It's Hogswatch! It's Hogswatch!
I am so ready. I have a challenge, but no idea how to run or score it, so that's on its way.
Sleeping so the Hogfather Will Come
Keep working on good sleep habits and getting more rest. It's a big deal for me.
DO I DETECT A NOTE OF UNSEASONAL GRUMPINESS? said Death. NO SUGAR PIGGYWIGGY FOR YOU, ALBERT.
My diet has been slipping. I've, um, eaten from the vending machine at work more than once in the past month. And bought food I wouldn't make for myself. So it's time to stop the sugar piggywiggies.
Part of this is going to be doing lots of diet-compliant baking for the holidays. Partly to get in the mood, partly to help a family member who's converting their diet, but also just to get back in the swing of things. And part of the swing of things is that I don't need to cut out anything, just make it diet-compliant. If I wanna make tons of Christmas cookies and cakes and, I dunno, pumpkin cheesecake, that's actually just fine, if it fits my macros. And it's way better than ending up at the vending machine because I've forgotten to eat and just need calories fast.
Nevertheless, it was a little bit surprising to find that Bloody Stupid Johnson had turned to bathroom design. But, as Ridcully said, it was known that he had designed and built several large musical organs and, when you got right down to it, it was all just plumbing, wasn’t it?
Bathing is big in this book. I approve. Bonus points for excess bathing. I could use the relaxation, and a nice hot bath in cold weather is very pleasant. And extra bonus points for ridiculously seasonal peppermint or pine scented bath water.
(Extra extra points if I can find a sauna while I'm on vacation. I've already looked up the local Y and asked about joining for a month, and I'd like to say it's for the pool and whatever, but the truth is, it was for the sauna.
The members of the Guild of Assassins considered themselves cultured men who enjoyed good music and food and literature. And they knew the value of human life. To a penny, in many cases... There was considerable satisfaction in a clean kill. What there wasn't supposed to be was pleasure in a messy one.
A certain amount of cleaning and organization has to happen. I fell behind this week. Plus there's all sorts of holiday prep, and other things.
"You can't give her that!" she screamed. "It's not safe!"
IT'S A SWORD, said the Hogfather. THEY'RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.
"She's a child!" shouted Crumley.
"What if she cuts herself?"
THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.
No, still not sword month. But I do want to train for waving swords around. Some daily training activity, with an emphasis on yoga and a martial arts conditioning workout.
These will be tough once I leave on my Hogswatch trip. There's not a lot of indoors space for that sort of thing, and outdoors space will probably be full of snow. Being full of cold is fine, but snow might be a deal breaker. That's the other reason I'm looking at the local Y.
Celebrate the Hogswatch Season
Do something daily to celebrate Hogswatch. I tend to get into ruts, and not give a lot of thought to recreation or downtime and how to use it, so I want to intentionally be festive and do deliberate downtime. It's sort of a nice little mental hibernation.
Scoring and organizing is still under development. We'll see how that goes. I'm still liking having this daily adjustable list rather than a checklist; more flexible and makes me think about it more, which helps.