Monday, March 5, 2018

I Guess I Need An Update

I ran into the new year, planning to post more frequently. It wasn't a goal that I necessarily put out there publicly, but I wanted to spend more time writing on my blog as a way to clear my head from the whole dissertation process. I was getting a bit overwhelmed at the end of the year and decided that I needed "me" time as a way to keep a healthy work life/personal life balance.
For the month of January, I was extremely successful. Well, successful by my definition. I posted 14 times during the first month of the year. My last post came on January 29, where I was stoked to receive a TTM of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on an official league ball. 

And that was also my last post in general.

February got here and gave me a swift kick in the junk. The dissertation commanded my full attention. I busted my butt on it, working a ridiculous amount of hours trying to get my proposal in order. Then, the week before last week, I defended my proposal. I've never felt so humiliated in my entire life. My committee ripped almost the entire proposal apart. At least that's how I felt. A couple members told me the proposal wasn't that bad...but it's evidently a right of passage to go through that ordeal.

Right of passage or not, it made me feel like crap. In all honesty, I came out of the defense feeling pretty depressed, and I haven't really recovered. All of last week, I rarely slept. When I did sleep, it was usually only for a couple hours immediately after I got home from work. Then I would be up all night. There were three nights where I couldn't sleep, so I would head to my office around 5 am and go back to work making changes to the proposal.

Anyway, enough with the whining. I chose the path I'm on, so I shouldn't complain. I'm just having a hard time with things at the moment, that's all.

in an attempt to brighten things up a bit, I decided to dive head-first into my childhood with a random purchase at the grocery store. As I was walking down an aisle, I saw boxes of Fruit Roll-Ups and decided that I literally could not continue living unless I bought them. It was a great decision. It even came with a bonus - a bonus that ties into this blog. 

The box included three Pokemon cards, the last of which is all kinds of sparkly (the "Cosmog" on the right). I have no idea how to use these.

I guess these are three out of a set of 12. I wouldn't know. 

Again, I have no idea how to use these. So, I a happy to send them to whoever would like them, free of charge. Just be the first to claim them in the comments below!

Sorry again for the whining above!


  1. I'd love a shot at these if no one else claims them. I used to love Pokemon cards as a kid (mainly just to look at because I never actually played the game lol). The fact that these are bonuses that came with food make them even cooler.

  2. Screw those stiffs. I bet you did much better than you’re giving yourself credit for.

    1. Yeah, I'm with TLC. What kind of rite of passage is that anyway?
      Hang in there, for better days are ahead. I'm sure of it.
      Oh, and if I were you I'd go for the full set... a guy has to eat, right? Might as well collect while eating "fruit."

  3. There are likely persons on the committee who get a thrill belittling and destroying your (and others) efforts. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. Work in some fun! Perhaps a little Heritage would cheer you. I'll see what I can do. ;)

  4. Cool, didn't know there were Pokemon cards in Fruit Roll-Ups right now. Always liked 'em & will have to pick up a box or two soon. Was nice to grab a couple packs in boxes of cereal & a couple from Happy Meals towards the end of last year. Also, shoot me an email with your address & I'll drop a lil Rangers care package in the mail with the everything else I'm fixin' to send out to folks later on this week. Hopefully it'll cheer you up a bit.

  5. Sorry to hear about the proposal. Glad the fruit roll ups made you feel a little better. Hopefully with each passing day it gets a little easier.