Feeling Old in the New Year

I’ve had a pretty good winter break.

This is my last day off before returning to work tomorrow, and I’m actually putting off doing some work for tomorrow while I type this.  But that’s ok.

So I had a good break, Christmas, visit with the family, playing with nephews and nieces, and relaxing with Sam.  We sort of planned our trip to my parents around her available vacation.  It’s the first time we spent Christmas together (we always celebrated early or later since I went home and she went to her parents).

All good.  So what do I do when we get back to Cleveland?  I decide that since I’m on break, relaxing and don’t have to work, I’m gonna stay up late and play some video games.  Not just video games, but a button smashing fighting video game.  Which is great, I loved it, but the next morning I wake up and my wrist is killing me.

Its to the point that when I rotate my wrist I can hear the muscle move. At this point its not the pain that bugs me, I can handle that.  Its the noise.  Hearing my muscle move it bizarre.  Reminds me of when I broke my collar bone.  I was laying on the ground in pain after diving to catch a frisbee, but the way I knew I broke my collar bone was that I could hear the bones grinding against each other.

So I’ll be wearing this for a while.

It is Sam’s for her tendonitis.  Which is what I’m sure is going on in my wrist.  It helps keep my wrist straight, but when I pick things up I can still occasionally hear my muscles move, which is still just weird – but its ok… I’m a Charpentier, I heal fast. But from a video game.  Awww.

Man it makes me feel old.

New Year’s and Random Resoluteness

So I don’t ever take seriously making New Year’s Resolutions. I always figure if I am going to start something I should start it.

But on the other hand I understand the significance of a turning point. I remember a few years ago where a dream on New Year’s seemed significant. At the very least I woke up and felt like I had turned a corner (from what had otherwise been a downward trend). And I suppose New Year’s Resolutions set nice goals, however temporary they seem for most people.

So to that end let me make my list like everyone else does:

– I plan to continue drawing. A drawing for each day. I admit, I fall behind, but I strive to always catch up. I take my sketchbook every where so that I can draw in the minutes I have. Its important to me, and makes me feel good.

– I plan to exercise regularly. I started this one a while ago. I started biking 40 minutes a day after work. I’ve fallen off the bandwagon over Christmas Break as I haven’t kept a regular schedule. So in order to improve my exercising I need to set it as part of my schedule even when I am not keeping a regular schedule. I can do that.

– Keep the apartment cleaner. I’ve been slowly de-cluttering my stuff over the last couple months. A few small things here, a few small things there. We did some small rearranging, moved a bookcase to the bedroom (and got rid of six books in the move), organized what was left in the living room. Kitchen is next on the list. We’ve been more on top of the dishes and doing laundry.

– I don’t know, more outdoors stuff.

The thing with these goals is that I’m not reinventing the wheel, or doing anything new, I’m just building on top of what I’m doing now. And I kinda think that is how it should be.