NaBloPoMo Day 22: Apologies, Reaffirmations, and Cautious Optimism

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Yesterday’s post was a bit of an anomaly, in that I griped and groused about my situation. I try to relate my struggles matter-of-factly, and not make them personal, but yesterday I just had to vent. I apologize for doing so and for forgetting this blog is intended to improve my life, not give me an outlet to complain. My wife and I talked after my blog post last night, and this morning we made our menu for the week and did our grocery shopping. We decided that mental health was as important as physical health, so we cut corners wherever we could with meals so there would be some left over for me to go do something with this week. I’m going to check around and see if anyone could come out and meet me for coffee at some point one evening.

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I’m not doing so good on my checklists these days. There are four items that I’m regularly skipping, and I’d like to get back in the habit of getting them done, especially since one of them relates to an ongoing project that needs to be completed in order to start a follow-up project. Tomorrow I think I’m going to make completing the checklist an actual goal instead of something I hope I get around to if I feel like it.

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I’ve been watching videos online of craftsmen and craftswomen creating just incredible pieces of art lately, and that makes me wish I had some artistic skill. The only thing that I’m remotely good at is thrown pottery, and I’ve only had one beginning course. There is an opportunity for me to practice and become better, but it’ll cost a day’s worth of time and the better part of a tank of gas every time I want some time on a wheel. When things aren’t quite so tight with the budget, maybe we can swing it on occasion. I really miss working with clay.

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My pro football team is 10-0 and it still seems so surreal. This is my team’s 21st season. In that time, we have never put together back-to-back winning seasons. The closest we’ve come is 2005-2006 when we followed an 11-5 campaign with an 8-8 record. But this season is just unprecedented in our history. I’m cautiously excited to see how the rest of the season unfolds, but right now I’m not looking any further ahead than our game on Thursday.

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