Yay, no work for a week! Today was better than yesterday, but it’s still nice to have some time away from the public. It’s my Mum’s birthday on Tuesday as well, so I may go visit her, or phone, depending on how insular I’m feeling. If this seems uncaring, let it now be known that I once went 18 months without calling or seeing my parents, mostly because someone tried to guilt-trip me about missing one family occasion and I just shut down. So, this would be no biggie - as things stand, it’s over 3 months since we last spoke or saw each other. If I have poor familial communication skills, it’s because I learned them from masters… Mum’s phoned me a grand total of 3 times in the 20+ years since I left home!
Enough of this foolishness.
Things I am planning to do over the next few days include nothing, not much, and fuck all. Two things I need to get done early on are recover a newly-serviced car from my mechanic, and see the doctor to get a renewal of a med that’s not on my standard rotation sheet yet. Other than that, the world is my burrito.
I may take a day to explore the London public transport network’s outer reaches. There’s plenty of places I’ve never been that would be nice to visit even briefly - and it would almost certainly have to be brief, because if I’m going by public transport it means I’ll have to walk everywhere at the other end and that’s really not my forté right now. My back’s definitely on an ebb, and aches like fuck right now. Much as I enjoy the prospect of 6-7 days off, I do not wish to see this turn into 6-7 weeks!
Other things to do include working on a unifying theme/template for my blog and my web space. Tumblr themes look like fun challenges, and I’ve got an idea that I only briefly used once before about 15 years ago. It was a bit too advanced then for full cross-browser compatibility, but should be charmingly retro now… I’ve also got my car club’s website to administer, we need to put a couple of banners up to shill for a company that keeps sending us cheques (seems only fair, after all) and we’re also running a hideously outdated bulletin board and I want to see if I can get it upgraded without ritually sacrificing one of the noisy neighbour kids. (Memo to self: need a tag for interwebby things.)
One thing I know I won’t need or indeed want to do is the old standby, catching up on sleep. I was up with the larks this morning at 5am even though my alarm was set for 6:30! Considering I went to bed after 11pm that’s really something. I went back to sleep for a bit though because I’d been having an interesting dream and I wanted to see how it played out, and because this wasn’t something I was forcing on myself I didn’t end up regretting it; it seems my level of agitation at being awake correlates much more closely to the kind of narratives my dreams end up with than I’d previously imagined. Amusingly, once the scenario had played to a point where I was happy, the dreamscape changed to one where I simply had to wake up, not because I was late but because I could be early. It was hard to argue against that, so I didn’t!