December 23rd, 2011


Christmas Thoughts: Winding Down

There's an awkward point at the start of any holiday where my brain hasn't yet slowed down enough to be able to actually relax, and I'm not yet calm enough to get anything creative done.

I haven't had a whole week off work in a long time (possibly a year, definitely several months), and I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. I stopped being able to do anything creative quite a few weeks ago, as my brain just wasn't able to settle unless forced, and while I have a few things I'd like to do over the Christmas break* I can't face starting a project right now.

On the other hand, I came down this morning feeling somewhat rested, discovered that nobody else was about yet, and was stuck with the feeling of needing _something_ to do to distract me, and not having anything handy**.

This feeling usually lasts the first couple of days of holiday, and then I manage to both relax into a state where I can happily just relax on the sofa with a book, and (shortly thereafter) feel creative enough to do something for myself. I'm really looking forward to it.

*Primarily getting my LJ's style sorted out so that it's less godawful, and getting the interface for creating multiple jobs for posting feeds in place. Oh, and reducing the 665 emails in my inbox to an awful lot less.
**I had, of course, already caught up on LJ and my feed list in bed.

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Christmas Thoughts: Things that have entertained me today

Walking the dogs in the rain. Not huge amounts of rain, but enough to give me flashbacks to holidays walking in the Lake District when I was a kid. It became obvious that I'm less fit than I was a couple of years ago...

Playing Dominion. To be precise the Intrigue and Prosperity variants. I can blame, IIRC, coalescent and despotliz for originally inspiring me to pick up a copy of the game, which has now entertained my family for a year and a half.

Finding cute pictures of animals on the internet and sharing them around the family, culminating with the Baywatch of dogs:

courtesy of skreidle

This video of a freeze-mob for Star Wars: The Old Republic:

which seems to have both baffled and enthralled the people standing around it in Times Square.

Next up - more games, and then dinner. Venison, pheasant and grouse, courtesy of a pack of meats from my uncle Chris.

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