One more month of the school year. More importantly, the schedule goes back to the normal one this coming week. Last time my son and I had this schedule was February 2020. Things got shaky in March and then the pandemic came in like a stampeding herd of bison. Both of us are really happen that normalcy is returning to our lives, which means his anxiety may be reduced. Honestly, I feel like some of my own stress is disappearing because this is a better system for him. This is going to give me the energy to get through the rest of the school year.
Surprisingly, we only have 3 weeks of classes and then finals left. Feels like the end of a marathon for many people. My mind is having trouble wrapping around it, especially with the summer being off. I’ll either get a lot of writing time or it will be tons of outings with my son. Both are good. My original plan was that my son would be in camp for most of the summer and I would do writing then a trip in mid/late August. Well, things are still screwy, so we’re going to have to roll with the punches. The trip might end up being a casualty to finances and other things too.
Writing this week wasn’t what I expected. Work was so busy that I didn’t get to outline during breaks and came home exhausted. It doesn’t help that I’m at the part in the series where I have to rewrite things, so my notes are useless. Finished one on Thursday night by staying up late. Didn’t get much done on Friday with the other outline, so I won’t get to these until next weekend unless I’m lucky. Got my son for Memorial Day weekend, so he gets my full attention. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch gets his full attention. That’s parenting these days. If I can get this outline done then next weekend could just be for the finale. The rest of June will be used for editing the next War of Nytefall book, which clears the summer for potential book writing.
Let’s see . . . I had yesterday off, which was fun. Helped move furniture around and got to have lunch with a friend. Been a really long time since I got to do anything like that, so it was nice. I should really do it more often. With the pandemic stuff settling down here, I feel like I can go out a bit. Still nervous, but I need to get my social life back in place since I’m a mental wreck these days.
Health! That’s something I tried to focus on. Sadly, the diet didn’t change much, but I’m trying to create a healthy snack stash in the room. Dried fruit and nuts mostly. Really enjoying dried cherries, but they’re hard to find. Dried pineapple is even more difficult to locate. I’m going to up my water intake, but trying to drink 3 liters of seltzer a day. I wish I could afford a soda water machine to decrease the amount of bottles I’m using, but maybe some day. Also, the cartridges for those are expensive.
Trying to get back into biking at a more consistent rate. Long ago, I used to do 30 minutes a day. That was when I was able to lose weight. I don’t have that amount of time any more, so I’m trying to decide between 30 minutes/3-4 times a week or 15-20 minutes every day. Both are difficult to carve out time for since the mornings are a rush to get to work and the evenings are filled with exhaustion. My son comes back earlier, so I can’t get it in before he gets home like pre-pandemic. School meetings and errands tended to make this activity inconsistent too. This is why I’m leaning towards doing 15-20 minutes a day after my son goes to bed. Cuts deep into my writing and resting time, but I need to do something.
Television has been only one show, which was a slog. ‘Hunter x Hunter’ is an anime based on a manga that is known for lengthy hiatuses. I really enjoyed both and finally got access to the whole anime. I was curious because the story arc I could finally watch was as long as the first 3 combined. Well . . . I want to love it, but it dragged at so many points that I lost interest. There were emotional highs, especially near the end, but I felt empty because I was just watching to get it over with at this point. Forums talked about the deeper meanings, but I felt this was a class on how NOT to do ‘show, don’t tell’. I don’t need to be told that two doors are opening or a character is crouching when I see it. Not to mention, a slew of new characters were introduced and I couldn’t connect to most of them. One-armed guy with self-esteem issues? I forgot he was around until he had a big fight, lost, and then I forgot about him again. Guy with glasses? He’s . . . around? The villains didn’t make any biological sense either and this is now a rant. Getting through this anime took a lot of time, so I’m not going to do a second watch to see if I do better. Guess it’s a good thing I let the ex-wife take the manga too.
Now, to finish watching the new episodes of ‘Lucifer’. Musical episode with Deborah Gibson with definitely something.
Goals of the week:
- Fun with son for the 3-day weekend.
- Prepare July posts when I can
- Puzzle time
- I swear, I’ll bike every day
- Try to do the Baby Yoda Lego set if I can get my son to agree.
- Watch ‘Lucifer’ and ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’