Permission to sleep

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Ok, this is weird – two blog posts in two days. I promise you won’t hear from me so much in the future ;) .

The title of this post comes from a thought I had, lying here in bed. I’ve always been a night owl, always periodically found myself awake far too late, when all the sensible people are asleep. Part of me likes this time when there isn’t anyone to distract me. Part of me thinks it’s awfully lonely. But here’s my point – I need to learn to give myself permission to sleep. After a long day’s work, my brain is tired, but still literally buzzing with activity. The frenzy of mental exertion that is my workday, working as a flash programmer, doesn’t easily stop just because I turn off the computer and get in bed. Instead, I often find myself unable to sleep as my mind relentlessly turns. Sometimes, I must admit, I’m reluctant to listen to my body and come down off the mental high once the end of the day hits. My body is complaining, begging me to sleep, while my mind chants “more, more, more!” The older I get, the less benefit I get from burning the candle at both ends. In other words, this is not a sustainable behavior. And since I am busier than ever, I need to get my sleeping habits in order so I can keep a schedule, and maintain an adult work week.

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Milestone: snowboarding

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I went snowboarding on Saturday, for the first time in probably three years. It took a lot of initiative and determination to set the goal, and then follow through and not let setbacks get in the way. It took planning, sticking to my guns, and dealing with rescheduling. I had many other things that competed for my time that day and in the days leading up to it.

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What do people live for?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Watch this video, and then answer the question in the comments: what do you live for?  Yes, it’s a commercial, but it’s a darn good one.

Danny Boy

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This is the best rendition of “Danny Boy” that I have seen in a long, long while.  Enjoy!