 6 articles for HM Magazine

I think that’s pretty good… i did NOT, however, get any progress made on extra-curricular writing projects such as books, poetry, etc that i also have a desire to work on which is a real bummer to me, but i suppose i’ll get over it… this season of my life is just too stinkin busy…

Looking ahead at the year to come – i can’t hardly believe we’re already 11 days into it – i already feel depleted of energy, time and money… well, gee, there’s lots to do… so i’m gonna try to keep on keeping on… toeing the line of breakdown and keep cranking out content and keep those creative juices from freezing up…

today is a day of stupid celebration… i just played the 20,000th track that’s been logged by audioscrobbler at Last.FM… 20,000 songs… that’s at least 60,000 minutes, or 10,000 hours or 42 days… that’s a lot of music… my top artists for this period were David Crowder*Band, LA Symphony, Mars Ill, Sufjan Stevens, and Listener & EQ… top tracks: L.A.Symphony – “Timeless“, Listener & EQ – “I’ve Been Waiting For This Moment For All My Life, Hold On“, Listener & EQ – “In the Woods You Know Where Your Enemies Are“, L.A.Symphony – “Less Than Zero” and House of Heroes – “Serial Sleepers” and the 20,000th track was the live (from Kansas) version of David Crowder*Band’s “I Saw the Light” from B Collision… so a big hearty yee ha to that…

Well, i have this list of things i was going to write about, but time is escaping me and i have lots of work to do, so i’ll have to get back to that… i’ve done a couple interviews already this month and i have a few more to go so… currently writing four more album reviews, a Left to Write, a favorite albums of the year thing for CMC, the ever-fabulous Year in Re:TRu features, a 3-part Year in Re:TRu iTRu-nes playlist, and a Walk TRu… phew… currently up to consume at CMC: album reviews of Adam Watts, Manafest, Avalon, Norma Jean, Soul P, Switchfoot, Matt Redman, and dcTalk, interviews with Soul P and Adam Watts, and last month’s Left to Write – The Lessons from the Magi… meanwhile at theTRu: a batch (5-pack) of Christmas album Walk TRus from the week before Christmas and a brand spanking new Stacie Orrico Walk TRu (Scandalous i know)…

go forth, peep and be merry… that is all for now…

currently listening to:

Brandon Heath – Don’t Get Comfortable
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Colorblind
Pivitplex – A King in a Rookery
Braille – Box of Rhymes
Matt Wertz – Everything In Between
Bride – Skin for Skin
John Reuben – Word of Mouth

keeping an eye out…

peace… love… bdg…