Technically, I still have 2 days left of Spring Break, but I’m mostly going to be writing and trying to rest up for the week. It’s going to be a weird period of time going fast and slow at the same time until summer. Might be easier to wrap my head around since I’m aiming to work this summer. Then again, this is also my son’s last year of middle school. He’ll be an official high schooler in September. Time really is flying by.
This break wasn’t as relaxing as I’d hoped. How could it be? The first four days involved Passover, a friend’s son’s birthday, my birthday, Easter, The Dungeons & Dragons movie, and The Super Mario Movie. As much as I had hoped to get a little writing or July blog prep time in, that wasn’t in the cards. My son and I stayed up late most nights watching cartoons too. I was barely able to do my biking. Before I knew it, my son had to go to his mom’s and I was left with Darwin & the Demon Game.
Well, that isn’t exactly true. One thing I didn’t expect is that a bunch of appointments turned up. Most of them were for my son, but I don’t skip those for anything less than a medical emergency. Writing can wait when parenting calls. Of course, this meant a bunch of ex-wife encounters and my writing time going from 3 sections a day to 2. I’m noticing that it’s typically going that way. Not regretting it though because it means I get to see my son a little each day.
So, how far did I get with Darwin & the Demon Game? Counting today and tomorrow, I will have finished chapters 11-14. That leaves 3 chapters to go, which I can finish in 4 days if I pull off 3 sections a day. 6 if it’s the usual 2. Maybe I’ll avoid pushing this so hard because I need to get the July blog posts ready. Tuesdays and Thursdays are set, but the rest have to be carefully crafted to help promote Do I Need to Use a Dragon? and the 99 cents sale. Darwin taking until the end of May wouldn’t be a bad thing if I can get that other issue off my plate. Probably won’t tackle Darwin & the Beast Collector until June when I can write a bit on weekdays.
Going back to the biking part, I am proud of doing better with that. I hope I can keep it up, but I see some rough patches coming in May. There are a lot of birthdays and events that take away my weekends, which are the best times for me to bike. Doing a 20/20/30 minute split throughout the week is good though. The first two are feasible on weekdays even when I work. The third is a weekend push to the end when I have more time. My legs are still aching a lot from this, but it isn’t severe pain. I’m staying within 15-18 mph level, which means this counts as heavy exercise. Is it helping me lose weight? Doesn’t seem to be doing that, but my diet hasn’t changed as much as it should. It doesn’t help that all of the diet suggestions I’m hit with cause me to stress out when food shopping, see something wrong with everything I consider buying, and cause me to go home with nothing for lunch. Seriously, it’s either too much sodium, too much fat, too much sugar, not enough protein, too much protein, has carbs, does not have carbs, has fruit, does not have fruit, and the list goes on. Stresses me out to the point where I stress eat, which defeats the purpose of it all.
Not much else to talk about with this week. Saw some great movies with my son. I didn’t do a lot of TV. My friend convinced me to binge a British mockumentary series on Netflix called ‘Cunk on Earth’. It was amusing, but I think I’d have liked it better if I didn’t binge it because I became numb to the dry humor. I went on to an anime called ‘Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works’. I’ve seen other series in this franchise. I’m noticing how the stories seem to be pretty similar. Not that this is boring since the characters and subplots differ, but the overall story seems to be hitting the same notes. I don’t know what I’m going to jump to next, but I’ll probably need a new series by next weekend.
Speaking of next weekend, the public library here is doing an anime/comics/video game convention. It’s a yearly thing and I’ve got my son for it, which means his Soul King Brook costume is going to be unleashed. Maybe he’ll even enter the cosplay contest that they have on Sundays. I’ll have to see how he handles the costume because the wig still makes him itchy if he has it on for too long. Should be a nice bit of fun after our first week back from break too. Although, he gets Eid off on Friday and I don’t. Kids really have it made some times.
This is who he’ll be dressed as:
Goals of the week?
- Get my son and myself back into work/school mode.
- Write some Darwin & the Demon Game if possible.
- Prepare July blog posts.
- Work on puzzles.
- Read more Naruto.
- Finally decide on what to spend my birthday money on.
- Sleep when possible.
- Try to be more interesting for next Saturday.
My own goal this weekend is recovery from my adventures. I don’t think I’ll even open one of my manuscripts. Time to unwind before the coming work week.
I’m tempted to make tomorrow a lazy day for recovery. Though, I know I’ll feel guilty about not taking advantage of the last writing day I’ll have until the end of April.
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I feel guilty, too. My mind and body are trying to tell me something. Might even find Close Encounters and watch it again after Devil’s Tower.
Haven’t seen that movie since I was a kid. Good choice.
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Even when you are supposed to be resting up, you are overloaded with activities! Did you see Jack Black’s turn in the Mandalorian?
I don’t have Disney+, so I didn’t see it. As for being overloaded with activities, that’s to be expected. Holidays always have that effect.
You and your son would really like it!
Glad you’re doing better with the biking. There are so many rules about what’s healthy and what’s not that no matter what you pick out when you buy groceries someone’s going to say it’s the wrong thing, so just try and figure out what works for you, and do your best not to let it stress you out… You have enough stress without that being another form of stress. Anyway, good luck with the coming week.
The problem with figuring out what works for me is that it’s usually the cheapest stuff that tastes good. This tends to be the unhealthy things, which causes all of the criticism.
You’ll never be able to please people, no matter what you do.
Yes, the first week back from spring break has been interesting. Kids were very clingy. One of our teachers was out sick most of the week, and some of her kids kept turning up in the Resource Room because they couldn’t deal with a different sub every day.
I’m not sure what we’re going to see. Teachers being out will probably occur, but our students can’t leave the class in that situation.
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Sounds like you had a good spring break. Good luck on your return to work.
Thanks. It was definitely a busy 11 days.
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Somehow my best plans for school break never pan out. Never enough time, right?
Nope. There were signs things would go wrong too.