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Brrrr

First morning that feels like September. Time to dig out the SAD lights. I am beginning to get that urge to hibernate. Strangely, though, I am sort of looking forward to fall this year. This summer has been so bright and brutal. Not enough rainy days to offset the heat.

OK, good things.

1. A dear, generous friend has given us an original Xbox on indefinite loan, so I can finally play DDR! I... haven't actually tried yet. E plunked around with the controls a little and we found it sort of bewildering, but I intend to hop on and give it a real good shot this evening. I have every reason to think that once I start getting the hang of it, I'll be hooked. Thanks to boadiccea and rottgrub for turning me on to this about... jeez, a year ago?

2. I have the bug to write. It's weird. Every now and then, I'll just get this hankering to knock together a story or two. When I was in high school, I was told I had an "aptitude" and I made a few weak, little attempts, but I think Writing was too big and scary a venture for someone as fearful and lacking in confidence as I was at the time. Maybe I can do it now. I mean, I can hack together some well received fanfic, so maybe I can do original fic? It wouldn't kill me to try a few exercises, right?

3. I think I am making a friend at my therapy group. I mentioned in group that, in an attempt to hide from election news, I had been eschewing NPR in favor of CDs of Neil Gaiman stories, and she went "ooh!" I totally had not expected any of these people to know who he was, and I already liked this woman a lot.

Kindred spirits in a Universe that is indifferent to our suffering. There aren't many good things that are good'er than that, eh?

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_blackjack_
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
I have a good thing! (In addition to the ongoing good thing that is chelonologist...) One of my students is a very out lesbian! I mean, that may not seem like much where we come from, but down here it's something. She's also very bright and prone to blasphemy. I like her.

Also: sleeping. A surprisingly good thing.

Oh, and I guess the fact that I've been walking to class instead of riding the bus counts, right? That's three! They may revoke my Eeyore license.
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
Hey! Sounding pretty good. Maybe this semester won't be so tough on you. *crosses fingers*

Sigh. I don't get enough time around lesbians anymore. It saddens me.
chadu
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
It wouldn't kill me to try a few exercises, right?

I highly recommend The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. It helped me a lot when I was blocked last year. I'll probably start doing morning pages again after I get S7S cleaned up and sent to edit/pub.

http://www.theartistsway.com/
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
I KNOW I have that book somewhere. So I shouldn't buy it again. I should hunt for it.

Good advice. Thanks.
peregrin8
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
I second the Artist's Way recomm, and can lend you my copy if you like!
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
Ooh! Well, I might take you up on that if it turns out to be impossible to find the one I am almost certain I bought about 6 years ago.

Hey... any chance you might be up for a Monday night meditation class one of these weeks?
peregrin8
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
mon. night meditation
I very well might - but probably not before October?
chile_sauce
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
We're getting the very first hints of Fall here in PA too. Oddly enough, like you, I'm looking forward to Autumn this year!
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I've decided that, just because I am not on the best of terms with Winter doesn't mean I have to dislike Autumn. It's beautiful, and colorful, and bountiful, and it smells good. Just like many of my best friends :)
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
You know, if it weren't so expensive, I'd totally buy one. I don't think it'd be super effective for actual light therapy, but it looks snuggly, so it goes on the maybe list, in case of a bonus-like windfall later this year. Thanks!
boadiccea
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yay DDR!

I miss DDR. Haven't been able to do it much since I first got sick.

Though once Fred sets it up I'm gonna try it on beginner again and try working my way up.

Enjoy! I'm glad you like it!

(And I always confuse the up and down arrows, myself.)
fenriss
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
It has that element of silliness that makes it irresistible to an ENFP :)

I hope you're feeling better, sweetie. I will be sending you a little package soon, and I will try to include some comforting things for a person who is convalescent. *smooch*
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