Goal Post: Where Did the Warmth Go?

It’s cold today.

Yes, I know it’s now autumn, but I was still comfortably wearing shorts on Thursday.  If you wonder about yesterday, I was uncomfortably wearing shorts.  Today, I’m going to have to see how many of my jeans fit.  Not a fan of this abrupt change.  We had the mid-70’s and it’s the 40’s.  Can’t be natural or normal or acceptable.  Might be why I got 7.5 hours of sleep and feel like crap too.

It was a busy week with school and parenting.  My son had enough homework to make afternoons rather rough.  Mostly reading with annotating, which slows him down to a crawl.  He’s already a slow reader, but adding note-taking means it takes longer and he focuses on vocabulary.  Not sure how much is sticking, so we’re going to have to work on things.  We also had his ‘Meet the Teacher’ night on Thursday, which is when we follow his schedule and find out about his classes.  It was . . . Well, I know what’s going on and that’s the important part.  For one reason, it was a little stressful.  Anyone who knows my life situation can figure out why I was a little stressed.

Work was busy because it was the start of going into the community for work sites.  Life skills classes set up contracts and sites will local companies/stores for the kids to practice in real world settings.  It’s stuff like cleaning, restocking, and fixing up displays for like an hour.  Had to get back into the groove for this because I hadn’t gone out to these sites since before the pandemic.  Thankfully, the kids are great and things went smoothly.  This resulted in a good kind of tired.

There was a downside because I was standing and walking around a lot.  Not fun when you have an injured hip.  Not sure what I did to it last weekend, but it hurts.  Mostly when I finally get home, so I can function during the day.  Just not a fun evening until I pop an ibuprofen or get my hands on the heating pad.  It’s definitely slowed me down a bit, but I finished most of what I needed to.

Okay . . . Let’s get to the writing part of my life.

My goal was to write 8 chapter sections before this coming Monday.  I already got 3 done using Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night.  So, you would think I could get the rest done this weekend.  Probably not, so I’m looking at 5 instead of 8.  Could I push myself today when I’m cold, sore, and have my niece here for her birthday?  Probably, but it might be better to finish the last 2 sections of this chapter tomorrow.  Maybe I can get a 6th and 7th done.  The truth is that these two sections set up the final battle chapter and then the wrap up chapter.  I’m thinking I might want to save those for a weekend where I have nothing else going on.  That or use my non-parenting evenings and times when my son is playing with friends.

So, what will I do today?  I’ve got one more piece to build for my son’s Halloween costume, so I might take an hour to do that.  It involves iron on patches, which means moving the ironing stuff out of the basement.  Don’t want to spend an hour in the cold basement with no entertainment while doing this tedious part.  I can do some November blog posts too, which I should really hunker down on before I have to rush.  So, I won’t be bored or unproductive.  Just shifting to a few other projects given the situation.

Lets see . . . Drama was the rest of the week, but I’m never able to go into that.  Some arenas are getting messy and stressing me out.  I feel trapped there because I can’t put an end to the situations.  So, I’m stuck playing damage control whenever things flare up.  It creates a sense of helplessness and frustration.

Well, we have a 4-day weekend thanks to Rosh Hashanah, so I’m going to enjoy it.  Today goes to niece birthday, blogging, and Halloween costume.  Tomorrow will be writing and we’ll see how that goes.  Then, I have my son for Monday and Tuesday, which means video games, movies, and reading time.  Need to get him to read more often, so we’re going to have father/son reading periods.  He has a test to study for too, but we’ll get a good amount of fun in.  He has to get something done with his braces too, so that means a chocolate shake and probably a movie afterwards.

What did I watch on TV this week?  I was dozing off so quickly that it took me a while to get through things.  Week felt like a month too.  I did finish ‘Bastard!- Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy’, which is an anime inspired by heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons.  It was fun, but the last few episodes lost a step.  Kept ‘killing’ the bad guy and then he’d be back for them to try something else.  Fun battles to watch, but it got repetitive.  I started ‘Harley Quinn’ season 3 on HBO Max too.  Fun and goofy like the previous seasons, but a little more serious at times.  I like it, but this season has different feel of it.  I’ll probably finish it today and move on to another anime called ‘Spy x Family’.  Keep seeing cosplay and clips of that one.  All I know is that a male spy and a female assassin have to pretend to be a married couple to watch and protect this little girl.  Even that might be wrong.

Goals of the week:

  1. Try out my jeans and get new ones if need be.
  2. 3 day work week!
  3. Help my son study.
  4. Write at least 2 chapter sections of Darwin & the Avenging Elf.
  5. Get through my November blog posts.
  6. Try to take a breath at some point.
  7. Finish my son’s Halloween costume.
  8. Have apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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9 Responses to Goal Post: Where Did the Warmth Go?

  1. Welcome back to jeans. It’s cooled down here, but we’re thanking God for that.


  2. noelleg44 says:

    I am so happy with the cooler temps, but unfortunately, it means the pool is going to be closed. I swim every day! I think the last thing on your list sounds like the most fun!


  3. Your weather is amazing. I hope your days off get you the rest you need.


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    Our weather did that. Dropped like 30 degrees or more suddenly, I mean. Since then it’s been jumping around between cool and cold, with enough of a fluctuation that my asthma is struggling to adjust to it (takes me a couple of days to adjust to the weather change, and when it’s not settling on one temperature range it means my body doesn’t know what to adjust to). It’s not fun. I love the cooler temperatures, and am glad they’re here, but wish they’d decide between cool and actually cold so I could stop needing to explain to people that no, I don’t have a cold, and no, I’m not out of breath from running to the phone, it’s just my asthma.


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