I grow increasingly annoyed at how even the most mediocre of occurrences are being magically transformed into feel-good stories:

Well, this is cool…

Today’s Yes/No…

So, are you all creatures of habit or do you prefer the joyous unpredictability of variety in your lives?  I’m absolutely in the former camp.  I absolute love routine and my days often hinge on these comfortably familiar touchstones.  For instance…

I wake up every morning between 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

We take Suji for three walks: early morning, early afternoon, and a final stroll at around 7:30 p.m.

I’ll always do a 45 minute workout after the first dog walk.

I will strive to be consistent in my tweeting: one food-relate Yes/No post to start the day followed by a K-pop video spotlight followed by two Stargate-related posts (concept art and playback), and the occasional Dark Matter-related post.

I always check the opening of the markets at exactly 9:30 a.m. and position myself accordingly.

I never eat breakfast.

We always eat lunch at 11:00 a.m. – usually a fairly big meal.

We’ll always follow lunch with chocolate.

For dinner – at approximately 5:30 p.m. –  it’s always oatmeal, protein powder, oat milk, and fruit.

I blog late in the day.

I take a shower every night before turning in (Very Japanese).

Akemi and I will watch one anime episode in bed followed by food-related YouTube  videos.

I’ll stay up an hour (or so) later to catch up on finance and market-related YouTube videos.  Specifically: Finding Value Finance, Kitco News, George Gammon, Steven Van Metre, I.M. Trading Inc., Value Investing with Sven Carlin, FASTgraphs, The Popular Investor, Miles Harris, Daniel Pronk, Cameron Stewart, Brandon Beavis, and a few others.

The weekends = stock research.

Not a lot of room for improvisation but, occasionally I do make time to go off-book (ie guesting on a podcast, walking over to the Japanese convenience store for soon sauce and panko, writing/pitching).  Overall though, I like my routine.

Which, of course, will be thrown out the window when my next show gets green lit.

But I suppose I’ll find a way to make it work.

8 thoughts on “June 18, 2021: Routine!

  1. What? Seriously, you’re spending the equivalent of 3 working days a week researching the stock market? WHY?!? Surely you have an investment advisor whose job it is to do this research for you, no? I’m really having a hard time believing this. But maybe that’s because I so utterly lack even a scintilla of interest in the stock market or investment vehicles.

    1. I was never really interested until I discovered it’s much like researching fantasy football, but being slightly less beholden to luck for positive outcomes.

  2. Definitely routine.
    I am just finishing up a whole school year of on-line grade 1 and routine saved me.
    Giving my kids a solid and predictable routine made them feel safe and allowed them to make actual progress.
    So sad though that I will never meet them.

  3. BUT your routine would also be put on hold when you are on vacation though, right? ESPECIALLY when you are in Japan, right? I mean, how can you not have breakfast in Japan?! You need at least 3 meals … plus a whole bunch snacks in between … no? LOL

  4. My daily routine isn’t a routine, more a freeflow set of events that may or may not occur..

    Wake up, eventually.
    Morning IRL chores : hygiene/health/blood pressure/tablets/etc
    Morning Web chores : daily pixelart/blog/etc
    Break – Lunch
    More Coding / Faffing about online
    Break – Evening Meal
    More Coding / Musical stuff
    Break – Snack
    More Coding
    Sleep, eventually.

    I have no set times for most of my day. Being stuck indoors for the majority of the past decade has pretty much killed any sort of timeline that I once had. Things just flow as they want to, nowadays.
    People say “You should stick to a schedule”, and grumble that it’s not any sort of way to get things done. but .. I do. It’s just that my schedule is weekly, not daily.

  5. I’m all about routine, as well. However, there are positives to starting a new project. Remember bourbon/whiskey club? Also, both of you could start looking for a pug rescue again. Once the world is fully going you could book another trip to Japan.

    1. We were looking at an older male pug – but he was adopted before we could inquire.

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