marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
Over the past couple of weeks I have spent quite a lot of time gardening one way and another. Whether helping out a friend, digging out a tree stump (two more to go) and filling my now enlarged green bin with weeds and rubbish from my own garden, harvesting some of the the still-present potato population or yesterday an intensive working bee at the Hall I have laid to rest the concerns about an apparent drop in stamina which sent me to the Dr before Xmas.

spade, hole and tree stump
I dug a thing!

I have also acquired a substantial number of blisters, scrapes and scratches on my hands and forearms, and some sunburn. There has also been the luxury of being able to collapse after each period of activity. In fact once the New Year Blues lifted my activity pattern has pretty much been bursts of energy and motivation followed by equal periods of lethargy and exhaustion. There has been a lot of napping.

A few other things I have accomplished:
- baking bread (gluten-free, from a sourdough "bug" gifted by a friend)
- standing desk (previously posted)
- hosting my now-annual bring-a-thing for charity boardgaming day. Attendance was (disappointingly #ifIamhonest) lower this year than previously but I think that was mostly a co-incidence of timing. Normally it would have been a week or so later.
- several enjoyable outings with small groups of friends, myself specifically invited rather than the broadly invited parties and such which make up most of my socialising
- A variety of cleaning tasks around the house, but these have taken a back seat to the gardening.

For all the bursts of energy I still have a list of things I would like to get accomplished this holiday that have not been reached. I have not completed the prep for the next arc of the game I am running on Sundays; indeed I have managed barely any. (A small relief that tonights game was cancelled after two players could not make it, giving me another week and time today to among other things have a nap and write this post. Which will make 12 tasks crossed off todays todo list alone.) There are still gardening and annual cleaning tasks to be done (some of which are years overdue all ready ...). There are still several books I had planned to take time to read. More blog posts to be written.

Tomorrow I am cutting my holiday short by a week and returning to work early to deal with matters arising for one of my current major projects and another regular project which I have been on-called to deal with this past week. Given the state of things when work closed for the Xmas break I was half-expecting this to be the case so I am not mentally unprepared. I don't expect to be doing my full-time hours, just what is needed for these projects so I will still have "spare" time to schedule getting things done in, but it will be back to scheduling rather than the free-flow approach which has seen me be (what feels) so productive over the last few weeks.

I hope to be able to springboard off this time into a routine which sticks with me for the year, if I can keep myself from wanting and attempting to do all-the-things at once. Especially as the days get shorter again. I know my level of success at this has been mixed in all previous years and am not entirely confident.
marsden_online: (Default)
ie clear some of the backlog of chores but try not to overdo it

- mow my lawns [and most of a green bin of weeding and harvested a few potatoes]
- mow [ profile] rtmiss's lawns [and a little grocery shopping while I was out]

[Herein occurred an extended nap/lie down]

- clean bathroom [not to the level I would have liked, but aforementioned nap ate too much time]
- clean toilet

[Did not get to :( ]
- family reunion weekend photos
marsden_online: (Default)
So Monday was quite a productive day. Yesterday had some overdue gardening scheduled - but when it came to it I found myself completely unable to get started. In what amounted to killing two birds with one stone I ended up putting a call out on FB and recruiting someone to do it for me in exchange for folding currency. As a plus I did find the spoons to tidy the woodshed (breaking down some pallets into firewood, restacking some stuff and sweeping up the rubbish for firelighting) and do a planned pruning (althouygh it wound up being merely a light trim) of my FB friends list.

Today I find myself in a similar funk, but todays jobs are all fairly small and more amenable to making a list and crossing them off ....

Clean bathroom etc
Refresh cat litter trays
Pick up cabbage tree leaves
Mow lawns
Fill green bin
marsden_online: (Ghostfighter)
A friend on FB summed up some of my feelingags about this time of year quite neatly.
Them: It's just the following weeks on deadness (when everyone is supposed to be going somewhere except you) is making it so hard and anxiety-inducing.

Oh Hai, this is what I dread about the Xmas/NY break as well. Nice as it is to have the time off work my time veers between
- the usual events with all-the-people (exhausting) and
- sitting at home doggedly working through a list of tasks I "want" to do as a distraction from the negative feelings from no-one else seems to be inviting me out do to stuff or interested in my suggestions of doing stuff

As today is the first "working" day of my holiday some of the things I have set to do today include:
Level up Markos
Two galleries of photos from the weekend
Have another bash at Smugmug's "new" (introduced a year ago) interface and see if I can make it work for me rather than against me; eventually they are bound to turn off the old one.
See if I can get the guest editor functionality for a gallery working for someone else to upload photos
Wash the dishes
Grocery shopping

Then I'll see what part of the day I am up to.

Dear diary

Dec. 8th, 2014 10:17 pm
marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
Recording quite a surprisingly pleasant weekend. Somehow I found myself under pretty much no pressure to be anywhere or do anything which led to a lot of napping and a surprising amount of productivity in between
- picking up an Xmas present for the elder niblings
- some significant reading
- going to a party and dancing early and hard (which in retrospect may have been a bit of a mistake as it contributed to my fading off home early)
- some significant hedge pruning
- Some minor stuff at the Hall on Sunday - not what I had sort of planned due to the weather completely sapping my enthusiasm for the outdoors but cleaned up some glass indoors and emptied the water containers while photographer etc did their thing.
- catching up on writing game logs (several hours of writing there)

The reading and the writing in particular were aided immensely by finally managing to come up with a comfortable arrangement for sitting up in bed with either book or laptop. (This may in future also result in more media watching). Time spent out of the "office" and away from the preponderance of possible "to dos" on the main computer is good for me.

Today was also quite unusual - a Hall alarm at 5:15am (unusual time, unusual day), pretty much just on dawn meant by the time I got home again there was little point in going back to bed even though I had only managed 4-5 hours broken, dream-filled sleep (probably due to all of the aforementioned napping). This led to
- doing a load of laundry
- six fairly productive hours at work
- washing the dishes
- vacuuming

At this point I had to take a nap because while I could have pushed myself to do the next thing on the list it would not have been done well and it would not have been good for me I woke up with enough energy and more importantly determination to pick up momentum again.

- mopped the floors -> bringing me up-to-date on the household chores
- cooked a good dinner which will double for tomorrow night
- caught up the accounts (and discovered my recent foray into Bonus Bonds is starting to pay out - must make a separate spreadsheet to track ROI on that)
- dug up some information about our power usage and emailed it off to one of the companies I am talking to about Solar (and probably the one I am going to go with).
- made a dear diary post :)

I'd like to think I'll be able to get a good nights sleep and an early start for an equally good day tomorrow but as I remember all too well from the start of last week, that's actually probably going to prove pretty arbitrary and random.
marsden_online: (Sisters)
I can say yesterday was a good day. On about 6 hours sleep (I sleep wayyy to much anyway) I somehow was out of bed and stayed out of bed at a fairly early hour over my body & brain's protestations. I had planned to spend the morning writing but instead somehow pruned a chunk of hedge, mowed the lawns, and completed several smaller chores before a midday lunch and over to the hall for a half-hour vigorous grubbing of thistles and some pruning before first roleplayers and then a photographer and crew turned up.

Some explanation: I had (reluctantly) arranged to be at the Hall for the photographer, and the DM for our Wednesday game had a week off and was keen to run an extra session. Since the weather was theoretically going to be fine and I wasn't keen on twiddling my thumbs around the hall for 3 ½ hours I saw the opportunity to cross "game at the hall" off the bucket list.

The weather was not as warm as it could have been on the day before summer (pity the models) but we still managed to have a good time I think.

I got home a bit later than I would have liked, had a nice burger for dinner and still had just enough left in me to process the weekend party photos. Crashed into bed before 9pm looking forward to waking up early and having an equally productive day today.

Slept solidly, woke up around 7 ... with completely no ability to get out of bed. A long list of things which need doing (see below); several of which I want to get done; but absolutely no capacity to act on those desires on my own accord. Eventually my bladder forced me out of bed a little after 10am.

That's 3 hours in which I could have completed any of
- update my AU spellsheet to output Markos' new 3rd level spells and Zediz'r's new 4th level spells
- write up the next "On the Road" (as I continue to fall behind)
- persuade the flatmate to excavate ~ the last two weeks of dishes from his room so they could be washed, and washed them

Those 3 things all sort of needed to be done today (because Tuesdays are invariably completely taken by work and gaming and the backlog will just get worse come Wednesday evening's session). I will still have time and spoons to complete /one/, probably the least necessary, after I have eaten tonight.

Alternatively I could have caught up of the hall stuff I am failing to find the motivation to push (eg overdue working bee) or managed a "full" day at work and been home to complete one or more of these things in the evening. I haven;t even been very good at getting out of bed for work the past couple of months - I haven't lost *all* the progress I thought I had made but my performance has not been stellar.

It's not even that I don't want to go to work either because I do, it's just that
despite all the reasons I lie there listing to myself about why I should be getting out of bed
none of them "do it" for me.

And yet Sunday, when I could have stayed in bed for more hours and it wouldn't have mattered, My system was suddenly "Bam. lets get stuff done". And I /know/ that when I get up early I have good days and get stuff done. I have a lot of stuff I /want/ to get done even though I'm wondering about the point of some of it.

It's like I've forgotten how to can.
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
That life has eased up enough that my system is trying to let out and work through the bottled up stuff. But it still hurts and it feels like a) there will be no end and b) were I to give in to the urge to just open up and let it all flood out I would be literally torn open.

So this led to me spending the last 3-4 hours stuck in bed being dragged around the dark playground by the instant gratification monkey thinking about the things I want and need to get done over the next couple of days and weeks instead of actually getting up and getting started. I could have completed several in that time.

So that I can start crossing things off: my to do list for the next little while

Today (preferably) or tomorrow

Clean bathroom (the room - ceiling, walls, bath)
Photo gallery from last nights party
Initiate contact with solar installers 2 & 3 about getting quotes (ended up being 4 or 5)
Start coding self-contained webpage (ie all calculation powered by javascript) for generating quick-start character sheets for a D&D 3.5 game
Complete writing up Dragon Country scenario
Finish reading EPH

Tomorrow (preferably) or Monday

Spend a few hours at the Hall spraying weeds and putting window covers back up
Photo gallery from tonights party
Write up the last two sessions of the (now) Wednesday game (On The Road)
Grocery shopping
Continue coding

Next weekend (so far)

Photos from next Fridays party (here)
Complete coding (leaving a week to generate materials before Minicon III: 48 hours of Charity)
Review and rewrite Kobold Keep mini-campaign
Spend a few hours at the Hall spraying weeds and putting window covers back up
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
I took a couple of extra days this weekend to travel to Dunedin (Friday - Sunday) and recuperate/get the chores done (today).

The drive was a bit nerve-wracking in both directions - although I ought *not* have been tired I found myself at risk of nodding off / zoning out behind the wheel more times than I would have liked. And on the return trip the weather came in wet and *dark* between Ashburton and Chch which didn't help.

Dunedin itself was mostly good, turning on a beautiful day on Saturday much of which I spent traipsing around town / catching up with first [ profile] salahdra and then S. My legs did not thanks me for this on Saturday evening/Sunday.

Friday evening I dropped in on [ profile] avaiaal at work but it was quite busy so there wasn't time for more than a hug :( It was the first weekend back for the Uni - there were drunk students everywhere. I had just driven past one party which appeared to be being broken up by police.

Sunday I had lunch with [ profile] micheinnz before heading back north.

In between times I mostly spent at my excuse for the trip, the OURS minicon, either playing board games or, as my busy social calendar meant I kept getting there after people were all organised into games, watching/listening to people play games (somewhat bored). I should have taken my Russian homework and some other reading material to the con with me but I kept leaving that behind in my motel room :-/ Fortunately for me (and only me) the Saturday night LARP didn't reach critical mass.

Games I played over the weekend included Blood Bonds[?] which was OK but not something I'd like to play a lot, DC Heroes (mostly the new set), Biblios, Seven Wonders (with and without expansions) and briefly filling in in a game of Fiasco for a player who had to leave, during which I managed to get the character body-swapped with a very angry sentient tavern (instead of the enchanted crow the other characters thought I had been put in - there was a lot of it going around) effectively removing the character from the game by the time I also had to leave.

The weekend proper was completed by an invitation to dinner (which I was lacking the energy to produce myself) by [ profile] littlel who had over-catered for her evening with a very tasty spiced pork dish.

All very good, but not at all rejuvenating. I feel like I need a long weekend to get over my long weekend - and the week that went before it.

The hall also had several alarms and a few other things which I wound up co-ordinating by phone :(

#Prius round trip (filled tank to passing petrol station again) 735km 4.7L / 100km and that with the a/c on quite a bit.

Today I slept in longer than planned, and also took a longer-than planed nap in the afternoon evening, but I did also get a number of things achieved which I'm going to list here because hopefully in one place they will look more impressive than the things I planned to achieve but didn't :)

- made a number of information-seeking phone calls / sent emails
- caught up the accounts
- bought the reading list/inbox back under control
- logged on to work and dealt with some urgent stuff
- did laundry
- chopped firewood (acquired minor injury but all fingers accounted for)
- filled the green bin
- prepped for tomorrow nights game
- did Russian homework (some of the actual exercises not just the reviewing I have been doing).
- wrote journal post
- about to go an research something writing post has reminded me of.
marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
... and I spend the first couple of hours lying in bed with my brain developing and cataloguing solutions to various coding challenges awaiting me at work. On the plus(er) side I strongly suspected that the sore throat and cough I have been holding at bay most of the week would have taken this opportunity to settle in properly but instead it seems to have receded.

Still this week has been much better than last, as is usually the case after I have vented a whole lot of angst into my journal. I have been calmer at work and usefully also spent the latter part of the week working on a project my brain was also ready for. (I may have not-asked if there were any external projects needing my attention before starting on this bit of an internal project ... ). Knowing ahead of time that my D&D game wasn't running on Tuesday was also a relief and freed up valuable brain cycles not having to worry about prep. And thanks to [ profile] jomas_45 for being a friend on Monday :)

The rest of today, to avoid spamming my FB wall with interesting links as I catch up with reading (and photo galleries), shall include at least some of the following:
Laundry (already washing load #1)
Perhaps some ironing
Gardening (green bin)
Offline-reading* and game prep
Finish setting up the "new" media computer**

* I haven't mentioned it here due to the convenience of FB but probably should - over the past few weeks a friend has been disposing of his dead-tree RPG collection and much of it has come the way of my library, including

- many Pathfinder Adventure Path Modules and supporting material

- An interesting looking (as in "I might run this") D&D3 module
- A D&D3 3rd party Bestiary (Monster Manual)
- D&D3 Expedition to Castle Ravenloft module (hardback mint condition still has the new book smell)

- AD&D2 2E DMs Campaign Guide and Catacomb sourcebook
- AD&D2 Ruins of Undermountain boxed set
- AD&D2 Forgotten Realms City of Splendours (Waterdeep) boxed set (mostly present)
- AD&D2 Ravenloft campaign setting (Domains of Dread) hardcover

Various print-edition Dungeon, Dragon, Polyhedron magazines circa 2001-2004

- "All the Worlds' Monsters" Chaosium generic fantasy RPG supplement, 1979 printing. Good or better condition, expertly durasealed (or equivalent) #collectorsitem

- A stack of RIFTS setting books and the hardcover rules, which I shall be passing on to an acquaintance but might yet return to my stash.

** Replaced the old computer which was serving the TV with another of similar age, slightly less powerful processor but 4x the RAM and a much better video card. Moved over the hard drive.
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
I have been rereading Wait but Why's post on How to Beat Procrastination in procrasipreparation for writing what is now the next post and something jumped out at me which didn't before.
It’s not that procrastinators don’t like the concept of doing. They look at the bricks on their calendar and they think, “Great, this will be fun.” And that’s because when they picture the moment in the future when they sit down and knock out a work session, they picture things without the presence of the Instant Gratification Monkey. Procrastinators’ visions of future scenarios never seem to include the monkey.

Another way I have seen this described Read more... )
marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
I find myself in that most unusual of situations, an entire weekend where no-one else has any prior claim to my time. The intent is to get a whole lot of things done, but as a sedate pace rather than rushed and crammed in.

So far:
- stayed up until nearly 3am finishing a game of FreeCiv
- had a non-guilty lie in* (and still didn't get up that much later than I have been guiltily dragging myself out of bed this week)

Should actually be
- laundry
- vacumning
- moving TV etc back into the lounge
- cleaning bathroom
- washing, cleaning out & vacumning car
- sawing up branches into firewood and mowing the lawn behind where they are piled
- knocking the mortar off more of the bricks left from the chimney
- writing at least one substantial blog post
- burning a DVD or two of photos and moving them from "Recent" to the "Archive" directory [final count 10]
- similar backup of other data
- backing up phone contacts etc
- replying to Hall emails
- other (mostly digital) administrivia tasks
- tidying the office
- sorting out Arcana Unearthed spell list spreadsheet for Thursday game
- working on a Marvel Supers game

* included a dream where there was a working bee at #AHChch and all these people I didn't know showed up until we had a chapel full. some people knew what they wanted to do and were just going and doing it in a fairly chaotic fashion, most people were new to the Hall and didn't really seem to know what they should be doing. A & I (at cross purposes) were just starting to get everyone quieted down so we could start organising work-groups when the dream ended.
* it didn't help that this was one of those dreams where my eyes weren't working properly.
* some of the pews had been replaced with really old ornately carved dark wooded pews - which I couldn't resist running my handover as I walked past
* in the middle of the fabric room was a large indoor garden where some people may have been having a picnic

Done today

Oct. 20th, 2013 07:40 pm
marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
For what was supposed to have been a day off, quite busy
Did laundry
Cleaned Shower
Mowed (some) lawns
Read Making Money (discworld) (serendipitously acquired on Saturday)
Sorted through a pile of old gaming notes
Made an expedition to pick up more coreflute for the Hall

Yesterday was also quite busy although most of that was related to an #AH working bee. Surprisingly I found a few hours just to relax here and there. I managed that a number of times this week, although sometimes as a side effect of other things going wrong. Sure it's good for me... kinda.

Got congratulated at work for doing a "long day" - in by 10, still there at 4:30. I had to to make up my hours, having been called away to the Hall after only an hour and a half on Thursday. By rights I should be doing days like that more often but I've been having trouble making it in before 11. My *aim* is at least 5 hours a day ... usually I miss by at least half an hour.

This weekend on the other hand I was wide awake and raring to go early both days. I hope that carries over to the week but I rather suspect crashing out between 6pm/8pm both preceding nights had a lot to do with it. That's not sustainable either.
marsden_online: (skull)
Today was the first day in ages I didn't have work, Hall or social commitments. I intended to do not a lot and a few overdue chores. Instead...
- did sleep in (after an interrupted night)
- washed the bedding
- took delivery of a cabinet with commensurate other furniture etc rearranging
- vacumned
- cleaned out the toaster
- mopped the floors
- cleaned the bathroom ceiling/walls (stealth mould! and other accumulates)
- cleaned the shower etc
- took what was to be a 1-hour nap but became 3 hours and left me feeling pretty groggy
- washed the dishes

... I do not feel rested.

This was on top of expending a lot of physical energy at the Hall yesterday, mostly gardening. Didn't drink or eat sufficiently to go with that. Actually I've been pretty bad in my eating habits recently - far too much gluten and there are a lot of old symptoms coming back (eg night sweats, difficulty keeping warm). More of mothers home baking came today - that's not going to help with keeping my diet on track.

Also this week I need to get my work hours done in four days (achievable as long as nothing comes up) because I've taken Friday off to be at the Hall for a group shooting a music video...
marsden_online: (Evil GM)
Statting up opponents and PCs for my Buckets of Dice scenario

What I have actually been doing:
Sleeping in
More laundry
Lighting the fire (it's not actually particularly cold just grey, but having a nice fire to work in front of will get me away from the computer right?)
Thinking about lunch
Remembering I need to get bread before the bakery closes at 3pm but not getting there yet
Writing this post


Mar. 23rd, 2013 11:10 am
marsden_online: (Kea)
An uninterrupted 12 hours rest and an actual weekend with nothing scheduled! Plenty to do of course, but what feels like all the time in the world to get things done.

Not that things are running smoothly but I've managed to use even the unexpected helper-errand to my advantage by getting the grocery shopping done which gives me the rubber gloves for some heavy-duty cleaning.

It is also a beautiful day outside. Although I caught myself thinking on the way home that "nothing could go wrong on a day like this" .. and not believing myself.

Anyway onwards: next up vacumning and resetting the house to normal after last weekends party.
marsden_online: (Default)
Because I still feel the need to record days when I go all day

- awake at a good hour
- delivered running-late flatmate to work
- mopped kitchen, laundry, toilet floors
- 6 1/2 hours at work although I was feeling pretty slow by the end of it and the work itself is best described as slow and steady progress. This is one of those projects where everything seems to be taking twice as long as it ought.
- vege shopping
- Hall check
- the daily online haunts/rounds
- a slight massacre of roses (filling the green bin)
marsden_online: (Default)
Despite my generally-low spoon levels I have been waking early, rising early and getting chores done before going to work. Sometimes in the evening too but only after a substantial late-afternoon/early evening nap. I seem to have started early on the Xmas clean-and-sort - which as I didn't manage to complete it last year is probably no bad thing.

This is kind of aided by the fact that I am slowly moving back into the "office" and whereas moving out was a concentrated exercise in "move-all-the-things" this is a more gradual process done as I have the spoons / need to set up/access particular things. Actually working from "work" has cut way back on these things.

At the weekend I don't have work, so yesterday and today so far have seen
- a focussed forking weeding attack on a section of the garden
- intermittent sorting and repacking of one of the hallway cupboards
- dismantling and cleaning of a keyboard (grotty)
- putting away the gazebo
- some work at the Hall
- clearing my RSS backlog and some other tabs

Much of this is done with that kind of nervous energy which comes from being on a low-ebb plateau, where if you don't keep accomplishing things you might crash at any time. (There have been a couple of crashes/hard naps - I'm running out of energy easily.) I've also spent some time playing Civ though and I'm considering setting up the other computer and re-installing Diablo II or dropping a few dollars on something interesting from First though I actually need to get the desk moved back from the lounge.

What I am actually procrastinating (and I know it) is writing up the last of the Kiera's Thoughts journals, which I want to complete on LJ before I make the export/move to Dreamwidth. That's probably going to take a few hours, and I keep not-quite-having / not-quite-wanting to commit that block of time. Or something. Right now for instance it's half-past-11 and I need to be over at the Hall by 1pm, lunch in the interval.

Update: got the lawns done in that time.
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Today was fairly busy. Grocery shopping this morning, followed by a green-bin worth of weeding & digging over the revealed section of the vege garden, mowing lawns, tidying the woodshed (first pass anyway), knocked my RSS backlog back down to size.
Read a book (read another one last night and another the night before as it happens, practically unheard of). Watched some TV. Washed the dishes.

It's all been quite relaxing, except )
marsden_online: (Default)
What with Epic Breakfast (lunch) and later BBQ & drinkies. I'm really quite tired but on the way home I came to the realisation that I have -absolutely nothing- planned for tomorrow.

Many people would be thrilled by this but I just don't work that way. So this is a quick list of projects I might spend a few hours on tomorrow, to remind me in the morning.

- Gemini: Mean Streets campaign setup
- Paper castle
- Reinstall tablet (and similar computer maintenance tasks)
- add code to NetForge project
- reading FR North expansion

Other activities today included of processing and uploading photos, dishes and a nap.

Sleeping well tonight (touch wood).
marsden_online: (Default)
I exited bed about 5:15am - I'd achieved as much sleep as I was going to and had to be up earlyish anyway. Things which are happening today:

- Car to panelbeaters 7:30am
- Physio appt 9:30am
- pay insurance bill while I'm up that end of Riccarton Road
- Buy milk on the way home
- pay phone/internet bill (online)
- parents visiting sometime before lunch
- take down gazebo
- Nap after lunch
- Chiro annual report (checkup/xrays were done on Thurs) 6:00pm

- fit work around the edges. Really don't want to, but not really-really don't want to - yet.

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