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26 December 2019 Winding Down the Year

It’s been a real blah day.  I think I may be sick, I sneezed a couple times already.  If I sneeze at work, most likely I’m not sick.  As I will sneeze at work but not at home.  My crap day is an accumulation of several factors.  Lack of sleep for several nights in a row.  Eating a lot of sweets and greasy fatty foods.  So I didn’t get much accomplished today.  I bought a few books here and there with gift cards.
I bought Nikita Gill’s Fierce Fairy Tales, something that I have been wanting to buy for a while.  It was something different, a collection of poems and short stories.  I’ve looked at that book for months as I want to do something different.  But that is for something further down the line.  And at the same time, I’m hoping that the book will help me write three poems before the 11 January poetry reading.
I downloaded the audiobook The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt.  It’s about an alternate London and a woman who can see birds as the guardians of souls.  They had me at alternate London.  I wanted to download Lucy Worsley’s The Art of the English Murder.  I like Lucy Worsley, she is a cool historian.  I missed her A Very Tudor Christmas on account of being tired and not realizing her show was playing on PBS.  I still have the John Le Carré audiobooks to get through.
The dog and its owner kept me up late last night and so I’m struggling.  I stayed up until 1:00 for midnight mass with the Pope but I’m couldn’t sleep in on Christmas.  Yesterday the dog actually acted like puppy.  It hadn’t for a few days.  So the dog did something bad at around midnight and the owner closed doors loudly and scolded it, I wasn’t able get a solid eight hours, which is what I sorely need.
So we are coming to the end of another year.  Next year has to change in some way.
Like I do most years, I will go without alcohol for six weeks.  After that, I think I’ll stick to sour beers, low abv bitters and pub style ciders.  I will work on running and core strength training.  Maybe a little up body strength training wouldn’t hurt.  The goal is to lose two stones (28 lbs in American weight).  The other thing I will need to work on is limiting sugars and carbs.
Tonight I will try writing a paragraph or two.  I will need to sit down figure out my strategy of what I want to do with my writing.  Novellas and short stories, for me is the future and that is where I need to work to accomplish something.  Most likely I’ll watch a couple of Father Brown mysteries instead.  
I need to work on improving my health and my writing.  Today, due to all the sweets I have consumed in the last several weeks, the last several months, I felt nauseous.  Then I could taste pumpkin seeds, another indication that my blood sugar is out of whack.  So being tired and feeling like you have to throw the whole day is not really conductive for writing or for doing anything else for that matter.

Anyway, a few more days until new year.  Let’s see what I can do this weekend.


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