Thursday, January 1, 2015

Alex And His 2015 New Year's Goals



Song:  Reflection

Artist:  Jim Brickman




We had made 3 lbs. of Mochi on New Year's morning (just after midnight).


While the mochi was still hot...
we both ate a fairly large amount.

The rest we will use to bake...
or to add into soups.



We both love to eat it with soy sauce with sugar dissolved into it.

I am so full.
I must have eaten a pound of it  :)





Over last weekend...
Alex had a special 3 hour test...similar to an SAT.

This was to see if he is qualified to go on to the next phase of testing and interviews
for something for which we are aiming in his future.

The testing office was extremely diligent in their security.

All pockets were checked...
socks and pant legs...
a metal detecting wand was used...
and a close visual of each candidate was kept at all times
through a window and on video.

Everything in the room was also video and audio recorded.

My ID, as well as Alex's, was checked very carefully.


Alex had done very well on the tests.

When he emerged from the testing...
all of his scratch paper was blank...
as he had done everything in his head.

As had been expected...
Alex had gotten a perfect math score...
an almost perfect written score...
and a very high reading comprehension score.


He will be moving on to the next phase.

This weekend...
we will be going to San Francisco for more testing and an interview.


Alex's immediate goals involve keeping his same study routine...
without trying to rush his classes.

This year, we must decide if we will seize this opportunity...
and if so, how it may affect Alex's future.

Although it represents a great opportunity...
by us taking it...
it could hamper some of our future plans.

We will have to decide sometime in the next few months...
and we will have to weigh the positives against the negatives.




As for now, so far as Alex's exercise program...
snow and ice on the ground means we will have to alter
his outdoor exercise.

So long as the ground is iced over...
instead of our night walks and his Farmer's Walk...
we will substitute them with a 20 rep Squat routine - 3x a week.


You may have noticed the clear ground in the exam pictures.

That is because we live in the mountains high above Reno city.

We get colder temperatures and more wind...
 and so, much more snow and ice where we live.


Alex is now with his momma...
watching another episode of Cosmos.


Tomorrow...
we are just going to relax.

After Alex finishes his studies...
we may go out somewhere...
perhaps to dinner and a movie.


As for any New Year's resolutions...
as we are already doing that which must be done...
the only thing left...is to stay the course.


Over the course of this year...
I will be exposing Alex to Western Philosophy using the teachings of...

Socrates

Plato

Aristotle

as well as a few other Philosophers...
to not only have Alex understand Western Philosophy...
but to improve Alex's reading comprehension.



My only words for the New Year...
are the same ones I continually express to Alex:


A Quantity of Quality...
applied in as efficient a manner as possible...
with the projected effectiveness always kept in sight...
applied at a rate which is sustainable for the long haul...
yet high enough to reach the goals in the given time...
equals success.

This is how success can be a foregone conclusion.

















4 comments:

  1. Your kochi looks really delicious. I suppose you can't beat fresh kochi.

    Sounds like you might have an interesting decision to make. I look forward to hearing more about the opportunity and what that will mean.

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  2. Auto correct strikes...twice! :)

    Ultimately, it involve much sacrifice if this opportunity is taken. We must ensure, if we take it, that the return will far outweigh the loss.

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    1. Ha! I didn't notice that when I posted. Kochi? How can it correct to kochi? What does that even mean?

      I am sure you will give the decision much thought and weigh the return against the loss.

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  3. Actually, it is the name of the major city nearest to my wife's hometown on Shikoku, Japan (with the addition of the ' - ' over the ' o ' indicating a long held spoken 'O'...and with a capital 'K'). :)

    We hope to find out more details this weekend.

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