Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

The past, present, and future of Steven Townshend, version 2014

Month: May, 2014

May 27th, 2014 (Sprung)

Ice Cream

Ice Cream!

YESTERDAY

The time has come again for deadline pressure and the realization that everything just isn’t going to be finished according to the schedule I set for it–which means I need to set aside more time. That’s what I’ve been doing.

TODAY

I’ve had to put everything on hold to try to turn straw into gold over the next month. Well, not everything. Almost everything.

TOMORROW

I’m leaving home twice before my final deadline, a month from now. This gives me now small amount of anxiety.

Watching

Took a break from work to see the latest X-Men film. I didn’t have much confidence in Fox’s X-men after the third film, The Last Stand–but I loved their First Class film, and the new one was Xceptionally satisfying. Good job, X-men.

Stranger Than Fiction

Somehow I can now make ice cream at home that tastes better than anywhere else except a Jeni’s store and Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio.¬†This is science-fiction.

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May 14th, 2014 (Tarred)

Dear Deer

Dear Deer

YESTERDAY

Last fall, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams came to Chicago. Jeni’s is some of my favorite ice cream in the world, and when I was young I used to say that ice cream was my favorite food (now, I guess I’d cheat and say tapas). When we were visiting some friends we saw that they had a Jeni’s recipe book that explained how to make her splendid ice cream. This was never an endeavor I imagined I’d attempt, but as I browsed the pages I was amazed at how easy it seemed in comparison to some of the intricate pizzas and Chinese dishes I’d made over the past few years. I made an offhand comment about how I wanted to get an ice cream maker and try these out, and somehow that comment made it back to my sister, who bought me an ice cream maker for my birthday. Since the winter was so cold, I didn’t try it out until this week. What can I say? I’ve made salty caramel, black coffee, and tonight I’m making buckeye state (chocolate and peanut butter). I’m hooked.

TODAY

In the midst of freelancing, I’m running low on time and energy trying to keep everything together and get everything done. I’m working nights and weekends again, trying to stay ahead of schedule and make sure I get everything done. That’s my day to day.

TOMORROW

The summer lies ahead and I don’t want to squander a day. It’s easy on days like today when it’s back to 50 degrees. I’m not complaining, though. These days I’m wistfully looking back at summers past, the lazy carefree days of indulgence where I’d go with friends to shows and events. This was before marriage, children, and professional obligation. All of those are good things, but it’s easy to miss those carefree days sometimes. Maybe the secret is to trick oneself into forgetting one’s cares for a day or two. Maybe that’s what vacation’s for.

Listening

I’ve been seeking out “ancient music” lately. That’s what I type in iTunes to find it. You don’t get as many or as varied results as you’d like, but with some searching and filtering you can find some great stuff. One of my favorites right now is Ancient Egypt, by Ali Jihad Racy, a soothing album recorded in 1978. Another fantastic album is Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, by Petros Tabouris Ensemble, 2003. Great music for writing. I find it hard to concentrate if the music has words (that I can understand).

Stranger Than Fiction

I have a cat that loves to chase rope, but is scared to death of the sound of rope as it whirls through the air. That’s all I’ve got.

May 9th, 2014 (Wavebrushed)

Wavebrushed

Wavebrushed

YESTERDAY

It was a week of deadlines and struggling to complete them on time. After working all weekend and declining all plans with friends, I found myself at the breakfast counter on Saturday morning with a pair of cats staring wide-eyed at me. Realizing it had been too long since I’d seen another human being, I fled the house and played a board game with friends. That gave me the juice I needed to get through the rest of the week and get things turned in. I am a slow worker.

TODAY

The sun has come back to the world. We’re in 70 and 80 degree days–it’s grill and margarita weather. The first day of this, I counted on my fingers the months we had until we had freezing temperatures again. Six. Six months. Better enjoy it while it lasts.

TOMORROW

Two trips planned in the next 2 months, which means I need to hustle on deadlines and make sure I’m keeping up. It’s unlikely I’ll get much done while I’m away. Still, it’s the summertime after the longest, coldest winter I can remember. I plan to do my work and enjoy the weather–hopefully both at the same time.

Reading

I’m continuing with the Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser stories after a long break. Now on Swords Against Wizardry. Sometimes Fritz Leiber’s stories wander and I get a little lost in them. His ideas are fascinating, though. As many times as I get distracted, I’m caught up in some fantastic detail.

Stranger Than Fiction

For reasons I can’t explain I’ve been sampling iTunes previews of music made with ancient Egyptian instruments and ancient Greek instruments. The way to do this is probably through Spotify, but I feel like once I open Spotify on my computer it always wants to open, or remind me that it’s there. I finally uninstalled it because I was sick of it bugging me. So instead I preview these albums in iTunes via “Preview All,” which gives you about a minute of each track. And then I preview them all again. And again. And again. And after a dozen or more times I might buy them. For some reason I’ve been satisfied¬†listening to just the 1 minute in the middle, though.