I've mostly been amusing myself with little things, lately. Been playing lots of Banjo Kazooie on the 360, visiting friends, having friends visit me, and so on.
dktiger, netolu and crew came up a couple weekends ago for the belly-dance festival in Vallejo. Turns out sezjasaneh's (well, and my) friend Blue was there also... AND dktiger knew her. So that was a pleasant surprise. There was so much pretty-shiny at the festival that my eyes were glazing over. @.@ But dktiger's troupe [is that the right word?] performed admirably -- they were easily some of the best dancers I saw that day.
Last weekend saw me headed up to Sacramento for Avenue Q. I'd really been looking forward to seeing it, and it did not disappoint. The show itself was pretty light on plot -- if you listen to the soundtrack, you'll pick up on perhaps 85% of what's going on -- but the way they wove the songs together worked very well. The show was funny, and it flowed smoothly.
Seems like I make it up to Sac about once a month or so -- and really, that's just about right. I was looking forward to seeing inbredmonkey and darkone238 again. I got plenty of snuggles from both, which always makes me happy.
I participated in Crossfit this time around, which was... a rather harsh thing to do considering I haven't been doing much of any exercise for the past several months. I want to setup a workout routine that will keep me healthy, help me build strength, etc., and I've been self-flagellating over the fact that I haven't. But Crossfit was a rather unpleasant reminder of why it's so hard for me to keep my motivation, once I do manage to get started on a routine.
Really, this isn't a big deal. I can deal with physical pain. But the attendant mood swings are much harder. Curling up into a tight ball in a corner somewhere an hour afterward is NOT OK.
To be fair, that's a rather extreme case. Usually, I just get irritable. But between that and the pain (neither of which ever seemed to get better over time, even when I could stick to a schedule), staying motivated was very difficult, to say the least. I'd get sick, or busy, or something... and then that would be the end of it for a while.
I'd like to try again, but not until I have a good understanding of what I was doing wrong. Short of jumping in head-first (joining a gym, hiring a personal trainer, etc.), I'm not sure how to figure that out. And I'm not sure how to schedule activities I can do (like hiking) around work, weekend trips, and the rest of my life. I don't really have any equipment, or space for equipment either.
So if you have ideas, or can offer me suggestions, URLs, etc., I'm all ears.
I know a lot of the issues I've listed above can be worked-around, fixed, or rendered moot. I don't want to use them as excuses -- I want to make it work. But I'm out of ideas on how, and it doesn't help that I don't know the first thing about how to exercise effectively. :/
This journal is, and always has been primarily about helping me to organize my thoughts, and bounce ideas off/get input from you, dear Reader. I've been doing a horrible job, lately, of using it for this purpose. So going forward, I'm going to try to keep a list, internally, of things I want to write about here. Hopefully this will generate more frequent updates -- my brain could certainly use them, and I assume if you're reading this, you're probably interested as well.
Possible future topics: 2008 year-end reflection (I still haven't done this!), thoughts on work and emotional investment, and house-hunting.