Out of Comfort Zone


November 16, 2012
Wow! It’s been a long time since I officially took the challenge. I’ve had plenty of out-of-comfort-zone experiences but somehow never got around to writing them down. I guess I’ve just been getting too comfortable.

Last night I sat down and worked on creating a new route book, two actually, one for me and one for the district manager. It’s definitely not a comfortable outing, as it takes such a long time to do correctly . . . and neatly. Both totaled, it will be about 150 pages.

It’s just something that needed to be done and I’ve been putting it off for quite awhile.

Admittedly, this isn’t what I’d call a great out-of-comfort-zone experience, but, hey, that isn’t the point. It isn’t something I do every day, maybe once a year.

February 24, 2012
My problem isn’t so much doing something different each week. It’s getting around to sitting down and writing about it.

Take for instance, today’s update. It’s now March 5 and I’m reporting for February 24. And the only reason I remember it at all is because the subject is photography. Whenever I download my photos to my computer, it dates them in the folder name.

Other things I’ve done differently since then I’ve already forgotten. If I don’t immediately write them down, it’s out of sight, out of mind.

So, anyway, I’ve been intending to take some photographs of a nearby small town made famous because the James Gang once robbed a train there or nearby. Personally, I don’t see why they honor such memories, but they do anyway, and without my permission, to boot.

As I was on my way home, I passed through this town. I happened to have my camera with me, so I decided to stop and take photos of the old buildings that were either falling apart or looked like really old businesses.

So I did. And it was cold, being early in the morning. Still, I spent about a half hour going from place to place. I’ll have to find out just where the train robbery occurred so I can go back and complete the photo set, ahem, giving honor to that robbery.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. I may put some of them in my photo blog, f-stop fantasy or I may make a book of some kind and maybe try and get some stories about the different places I’ve photographed.

So, there you have it.

February 21, 2012
Last Sunday evening I visited a friend some 11 miles away in a nearby small town. I had some things to give her and looked forward to spend some time playing games with her and her mother. It’s always been TriOminoes in the past, as I think that’s the only game she owns.

I decided to bring Rack-O, a game I learned when I was in the eighth grade back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. I don’t think it’s sold anymore. I got mine at a yard sale.

This time my friend’s father was present at the table. My friend’s parents are living with her now. So, mother, father and myself began the evening playing a game of Double Solitaire and Kings in the Corner, a game I learned only after I moved to the Midwest. Apparently my friend doesn’t play card games using the 52-card variety.

Altogether, we played for almost 2½ hours. It was very enjoyable. I hadn’t visited her for quite some time and it was nice to get out.

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February 11, 2012.
This is actually my entry for last week, or was it the week before? (Well, whatever. I have to have something to start this thing off. And this is it.)

So, anyway, I decided to take a different route home after work. And as I had my camera with me, I thought I’d see if I could find something to take a photograph of.

As I was nearing the end of the different part of my trip home, the sun was just coming into the “golden hour” zone when the colors of everything become more saturated and lovely.

I came across this old barn with this magical sunlight resting on it, which brought out what red coloring was left on it, giving it kind of an unearthly glow.

I decided to use it as my entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of “Ready”. You can visit the results of that trip at Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready to Collapse

Have a great day!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. diggingher
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 06:40:55

    Don’t you just love the comfort zone challenge? I did a similar stretch a couple of weeks ago, read about it here. It has turned out to be one of the best moves I have made in a long time…http://wp.me/p1PaX2-b9
    Enjoyed the blog. Hope to see you around The Authentic Me.

    Reply

    • Cris
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:32:30

      Yes, I need to update my comfort zone challenge. With my three blogs, I sometimes forget about the challenge. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

      Reply

  2. MargeKatherine
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 21:53:42

    Now if you could just talk about your adventures and not have to write about them then all would be well! I do know what you mean!

    So glad you took the time to share your challenge with us and that you stopped in the town to take photos. I hope to see them soon!

    Reply

    • Cris
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 22:06:56

      Well, at least if I write about my “adventures”, I stand half a chance that someone will at least be on the receiving end. 🙂

      Reply

  3. MargeKatherine
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 22:15:32

    No, I actually meant to voice them into a recording device! I saw this tool that lets you speak into the device and it’s recorded for you! I want that for all areas of my life – then I can stop leaving messages on my phone (instead of writing notes to myself…)

    Reply

    • Cris
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 22:38:39

      I actually was doing that with my dreams for awhile, but I’ve never gotten around to uploading them to my computer. Which is a good thing because my computer got hold of a grab-and-pay virus and I had to do a destructive restore to get my computer back. So, I lost everything, including the several dreams I did transcribe.

      So, you’re saying I should bring along the recording device and talk into it while I’m out doing something different?

      Reply

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