New Resolutions – Week 4

Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper | resolutions seriesAs I write about resolutions for this week, my mouth is on fire! These puppies are HOT! And that was after only three. That being said, this weeks new resolution are the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper Nachos. I love hot things. Hot buffalo wings, hot chips, hot sausages, etc. I used to devour the Lay’s Flamin’ Hot chips all the time, now they are too hard to find. My order of Chinese food would always include the terms “extra spicy”. This is not me being braggadocios here, I am simply laying the foundation for the scale as to exactly how hot these nachos are.

Some people can’t handle spicy food and that is ok. For me, I think it is the endorphins released when I eat spicy food; it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I can feel the fire dragon tickling my stomach when I eat spicy food and that makes me happy.

Of course, it is not just the spice for me, it is the flavor as well. I don’t really care for something that is spicy just to be spicy. If that were the case, I would just pour myself a glass of Sriracha or other hot pepper sauce and drink it straight. That is neither appetizing nor is it smart.

The flavor of the nachos is like that of other chili peppers. Behind the heat, there is a hint of sweetness. Overall, the flavor is enjoyable. This is a flavor that I would chose even if there was no heat to it.

Recap from last week’s resolutions

Last week, as part of the resolutions series, I tried Kame Rice Crackers. I went two weeks in a row of something that I did not care for. The crackers were just the opposite of the nacho chips above. There was no flavor at all; they reminded me of Rice Cakes, remember those? I believe the phrase “Eating packing peanuts” came to mind. I would not eat these again, but hey, if eating paper is your thing, go for it.

New Resolutions – Week 3

Old Resolutions: Bizzy Cold Brew CoffeeLast week for the resolutions series, I wrote about trying a cold brew coffee by Bizzy Coffee.

Last Week in the Resolutions series

Maybe I misread where it said that you could drink it cold but, bleh! I did not care for it cold. Since we are in the midst of a devil’s sauna, I did not care for it hot either. Perhaps, coffee will never be for me, if it is, it will be a winter drink. I think, however, that it will always be something I occasionally try.

I’ve still got some of this left that I need to get through so I got myself some French Vanilla flavoring to help me through it. That is not what is new this week. This is just an update to let everyone know that the coffee won’t go to waste.

This Week

This week in the resolutions series, we move away from caffeinated beverages into the world of snacks, oriental snacks to be precise.

New Resolutions: Kame Rice Crackers

Trying foods of other cultures is always fun to me, even if they are Americanized.

Kame Rice Crackers were calling my name in the small oriental food section of a local grocery store. They looked like something I may like so I picked them up. The crackers look healthy. They have only 90mg of sodium, 0g of saturated fat, 0g of sugar, 120 calories and 2g of protein per 16 crackers. They are also certified gluten-free and non-gmo verified, if your into that. I will let you know how it goes.

New Resolutions – Week 2

New Resolutions - Honest Tea

Resolutions from Last Week

Last week, on ‘New Resolutions’…

I wrote about my newfound love of tea and the new teas that I was trying. I tried the Honest Green Dragon Tea and the Honest Assam Black Tea. Both were actually really good. I said something about not liking green tea, but liking dragons; well, the dragons won. I was pleasantly surprised because even though there was a sweetness to it, there was not the over-the-top sweetness that turned me off of most green teas.

The Assam Black Tea was pretty much what I expected, a nice, full body black tea. Not much else to be said about it other than it was good, just as I expected.

New Resolutions - Bizzy CoffeeResolutions This Week

This week, as part of my resolutions series, I leave tea behind and try some coffee. I’ve never been able to get into coffee but people at work drink it like mad. I have tried regular office rot-gut coffee, nice coffee shop coffee of varying varieties and have never really been able to hold an interest in it. Maybe its because I don’t like hot drinks, I don’t know. I’ve never been able to get into coffee.

I am going to try it once again this week.

As I was wondering the tea aisle of the grocery store, I came across some organic, concentrated, cold brew coffee by Bizzy. So I said to myself, “Self, you should try this.” So I am. I am hoping that the not so hot drink will appeal to me a little more, but as I write this and am sipping on it, I think it could use a little bit of warmth to it. I’ll report back the final results next week. For now I am going to (try to) enjoy it.

That’s all for now.

 

Why I Stopped Saying “Busy” and Started Saying “Productive”

From the Archives – originally published on: 01/17/2017

One of my transformation in the last year, really the last quarter of last year, was to stop saying that I was busy. My wife or someone else would ask me how my day was and my typical response was, “It was busy.”

It was true that I had a lot of work to do, but all my recent work has been goal driven and purposeful; I did not have much if any busy work.

bus·y·work
ˈbizēˌwərk
noun: busy-work
work that keeps a person busy but has little value in itself.

So what has been my response when challenged with these questions? It’s simple, really, I have been telling people that my day was “productive”. The word “Productive” is one of those powerful words in the English language. It has the benefit of, once in the habit of using it, reinforcing the goals of the person who is using it to describe his/her day.

pro·duc·tive
prəˈdəktiv
adjective: doing or achieving a lot: working hard and getting good results

Working without a goal is just work, there is no purpose other than to make money. It will ultimately be flat and sour no matter how much money one makes. Working with goals gives you the chance to see real-life accomplishments; to cross off items and projects from to do lists which acts as an extremely powerful motivator, stress reliever, and productivity reinforcer.

Some of the happiest people, career-wise, that I have seen have been in the field of construction. Why is that? Because construction is an inherently goal driven field. The construction company gets a contract and a set of plans to build a building. Tasks need to be completed during the construction phase such as a foundation being poured, framing, plumbing, electricity, etc. Each one of these tasks gets checked off giving the crew a sense of accomplishment. Once the building is complete, that project can be marked as completed; the goal has been achieved and the crew was productive.

The flip side of that coin are some office jobs that require the employee to do the same thing day in and day out, these are often temporary jobs. Doing the same thing day in and day out is just passing a widget back and forth. Sure you could mark the pass as complete, but there is another, exact same widget right around the corner.

So what am I mumbling on about here? Simply put, try to be productive, not busy.

That is my thought for the day.

 

New Resolutions

While out shopping for groceries today, I came up with a wild idea. More of that later.

Grocery shopping is always fun. I get to look at all the stuff out of the ordinary. Organic, ethnic, in-store specials, cookware, etc. We were about three-quarters finished shopping, or, as I like to call it, seven-fourths of the amount of time and money I had planned on this outing when I came up with an idea for a resolution. I am going to try something new every week. This will not necessarily apply to food or food related items, but, at this point in time, it most likely will.

So my new resolution for this month is some new tea I found in the organic food section. Since I gave up alcohol and bad eating more than a year and a half ago, I have found an affinity for tea. I like black unsweetened teas that are served at room temperature. I know that this is probably breaking so many different rules of tea drinking decorum and that I will likely be confronted by the tea drinking police at some point in time, but this is how I like to drink my tea.

So, my new thing for this week is Green Dragon Tea by Honest Tea. It is fair trade organic which is always a good thing. In the past, I have not cared for green tea but I do like dragons so I’m hoping its a wash.

I’ll let you know how it goes.