Day 246 – Timeline

Voltaren is my magic potion; it seems to have been all my back needed to mostly unlock. I don’t quite have full range of motion yet, but I also don’t have any real pain left. Tonight I’ll take another tablet so I have a good night’s sleep, and another in the morning so I can get back to work tomorrow.

I still hope to fit in another massage, because I doubt the knots have disappeared.

  • 03:40 – I wake up in pain. My back is stiff as a plank again. I consider trying to fall asleep again, but instead do the smart thing and get some more Physiocreme on my neck and shoulders. I bunch up the pillow so my neck is well supported when I lie on my side.
  • 07:30 – Damn this alarm. My FitBit Flex is trying to wake me up by buzzing madly. It takes me three tries to tap it into quiet submission. Not ready to wake up yet. Fall back asleep.
  • 07:45 – Phone alarm goes off. Stiff. Sore. Tired after interrupted sleep. I have a look at my calendar on the phone and decide I can safely arrive into work a bit late if it’ll help me be functional and alert. I decide to rest up without alarm and hope for the best.
  • 08:42 – I wake up and miraculously feel a lot better. I try to lift my head. I cannot clear the pillow. This is not good; I need an alternate plan.
  • 09:09 – After considering my options I decide to carefully drive down to the end of the road to see a local doctor. Waiting room is completely redesigned since last time I’ve been here. I settle in for an hour+ wait as is usual here.
  • 09:47 – Great surprise! The doctor was plowing through the patients at a remarkable rate, and it only took me 30 minutes to get to the front of the queue. I get a prescription for some Voltaren with a reminder it’ll mess a little with my blood pressure. Also encouraged to do some gentle movement through the day so that the stiffness doesn’t get worse.
  • 10:20 – I have a Voltaren tablet over breakfast. Not sure what to expect, because apparently it makes some feel very ill; perhaps because of the blood pressure effects? I brace myself for whatever might come.
  • 10:54 – My QNAP delivery arrives. Manoeuvre it inside the door and leave it there for now. Back isn’t happy with the weight and do not want to make anything worse; this is definitely not “gentle movement”.
  • 11:18 –; it’s like time-travel, where you arrive in the future and realise that you haven’t done anything useful with the intervening time. I decide to do some careful neck-stretches for my muscles.
  • 11:34 – Finish reading transcript of Clinton’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me appearance; he has got a remarkably great sense of humour about himself. And an unrivalled instinct for My Little Pony apparently!?
  • 12:40 – Reading the latest news. Nothing interesting in the world so far. Even more wasted time than Doge2048.
  • 13:40 – Finish reading the news; I’d let it stack up for a week. Stretching seems a lot better now. Can move relatively well in every direction except turning my head right. I think I can get to work only taking left turns if I have to.
  • 14:30 – I snap out of a bout of mindlessly staring into space. I have no idea how long I’ve been sitting here, or what else I might have done with the last 50 minutes.
  • 14:54 – Finished removing any important files of my old PC; ready to format it now. As of right now I’m a 1 PC kinda guy. Feeling both scared and accomplished at the same time. Still waiting for regret to set in. Except, so far it seems that for the first time in a long time laptops have all the features in a single package that I actually care about.
  • 15:10 – As I’m carefully unpacking the dishwasher and using it as an opportunity to stretch my back and neck as I go along, it occurs to me… I need to accept I’m no longer 15; better get used to the body of a 21-yr-old *sigh*.
  • 16:04 – Doing some more light cleaning and stretching. It is after all Wednesday, and the place should look presentable for tonight. I feel a lot more mobile already, and I’m starting to wonder when a good time is to take the next tablet.
  • 16:38 – Old PC is reformatting. No going back now. It does need a clean before it can go on eBay though. Disgraceful amounts of grey dust.
  • 18:04 – I managed to unpack the QNAP. Really not that much to it, it seems; unpack box, plug in power cord, plug in network cable, insert harddisks, then wait…
  • 18:50 – Ken’s ETA for tonight; 7:10pm. Everything looks sufficiently tidy.
  • 19:10(ish) – Ken makes his appearance almost perfectly on the dot.
  • 19:3? – Snacks are arrayed on the coffee table, and I’m eating way too much soft cheese and chocolate. Also, Rose.
  • 20:?? – First board game comes out. Forbidden Island. Ken, Lexi, Abbey and I all safely escape at the very last minute. Beginner level. We’re very out of practice. But we’re also all winners already!
  • 21:?? – Kingdom Builder; tough set of rules and terrible terrain. Halfway through we have some chicken legs and roast vegetables for dinner. I manage to win by a mile by not letting myself get cornered. Ken made a strategic mistake at the start and ends distant last.
  • 23:?? – Tea and chocolate hot-cross-buns. I’m too full already, but I cannot stop myself from eating more. Wednesdays are terrible for the scales. Also, very tired now. Need to post though.
  • 00:16 – Finish typing post. Just need to go through and bold the times. Also, see if the proofread finds any egregious errors of spelling, grammar or style.
  • 00:20 – Oh, I had a header image for this post too… must edit.
  • 00:30 – Okay, all done now… PUBLISH!

Day 217 – Yet More Writing

I really should not be setting myself further challenges. I guess I just cannot help myself; I’m a glutton for punishment through terrible ideas.

I was watching Fringe tonight, which is a mixed experience and has nothing directly to do with the terrible idea as such. It was more a catalyst to the idea than anything. It made me think about all the things I’d have done differently… the plot predominantly, or possibly the characters to some extent, because let’s be honest… the science in that show is remarkably unscientific, but it has a certain quirkiness about it that leaves me ready to suspend disbelief to a remarkable extent.

But then my train veered left and thought; why not try to do some writing of my own rather than criticize someone else’s?

I don’t think I’ll write something for public consumption, but I’ve let two NaNoWriMo‘s swoosh by without actually doing anything, and there is no time like the present (year) to make a more concerted effort. Which also leaves me enough time till November to prepare myself a bit better.

I will want to re-listen some of the Writing Excuses podcast to help me get started. And I might want to spend the next 9 months gestating ideas. 50,000 words is the official target. Just under 2000 a day. When I blog I write 200-300 in about 10 minutes, so I may also want to practice spending 2 hours at the keyboard to see if I have the willpower to just write like that.

And I’ll need to break my terrible passive-voice habit.
And possibly clich├ęs?

Also, in an awkward coincidence the first three days of NaNoWriMo overlap with my attendance at PAX in Melbourne this year. I’m not sure if that will offer inspiration, but I am hopeful.