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1/30: Structure

The one-year mark in the don't-work-no-more phase of my career has come and gone, and I find that I want some structure back in my life. I feel ready to emerge from my cave a little and reconnect, too.

So maybe I can do a post a day for a month.

Boy, am I rusty. Whew. Let's see... [self-censor kicks into high gear: "No, that's unoriginal. No, that would be whiny. No, that sounds like a commercial..."]

Unoriginal: Graydie says "Must you?" while trying to continue her 20-hour nap on the abandoned chair with the heating pad inside it, on my porch.

The cat Graydie on a chair with one eye open

Whiny: Lacking the commute to work that used to provide me with an hour's good exercise a day (and having all this free time to practice my hobby of eating), I've regained a portion of the weight I lost. I'm having a hell of a time finding a new, life-relevant way of losing it again. I might not care at all, except that I don't want to buy a bunch of new clothes. Because of said weight gain, my retirement wardrobe has consisted of two pairs of black jeans, one pair of Dansko shoes, and ten hoodies, and I miss dressing a little nicer.

Commercial: I've been watching and loving Last Tango in Halifax. If you don't know it, it's a British family comedy-drama written and produced by women, and centered very much on women characters. The scripts are exquisite and the acting positively sublime, and although I generally shy away from realistic family dramas, I'm loving this one.

The first two series are streaming on Netflix, and the third is just finishing up on UK television next week and might pop up in some of the usual places. Highly recommended.

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Jan. 29th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
Have you thought
about volunteering at a animal shelter to pet kittys or something for a day or two a week? That could give you a bike commute...
Jan. 29th, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: Have you thought
I have, actually, and while I don't rule it out entirely, I'm afraid I'm too...what's the right word? "Tenderhearted"?..too something, anyway, to be with the shelter cats for any length of time. It would probably do me a world of good, though.

Hm...an item to keep on the potential list.
Jan. 29th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's good to see a post from you again! The only time I get any real exercise is when I look after someone else's dogs, and have to take them out for walks. I suspect that, like me, you're more of a cat person, but maybe the right dog might tempt you? Whippets are very cat-like in some ways (they sleep a lot), and make excellent pets, as well as requiring one long or two shorter walks (or runs) a day to force you put of the house. Maybe you can look after a friend's dog for a bit to see how you might get on with having one?

I look forward to seeing more posts from you.
Jan. 29th, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
I know a number of people whose health-and-fitness level improved with dog ownership. I'm finding that as I adjust to my unstructured life, I do get out for walks (sans dog) more often than I used to, and there's really nothing like a simple walk--even a fairly short one--for refreshing the brain and getting the blood going.

I don't see myself becoming a dog owner, probably ever, though Graydie sometimes goes for walks with me--in which case I have to go round and round the block so that she doesn't try to follow me across a busy street!

Jan. 30th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
Hi you! Great to hear from you! I feel ya about needing structure and the weight thing. I like to go hiking or walking with folks I meet over on MeetUp.com. That might be an option? Maybe a cycling group?

I went ahead and committed to walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain in April ... around 400 miles. I'm training now with my backpack and my feet sure are tired! I guess they'll probably be hurting for the next few months, lol. Maybe I'll lose a few pounds, too. That's one way to do it. :-)
Jan. 30th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
FOUR HUNDRED MILES? Wow! That sounds both splendid and very, very long. My longest walking tour was something like 80 miles, over a week, and that felt like a lot. (My Pilgrim Feet icon is a picture I took while walking to Holy Island in the northeast of England.) How long will you be gone? How exciting!

What made you decide on the pilgrimage route? I mean, apart from it being a classic, with loads of history and spiritual significance in a beautiful part of the world?
Jan. 30th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
LOL, the route I'm taking is actually around 500 miles but I'll probably only do 400 or so. Only being relative, I suppose. I decided on this route partly from a midlife crisis, I think, actually! I'm writing about it on my blog. My first post is a partial explanation: https://xuwriter.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/listening-to-the-call-of-the-wild-when-youre-stuck-in-the-suburbs/ I'll be gone from April 1 - May 11. I was able to get a phenomenal airfare (through Norwegian Air, which has crazy low prices to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm) and the refugios that serve as accommodation are quite low cost. Still it does add up after being gone so long. Part of it was cost though.

Anyhow, a walking tour to Holy Island sounds AMAZING! I've never heard of the place. Unless it's near Lindisfarne ... oh, Wikipedia tells me it IS Lindisfarne. I would love to go there and now that I know there are walking tours there ... uh oh. This could end up being a problem. :-) Very cool icon. I'll have to do something similar!

Also, I recently learned about $99 fares to Iceland through Wow Air. Now, that's from the East Coast, and it's only one way, but still, that's pretty tempting, too!

Jan. 30th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
That sounds fantastic. I left you a note on your blog--beautiful post!

Iceland is well worth a visit in itself. I like wild northern places.
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