So I'm on my 2 1/2 week help desk position near Cape Cod, MA. I'm working second shift, and the extent of my challenges have been installing LAN printers on various laptops. It's pretty eventless stuff... but, hey, it's work. Originally, I thought we would have off weekends, but it turns out that is not the case. I knew in the weeks coming up to this that it would be a great catalyst for me to get back on my feet and start running again, both literally and metaphorically, and it seems I was right.
I've found the pace i need to hold to pass my run, I just need to be able to hold it for another quarter mile or so. Of course it doesn't help that it's been humid as hell and the roads are somewhat hilly, but still. I've been careful about what I've been eating (and how much), and I can actually already tell my face has thinned out since I've been here. Makes sense , really... the more weight I lose, the less I have to run around with or push up. Path of least resistance and all.
Seems the creative bug has found me again, at long last. I have begun to write out a short story I've had in mind for a while. Ideally it will be a chapter in a novel, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. I'm about 6 pages in, and as far as the outline in my head goes, It's about halfway done at most. I rediscovered my enjoyment of writing with some papers this semester, and it seems that creative writing is much more so a pleasure compared to your standard research paper. Writing this story has confirmed my consideration of taking some advanced level composition classes when I have made it past the prerequisites. I really started out with an incredibly simple and vague outline of what would happen, and all the details seem to be filling themselves in. Sometimes I'll go back and add a new line I've thought of, and sometimes several paragraphs appear out of nowhere, just flowing out.
On top of writing, I've started getting back into drawing a little bit, as well. I've decided to expand into learning to draw animals. I figured a different area would bring the excitement of something new, and be beneficial to my old interest in creature and monster design.
I've also made a habit of using the I-Ching every morning. Although the book recommends consulting it for specific inquiry, I personally have found it works well as just a day to day thing, the way some people check their horoscopes. The advice I've been presented with seems to be surprisingly accurate, and has altered the way I look at things on a few occasions.
Overall, I'm doing darn spiffy, I guess. Maybe it's being away from my normal life (or from Buffalo o.O) but it seems I've gained a fresh perspective on just about everything. I'm learning to appreciate what I have a lot more, and understand my 'tools' for what they're worth, learning to stop wasting my time and effort... as much.