Playing in the Botanical Gardens

On Tuesday, I spent the day being silly with these two Italian boys at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. I’d visited the gardens in Berkeley several times but this was my first time at the park in SF. It was a wonderful experience and since I live right around the corner, I’m certain to return many, many times in the future. :)

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New Weekly Features — Beginning with Music Monday

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I’m following the Daily Post and participating in another blogging course, Blogging 201. It was suggested that adding a weekly feature might be a fun way to stick with posting the same couple times a week. I have a few ideas for the other days of the week but I think Monday is the perfect day to explore music. For whatever reason, I’ve been lazy about finding new music lately and have just been listening to the same old same old. Writing these posts each week will encourage me to dive back into the music scene and find new & exciting artists to explore each week, while also keeping up with the classics and discovering older music I might’ve missed out on. I always really adored Simon & Garfunkel — I felt a deep connection with their music for several years and would listen to their albums on repeat for days. Here is one of my favorites, entitled “American Tune.”

 

And I dreamed I was dying

And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly

and looking back down at me

smiled reassuringly

And I dreamed I was flying.

 

 

While we’re on the topic of Simon & Garfunkel, I better throw in the haunting and gorgeous, “Sound of Silence”

 

Vintage Boxing Poster

Over the past year and a half, boxing has become something I’ve participated in nearly everyday both for fitness and for the love of the sport. I discovered this vintage boxing poster that I found amusing — I love all the stiff tough guy poses (like millions of little Overly Manly Men) and can only imagine how much fun the illustrator had working on this.

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Decompression

This weekend celebrated the finale of the Burning Man festival with Decompression: The 15th Annual Heat the Street Faire located on Indiana Street between Mariposa and 22nd Street in  the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Although I’ve never been to Burning Man, I was given a glimpse into some of the music, displays, costumes & characters at Decompression. Below are some photos from the festivities. :)

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Dragon, Gorilla + a hula hoop
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival — Golden Gate Park

It was a gorgeous weekend at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park — Full of music, dancing, hippies, love, Conor Oberst, and good memories.

If you’re goin’ to San Francisco…. :)

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Reading List

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I’ve been trying to take a book with me everywhere I go and get back in the habit of reading a little every day. It’s too bad I recently shattered my iPad, but at least I have dozens of paperback books and ebooks are still accessible on my laptop. Here is a current reading list I’m working on:

 

  • “City of Ashes, Mortal Instruments series,” by Cassandra Clare

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  • “Lit”, by Mary Karr

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  • “Cosmic Drama”,  by Alan Watts

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  • “The Book,” by Alan Watts

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  • “Delivering Happiness,” by Tony Hsieh 

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  • “Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit,” by Inghilleri & Solomon

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  • “The Year Without Pants,” by Scott Berkun

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  • “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn

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  •  “The Lord of the Rings,” by J. R. R. Tolkien lord-of-the-rings-book-cover

 

  • “Angela’s Ashes,”by Frank McCourt

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  • “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

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  • “A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin

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Goals

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I’ve had this post as private for a while and wanted to make it public after I’ve mostly finished editing it. While there will likely be more updates as I cross off some tasks and add others, here are some my goals as of today — the 20th day of September, 2014.

  • Improve my writing Writing a blog post/short story at least two times/week
  • Continue Volunteering on WordPress Support Forums (bit of an ongoing goal…) 
  • Finish my Italian workbooks. Italian Vocabulary & Italian Verbs. 
  • Complete the Italian Duolingo Tree  (Currently at 49/68)
  • Complete the French Duolingo Tree (Currently at 6/68)
  • Find a few incredible companies/organizations that I really believe in for volunteer, intern, or employment purposes. I’m looking for new beginnings in all areas. 
  • Finish Book List List will be published soon! 
  • Complete several Treehouse Courses Focus on HTML, CSS, WordPress and Business
  • Complete Codecademy HTML, CSS, and JavaScript 
  • Get a Passport
  • Do a boxing boot camp  I box almost every day, but I’ve yet to do the boot camp at my gym. 4 weeks of 6:00AM-7:30AM intense work outs
  • Move Six people vs. one bathroom for the past two years is one of the many aspects that is wearing on me. I could write a book about the others.
  • Be more comfortable Checking off many items from this list and this will happen automatically.

Health & Fitness Goals

  • Boxing at least 6 days/week
  • Run Stairs 2 days/week
  • Yoga 1 day/week
  • Continue drinking green smoothies and fresh juices as often as possible
  • Experiment with new plant-based recipes
  • Limit alcohol & coffee

Writing up a list of tasks which I need to take care of has been extremely helpful for me. I often keep track of what I’m trying to accomplishing using different programs such as Wunderlist or Notes, or I just jot down thoughts and ideas in my collection of notebook journals. I’ve found it to be very encouraging to cross a goal off and to be able to look back with a sense of fulfillment to see how much I’ve achieved. I’ll come back and update this once I’ve completed these in their entirety! (If possible).

Blogging 101* Introduction

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Hello everyone! I’m Jordan. I’ve signed up for the Blogging 101 course with the intention of improving my blog, meeting others in the community, and getting into the habit of updating my site regularly. I will likely be writing about a range of topics — from my latest coffee shop discovery, to my personal affairs, including but not limited to: Life in San Francisco, live music, language learning, travel destinations, plant-based foods & recipes, boxing, fitness, technology, book reviews, goal setting and whatever else I can’t get out of my head at the time. I’m excited to meet people who may have some of the same ideas, and of course those on the other side of the map whom I can learn from!

 

If you’re interested in reading more & connecting, feel free to follow my blog and other social networking sites. I look forward to meeting you all and learning a lot throughout this course.