banana-boyI’ve watched this video about 5 times today, and I can’t get enough. This boy’s family just celebrated Mother’s Day, and they didn’t want him to feel left out, so they wrapped a banana as a gift and gave it to him, expecting him to be disappointed or upset.

I’m not quite sure about the logic:

We don’t want him to feel sad, so we’ll get his hopes up with a gift and then crush them when he sees it’s a mere $0.59/lb banana.

But instead, he has the sweetest reaction.

The funny thing is that I think the Cool Bros might act in a similar manner. Maybe it’s because we’re such lackluster gift-givers. Maybe it’s because they love to eat. Though, somehow, someway, they seem to not make a huge deal about gifts.

It’s not for lack of experience. They load up every Christmas when we go back to Florida. They’ve probably learned just not to depend on us for gifts. I’m trying to decide if that’s an entirely bad thing.

I’ve been twiddling my thumbs about what to do with my night for the past hour. The rest of the Cool Fam is in bed, and the night was fairly young. I wasn’t tired and I didn’t have any projects I needed to work on. And then I started bouncing back and forth between projects that I want to complete, which include:

  1. A screenplay that I’m pretty sure would make a fun non-preachy, yet faith-oriented film.
  2. An article I want to submit to some New York publications. It’s niche enough where it might even have a shot at being published.
  3. A comprehensive video for this blog.
  4. A short story idea that’s lingering for years.
  5. The first blog post of 2014, which we’re already six weeks into.

After deliberation, and then getting sidetracked by Reddit, I figured I’d at least get one of these things done before exhaustion catches up with me.

I’m diagnosing as I type, so you’ll have to bear with me. One problem I already see as I scan that list is the investment I need to make into each one. My rough estimates:

  1. Screenplay: 80-100 hours. I’ve written one before, but I had no idea what I was doing. Now I have enough experience to know 5% of what not to do. That said, that estimate may be way off, but I’m positive that it won’t take any less time.
  2. Article: 20 hours. I’ve already interviewed 6 people for this, and I have to go through the recordings to pull out the good bits. And I still need to write the darn thing.
  3. Video: 10-12 hours. This is a very comprehensive video, like sifting through footage of the last 5–6 years.
  4. Short story: 20 hours. Total guess. I haven’t written a short story since high school.
  5. Blog post: I’m hoping this won’t top 30 minutes, maybe 20.

I’m thankful to have ideas, and thankful to have the equipment and software (in the case of video) to bring these ideas to life. But it feels a bit of a burden, too, because these are things I desperately want to bring to to life and I’m a loss for where to begin. I need to prioritize. I need to say ‘no’ to things. And I need to just kick my butt into gear when I actually do choose Priority #1.

I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling burdened by ideas. Who’s with me?


It’s 19º degrees in New York City! BRR! But we’re making do in the 50s right now in Florida, looking at a Christmas high of 75. I sent Cool Mum and the Bros down on a plane last week, and then made the solo drive from NYC to Florida last weekend.

Highlights of the 20-plus hours on the road included stopping for lunch at a popular roast beef place outside of Baltimore and having lunch with the guy I asked a recommendation from. And then I made a waffle at the motel’s breakfast bar for some fellow New Yorkers making the drive. And then there was the time I stopped at Zaxby’s as a welcome meal to the South. Basically I’m food-obsessed.

Which will make this an excellent Christmas as we split meals between the two sets of Cool Grandparents.

Here’s wishing a Merry and Blessed Christmas to all Cool Readers, every one!