I had a really lazy evening last night, sitting around catching up on various episodes of TV shows, when I could have been finishing up a final draft or working on one of the 4 other stories I’ve got going. The kitchen could use some cleaning too, but I chose to be lazy instead.
I did spend some time IM’ing with kruppenheimer, who has complained that she doesn’t get enough mention on my blog. But other than that, I was as lazy as can be.
One nice thing about last night: it rained for the first time in a while and at times, it rained pretty hard. It was nice to hear the sound of the rain on the roof as I was drifting off last night. It reminded me that spring is only a month away.
I have to get in touch with my new tax preparer this week. I got her name through a coworker. The guy that I used for years retired two years ago and last year I used H&R Block and really didn’t like their service. I’m estimating that I will owe about $3,000 for Federal taxes. I usually get a few hundred back from the state. Next year my taxes may be slightly more complicated, especially if I sell any more stories (optimist that I am) and hopefully this new tax person can answer questions about that.
These next three days at work are going to be busy. I have two projects that are rapidly heading to conclusion and one project on which a prototype is required by Friday. I am really looking forward to the 4-day break I will have for Norm and Vicky’s wedding beginning one month from today.
I literally wasted yesterday evening in shameless laziness. I got home from work, sat on the couch, and watched 6 consecutive episodes of NYPD Blue that I had TiVo record for me. When it was over, I went to bed. I didn’t even pack my lunch for today. I woke up this morning feeling guilty that I wasted the evening.
I am approaching the low point of laziness in recent memory, and I am hopeful that I will reach the nadir this weekend and somehow turn it around. First, there is my gym truancy, which has taken physical manifestation in the gaining of a couple of kilograms of mass around the middle of yours truly. Second, there is the fact that my eating habits have more or less devolved back to what they used to be. Third is the fact that I am not very productive. I come home from work and watch TV. Even my reading has almost crept to a halt. I am told that this is not uncommon around Thanksgiving, but it is uncommon for me. I’m usually good with habits. I stopped drinking caffeine cold turkey on February 14, 2004 never to return. I stopped biting my nails cold turkey on August 21, 2001 also never to return. I mention dates to show you that I’m serious about my habits. But this eating and workout habit is a tough one. And this laziness has got to stop!
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be so open about it, which is one of the reasons think I am approaching the nadir. I keep telling myself, tomorrow, you’ll get back on track. And of course, tomorrow rolls around and the cycle repeats. The toughest part of any habit is breaking the old cycle. Well, I’m not saying that I’m turning it around tomorrow, and tossing off this mossy laziness, but I soon… very soon.
After nearly 48 hours without a problem, the DirecTV signal issue reared its head this evening. That pretty much rules out the satellite box, and diagnostically, any new information is good. I’ve got the service call on Friday. It occurred to me that it’s going to be a real hassle if they have to re-cable because the cable runs behind my book shelves and I’d have to take my whole office apart for the service people to get to it. If that ends up being the case, I may send them home, cancel DirecTV and order up Comcast (yet another sign of laziness?)
I did almost nothing today. No chores, no errands. The kitchen table is a mess. My desk could be cleaned up. I’ve got a long list of things to do and a good step toward getting them done would be to just get them out on paper. Instead, I did very little. I spent most of the day watching DVDs. I did a little reading, too. I read the first few pages of both Neuromancer and Humans, and Humans won as the the one which hooked me faster. So at least I know what I’m reading next.
I probably got through 10 episodes of NYPD Blue. Meanwhile, I ignored the laundry and the dishes in the sink. I napped for a couple of hours on the couch early this afternoon. Not my normal nap, but a deep sleep kind of nap, the kind of sleep I don’t normally do laying on the couch. It’s just one of those incredibly lazy weekend days where my motivation is shot.
I did manage to do a few things. I got an email from Rich, first I’ve heard from him since he, Tricia and the family moved back to L.A. and so I wrote him back. I got a nice card from Bonnie and Tom, and I wrote them back as well. And, thanks to mabfan‘s prodding, I sat down and did some writing. I wrote 650 words of “If By Reason Of Strength…” It’s not great, but it’s better than nothing. The problem with the story is two-fold. I have a great idea, a fantastic one, but I’m not sure I can handle it. Second, and perhaps more important, I don’t know my ending. I’ve always followed Isaac Asimov’s rule of coming up with a problem and a solution, and then making everything else up as I go along. This time, however, I have a great idea, but no real problem or solution yet. Well, I do have a problem, but I’m not sure how compelling is. And I honestly don’t know the solution. Until I get those things figure out, I’m afraid the story will wander. Even so, I did get a few pages written and I feel pretty good about that in light of this otherwise lazy day.