Author Archives: Danny Zawacki

About Danny Zawacki

My name is Danny and I like things to be simple. I believe that there’s beauty in a simply written text. There’s logic in less is more. And there’s clarity in writing things to be read.

A Perfect Dinner

Tonight, my creativity came easily. Tonight, I made pasta. My favorite, go-to dish which can be made in a pinch is pasta and Italian sausage. It’s one of those dishes I can put together without really thinking about what I’m doing. The ingredients are readily available and ready ahead of time. In a perfect world, I’ll eat it once a week. So why does a prepped in advance dinner make me feel creative? Maybe creative isn’t the right word, maybe it’s just it makes me Continue reading →

Coding or Cooking?

I’ve been trying to decide which of the things I did today was more creative, coding or cooking. Neither of them was particularly intensive, both were creative in some way, and both had satisfying results. Trying to decide which one is better isn’t really the important takeaway, but I want to weigh each one anyway. Coding For work, I needed to start laying out a landing page. I was given a rough design of what it should look like and a handful of functionality requests. Continue reading →

A Change of Pace

Doug Teschner, the Country Director for Peace Corps Ukraine while I was there, had a bit of advice he offered to newly sworn-in volunteers that has stuck with me over the years. He said, if you are doing the same thing every day and every day for ten days you want it to change, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing that thing. At the time he was talking about being a volunteer and letting us know there is no shame in admitting it might not Continue reading →

Planning planning planning

So it’s 22 days until we close on the house. In that time the seller is making some repairs, putting on a new roof, upgrading the electrical, and installing a new furnace. Meanwhile, all Ellie and I can do is plan. We can pick paint colors but we can’t put them on walls. We can decide what goes where but we can’t actually move anything. We can dream about how things will be different but we cannot activate on those dreams. All we can do Continue reading →

Why am I here?

Here’s the thing, I do my job because I’m the best person for it. You do your job because you’re the boss. If you don’t trust my opinion on things then why am I in the position I’m in. We aren’t here to cater to your every whim, we are here to keep a failing company afloat. A company that needs to be kept afloat because you’ve slowly sunk it. One of your former employees brought to my attention the phrase, “she had lunch”. Which Continue reading →

Two Years In

Today, I’m finishing up the first two years at my job. What a wild two years it has been. When I started, there were just three of us working full-time out of my boss’s condo. Everyone did a bit of this and a bit of that, and we mostly hobbled by. Then, we started brining on more staff. Someone to do this or that, some part-time and some full-time. And we grew, and grew. We built too, new products which were meant to change the Continue reading →

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! For those of you who have someone to celebrate with, enjoy your day together. For those of you who do not have someone to share it with, enjoy the day with yourself. Either way, treat yourself to a nice dinner. Ellie and I will be staying in tonight and cooking steaks. That’s all the fanfare I need.

Rubber Broom

So my boss gave me a couple tickets to the Garden Show this past weekend. Ellie and I were happy to go, though we didn’t really know what to expect nor did we plan on buying anything. We didn’t even plan on paying for parking, which was $7, so we parked across the street and walked over. We just wanted to wander and get ideas for the new home. Also, we entered a bunch of giveaways, some of which would really help out new homeowners. Continue reading →

I am so damn anxious

This house cannot come soon enough. In one month, we close. A few weeks after that, we officially move in. I just cannot wait to be so busy. Lately, Ellie and I have been just treading water in the evenings. We’re at a point where we don’t care to make our current place better, and we are unable to make our next place good. A lot of time for me has been spent on Pinterest. I want to find all the projects that we could Continue reading →

Embarrassment

Last night we were out for dinner with some friends when one of the guys starts talking to me about literature. We eventually got on the topic of my degree in creative writing and he said he’d be interested in reading some of my work. I got scared. I know over the years I have put some of my fiction on here, though I never really publicized it. For me, it’s one thing to put something online to be consumed, it’s a whole different t Continue reading →