Daily Ramblings – Hobbies, Games, and Movies – Call of Duty Mobile

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My sister and I are still watching the WWII series I discussed last week. It is approaching its end, as we are now after the D-Day invasion, and the battle of Minsk on the Eastern Front. The Americans in the Pacific are launching attacks into the Mariana islands. It is a great series.

Call of Duty started its new season called The Heist. There will be new characters, new weapons, and new challenges. I was so excited to start playing yesterday! Currently I am grinding through shotguns to get them all gold. After these, I have the marksman rifles and sniper weapons to work on. I began getting more efficient and worked on gold camouflage for all of my melee weapons as well. I am currently working on the baseball bat melee weapon.

I haven’t watched any movies since our last chat, but there are a few that I am interested in. I’ll keep you posted on what my sister and I watch.

Well, that’s it for the week. I hope all of you have a great rest of the week.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Ernest Hemingway

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All quotes from BrainyQuote.

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.

Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.

Ernest Hemingway

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway

For more about this adventurous character, here is his link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Benefits of Exercise

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For those of you who fell off the exercise wagon over the last couple years of COVID, here’s a video that will give you some things to think about when you begin again. For me, exercise helps me sleep. When I wasn’t exercising consistently, my sleep patterns were thrown way off, my appetite was off, and my energy levels were in the pits.

After reading Tim Ferris’ 4-hour body last year, I also realized that much of the hype surrounding supplements, exercise routines where you are killing yourself everyday in the gym, are all falsehoods. A few good workouts a week can do the trick and they can be done in the comfort of your home or at a gym.

I hope you learn something from this video and if you are not exercising, find a little motivation in this video to begin something, anything to get moving.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Reframing

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One of the benefits of retirement is I have a lot of freedom to choose what to do today or tomorrow or throughout the week. One of the detriments of retirement is I have a lot of freedom to choose what to do today or tomorrow or throughout the week.

When my daily to-do list gets out of hand, I return to the basics. I reframe what I need to do each day. It simplifies things, makes it easy to get done my most important tasks, and reignites my motivation to get things done, because I have “less” to do.

My key things are: physical (exercise, eat right, sleep, water), mental (read, write, learn), social (stay in contact with friends, colleagues via phone or social media), and spiritual (journaling, reading, spiritual exercises).

Obviously, things will come up, but my daily to-dos focus on doing something in each of these areas consistently every day. Over time one can get a lot done!

If you have found your motivation waning, it may have to do with stacking your plate too high with too many things. Or it may involve trying to do too much. For those that still work, this is a recipe for disaster. Keep it simple. If you want to read, read a chapter or a few pages, whatever time permits. If you want to write, start a simple journal like a diary, dream journal or gratitude journal, or for those of us here, write something in your blog. I try to keep my blog entries to within a 200-300 word chunk if possible. I also try to keep the volume of my writing in my journal to this amount as well. If you want to exercise, do something simple like walking up and down stairs, some pushups, situps, air squats, or inclined pushups on the stairs. Spiritual things like prayer, meditation, and the like are up to you. Read a spiritual book, meditate, pray at some point in the day. I find this to be most important to schedule. Then I know I’ll get it done and not miss a day of this important aspect of my life. Socially, I stick to family. After retirement and moving back to Michigan, many of my daily contacts have reduced to a facebook posting or quick response here and there. I focus on family first, then others if time allows.

Reframing your to-do list is a simple practice of reducing things down to the basics. Read, write, socialize, and spiritualize. If you can reduce your daily to-dos (habits) down to their core, you’ll find it much easier to tackle the list and get things done.

My exercise this week, will be another change of pace. I’m sticking to home this week, because the weather has turned absolutely brutal (it’s in the single digits outside) and I enjoy staying indoors. So this week, it’ll be a focus on upper body, lower body, and cardio (each of these twice a week). Here is what it looks like:

Lower body (Monday and Thursday)

Upper body (Tuesday and Friday)

Cardio (Wednesday and Saturday)

I hope all of you have a great week!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Animal Fails

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Wow, folks! Can you believe it is Friday already? I am having a hard time keeping up with the passage of time. I know this is a trite thing to say, but the older I get, the faster time moves along. Perhaps it is because I am slower? HA! Who knows.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the funny animal videos I found below. Have a great weekend!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Hobbies, Games, and Movies – WW2 and Call of Duty Mobile

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This week we are continuing our viewing of all things WWII. There are ton of documentaries on Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix. Right now we are watching WW2 – The Call of Duty – A complete Timeline. It is on Amazon Prime. Each episode is about 45 minutes and it is terrific.

I’m still plugging away at Far Cry 6 and Call of Duty Mobile. Call of Duty Mobile, like it’s counterpart, Call of Duty for the Xbox, has a system of earning camouflage for each weapon. The goal is to get all weapons to gold camouflage. To get gold, so many kills, hip shot kills, head shot kills, long shot kills are tabulated. Once all of the camouflage challenges are completed the gold camouflage is unlocked. I enjoy the challenges and daily tasks associated with this game. Each provides an award and a sense of accomplishment.

Far Cry 6 has been on the back burner for a bit, but I’ll get back on that this weekend. Surprisingly, I have not played Call of Duty on my Xbox since it came out. Mobile has kept me too busy. There is also my Dad to consider. He is now at the point where he can’t be left alone. So, I play my game on my iPad, while Mom is out and about. I also have a lot of things on my plate currently that must be tackled during the day.

Well, that’s it for this week’s installment.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Socrates

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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Socrates

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Socrates

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.

Socrates

For more about Socrates and his life, here’s the Wikipedia page that discusses him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

Happy Wednesday, all!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – It’s Important to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Over the holidays, I experienced a huge case of insomnia. I would be tired, but when I laid down, I could not sleep, so up I would get. This went on for a few months. I discovered or recognized I was drinking too much caffeine and eating too many sweets too close to bedtime. I changed this around and began limiting my caffeine intake to before Noon and no more afternoon Monsters or coffee. That was the trick. Now I’m back on track.

Here’s a short little video to help you understand how important it is for the brain to get some sleep so it can reorganize all the day’s inputs. It really is important, not just for the body, but for the brain. It needs some “off” time to function properly during the day.

Here’s to a great night’s sleep. When it goes away, it can be a real drag.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Here we Go!!

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Alright, folks. We are into January and today was my first day of 2022 in the gym. I love it!

What are you goals this year? Here are mine:

Read 40 books

Finish my rough draft of the Forever Soldier (my fiction story)

Learn Excel

Learn Canva

Learn Digital Art

Learn Digital Marketing

Get 1,500 followers for Daily Ramblings

Workout 300 times in the Gym by end of year

I have a few more, but these are more personal and I did not feel comfortable sharing them.

What are you goals? What are you seeking to achieve this year?

Whatever they are, I wish you well in your endeavors.

Here’s my workout schedule for the week:

Monday – Legs and abs

Tuesday – Chest, Shoulders, Back, and Arms

Wednesday – Cardio

Thursday – Legs and abs

Friday Chest, Shoulders, Back, and Arms

Saturday – Cardio

Sunday – off

I’ll be doing 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise.

Well, that’s it for this Motivation Monday. Have a great one, folks!

Until next time…

Dave