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By ana (Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 02:33:41 PM EST) (all tags)
And other things that help me stay sane. Kinda sorta mostly.

There is much in this new life of mine that I would just rather not see. So having something engaging but mindless, that will occupy my attention for a few minutes at a time, has been a pretty wonderful thing. In my case, it's two or three games on my iPod Touch. One is a solitaire game from Mobility Ware; one is minesweeper gold, from gismolabs, and the third is a sudoku game from mighty mighty good games (with a cute dinosaur logo).

Burying my nose while something passes me by. It's the wave of the future, baybee. I think the 5-minute playing time is just about right. It's longer than the 3-minute short-term memory sunset, so there's a chance that the world will seem different when the game's over. With practice, the games you can win (or lose) can be beat in a few iterations, so the OCD "must play til I win" thing is not that big an influence.

I tried a few others; got stuck doing Angry Birds, and building bridges in Bridge O[...], though that fascinated me for a while. Syd Sim goes on a bit too long, and ends with you losing; in that respect it's like Tetris.

Watching baseball in the evenings with a cat and a computer in my lap has been a nice soothing way of doing nothing.

We talked to a lawyer yesterday about paperwork. That's the business side of things. I'm putting off calling the financial advisor about dividing up the investment account. Later.

Work goes on. The external review committee is meeting Monday, and my group leader has what he needs to put together his talk. I'll need to be there for that, to answer any questions that come up, but that's essentially done. The pace can return to normal on that project.

And then one guy who's here for that meeting will meet with some of us the following day, about the revision to the book-sized object that's included by reference in the annual call for proposals. He actually reads it anew every year, and sometimes comes up with issues from years ago, leading to fire drills along the lines of who made that figure anyway? Is it a measurement or a model? Why is this trend so noisy? So that's not going to be a lot of fun.

A bit over a year ago we had a new boiler put in. Fire codes have changed, so the new one couldn't sit where the old one was, under the basement stairs. Somehow the fire inspection got overlooked, so this year I got the fire captain to come over and look at it, and he wants some of the legacy electricals that are over there moved over here where the boiler is now (three feet away, roughly). Fine. We can do that. The electrician hired by the plumber to do the job in the first place is coming back on Tuesday morning to fix all that, and look at the few other eerie or otherwise questionable things electrical around the house. Dunno how long that'll take, so I arranged it for the day after the above committee meeting, not realizing the meeting on the book thing. It'll all happen somehow.

Also that day is the annual checkup for the cats. I got an evening appointment for mine; toxicfur's is a bit earlier. I'm thinking he's not going to be happy about being crated and hauled to the vet.

We harvested stuff out of the garden last night, on a threat of frost, and split the proceeds. So I had steamed cauliflower and green beans with my leftover brat. Tasty. I have four orange tomatoes on my kitchen windowsill, slowly deepening their color, I hope. And I have some basil and lemongrass, for making pesto (to freeze for later) and stir-fry with.

Life goes on. I'm kind of stiff and sore most of the time, because I sit at my desk curled up like a gnome. I sit up and stretch when I remember, and take a walk around the place several times a day.

Life goes on. And on and on.

toxicfur was encouraging me to write and/or record an "it gets better" essay. Just now, I'm not convinced. Not convinced I have anything much to say to high-school aged kids like me. Maybe it gets better, for a while. Maybe it doesn't. I dunno.

I guess the message might be don't count on somebody else for your joy. Find a way to make it yourself.

I'm in a place where I can't imagine forming another relationship. Never say never, but it's beyond the horizon of my imagination.

And that, as they say, is that.
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I hope it gets better for you by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 02:36:09 PM EST
Have you tried words with friends? I think it's a great distraction for a few minutes at a time. I'm mmangino if you want to play.

yeah those PSAs by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 06:46:22 PM EST
Are okay and all but sometimes it doesn't get better.

angry birds is crack by clock (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 07:36:39 PM EST
they added new levels...fuckers!  i just got three stars on all of the old levels!  fuckers!

hang in there.  write.  play that guitar.  and Plants vs. Zombies is fun too.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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