sitrep 2018-09-17

So I decided to hold off on my first coffee until I’ve been up for a couple of hours and so far (this is pre-coffee) I don’t hate it. I feel “ok”.

This should reduce stress on my body and allow wake up more naturally. Also, that first coffee of the day will have a better effect on me, theoretically. And it saves me some time between getting up and sitting down to work.

We’ll see how it goes.

sitrep 2018-09-10

It’s funny. I want a blog and like to write but what do I really have to write about? I have a bad cold so I guess I’ll write about that.

First of all, unless you have immune system issues or something more complicated than the common cold you really just need to ride this out for seven days. And everyone knows you need to drink plenty of fluids.

Here is what I have to add: sweat out that cold. If you are like me you can’t just lay in bed all day just because you caught a cold so you need to make any sleep you do get count. Start by downing at least acetaminophen or a nighttime cold pill. Wash it down with gallons of water. Now layer up. Wool socks, a touque, a goody over that. Throw on some sweat pants, too. Now add a blanket onto the bed.

Get into bed and prop yourself up so you are basically sitting up I bed. This prevents chest congestion from waking you up.

Now drift off. And sweat. Let it flow. Your elevated body temp is destroying that virus. You made your own fever. When you wake up to cough, go into the washroom and spit up as much crap as you can and down more water

Do this for two nights in a row and you’ll be over the worst of it before you know it.

sitrep 2018-08-28

Doing this on my lunch break so no pics today.

I have resigned myself to life as a domestic shark. Never rest. Always keep moving. There is always more to do. A good night’s sleep will be my reward. I am trying to never lose my temper, either. It gets me nowhere and only teaches my son to do it and shows other people I can’t handle stress. Pretty counter-productive.

Lots of family visiting over the next couple of weeks. It will be nice to see everyone. Our son is going to love having his uncle and grandfather around and so will we. Plus lots of good meals. :) ha ha

Two minutes are up.

sitrep 2018-08-22

This is the first of a series of two-minute sitreps. Just writing whatever for two minutes… I’ll also embed an instagram that is probably unrelated.

In the news:

  • Big day for the Trump people yesterday! So many people around Trump are going down. When will it be his turn?
  • Smoke from wildfires headed back to Western Canada from BC today, too bad because I was enjoying the fresh air. I really hope, for their sake, BC gets some rain.

Two minutes are up.

Wake Up Early

I see lot of people talking about waking up early. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. I love the peacefulness of an early morning and now I am working in a different time zone (there’s more to it as well) so I have to do it for my job.

For me, the key to waking up early is the bedtime routine. Much has been written about sleep hygiene so I will focus on the things I do the night before to make the morning go smoothly. Reducing the reasons to stay asleep just makes it easier to get up when you need to. If you pay attention you will notice that stumbling around first thing is way less efficient than setting things up the night before.

sitrep 2018-07-30

First post in a while:

  • After stalling with weight loss for a bit I am back on track but feeling hungry sometimes so my fat intake is off, I guess.
  • I got a Halti for my dog. As a 100lbs Lab with impulse control issues he was a lot to handle and I wasn’t walking him because I didn’t want to deal with his lunging and pulling… The Gentle Leader solves all that. I don’t know why I waited this long. He had one before but he fussed so much he ended up damaging the skin around his muzzle so I had to get rid of it. Maybe it is because he is older now but he is tolerating it much better (yes, I read all the stuff about how to introduce it). Very relieved and he is loving all the extra walking.
  • Health-wise I could use more sleep but what can you do? Feeling pretty good and have some new stretches from physio to do that will also help core strength.
  • I want to get back at the bot fight code! I will do some now for 20 minutes, I guess.

Outrage Porn 2018-07-14

I just went down a rabbit hole on YouTube following a chain of videos where Jordan Peterson was apparently “owning libs” and “destroying feminism”. What was actually going on was reasoned debate and discussion between him and people slightly to the Left.

The videos, though, were edited to have childish reaction graphics like a visual laugh track telling the viewer how outraged to feel. These were really extreme reactions that had very little to do with the actual context. In the video where he is “destroying feminists” the two women are largely agreeing with him, the interviewer is doing her job by pushing him a little, and everyone is being respectful. If you were incapable of following what was being said and just relied on predudice and the reaction graphics you’d think it was a completely different, and fictional, conversation.

The Bill Maher clip was actually worse as the video makers were editing in violent footage of the Charlottesville riot including the car plowing through the crowd. I think the viewer is supposed to be on the side of the alt right at the rally or you are supposed to be afraid of what the Trump people will do once he’s impeached or convicted. It isn’t really clear (I am definitely not the target audience).

This experience really has reinforced my belief that critical thinking is declining and people want to be spoon fed thier echo chamber media even when it makes no sense. From my pespective this is a much, much bigger problem on the right but the left has these people, too.
something and something else stopping them. There needs to be a cost to be paid, something risked.

Morning Pages 2018-07-11

The following is based on something I wrote about in my Morning Pages on 2018-07-01 (Canada Day). I was sitting in a car after sleeping in a tent all night with my wife and son. I didn’t want to wake our son up by going back in the tent (it was around 5AM meaning the sun was well up) and so I climbed into our car and froze quietly while trying to write a little.

The idea I was struggling with involved me never being a great (even readable) writer because I suck at completing stories. I have never really had those flashes of inspiration where a fully formed story just comes into existence and is just there waiting to be written down. Instead I get a character. Maybe a scene. Or a setting. Sometimes I get a few characters and I interweave them but their connections are fairly tenuous. So I can give up or I can do something else. I can try to get there in a different way. What I am working with now is the only thing I have found has worked in the past for me: take an idea and just work it. Spend time each day building on it. Take one of those snippets that comes to me and start asking questions: how does this person make money? who are their friends? where do the live? what do the really, really want? what do they think is stopping them from getting it? These are going to be the story. I am also working on always having a ticking clock type element to the story where options are disappearing or a very significant deadline is approaching. Something to build tension besides a character simply wanting to do something and something else stopping them. There needs to be a cost to be paid, something risked.

sitrep 2018-07-09

I haven’t posted for a while. Not sure why. I stopped the clock on my work timer so I could write this up quickly (so this is not time theft, I am clearing my thoughts).

Some achievements:

  • clothes reorganization was a success… still not perfect but using less space and much easier to get at the clothes I need, etc.
  • health - stretching regularly again
  • bedding storage - I have a plan, bins! Going to execute this week and make it super easy to store and retrieve laundered sheets and bedding while keeping the laundry room looking tidy

Some frustrations:

  • fitness - still not making the time but I have a plan and it is going to work, I think. I HAVE been getting in my stretching more regularly so feeling good about that
  • waking early - I am not having good luck with this… I still end up feeling groggy… might just go back to getting up a little later and forgetting about trying to do things like exercise or write in the morning… I end up hitting “snooze” more often than just getting up and even when I get up early I am too tired.
  • morning pages - yeah, this went OK for a couple of days but I am so drowsy when I wake up I forget to do it… so I’ll try later in the morning.

OK, going back to work… My damn fingers are killing me from the arthritis so typing this actually helps (since movement leads to relief).

sitrep 2018-06-27

After not really seeing much improvement yesterday I tried to sleep on the couch and that got me into a much better place. I slept well last night as well and managed to not eat carbs all day or snack after dinner which has left me feeling much better as a result. I am still tired this morning but nothing a coffee will not fix. Looking forward to making some serious progress on my work projects.

After work I’ll prepare some dinner for us (Cod Putannesca, pepper and mushroom stirfry, and a salad of cucumber and mint, I think) and try to organize some of papers I need to deal with. A lifetime of poorly decisions around the organization and storage of paper documents has left me with a bit of a mess on my hands. Mixed in with the shreddable gargage are lots of things I want to keep. And moving several times has left this in a bit of a jumble. I am getting there, though.

Time to work.