They Said It Better Than I Ever Could...


These words that I write, they keep me from total insanity. -Charles Bukowski

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Jul 11, 2010

A Few Days In One...

Okay, so the letter to my father thing took quite a bit out of me.  I've been sitting around like a slug for a couple of days.  So be it.

So I needed to do a few things that were on the list.

First up, make a meal.

This one was bullshit because I can cook.  You don't get as big as I am without being able to feed yourself.

I made Chicken Divan (flipping fantastic.)

Here's the mom's recipe...

4 chicken breasts (cooked, boned and diced), 1 10 oz. package of chopped broccoli

Sauce (mix all this shit together)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup of mayo
1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/4 cup of sherry.
pepper

Topping (mix all this stuff together separately)
1/3 cup of melted butter
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Place broccoli in a 2 qt. casserole.  Add meat and pour sauce over.  Sprinkle with topping and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Great stuff!!!

Next thing I had to do was create a budget.  Well I've been living on one since I got back.  Wouldn't want to bore you with the details.  Needless to say I spend less than I take in and this is a good thing.  So done and done.

Another one I had to do was talk to three strangers in one day.  This one is a bit difficult, given that I work the 2-10pm shift.  So I'll get back to you on this one after my weekend.

Next up...find your N.U.T.S.

N.U.T.S. are Non-negotiable unalterable terms.

Now I will tell you that I thought about these for quite a while.  I didn't arrive at these lightly.

1.  My loyalty to my family trumps any and all else.  I refuse to do anything at all that will hurt my family in any way, shape or form.

2.  I have made a conscious decision to defend this country.  I will continue to do so until my body won't let me anymore.  I will do my duty until there is nothing left of me.

3.  There's entirely too much laziness in this world today.  I will not succumb to this.  I will work hard at my job, my self and my life every fucking day.

4.  My own integrity is second only to my family.  I will do what's right regardless of who sees it.  Wherever I go, there I am.  Make sure you can live with yourself.

5.  The welfare of others.  My family, friends, fellow service members and this nation comes before my own welfare.

6.  Personally speaking, nothing means more to me than my education.  I will do something everyday to increase my knowledge.  I'll study, I'll get back into school, I'll read something that isn't trash.  Every fucking day!  Something, everyday!

Holy O' shit Batman, that's a tall order.  Now let's see if I can pull it off.

Faltering is inevitable.

Which really sucks.  But what are you gonna do?  Now I don't have much else to say about this.  Made it all the way to Day 18.

What I want to hear is what your N.U.T.S. are...

Let's hear it.

Later,

I love you Mom...

3 comments:

  1. I simply must try this recipe!

    Good luck with the N.U.T.S.

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  2. My N.U.T.S would be...

    1. I will always believe in God. I may not say it out loud, I will not preach/talk about it in public unless I was asked first(as I believe it is a very personal matter), I may not look like I'm a believer (since I didn't go to the church regularly), but I do have faith in God.

    2. The welfare of my daughter.

    These two are non-negotiable. For these two, I'm willing to sacrifice just about everything.

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  3. Hey, I'm new here, I'm still writing on a comment on your violence is a solution post but don't hold your breath it'll take a while.

    My terms:

    truth. Always. Bonus points if I can piss people of with it. Double bonus if I can make it sound like Sarcasm. I work hard to tell the truth without bending it.

    love. If I don't love it I don't deserve to keep it. Doesn't matter what it is, family, friends, my job. (This also works the other way around, if it doesn't love me it doesn't deserve to be kept by me)

    And this last one is more of a goal really..
    happiness. Smile, and if the smile doesn't want to come on its own, fake it until it does.

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