Like bloody clockwork, me - Tactical Ninja
Jan. 3rd, 2013
09:59 am - Like bloody clockwork, me
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.
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?