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Journal: Today did not improve my life

I tried to use the "puzzle" shut-off for my alarm today. It didn't work - mainly, because I can do simple puzzles while half asleep, and once you do the puzzle, it's done and the alarm is off. Whereas before, even asleep, I'd be smart enough to hit "snooze" not "dismiss" and so be reminded that I'm supposed to wake up at some point about 15 minutes later. Instead of just going back to sleep for another hour and a half. (At least when I hit snooze for an hour and a half, I KNEW I was hitting snooze for an hour and a half.)

Anyway, I'm already off topic.

I spent today in meetings, and when not in meetings, researching software solutions for my company (this was the morning job). The afternoon job, I just did. Then, after work, I continued to sit at the computer and research software solutions for my hobby (video-editing software, for when I want to re-edit shows to my liking.)

The funnest part of that was that I spoke with one of the SPN VFX coordinators for a bit about video-editing (we're friends on FB, though we've only met once or twice IRL).... anyway, he uses adobe premiere - which I might have a lead for a free version of (from someone else), so that's cool. I think that's going to be my choice, because the other top runner was Lightworks, but their free version doesn't look as intuitive. I'm trying to remind myself that I don't like PowerDirector, because a very human part of me is hating the idea of change and just wants to stick with it... but honestly, I think it's probably better if I go with something else.

This was supposed to be short... I keep blathering. I apologize.

Anyway, my point is that I've been sat at this computer all day and my eyeballs are fried. I've been trying to get more exercise and I was doing well last week, but today was an absolute failure. Usually, during the workday, I take five minute breaks and do a bit of the ol' exercise bike... but I didn't even do that today.

On top of that, I realized that my grand goal of writing a bit of fic this week and spending another 2 hours getting S11 clothes up on If Clothes Could Talk isn't going to pan out, because I'm going to the movies tomorrow night and I've got an ASL class on Wednesday, and then on Thursday it's SPN... so, I'm not going to have time to do anything until Friday. And by then I'll probably just want to stare off into space. :P

This is why my fic isn't getting written, people.

I'm also not getting enough sleep at night. The past two weeks, I've only averaged 6.5-6.75 hours/night. Which is NOT enough to keep me healthy and happy.

Part of the problem is my incessant need to stay up past midnight. I really have to get over that. 

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. And it includes several mandatory walks - the first of which is in the morning, because I have to go vote. We're having a provincial election and everyone (I know) is really hoping that we can oust the Liberals (liberals=conservatives.... I know, it's confusing.) Anyway, we'll see. The problem is that the left is split between the NDP and the Greens (the Greens aren't even really left, but people think they are.)

Then I'm going to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, followed by a French documentary about love and disenfranchisement called Towards Tenderness (Vers la tendresse). So, that'll be quite the pairing!

So, there was my day. Now it's 11:20, so I'm going to brush my teeth, change computers, and then stare at another screen for an hour or two while I read fanfic.  

I might f-lock these journal posts in the future, but make sure that I friend people who want to see them, so they can keep seeing them. We'll see.

This entry was originally posted at http://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/538811.html.



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May. 9th, 2017 06:33 am (UTC)
You're learning ASL? That's so cool! Though you do realise you have immediately made yourself my go-to person for ASL question now, right? :P

Also, as someone who hates gyms and other... structured excercise things, trying to fit it in is a nightmare. I take the slightly more awkward route to work because it involves a 10min walk at the beginning, and that's about as much as I can fit in. I mean, I'm also super lazy so.
May. 10th, 2017 06:19 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't learnt it YET, so wait a bit. My first class is tomorrow. :)

I mostly rely on walking to stay fit, which is why if I don't have anywhere to go on a given day, I tend to just... not get any exercise. My main problem is time. I know there are some people who can wake up at 6am, have a solid breakfast, and then go to the gym for an hour before work, but I am not one of those people. :P
May. 10th, 2017 09:51 am (UTC)
Ohhh okay. Well then... a warning for the future. :P

SAME. Plus, London is boring for walking. The pavements are so hard. I like countryside walking (to the surprise of no one at all). Gyms are nothing I want to do ever, let along before breakfast, so I'm with you there. :P
May. 11th, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
Well, I do have a friend who is HoH and can probably answer questions that I can't... but it'll be longer to get them to you, because I only see her once per week at ASL class. (she's with the organization that gives the class.)

My problem with walking is that I need somewhere to go. I get really bored if I'm just walking for the sake of walking.

Anyway, this evenings class went well. It's 101, so we learned the alphabet, how to introduce ourselves, and how to count from 1-15. Also how to say "again" and "slow" - fun times!
May. 12th, 2017 09:39 am (UTC)
Haha I feel that might be a little too long winded. But I'll keep that in mind if anything does in fact come up.

On the one hand, I get what you mean. On the other, I do quite enjoy rambling. Though in the country, not in cities. City walking is only fun is there's a destination/route in mind. Or at least, to me.

I can say (in BSL obvs) "thank you", "you're welcome", "planetarium", "museum" and "lift". And I think "where?" as well. We had some halfhearted lessons with the museum I worked with. I think some of those are mixed up. "Planetarium" is a great sign though, so that one I know for sure I know. :P
May. 12th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm also fine with just going for a walk in the country... like, the destination is "the forest" or "let's walk down to the lake and back" and that's fine. But in the city, I need a task to do and a reason for walking.

Well, that's currently more than I know in ASL! :)
May. 15th, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm sure you'll overtake me very quickly. :P
May. 9th, 2017 07:04 am (UTC)
I use Adobe Premier too. It's better than the free KineMaster on my cellphone is all I can say LOL Well, at least you got a lot done elsewhere if not on the fic. Don't worry. Something inside will gradually get antsy for a bit of fic writing hopefully :) Yay for watching Guardians! It will be out at the end of the week here. Looking forward to that! Hope you get some sleep!
May. 10th, 2017 06:21 am (UTC)
I'm already antsy to write, it's finding the time to do so that's the problem! Tomorrow is novel writing day though, where I have a bit of time in the afternoon to get stuff done - so, I'll at least get some novel writing in... and then hopefully on Friday evening there will be time for some fic. :)

Guardians was good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
May. 9th, 2017 08:42 am (UTC)
That is quite the movie combination...
May. 10th, 2017 06:22 am (UTC)
Remarkably, they both had similar themes!
May. 15th, 2017 05:22 am (UTC)
I understand the eyeball frying thing. I stare at a computer all day as well, and then come home and stare at one for a couple more hours. Some days I don't because, I am just tired of the computer thing, you know.

Sorry you are having problems sleeping. I go through periods like that. It's frustrating and tiring. I also need at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Habitually I usually don't turn the light out till about 11:30p, which is not good. But, it's such a natural habit, it's hard to turn them out any sooner. I have to either be extremely tired, or more disciplined to do it. So, I get having to get over staying up till midnight. Let's hope we can both do it.
May. 15th, 2017 06:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I spent a lot of time on the computer this weekend too, because I wanted to get the S11 clothing all posted and done with. Blah... thankfully a friend had a party today, so I spent at least part of the day looking at people rather than a screen.

Discipline is hard - especially self-discipline... I just suck at it. I'm supposed to do yoga Sunday mornings, but this morning I work up to my alarm and just decided that getting more sleep would be better for me... so I did that instead. I may have been right, I may have just not wanted to get up and force myself to go to yoga. It's hard to say.
May. 15th, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yea, self-discipline is a hard one. I've been trying to get myself into a regular exercise routine and it will take a lot of self-discipline to start it and keep it up. So far, I have been sorely lacking. I hope that both of us can get better at it.
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