Tuesday, January 15, 2008

15 January 2008

What is "Quality of Life"?
... sleeping in past your alarm (no matter what time that alarm normally goes off)
... having time to "catch up" with family members and friends
... not falling asleep in the middle of something you like to do
... eating wholesome meals (as opposed to picking up two burgers and a milkshake on the way home from work)
... having time to do a little housework every day (so that you don't have to spend your entire day off doing it instead)
... living in a safe area
... living with people who care about you

What do you need for quality of life?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

12 January 2008

Today I resolved to work on my spinning projects. Sigh. I didn't get very far. I pulled out my Level 2 workbook and looked at all the research items I haven't finished yet. I looked at all the skeins I have to spin up and all the exotic fibres I get to use. I typed up the requirements for the (mis-named) 25 hour project (we all know the project will actually take 10 times the number of hours allocated for it). I even went to my spinning "library" and pulled out a book with the intention of reading up on the topics I need to write about.

But then, family members entered the room. They started talking to me about important things and I put my book down. My sister called me and needed to talk to me. I went out to get my hair cut and then out again to take care of some errands. Before you knew it, the day was gone. The finale? I picked up a knitting pattern that I've been wanting to try out and the yarn and needles just happened to be hanging out with the pattern. And so, once again, I was lured away from my "homework".

Tomorrow's another day?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

5 January 2008

Despite the fact that it's been "holiday season" and I've had a few days off, I'm feeling very tired. Likely it's the holiday season (work has been very busy) and the short days. Do you find that you feel more energetic when the days are longer? I'm finding (these days) that I'm more tired when the days are shorter.

I'm happy that I was able to find a new laptop computer (I've been wanting one for a while now) that has Windows XP on it (rather than the dreaded new Vista platform). I don't mean to badmouth Microsoft... I just don't understand why they have to change their platform every couple of years. The new system doesn't "play well with others" when it comes to my software. I wonder why it is, too, that retailers don't want to sell or downgrade to the older system. They have all kinds of excuses and make it really tough for consumers to get what they want. Ah well. I've got what I want so I shouldn't complain...

So the new laptop has been my friend and companion for the last couple of days. It's enabled me to work on the couch, at the dining room table, around town. This is good. It takes me out of my cold, isolated office and puts me back in with the living and breathing. All good. Of course, it does prohibit me sometimes from interacting with the living and breathing, but one step at a time, eh?