Monday, July 29, 2013

Realize It! Goals Workbook

Realize It! Goals Workbook
What is "it?" Anything you want in life is "it" and becomes the focus of your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. You may have goals to reach, but you may not write them down, monitor them on a daily basis, and work towards achieving them. This workbook will help you, understand your purpose, identify what success means to you, and set short and long-term goals to help you monitor and realize "it" in all areas of your life. Now, realize it!

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Do You Like Roundabouts?

Roundabouts are used to help control the flow of traffic in an intersection vs traditional intersections. They also reduce the risk of side collisions and lower speeds through the intersection.


Do You Like Roundabouts?


"I like roundabouts. I got used to driving around them when I lived in England. However, with the increasing usage of roundabouts in America, more and more people are  "roundabout stupid."  To the idiots ahead of me who don't know there are a few roundabout rules;  ONE: The person on the roundabout has the right of way--if you are coming into a roundabout yield to the person on the roundabout.  TWO:  Don't stop in the roundabout to kindly let people on the roundabout--this blocks the roundabout for people who are already on it impeding the flow, and can cause an accident. (Only stop if idiot coming into roundabout ignores rule one.)  THREE:  Use your signals to tell people if you are going around the roundabout and then change your signal to tell people where you are getting off the roundabout.  These are helpful hints I learned from driving roundabouts in Europe."

(Please share your experiences on roundabouts.)

For more information on how to drive safely read my blog post on:
How To Dive Into And On A Roundabout

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cheshire Jacket Potatoes

A Unique Concoction!

This is a good hearty meal that I developed while living in Chester, England. It was a concoction that I just threw together one night and it turned out to be a great mix of flavors that tantalized the taste buds. It seems to be an odd mixture of ingredients but they just blend together perfectly and make a good meal. The portion amounts are good for 2 potatoes. You can easily double it for more people.


2 large potatoes

3-4 large mushrooms

½ small yellow or white onion (or whole onion if you like onion)

2 tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)

1 tablespoon butter

1 can Heinz baked beans (English style or other like brand baked beans)

2 large eggs

½ cup grated Cheshire cheese (sharp or medium cheddar works too)

3 slices of ham, turkey, or chicken lunch meat


  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake potatoes for approximately 30 minutes or until potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can also microwave them for 10 minutes turning them over half way through. Then microwave them two minutes more and repeat until they are soft inside.
  2. Dice onion, 3 slices of lunch meat and slice mushrooms.
  3. In medium frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high. Add onion and mushrooms and cook until sauteed. Add meat and stir in until meat is heated up.
  4. Place your potatoes on a plate. Slice in half. Slice each half three times length ways and then put across the other way dicing up the potatoes in small cubes.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon butter over warm potatoes so it melts over cubes.
  6. Take your pan of onion, meat and mushrooms and spread over top of potatoes.
  7. Open baked beans can and dump into a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave for several minutes heating up beans.
  8. In medium frying pan, heat the other 1 tablespoon of oil and cook eggs over easy so that the yolk is runny.
  9. Place eggs on top of potatoes, onion, meat and mushrooms.
  10. Dump a fair amount of beans over top of egg.
  11. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  12. Heat up in microwave 1 minute so all is warm and cheese melts.
  13. Dig in and enjoy the different flavors!

I hope you enjoy this unique meal.

-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer