Suggestions VI

Virgin Falls Tennessee

Welcome to this round of suggestions. First and foremost on the picture, holy shit what an amazing hike! Only 2 hours away from the greater Nashville area and you feel like you are in Costa Rica. Located just outside of Sparta, TN Virgin Falls Nature preserve is a place to be transported away from all of this shit going on around us and observe the wonders of what nature offers. The hike is amazing but considered strenuous. Around 8.5 miles total with a decent elevation gain of around 1800 feet on the way out it will challenge you, but freaking worth every step. Take plenty of water and some snacks or food. I highly suggest the side trail of Sheep’s Cave, awesome little side trip on the way to Virgin Falls. Bring towels, and some sort of waterproof shoes to explore in. You will need to keep on dry hiking shoes and socks for the way out. I cannot express enough how amazing this hike is. So much to see and explore. Plan for 5 to 8 hours depending on if you take the extra trip to Caney Fork Overlook, which we didn’t, and your pace. Go explore!


If you need to get away mentally and really love a good thriller of a book I highly suggest Jack Carr. He is a Navy SEAL with an amazing story, experiences, and knowledge that translates to one hell of an amazing read. I am in the middle of his first The Terminal List and it will not disappoint. Go get it, read that shit. https://www.officialjackcarr.com/the-terminal-list/

Finally I suggest you hug your kids, significant other, Mom, Dad, or whoever you have or maybe want to be closest to and look them in the eye and tell them how much you love them or how you feel right now. It’s important that they know how important they are to you. Be Grateful. Be Great.

Suggestions V

Hey Google, what’s my schedule today? (pause) Man, you ain’t got shit to do today. Sorry to everyone that I have been on hiatus. I actually did have some shit to do for a week. I’m back. So here we go with another round of suggestions for everyone that can’t think for themselves or just like for others to find cool shit for them. That was a lot of shits in one paragraph. Shit, I need to learn how to write better. Speaking of shit, you should learn how to go better. Here is a little item that is so simple, but with some serious science behind it. Pun intended. Now go learn how to shit better. The Squatty Potty, just click and learn more. No shit, they are awesome.

https://www.squattypotty.com/pages/pooping-101

Do you know how to cut your own hair? Yeah, me either. No matter what the news is saying we are far from reopening the nation and this pandemic is in it’s infancy. More on that later, but for now we all need a haircut. It’s fucking impossible to cut your own hair. Why, because you can’t see your head and you aren’t a barber. But if you need a quick trim up and want to feel half way normal this little item might help. Check out the Self-Cut system. Kinda pricey, but it pays for itself with 3 to 4 uses depending on your pricing of a good barber. Work that fade.

Do you have any suggestions on what to cook tonight? Always. Got kids? You will love this quick, healthy, alternative to spaghetti. Squash the calories and gluten with spaghetti squash. (cheesy I know, pun intended) This is a super simple way to do it. This is the way I have cooked it for years and it always turns out perfect. https://cookieandkate.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash/ Now for the sauce you can absolutely do whatever you want. I suggest this:

  • 1 Large can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled and diced but not minced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 half to 1 whole sweet onion thick diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper (or both)
  • 1 to 2 lbs of ground meat (turkey, beef, bison, lamb) All will generally produce different textures and flavors.
  • Fresh basil, oregano, and thyme or dried Italian seasoning
  • Red wine, or red cooking wine
  • Parmesan (pay for the good shit)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Olive oil, I prefer Lucini Reserve (most groceries have this)
  • Grass fed butter (Kerry’s Irish gold)
  • S&P

In a large skillet warm pan on medium heat with olive oil to coat the bottom. Add the onions, cook until translucent salt and pepper to taste. Add the shallots, and peppers, cook until desired firmness of the peppers. (I like a bit of a snap to mine) Add a pat of butter and the garlic salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the garlic is softened and translucent. Burnt garlic will ruin everything, so keep your eye on that fucking pan and stir and taste it. Add the can of tomatoes and turn down heat to simmer.

If you can do 2 things at one time then you can be browning your meat on med to med high heat while you are building the sauce. Or you can do it while it is simmering. Brown the meat with S&P and add in your fresh herbs or dried seasoning. Dried seasoning will be half as much as fresh. There are no amounts because you can figure this out on your own and I rarely measure. Once it is browned add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the meat to the sauce and simmer for 20 to 30 mins. If you are in a hurry 10 mins will work.

Toss the spaghetti squash with olive oil and Parmesan then add the sauce. It’s going to be fucking awesome. Also, if you want meatless, just add zucchini, asparagus, and squash. Cooking isn’t complicated, your brain is.

Be Grateful. Be Great.

Suggestions IV

Can I just watch what I want to? No watch what I want you to. More importantly watch what I feel like you might like. I am a great judge of people that read what I suggest. You may or may not know that the McDonald’s Monopoly game was a huge conspiracy involving the mob and leading regular people into a web of fraud. I fucking had no idea. I loved the game and so did everyone else, but nobody had a chance to win the grand prizes, because they were rigged. This all came to light right around and after 9/11 and so the story was a bit buried. This documentary tells the story in detail, it’s crazy how it all shook out. Watch this shit, currently on Hulu. One hell of a story.

How’s your job going? It might not be. Time to change, or at least get information on how to do what you want and love. I have been a huge fan of Tim Ferris for awhile now. So let’s take it back to his OG book. This will be very relevant for those looking to be happier in their work or just to do work that makes you happy. Get it, read it, and gift it.

What’s for dinner? Awe snap, cold snap! The weather just got colder and it’s time for some healthy comfort. If you don’t follow https://www.thedaleyplate.com/ you need to immediately. Dale has amazingly beautiful recipes and an equally beautifully organized blog and IG page. Here is one of my go to comfort recipes for an easy “comfort” salad. Hailing from South Africa and now the US she has a great mix of domestic and internationally flavorful dishes.

https://www.thedaleyplate.com/blog/fall-harvest-salad

Are you listening? Music and dancing are super important during this time of isolation. Esther Perel said it best, “It is impossible to be unhappy dancing, our minds won’t let us.” It is a great time to explore new and revisit music. Living room dance party!

For chill and productivity I go with DJ Mark Farina, Mushroom Jazz. All 8 editions are great, but my go to is 5. It’s got a funky beat and you can bug out to it! Get your groove on!

How do I level up? BONUS content! I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks fun as fuck all. Definitely a possibility. If you don’t know, now you know.

https://www.steezy.co/

Threats

Do they pose a threat? In today’s landscape of this perpetuating pandemic we all have, supposedly, a very small circle. When we step back and think of the word threat, a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger, we can relate this word to many things we have encountered or haven’t in our lives. It is a word that typically isn’t used lightly and can be damning to whoever or whatever it is tagged to.

I am a threat!? I have noticed that when we have to venture out, let’s say to the grocery, interactions with strangers in the world have obviously changed. Social distancing is a must in this situation, but since this has began I have noticed that “social distancing” is mutating. It has mutated from eye contact, smiles, nods, and “hello” to head down and introversion more than downtown Minneapolis, MN. If you are not familiar the greater Nashville area is known for friendly interaction with strangers as well as many other things. I see the dynamic shift of people looking at others as a threat. As much information I have gathered from this, science and knowledge not opinion, at no place does it say that a smile, nod, or hello from a social distance poses more of a threat than no interaction. Notice this next time you go out and see the shift.

Did you listen? On the other end of the spectrum is the dumbfucks who have zero respect for society and where we are at in this pandemic. They are the ones who have disregarded all information, science, knowledge, and continue on with their daily life without taking any precautions. Are they a threat, no, but their stupidity is. There are many exceptions to this and I commend everyone that has jobs and professions essential to keep us stuck at home comfortable, safe, and healthy.

What should I do? Stay home. When you do go out have compassion and understand that a simple eye contact “hello” from a safe social distance goes a long way to those in isolation. Say “thank you” to those who have to work to allow all of us to keep going and realize that it’s not just doctors and nurses. A hospital is a city that needs janitors as well as doctors and everyone in between. Your local grocery cashier is also at as much or more than you. We all should be exercising, but a group of 6 people running together at the park is a legitimate stupidity threat. By the way, I witnessed this yesterday while I was in the middle of a soccer field with my kids far away from anyone else. We are all in this together, so get it together people. Technically you are at risk and every person you come in the same airspace with is a threat so don’t pick and choose, just be nice. Be Grateful. Be Great.

This will help tremendously. Have a listen!

Suggestions III

Typically this is suggestion Sunday, but I had other things to do yesterday and I didn’t quite make it to this, and that is just fine. Most of the time what we find that is very pressing in our mind is not at all. That text message, that phone call, that email, and whatever that next “that” is for you. None of it is usually an emergency. But we manifest it to be. So I challenge you to just be. Take one day and make a sound decision of what really is “that” thing you have to do. Just a suggestion.

How can I get all of that done today? Well Todd I feel like you need some tools to help you get your shit done. Here is a book that might help. David Allen knows how to help you get shit done. Here you go! GTD!

Seriously? Yup, seriously. I fucking love to laugh. You should too. So I will keep giving you some of my favorite was to do this via streaming specials. Tom Segura will more than likely offend you, it’s comedy folks.

Can I get well? Yes, yes you can. There so many avenues and resources, but you have to find what is right for you. There is not only one path for recovery. Choose wisely. I found out about Tommy Rosen at the start of my journey of recovery. Tremendous inspiration, tools, and hope. Just start with breathing. Be Grateful. Be Great.