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Like bloody clockwork, me - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 3rd, 2013

09:59 am - Like bloody clockwork, me

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Hey look, I'm back at work! And I'm told that means that a post is expected by 10am. Being a dutiful little public navel gazer, here it is. Given that I have spent most of my holiday looking in the other direction, I haven't really got anything to rant about. I quite like that feeling. I know that I can't bury my head in the sand forever, but ignoring the outside world and focusing on chilling the fuck out has been good for me, and in a weird way it has distilled what's important - at least temporarily.


Managed to avoid overeating - given the holiday period food-related craziness, I'm kind of impressed by this. I tell a lie, I did end up so full I couldn't bend once, but given the number of opportunities for this to happen, once is good going. Go me for not seeing sugar and going "Clearly I am never going to have the opportunity to eat sugar again, therefore I must eat all of it RIGHT NOW!"

Got regular exercise. My gym is 5 minutes' walk away and was open all holidays. Before you ask, yes I did go to the gym on Christmas Day. I knew I'd spend the rest of the day sitting around in a very hot house full of people, eating shit food and doing not much. I figured burning off my spare energy first would help. It did. What blew me away was how many other people were also there - it seems Christmas Day gym visits are not just for the hardcore.

Related to the above, at my post-holiday weigh in I'd dropped half a kilo. That was unexpected.

Purchased just enough new clothes that I feel my wardrobe has a new lease on life. This also caused me to dredge my drawers for those things I've kept because I like them but got out of the habit of wearing, and in combination this makes me excited about wearing new clothes and trying different things. Here's what I look like today:



Got my imaginary farm to the point where I have wool, wheat and canola to sell, and not enough time to sell it. You can hire workers to do some stuff, but not to take things to the market and they are also kind of crap at harvesting. They are fine till the harvester fills up, but then they sit on their arse on the harvester, waiting for you to come empty it, with the engine still running and still on the payroll. I'm sure there's a way to work it - I only have three paddocks out of a possible 40 so there must be a management strategy, but I don't know what it is yet. This is important guyz!

Also, played some other video games but not excessively.

Spent time working on my creative endeavours. Currently I'm working on two projects, one collaboratively with grist, the other an individual one; and cogitating on a third. This mostly involves copious use of a coping saw, and a heap of sanding, because we all love sanding. And much head-scratching. Mostly it was nice to be able to do it whenever I felt like it, instead of squeezing it between other things.

Speaking of other things - enjoying the peace and quiet in my mind through not having either study or sheep niggling away at me going "DO US!" This is the first holiday since 2005 where I haven't had one or the other constantly in the back of my mind.

Partook in a variety of mind-altering substances. Not all at once. Remember I said my brain needed a hard reboot? Well, I gave it one, and it was a good one that spanned experiences from ego-stripping to body-adventures to just plain chilling out. In combination I achieved exactly what I aimed to do, and I've come out .. it's hard to describe but my mind feels like it's had a good spring clean and a lot of the irrelevant crap that was blocking me has been shifted.

You get taught a lot about the risks and dangers of drug use, but something you rarely hear about is the benefits. The powers that be would have you believe there are none. That's bollocks, frankly. One of the most useful things I've found about the forced mindstate alteration that comes with certain substances is that ability to shift things around in your head that facilitates the development of new thought processes. I've no doubt there are other ways of achieving this too, if drugs aren't your thing. But that doesn't mean we should ignore such benefits the way we have been for the last 50 years, and I for one resent deeply the way the desire of those in power to stay in power has created a situation that makes such uses criminal.

*cough* anyway...


That was the best holiday I've had for a long time. I understand most folks will be off work till next Thursday - so, enjoy the rest of your holiday people!

I'd better go post this to get in before my deadline, eh?

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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
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What, not an A+? Or even a "See me after class"?

Oh, that's right, you're still on bloody holiday.

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From:ferrouswheel
Date:January 2nd, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 2nd, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Off till next Thursday sounds a bit random? Most ppl I know going back next week do so on Monday. Otherwise they're back some other Monday in January.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Huh. Everyone in my workplace is due back on Thursday. Something to do with the number of leave days they are supposed to use up over the break or something.
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
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'Supposed to use up'? Is yours one of those workplaces which is a bit stricter about not accumulating too much leave? Paul's work (not based in NZ) simply don't let people roll leave over so he has to take the 20 days in the one calendar year, but most places in NZ I've encountered don't start getting antsy unless you've got more than 30 saved up, and generally that's a risk to the finances.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
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It's not a huge deal, but yes. I think they like to engineer it so that people only really have two weeks to play with outside the Christmas shutdown so there aren't too many extended absences at once during the year, but I know they also prefer us to use up our leave. I carried 14 days over from last year and was still able to come back early, but I had to demonstrate intention to use the extra leave this year.
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Out of interest are there many people at your work with school-age kids? School holidays can be a nightmare for parents who simply don't have enough leave and don't have local babysitters.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Not in my immediate office, but I believe the shutdown is nationwide so that'd be a yes. I assume those with kids take as much leave as they can to coincide with school holidays.
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
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The issue is that 4 weeks leave is less than the amount of holidays is a year. It got quite tricky in a previous job where I had quite a few parents all wanting leave at the same time - I think we got them to negotiate amongst themselves and come up wiht a plan..
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I've long wondered why school hours/timetables don't drag themselves out of the dark ages and into one that recognises that these days, parents work.
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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One of the women at my old work has a 2 year old and a 5 year old. She works fulltime. The kids pretty much are in fulltime daycare (including after school care) and that morphs into holiday programmes during school holidays. She was 'lucky' in that her kids weren't the kind who get sick all the time. But I'm not sure all parents would be willing to have such fulltime childcare.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
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And you'd have to be in a pretty well paying job to make it worth the cost as well. I know daycare is subsidised a little bit, but certainly not enough to cover full time care for 2 kids.
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From:caycos
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Both her and her husband are in well-paid IT jobs so yes. I don't think it's just about one of the strands - work, education, homelife - all need to evolve together..
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
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That's true. My organisation is pretty good at flexitime, and also whatever it is where hours are not strictly regulated as long as you meet your dealines, and working from home too.
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From:ecosopher
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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You do look very calm in that photo :D I mean it. Content. That is a good way to be.

Well done on not overeating over Christmas. Man, I ate too much. Ugh. Back to healthy-ish now, though, and it feels so much better. Who knew?!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 2nd, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
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I think overeating on Christmas is pretty standard, but yeah - I've kind of decided I'd rather feel good and in reality, the sugar isn't really going away any time soon...
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From:pixiebelle
Date:January 3rd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you had a good holiday and that you didn't overeat a lot (yeah, I failed in that area, but not as much as I have in the past). And yay for getting to the gym!

Sounds like things are going well and that's great :)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 3rd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
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I just read your goal-setting post for the year and I admire the way you've been able to clearly articulate the things you want to change in your life.

I think we'll all be happy to start the new year. It feels like it holds promise, you know?
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From:rivet
Date:January 3rd, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
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Here's to starting the year with a hard reboot and a clean slate. It's a new year, and we get to make of it whatever we want <3

Should I be worried that the sheep call out "DO US"? Should the farmers be worried?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 3rd, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the sheep and the farmers know what I mean. At least, when they ring me up and ask me to do their sheep I hope they know what it means, otherwise I've been providing a service that is not as advertised.

*cough*
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From:bekitty
Date:January 3rd, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
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"Turns out I've been going about this sheep-breeding thing all wrong!"
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