I haven’t published a birthday post since 2014.

I reread that post just now. I’d just returned to the United States at the time. I flew in a biplane. I was trying to continuing moving toward more of a present-less birthday.

Today, three years later, quite a bit has changed. I’m married now, firmly into starting a family. We bought a house (or, more accurately, are buying a house with payments each month). I’ve worked at Sonitrol for three years now. We released our first single with Hunchback Whale.

Today was Derby. I woke up fairly early, the way I have been for the past eight months or so. I made some tea, turned on a podcast, and started washing some dishes. Meagan went to work a little before 10:00am. I ended up eating three bowls of instant, brown sugar oatmeal.

Gage and I just kind of hung out around the house. It was rainy outside, so I wasn’t able to get out and mow the lawn or anything. I’d wanted to do some backyard camping with an accompanying bonfire, but the ground was too wet for that.

When Meagan came home, we did some more household choirs and a quick errand to Walmart for some bedbug bombs. She cooked some steaks, and I took a late-afternoon nap. We ate dinner, and then she surprised me with a trip out for ice cream, where my parents, Ted, Raquel, and Zach joined us.

Back at the house, I feel full.

There’s a lot I feel like I’m trying for right now. There’s a lot going on. But looking back at where we’ve been, even just today, I feel full. And relaxed.

First single from Hunchback Whale

If you haven’t heard already, my band, Hunchback Whale, released our first single today.

The song is called “Haunted By A Memory.”

We’re giving it away as a gift. Check it out.

We’re pretty excited.

If you’d like to follow along with us, sign up by email at the bottom of the site too. We typically send something out each Tuesday. That’ll help with your weekly fix of Marshall, in the weeks when I don’t get around to publishing as much here.

Side note: this is also a special day for another reason, but I’ll share more about that later.

Stay standing [EXPERIMENT]

About a month ago, I told my wife I’ve noticed that whenever I come home, once I’m sitting down – or worse, laying down – I don’t want to do anything. As long as I’m standing up, though, I’m fine to do whatever: household chores, going out, whatever.

She’s like, “You’re just now realizing that?”

“Well, yeah,” I said. “I mean, kind of.”

“Why do you think I always ask you to do things right when you walk in the door?”

So I guess this isn’t a new thing. And I guess I’m not the first to notice.

But now that I have, since then, I’ve been more conscious of it, and I’ve been experimenting with it, trying to stay standing during the day until I know I’m ready to close down.

Typically, this is until around 8:00pm during the week. If I stay standing until then, I’m able to get things done.

What’s cool, though, is that once I hit 8:00pm and do sit down, I feel more relaxed because a) I’ve had a full day doing whatever until 8:00pm, but more importantly b) I know I’m not supposed to be getting back up to do something. It’s guilt-free when I finally do sit down.

As I type this, I’m standing in the kitchen. I have my laptop on the counter. Once I’m finished writing, I’ll just move on to the next task at hand, like these dirty dishes in the sink next to me. Or even if I don’t, as long as I stay standing, the odds are good that I’ll continue to accomplish things I should.

At this point, I’m ready to make it an official experiment: stay standing until 8:00 during the week when I’m home. Weekends are different, and it also doesn’t count if I’m sitting before I get home. It’s not like I’m going to plop down at work or in the car or at someone’s house and not get back up for the rest of the day.

We’ll see how it goes.

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