Thu Aug 27 2020

I feel surprisingly rested this morning, even though I didn’t sleep till about 3:30. I have a feeling that I’ll be taking a nap this afternoon, once my body realizes that the most recent sleep period was much shorter than normal!

I ate red quinoa for dinner, along with lettuce, guacamole, and cherry tomatos. That was a FANTASTIC meal and it was one of the most simple meals that I could make! I’m going to see about making that one a staple meal, because I really felt great after that.

I heard from Avant Garde vegan youtube channel that quinoa is a superfood. It contains carbs, proteins and fats all in one little ball. It’s flavorful on it’s own, it’s light and fluffy, and cooking time is incredibly low as compared to other foods I cook in my instantpot like rice or beans.

Yeah, I just dumped the quinoa over the lettuce, and along with the guac, it was a meal fit for a king!

I’m starting to drool thinking about it. The amazing thing about that meal was how I didn’t feel bloated at all. The volume of food was actually pretty big. Uncooked, the quinoa was 1 cup, but after it cooked, it looked like it tripled or quadrupled in volume and I was worried that I might not be able to eat it all.

That didn’t end up being a problem, because the food was delectable and went down easy.

I’ve been wanting to get more lettuce into my diet, and now I think I have a staple recipe to make eating lettuce a joy.

Guacamole, quinoa, lettuce. It’s as simple as that!

I could break down the quacamole to it’s constituent parts, and make the meal more of a traditional salad.

Nah, that doesn’t make sense, because guac has garlic and I think the garlic makes more sense to consume in guac form than it does in salad form.

No orders this morning. I had the one custom order yesterday that I shipped before I slept. I was thinking that I would be tired when I woke up, and I wanted to take care of that picking and packing so I could literally wake up, get dressed, and walk to the mailbox.

All I gotta do is wait for the 8:30 cutoff timer.

This morning, I had three stock price alerts. I sold those three stocks, then invested in six stocks that I think are going to do well in the future. I selected VF, Ralph Lauren A, Levi Strauss A, Volkswagen 10 Pref ADR, Las Vegas Sands, and Scientific Games.

That dip in stock price is right around mid March when COVY hit. When I see a graph like this on a reputable company, I buy!

I can see the price on a stock like this getting back up the peak price at around January. Easy money!

So far, the strategy is working. I just think about what people are going to want to do once the lockdowns end, and buy stocks in the sectors that I think will be popular. Lately, that’s been

  • Shoes & Clothing
  • Gyms
  • Hotels
  • Movies & Entertainment
  • Tobacco
  • Restauraunts

I’ve also been picking up a few stocks that I think will do good in the future, such as car companies that I assume will be releasing an EV in the near future, and companies like L3Harris who provide technology to government agencies.

I have to admit, I bought L3Harris because of the FARA program. L3Harris was eliminated from that program in march, which makes it not my first choice, but it’s the only stock with competitors in that program that seems to be publicly traded. Bell and Sikorsky are the only two companies left in the program, with in-development helicopters that have a possibility of being selected by the Army.

I did some quick research on publicly traded companies involved in FARA.

Seekingalpha is such a great website for finding stocks to invest in. I especially like to use the method of looking up a stock I already have and have faith in, then checking out the Peers tab which shows similar stocks.

TXT, BA, and UTX (now merged with RTX are all companies involved in developing the Army’s next-gen attack and reconnaissance helicopter. Those are the companies I want to invest in next!

So I was completely wrong about the compeeting companies being private. It just took a bit of searching, but the competing company Sikorsky is also publicly traded because it falls under Lockheed Martin. I want to get some of that stock, too!

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I’ve settled on buying an inkjet printer, rather than a die cutter. I think I will get a lot more use out of a printer. I can do full color stickers and manually cut them out using scissors. I can print trading cards and rewards coupons for sbtp-loyalty. I can print todo lists, 8½ x 11″ documents, etc. etc. etc.

I can cut out the stickers by hand, and when I make back the money that the printer cost, I can splurge for a die cutter. Or hell, I’ll splurge when I get the stimulus check and I’ll buy both a die cutter and a printer, and be set for the next 3 years or so until the printer reaches it’s planned obsolescence.

That’s right, epson printers have a programmed death wish! It’s super fucking dumb, but I don’t know of any other printer that comes without planned obsolescence. Epson just sucks less than the other companies because they’ve been truly innovative in bring refillable ink tanks to their home printer series.

The idea is to make back my money on the printer by working hard and creating and selling lots of stickers.

I watched a really inspirational sticker tutorial video from a full-time artist, and she says $3 per sticker is a good price to charge.

I have an idea to lessen the amount of trading cards that I list on a daily basis from 30 to 20, then use the gained time to add one sticker per day.

It could be a custom artwork of my own. It could be a commissioned art piece. It could be a public domain symbol which I think has a marketable appeal. Whatever it is, I think that one sticker per day is a great idea which will ensure that I keep grinding on things that can move the dial, and increasing my exposure to the consumer population.

8:30AM! Out to the mailbox I go!

I took the mail out and there was a couple walking their dog approaching. I smiled and it was scary that we might have to interact beyond that, so I quickly collected the mail and dropped off the package, then walked back to the house.

I grabbed my water jug and walked 20 laps around the camp fire trail


Came inside and showered & shaved. I’m out of soap, I forgot to get some when I was at FM yesterday.

I watched this live stream. Rev. Katsuya forgot to move the PTZ camera back to focus on the podium once chanting was over. LOL that was a funny moment. I mentioned the issue in chat, but I don’t think Kusunoki sensei checks the chat during the live streams. I probably wouldn’t check the live stream if I were a minister, because chat might influence my mental state, and maintaining a clear mental state would be really important.

It’s not a big deal! I just thought of the stream as audio-only after the chanting was over. I’m sticking around right now and listening to the Japanese service because I like to hear sensei talk, and I like to think that listening to a native Japanese speaker will somehow help me with my own Japanese language study.

Not that I’m studying Japanese actively at this moment.

I got this recommendation in my youtube and I am intrigued

So it’s a solvent trap that blocks off your barrel with a large reservoir, but if you pay to get the tax stamp, you can legally convert it to a suppressor by drilling a bullet hole in it. That’s pretty slick!

I’m probably going to take a nap soon. I’m feeling pretty tired. The real question is, before or after eating lunch?

If I eat, it’ll probably ruin the sleep quality, or prevent me from sleeping at all. Sleep, or eat? That is the question.

Jumping into CBT now.

7. Overgeneralisation

I laugh at the examples in this one.

  • “You never do anything romantic for me.”
  • “I always have to take out the garbage”
  • Every night a come home, those kids have always left a mess!”

LOL, I can’t relate to any of these, even though the worksheet specifically asks, “Have you ever said, or heard, something like…”

These are couple’s problems! Anyway, I can still relate to overgeneralisation.

I can think of a situation where I used this thinking style. I use it as an excuse when I am invited to social events.

“I don’t want to go hiking because there’s always something I do that I end up regretting.”

When I think this thought, I feel defeated, hopeless, and inferior.

8. Labelling

I sometimes get angry about drivers on the road who pass me as I’m riding my bicycle. Most drivers are courteous and share the road, but every now and then, there are drivers who speed by me and leave little buffer room between us. I become fearful that I will be struck by the next driver who passes by.

When I get angry like this, I sometimes say, “what a fucking idiot” or something like that.

Thankfully, I think my coping skills are somewhat fine. In moments like this where I feel anger and fear, I often pull off to the side of the road and check behind me to reassure myself. I’ll give myself a moment to find composure before I get back on the road.

I’m grateful that since starting therapy, I’ve cleaned up my self-talk quite a bit. I take great offense to when I label myself an idiot or anything negative, so I find other ways to vent my frustrations.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programme

That’s it for CBT today. I’m going to take a break, but before that, here are some affirmations.

55. I choose to see each obstacle as an opportunity to grow.
56. I will step out of my comfort zone and try something new today.
57. I am a success; I can make this day great.

I just read something on eBay that made me laugh.

“25 years of people being people.”

eBay Slogan

Marketing Genius! 🤣🤣🤣

I took a nap. The time is now 1:41 and I woke up with a mild headache. I’m HUNGRY! I whipped up some oatmeal and I’m just waiting for it to hydrate or whatever it’s called.

I’ll roll with hydrate!

Now onto some gratitude. I already covered one gratitude item and that was friendly self-talk.

I’m grateful for the 3 eBay sales that I had this morning! I had three orders spread between two customers come in at right about the same time. For a second, I was thinking that I was about to be very busy.

“Has it begun?” I thought.

I was thinking that stimulus checks had just dropped, and suddenly all my customers who were interested in buying cards but could not afford them were suddenly saturated with cash that they had no inhibitions about spending!

but nope, it was just a few orders and not a burstful torrent of orders as if from a breaking dam of pent-up impulsive shopping habits.

I hope for the day when I get swamped with orders. That’s a big reason why I’m not letting up on listing product, because now is the time to get my products out there and available for purchase. When the rain comes, my crops will be ready to receive the water!

I’m speaking in analogies today, it seems! I thank the good restful nap I had for that creative energy. Feeling good and refreshed is a great blessing that not everybody gets to have on a regular basis. Unfortunately I think the US is one of the biggest places where lack of sleep is common, acceptable, and sought after.

I’ve been in jobs where I worked my ass off for shit pay, and I felt terrible every day because all I wanted to do when I got home was to live my life. At the time, that was video games, which where equally exhausting as the work itself. My life was all about being exhausted, and trying just a little harder every day to squeeze a little more work or play into my schedule.

Yeesh, I’m so grateful that I’m in a better place now. I’m not making enough money now, but I have all sorts of ideas on how to fix that.

That’s it for today. I’m going to eat, then get onto eBay and coding for the day. Excelsior!

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