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Give us a sense
Gods, but it’s been a long time.

I’ve been discovering over about the past week that left to my own devices, I can actually do a reasonable job of maintaining a household. I can even do it relatively painlessly if I pace myself, taking a mix of downtime and chores. Every night, I’ve been doing about three "house" things and running a couple of errands on top of walking the dog. Even with this level of activity, I still have time to eat, catch Buffy if I so choose, and play a couple of Warcraft missions.

On a pure "meeting of base needs" level, life is pretty good. I could use more sex, but I don’t think that particular complaint is at all uncommon.

In other random thoughts, I like having a dog around. Although they require more attention and care than cats do, I’m starting to think that the increased responsibility is a good thing for me. Having to get up in the morning and return home at night has made me more aware of the passage of time. My days have definitive beginnings and ends, and I find that I’m wasting a lot less time than I would normally. Additionally, having a kind of structure imposed on my time has me beginning to appreciate S. Benedict’s ideas behind a strictly ordered day. The Big D just has far less of a chance to take hold.

Warcraft III is incredibly cool. Sadly, I think what I’m liking best is that I’ve not become an addict.* I find the game interesting, entertaining, and beautifully done. I'm still at a point where I see things in the game with wonder and amazement... it feels good. For some reason, Blizzard games tend to circumvent my jaded cynicism and let me access the kid inside.

*This may have something to do with the fact that I’m not very good... or that I've not been dragged into the fun of getting beat up by cosmicserpent on B-Net.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music: Dirty Vegas, "Days Go By"

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cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: July 24th, 2002 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to remedy that B-net beating problem... I'm actually not really addicted to it either. I would only battle.net with friends and I don't need to do it all the time. I do want to organize an 8 player game though, we could play two teams of four or four teams of two or just go crazy free for all. It would be hella fun.
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: July 24th, 2002 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

I still wanna do an Earth Vs The Robots game of 3-4 peeps facing off against the computer.

We'd get stomped, but it'd be a good stomp.

-ia.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: July 24th, 2002 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think we'd get stomped though. I think we can take the AI, IA...
komos From: komos Date: July 24th, 2002 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I wasn't attempting to implicate anyone... I've just had some serious problems with getting sucked into games and not coming out for a long time.

I'm trying to get ready for the beatin's, but I think I need a little more time. Right now, I'm still surprised by little things like how the Halls of the Dead defends itself. (I think my reaction was, "What the hell is THAT??") Once I'm not completely helpless, I'm in.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: July 24th, 2002 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That's cool, take your time. I bet you're better than sjc was. Joe and I stomped him good. :)
komos From: komos Date: July 24th, 2002 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still working on workable build orders and actually remembering my base once I've assembled an attack force. Mid-game has me going off half cocked and then suddenly realizing that I have resources in the 1,000's sitting and doing nothing.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 24th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

More evidence of your brilliance

You've discovered the "behavioral" in "cognitive-behavioral therapy:"

"Additionally, having a kind of structure imposed on my time has me beginning to appreciate S. Benedict’s ideas behind a strictly ordered day. The Big D just has far less of a chance to take hold."

This statement is a perfect expression of why psychologists try to get depressed people "behaviorally activated." When dealing with someone who is doing practically nothing all day, the first step is to try to impose the most basic structure onto their life. I'm blanking on the official term for it, but it's really just giving them a schedule. Getting a person to do something and realize that they are doing something, even something as simple as making breakfast or washing the dishes, often leads to them being in a better mood.

I'm glad, too, that you're finding your time house-sitting now to be more comfortable than it was when you first started.

You need a puppy. Would Jaime let you have one?


komos From: komos Date: July 25th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More evidence of your brilliance

1) You'd think I'd be able to figure things out sometime before the middle of my 33rd year. I read The Rule of Saint Benedict when I was 18, so have had plenty of time to synthesize a way of thinking about it. Is it brilliant? I seriously doubt it.

2) Just as I'm getting my groove, I have to think about packing up and going back. At home, I still have to deal with my train-wreck of a mess and have another person in the mix.

3) I have no idea. I'd guess no, but I've not asked him. I also don't know that I'm at a point where I could afford a dog yet. Once I've paid you and your folks back, I might consider it.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 24th, 2002 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I could use more sex"

16 days and counting... :P
From: uruz Date: July 25th, 2002 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Until then, well, he has the dog. :)
komos From: komos Date: July 25th, 2002 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That, and my hot, hot fantasies of you and the boys... ;P
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