Still heinously busy in general, and out of the office quite a bit. I feel a little guilty for not having much to blog about lately, but I’ve gone through these little phases before and suddenly I’ll have a ten-page opus spring forth from my head. So don’t panic. I’ll be making you say “sheesh, does this guy ever STFU!?!?” again very soon.
The biggest thing going on in my life is that I’ve started hitting the gym again and generally doing weight-loss-y stuff. But I’m blogging about that over at No Butts About It. Those of you who care can come on over and see (we’re generally a fairly incestuous blogroll, aren’t we? and odds are somebody else whose blog you read is posting there too); those who don’t care can spare themselves the eye-rolling.
I really need to update my blog to reflect the No Butts stuff, and a few other changes to the blogroll. People moving, new blogs, etc. I probably won’t have time today but hopefully by Friday…
I’ve been doing a lot of grunt work lately – stuff that needs to be done, desperately, for all kinds of perfectly good reasons, but isn’t the kind of work I went to graduate school for.
You know what? I like it. Even though it’s unairconditioned and it’s been so hot lately that the last two days we’ve done it, a sympathetic lady in the AC’ed office next door has brought us Fla-Vor-Ice popsicles in the afternoon, I feel good when I’m done for the day.
It’s a similar sort of feeling that I expressed several weeks ago in a comment over on Crisitunity’s page. In some nebulous way it feels more like “real work” than what I do. I feel like, unlike my actual job, I wouldn’t have to explain it to my gruff old great-grandfather, and then watch him sort of sniff at it when I was done with my partially incomprehensible-to-him explanation.
It reminds me of some thinking I’ve done from time to time, and in a very disorganized manner, on masculinity and masculine roles. And I just the other day remembered a book that a counselor recommended to me some years ago that I’ve never read, so I might put that little bugger on my list to read in the near future.
Perhaps, if I’m lucky enough to have some insight, I’ll have more to say on this subject later.
Just generally, between that thinking I’ve been doing lately, some talking to Dys and a couple of others, and probably partially because I just plowed through the whole second season of In Treatment over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about seeing an old counselor again. Not because I feel a crisis, just because I think I have plateaued on the frontier of self-knowledge and I wonder if having a guide would help me climb a little higher.
Still, even with insurance, that stuff’s not cheap and money isn’t exactly falling out of my pockets nowadays. (Especially since the Indy GP is coming up, and so is the Tool concert that I managed to convince Dys we needed tickets to. Expensive tickets. But Tool is about the only act that I’ll willingly pay more than $50 and sit in an arena for nowadays.) Best do some reading first and ponder calling in a guide later.
Finally, this weekend my son and I finally started on the model we bought back in January. Frankly, I expect it’ll take longer to finish than it did for us to get started, but so far I’m enjoying myself. He doesn’t seem to want to do it for very long at a time, but he already seems to have enjoyed painting pieces a bit more on the second day than he did on the first, so I’ll take each step as a good one.
Hope everybody’s having a good week. And staying cool!
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