Daily Archives: April 22, 2023

Creating a Suitable Environment for Myself

For more than a few years now, I’ve felt the desire to spend more time reading and writing. Yet, as that desire remained constant, I’ve actually devoted less time to either task. There doesn’t seem to be much that can be gained for exploring the reasons (some of which are certainly no more than excuses) – I just need to act, but it has become clear that I first needed to create an environment that encourages me to do so.

The problem has been that there hasn’t really been a place in the house where I felt… well… “at home” doing either of those things. I can’t really use my work desk because it’s just too much my place of employment. When done putting in my time for major defense contractor, it’s the last place I want to spend any more time in. Reading or writing on my personal laptop from that chair simply doesn’t work. Furthermore, there simply wasn’t a spot in the living areas or our bedroom that felt comfortable for either activity.

I think I’ve made some headway in regards to creating those spaces – I just need to start trying them out. The other thing that would help is simply picking a new preferred place outside the house. I did an incredible amount of reading and writing from the comfort of O’Faolain’s before it became a victim of the pandemic. I’ve already accepted that I’m just not going to find a pub that suited me as well as that one, but the fact that nothing has even come close has been disconcerting. So, it’s time to just pick a place from what’s available and go from there. (In fact, I’m currently at the place I’ve chosen for the time being.)

Having said all that, time for a few odds and ends:

  • I’ve ordered some new pins and patches for newest denim jacket, number eight in the collection. Between those orders and the unused existing supply, I should have it completely decorated within before Sally’s and my trip to Staunton next weekend.
  • Took the day off yesterday so that we could spend an afternoon in Frederick. Being there reminded me just how much I miss living in a city. Sally has already agreed that we can look into moving into one when the time seems right for us to finally move out of our suburban townhome. I will continue to be patient as long as necessary, but I will continue to fantasize about city life until that day comes.
  • Thanks to the arrival of a recent Teepublic order, I now own five different Marvin the Paranoid Android tees. If I didn’t already own a few dozen other beloved t-shirts, I would absolutely get more. On an oddly related note, yesterday I started openly mulling the idea of getting a kilt. I think that embracing my inner weirdo might be encouraging me to take my need to be different in new directions.
  • Not much of a Twitter user, but if I was, taking part in the Block the Blue campaign would be a moral imperative: Twitter users #BlockTheBlue as ‘verified’ accounts take on new meaning – The Washington Post.

That’s all for now. Making it a point to post more here tomorrow.