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.
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.
So, my original mission for this blog is to chronicle my efforts to get back into shape. My wife pointed out that I was so out of shape that anything would help and so I could try running up and down the stairs. I did that today. 3 sets of the up and downs. I was definitely winded. Also did some push ups and stretches.
Boxes in my office - evenings and weekends and here and there I’ve gotten through 2 of the 4 large boxes in my office from the move. I have a few piles of things that need to be put away, a lot went into junk, and my file/shred stack has grown but the boxes are both empty and gone. Now on to the next one. Index cards - I am using index cards for my TODO system again.
I am writing this slowly as I work. I am reflecting on how I did this weekend re: eating less and moving more. Moving: I don’t think I moved more although my step count was up quite a bit. I think I could have fit in some walking or more exercise and stretching if I wanted to so I can’t let myself off easily. I was just lazy. But I feel more rested than I did before the weekend.
So I get up pretty early for work as I am working “in another timezone”. I work at home and have a lot of interests and responsibilities outside of my job so I need to track my hours closely. The early morning hours are crucial as my young son requires attention before and after daycare so these early hours are “work time” that lets me hit my hour target earlier in the day meaning more time for dinner prep, errands, and occasionally some Dwarf Fortress.
Thinking of writing one of these after I eat, before work. I take between 15 and 30 minutes for lunch, sometimes not even that. My timezone if offset from the office so sometimes I need to stuff food in while working with someone remotely, etc. No big deal, that is why they pay me. So updates on my life (just personal, no family/work unless it is very, very noteworthy): Dwarf Fortress - a forgotten beast devastated the fortress and I am down to a wave of new migrants who I can’t seem to get to join a squad.
Snow clearing in Edmonton
So I live in Edmonton, AB. The frozen North. It’s really not too bad here in the winter as I got used to the crazy freeze/thaw/blizzard winters of the East Coast growing up and I have dealt with the bone chilling, soul crushing cold of an Ottawa winter. So -20c with very, very occasional, light snow is pretty easy for me. HOWEVER: They don’t plow the side roads and the cold weather combined with humidity makes the highways like sheets of ice.
2017-04-16 - The Adventure Continues
As part of our move to a new city we have reached the following point: Items have appeared in our new rental home where my spouse is at this time. She arrived on the same day as the movers and I am sure she was completely exhausted by the time she got to sleep last night. Our little one, the dog, and I are living with my parents for 10 days while I completely empty and clean the house and get it ready for our next open house.
This is the first post. Migrating my blog to hexo! Got a VPS to plan Dwarf Fortress so I might as well host my blog there agin.