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Everyday NhanSense – Day 85

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 85’s Topic: Card games.
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I make it a point to tell people that I LOVE card games.

They are one of my favorite types of games out there. For a nerdy guy with social anxiety, card games at least force me to open up. In fact, I find myself being able to hold all kinds of conversations with great competence when a card game is in action.

Below is my deck I use in Magic: The Gathering, which is the activity I try to participate in during Friday evenings. I’m a wild one, don’t you think? Ha, just kidding. I couldn’t care less what others think of my Friday hobby. It’s what I enjoy doing.

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I love this deck. It’s a home-brew version built over time that oozes my personality. I call it “Here Comes the Bloom” for my favorite cards in the deck: Eidolon of Blossoms.

Anyway, this deck has won me some tournaments at my local card shop. It’s an inconsistent deck in nature, relying on drawing more cards than my opponent to develop significant card advantage, eventually setting up a board where I overwhelm my way toward victory.

My deck gets hit hard by variance due to being a combo deck in design. I can have nights where my deck can stomp the competition, and then I get those nights where the deck putters and underperforms.

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Everyday NhanSense – Day 84

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 84’s Topic: Catching up.
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Gosh, sorry for the delay with this particular post. I had a busy night, didn’t come home until late and had to work in the morning. Not really a lot of ample time to blog appropriately. I will try not to make this a habit.

Nonetheless, I’ll balance this out.

Anyway, it was a good Friday for me. I had a decent day at work, ran a few errands, walked out in the sunshine (the spring weather around this town is gorgeous by the way) and won the card tournament I participated in as icing on the cake.

Pretty sweet, if you ask me.

Not only that, I am finally starting to develop a grasp about what I need to do to overcome a lot of my problems.

This is … I just need to be me.

That’s it. No secret. But I should elaborate.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 55

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 55’s Topic: Determination.
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I do believe destiny has something important in store for me, and I am not just saying that. I do like to think that everything that has happened in the past few years, both the good and the bad, will make itself clear in due time.

I was at my wit’s end at one point, pushed to a breaking point I never want to experience again and so I continue to live each day with the mentality of changing myself for the better.

Be stronger.

Be smarter.

Be this.

Be that.

Whatever I can do within my own personal limits, I will try a bit harder at surpassing my capabilities. This in itself is where I derive my sense of determination, my willpower and that intangible thing called heart when the going gets tough.

I will admit I have had my share of moments where I wanted to buckle under the pressure, but perseverance lifted me through the troubling times. And now, as I approach another threshold in my life, I want to take my determination to the next level.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 49

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 49’s Topic: Laughing things off.
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Do you want to know who I think are the happiest people on this planet?

The ones who can laugh off things like it’s no big deal.

Tonight after my card game tournament, I experienced this kind of feeling for the first time in a long while. I did utterly terrible in terms of performance. I dropped near the bottom of the rankings and managed to eek out a victory in the end to avoid the goose egg of “0” wins.

And you know what? I am not mad, sad or anything negative. Quite the opposite, really.

In a sense, I am happy, relieved even, that I managed to brush off losing so hard. Yeah, I could make excuses that I lost because I wasn’t on my game today or it was because I altered my deck as an experiment, which I did, but that all doesn’t matter.

I had fun regardless. This is something I wish I could apply more to daily life, and then I would be such a happier camper with less of the stress and drama to bog me down.

If you were to come across the old me from just a few years back, I probably would have rushed home after the tournament to mope that I lost so badly, but instead I stayed a few extra hours and had a lot of conversations with others. Heck, I even bartered with a few people for some good card trades to help improve my deck.

This is something, by the way, that a shy person like myself has a hard time. I asked politely and traded with confidence. I even ended the trades with a handshake and a thank you.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 43

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 43’s Topic: Days off.
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Phew.

I have to say that getting days off is really nice, especially after a whole week on the job. I get Sundays off, so that’s pretty sweet.

Let’s just say after spending lots of time unemployed before, where having an abundance of free time was the norm, it just feels right to have that one day to yourself. It makes those days where you don’t have to work that more special and significant.

You can plan for that given day, establish a sense of structure and really live it up when the day finally comes.

I feel a touch tired, a bit more exhausted than usual, but my body is growing accustomed to this new work schedule. Working at the restaurant has been good. We’re a busy restaurant, so every day is generally a rush of customers from start to finish with limited downtime.

I prefer it this way, anyway. It keeps me busy. I don’t feel like I am standing around twiddling my thumbs, plus I have great coworkers who make the job a lot more pleasant. I get along with just about everyone there.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 37

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 37’s Topic: Football and card games.
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What a pleasant day off.

I ate lunch with my landlord and then went over to my friends’ house to watch football with their family. As a Washingtonian, it was pretty cool to watch the Seattle Seahawks pull one of the best comebacks you could ever see in football against the Green Bay Packers.

Not gonna lie, I thought the Seahawks had lost the game at one point. I didn’t expect them to win after four turnovers with the Packers up by a healthy lead.

And then, of course, the comeback started. Or you could say the Packers threw the game away they should have won. Regardless, it was a fun game to watch in the fourth quarter into overtime.

I may be a Cincinnati Bengals fan for the rest of my days, but great football is great football to behold, and the Seahawks certainly gave everyone a reason to see why they are going to be playing in the Super Bowl again this year.

Football aside, it was great to spend time with my friends and their wonderful family. As my life is coming together, it’s nice being able to talk about stuff in a positive manner with less moaning and groaning about dire circumstances.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 36

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 36’s Topic: Those long walks at night to think.
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So last night, I started the process toward rebuilding my life, at least to my liking.

After work, I decided it was about time I went to a local game store to play card games. I totally did awful the whole night, but it was fun. I had lots of fun. It was good for a socially awkward guy like myself to mingle with people who just wanted to play cards.

I hope to continue playing cards from here on out. It should be a blast.

But afterward, because I was unable to get a ride home, I had to walk the entire way back. It takes a whole hour or so on foot.

So I committed to the tread in the cold, frosty weather. It wasn’t too chilly or anything, but it was a temperature just low enough so you would feel it if you weren’t bundled up. Nonetheless, I didn’t mind my long walk back up the hill toward my place.

With plenty of time to think about things, I can at least say there were happier thoughts than before where I was overrun with fear and worry. I just thought about how the pieces are falling into place. A place to live. Food to eat. A job. Some goals to keep me going.

If you really lay it all out, one could say I am on my way toward truly being back on my feet and in control of my life.
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