It’s Christmas morning, 12 degrees, and my water’s frozen. Is there a better time to sit down and blog?
Well I’ve seen other bloggers do it…”It’s been awhile since my last post…” So, I guess it’s my turn. Everyone needs to take a break, I suppose. Here are my excuses:
1. I’m expending my energies on brainstorming and starting new projects. One of my latest developments was contacting an old client about providing services for a conference in May. It wasn’t long before I was sending her a quote and being forced to push forward and select a business name (I’d closed my old one 3 years ago). The challenge was choosing a business name that would be appropriate for several different non-related services I plan to offer in the future. I think I’ve finally settled on one, and I plan to register it, and open banking and merchant accounts next week.
I”m also trying to devise a schedule to begin a couple more blogs. Wow! Less than 100 days to do all this!
2. The Blues. I’m not a sunny-day kind of guy — particularly long strings of cold, sunny days. I’ve been battling depression in large part to this. It’s 40 degrees by day, 10 degrees by night. It’s been like this for a month! This has led to a lot of days where I’m simply unproductive. But there’s good news. This experience has led me to the realization that sunlight has always had a negative impact on my workspace, and I can remedy this in my next home improvement project!
3. Anxiety, Bad Diet, and More Blues. I really am going through a strange period. I’m less than 100 days from departure and I get down on myself when I consider how unprepared I may be. This has a lot to do with my savings taking a hit each month. Some of this has been completely out of my control (60% pay cut at work, on-line poker rooms where I was making $40/hour shut down), but I also blame myself a lot for not doing the “responsible” thing and cancelling a couple vacations in light of these circumstances. But I couldn’t do it. I’m the Ramblin’ RiverCat, after all — I have to wander!
Worrying about my savings and lack of production lately has also led to bad diet. This, of course, has perpetuated a vicious cycle of feeling bad, even less production, more self-loathing, leading to more bad diet…
This last trip to California really put me in a funk. I feel as if I’m being forced to let go of an old friend — poker. I played poker for a living for nearly 5 years before landing here in Reno. These days, I only have time to play sparingly, usually on trips. This year I’ve taken 3 trips, and came back poorer for each effort! Is this a sign that poker won’t be a part of The Ultimate Journey? Or is the universe simply trying to tell me I have too much to do right now? It’s difficult to imagine the former. I intend to zig and zag my way down California for two months next April and May — a very poker-rich portion of our nation — and then work for two months in Vegas. Can I really let go of the game if I need to? Would my craving for adventure be satisfied?
ON A POSITIVE NOTE…
1. Only 3 more months! And it’s really perfect. As much as I fret about it, all I have to do is remind myself that if I don’t manage to pull off The Ultimate Journey on a permanent basis; I can at least buy myself a year, settle into full-time work again while I tweak my businesses, and then take off and do it right the next time. It’ s not as if I’m taking a huge risk and giving up a terrific job — quite the contrary!
2. Home Improvements. Due to my financial circumstances, I’ve had little done to the rig lately. A couple days ago we were able to fix the rims on my scooter, however. The front tire does still seem to have a slow leak, but that can probably be remedied with some “stuff.” We were also able to get a tail light cover to stay on reasonably well and tighten the mirrors. It’s beginning to look like less of a wreck than before…
I’m really excited about the next project, though. I’m having my handyman replace the bedroom ceiling with wood panels to give it a “cabin” feel. Originally, I was going to do the whole trailer, but instead I’m going to have these blasted curtains replaced with some light-repelling shades in my office/kitchen area. No more sunroom!
3. Organize, organize! I feel like I’m going to have a great week leading up to my holiday vacation in Illinois (Dec. 31 – Jan. 10). Assuming the home improvement project goes as planned, I intend to have it all set up for hermitage. No more trips, no more eating out for 3 months! I only intend on going to work, the gym, and the grocery store.
My space is coming along nicely. I have plenty to keep me entertained on my breaks now. I’m really diving into ITunes . I’m downloading a lot of really cool apps and now have plenty of music on the IPhone now. It still amazes me I can just dock it and play my music on the surround sound — and it only takes a couple seconds to make a selection!
Well, my water is now working again. The coffee is kicking in. I’m going to close today’s post with a couple pictures from my adventure last week. I was traversing highway 49 in a rural portion of the Sierras when I came across Downieville — a picturesque little town nestled in the mountains with a river running through it. It may be the coziest, remote little town I’ve ever come across…
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