Boredom pains

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Wow, boredom is a huge issue in my life. Work, when there is business, is awesome! However, when it is slow boredom runs rampant. I need to know what to do to curb the wild boredom that comes with my job. I took up Sign Language and very much enjoy the class. I feel like I am always behind a class or not caught up. Boredom breeds depression in me. I become complacent and apathetic. My motivation goes right out the window. It’s horrible. Ruins my whole day.

What can be done to manage this issue? What do you do when boredom is the evil monster? I know this is a ridiculous issue to have. How many people wish they had some free time just to count the ceiling tiles? 87 by the way. I have read that in the times when we still hunted for our food that it took only 20 hours a week to accomplish the survival needs of the group. What did they do the rest of the time? I cannot procreate at work… well I probably could but it would be frowned upon.

I know that scheduling tasks throughout day is a great help. Making goals to do X, Y, and Z by noon or some time will also help keep things moving. Hopefully I can come up with something for the next few months before the busy season starts. This hurry up and wait is really getting old.

 

Sickly, maybe Dying

Either I haven’t been sick in recent times or I have a weird sickness this go around. I haven’t been able to sleep in days. This isn’t so uncommon because I have mild insomnia and sometimes it gets really bad. I know over this last full moon my family and myself were all having issues sleeping. January’s full moon is called the Wolf Moon. I imagine that this particular moon is extremely bright, reflecting off the snow and cause the wolves to be more active. Hence Wolf Moon. Beyond lack of sleep I feel jittery almost electric. My skin is extremely sensitive. I feel restless. I do have a runny nose and sinus pressure. That is really my only symptom. Besides being a little out of my mind.

 I am so behind on all my chores. I really need to focus on my sign language classes. Why do I feel like I am always playing catch up?

In case you think I am making moon names up check out this Moon Names website.

I am a Were-creature

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So last night I was laying in bed with this horrible pain in my chest from a cold I am trying not to develop. I noticed it was really bright in my room and saw the moon perfectly shining through my window. Maybe I am turning into a werewolf. And this is what came from that thought.

 

The full moon shone brightly through my bedroom window. It highlighted the tall poster bed and threw the corners into darkness. Books and clothes were randomly but lovingly positioned around the room. A painting by Frederic Leighton watched quietly from its marbled frame. The portrait’s eyes watching over the quiet scene. The moon shaded the bright oranges and browns into silvers and a dark ruby. I shivered in the moon’s touch. My chest started to hum and burn. Pain shot down my arms and legs causing a murmur to rise from my slumbering body. Hidden in a vale of shadow, eyes watched the room. Quietly on a cat’s muted paws a small long haired calico jumped upon the bed and pawed at my distressed body.  With the light touch, bringing me near to waking but far from painful dreams, I turned over facing away from my tormenting dreams. A small cough and gasp was the only sign left of the illness that still clung tight. Her work done the calico curled her tail around her body and with half lidded eyes continued her night’s watch.

Soon…

I think I am succumbing to my roomie’s illness. I have fought a good fight for 4 weeks. I feel like I have been fighting for years upon years. This morning I woke up with a heaviness in my chest. I imagine her coming into my room in the middle of the night and breathing on me. That way she wouldn’t be the only one to suffer. If only I can attack this now and kill it before it gets a firm hold. I will have to come up with a plan of attack.

Our cold weather is about to break. I am so glad. Two weeks of negative temperatures really take a toll. Soon I will actually be able to do stuff outside. Not that I will but I could. Also my outdoor cat can go back outside. I rearranged his outside box with my heated blanket. Hope he is happy!!!

 

Book Reviews: December

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So I will start reviewing some of the books I read. Perhaps through me you can find a new place to escape to even if its only for a few hours.  Of course, because I will have to finish the book all my reviews will be one month behind.  Please suggest books too. I never can find enough.

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clark: Written in 1973 I listened to it on audiobook with a horrible narrator.  There has to be something said for a story if it can be told through a monotone storyteller and still be enrapturing. Set in our future the people of Earth have found what turns out to be a cylindrical alien starship. A team is dispatched to the starship to identify any alien races or technologies.

This story is truly a work of art. To be able to describe something that is completely non-human from a totally human life is talent. I was enthralled the entire story.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons: Written 1989 this award winning book is a must read or in my case listen. Thankfully this narrator knew his business and was able to tell this story in the way it was intended. The story of Hyperion is really a pilgrimage and told from the view point of 6 pilgrims.  Each person’s reason and background for taking the trip is literally worlds apart. However, they all fit together with clues to why they have been called to the planet Hyperion.

I have to give a writer props if the is able to split himself into so many pieces to complete such a fantastic tale. The character are deep and well devolved. If you are a SciFi fan this is a great book but be warned you will have to read the rest of the series.

Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: Published in 2014, I found this book through another blogger’s review. I have to say it was not a let down and I finished the book in only two days. The reading is very easy and while I wont say its a teen’s book I think most anyone could read it.

Irene is a Librarian. Her job is to find books…in other universes and multiverse. For someone who isn’t up to the science of multiverse this book does a good job of giving you the information to move along with the story. You follow Irene in her struggle to get just one book. You learn about her past and her peers. You also get to play detective along the way. Great easy read just know there are more in then just this story. You will probably be reading the next few in the series too.

Nightblade by Garrett Robinson: I was offered this book in free kindle format. I must of gotten 15 emails asking if I liked it before I got a chance to read it. However, once I started reading I was hooked. This is a fast-paced, action-packed story that leaves you breathless is great for all ages.

The story is about a young girl who runs away to find better fortunes elsewhere. She becomes entangled in a web of adventure from the word GO. Her first acquaintance leaves her in the middle of the night and her next acquaintance tries to kill her. With enemies closing in things look dark but our heroine finds a way to freedom an learns a little more about the world too.

The Plan!

I could have sworn that I had posted yesterday. I can even picture myself writing the post. Am I losing my mind? Na, I lost that many years ago. It has been way below freezing for the last week and doesn’t look like any let up in the coming days. Really it doesn’t bother me. Well as long as I don’t have to go outside. I spend my days wrapped in a blanket reading. Its rather pleasant. Sitting in my favorite chair with my lap warmed by a purring cat and a book so engaging that I hate coming back to the present. If only I could spend all my days that way. Of course none of my outdoor chores have been done in a week.

As everyone’s goal in the New Year, I have vowed to be more active and get in shape. It is very hard to be active when it is subzero out but I have plans. I have found in my local area many places that offer wonderful opportunities to exercise. I am blessed with an employer that offers me exercise time during work. So now I have no excuses. I hope you all will hold me accountable and help keep me motivated. Fingers crossed.

Beyond that I have many great plans for this year, Lord willing. I do hope that I can write more this year. I should get back into my stories. I have two half-started but with no ending or really no middle in sight. I know I write the best when my heart is in turmoil. I am able to take that chaos and put it into words. Thing is, my heart hasn’t had any turmoil on which to pine. That is definitely a good thing. However, it means my muse is gone. I will have to develop a new muse. If only I could record my thoughts as I fall asleep. The stories I tell myself as I drift off are reminiscent of the stories my mother told me to help me sleep and are worthy of writing down.

Start running!

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Wow we are already 3 days into the New Year! How quickly time goes by. This year looks to be a quick moving as the last. I hope that I can keep up. I feel like I get so behind on things. I never keep up unless I have a list. I have been so lacking in being motivated. That is something I will work on this year.

I have been taking Sign Language classes. I am behind by two lessons. However, I am able to sign a lot more then I could before I started this class. I also know more background information which helps for my proper signing. I hope that I can keep this vocabulary. I think it is a great skill to have. You never know when you might be able to help someone just because I can sign. I have had that experience with my poor Spanish or some other obsolete knowledge I have.

My New Years was a whirlwind. I met my long time friend in the big city. We ate well and saw movies and even a live band on New Years Day. It has been so long since I have had any personal contact with him. Normally we text or call. So I had forgotten about some of his quirks. I realize I have surrounded myself with calm and quiet and to be around someone that is boisterous and busy was a shock. I was in a different place in my life when we met. I was full of turmoil and rebellion. Now that I have quieted down some I don’t do well in the presence of a busy person. However, our reunion was wonderful and very enjoyable.

I have applied for a job in Ireland. I doubt that I will get it but one never knows. If you don’t ask they can’t say no, right? I have been thinking about all the work that will go into the move and trying to plan accordingly. I wish they could just tell me yes and on this date be here. Or no, sorry. Then I could but my mind at ease. Something to look forward to regardless.