Saturday, January 26, 2013

Resolutions, Turkish Carpets and a Little Black Box

It's hard to believe that January is almost over.   The first month of the year and it's pretty much skated right past you.   Did you have any resolutions or goals for the new year?   Any progress?  I wrote about my goals here at the end of December.  
Part of my approach was to use a calendar, just for the month, to highlight goals, to do items and to track my days of fitness (this is working - my goal was 15 days, and I hit #14 yesterday, so I should exceed my least in this area).
One of my goals for January was to get an external hard drive (aka, the little black box).    I've been meaning to do it for a while.  Since 2010.   Why?  I love travel.  That's obvious.    My primary memories are my pictures.   Long after the tan fades,  you have pictures.    Long after your friends want to hear about your trip, you have pictures.   Not backing them up is asking to have your memories taken away.   
It's small.  It's black.  It's the size of my passport, and not much thicker.   
And right now, it is backing up the 33, 617 items in my pictures file.  
And now, on to the land of magic carpets....
I went to Turkey for the first time about 10 years ago.   I decided to splurge and buy myself a small Turkish carpet.   I brought it home and put it down in front of my couch.
And my dog chewed off the corner.  
Lesson learned?  Less things, more experiences.  
When I went to Turkey last year, I felt no desire to buy a carpet.   
I enjoyed the apple tea and the sales spiel.   And I took pictures.  
I can still enjoy my recent Turkish carpet experience.
Without losing a single thread. 


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