Well, the holidays are well and truly over and everything is suddenly back to normal.
I am back to my regular Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 work schedule. I'm back to eating the way I was before the holidays, thank goodness. I don't think my waistline could manage any more food. It's going to take some getting used to, alas. My tummy's gotten rather used to having more food than it needs.
Next week, training starts, all four days at once. Ordinarily at the start of a training term, one location starts one week earlier, giving me some time to ease back into the schedule. Not this time. Next week, expect a lot of grumbling about sore muscles (even though I'll be secretly glad to be back at training).
This morning, I walked into work as I always do. It was quite the walk! Yesterday we had a snow storm, followed by freezing rain. The freezing rain put a very thick layer of ice over everything, making my grocery shopping a wet, slippery, painful experience yesterday. Also, City of Ottawa, would it kill you to ensure that the snow piles aren't blocking the ONLY DAMNED CROSSING available to pedestrians when you plough the streets? But I digress. Last night, after all the rain, the temperature plummeted to -17 Celsius. It was that temperature when I left the house. Luckily, it had snowed before the clouds cleared, meaning that not everywhere was a thick layer of ice. Most of the walk was over snow, which provides a lot more traction than ice and made for pleasant walking, even if the temperature was very cold ( - 17 when I left the house). The sun was shining and the snow was sparkling. It was really quite lovely.
In any case, things are back to normal. Well, as normal as they can be for me.
Over the weekend, I attempted to set up my Christmas present to myself. You see, I have decided to record game play for the Silver Stag Entertainment YouTube channel. I thought I had everything I needed. Alas no. Since when has anything involving technology ever gone smoothly for me? At first I thought I just needed a HDMI cable to connect the recording device to the television. Then, upon inspecting the television, I discovered that there was no HDMI port. At all. I stressed out a bit, thinking that I'd have to buy a new TV to get one with a HDMI port so that I could go ahead and record the game play. And then I found this cable:
I was so looking forward to recording game play and having it up this week on the channel. Alas, I have to wait for that cable to come in, so that's not going to happen for another two odd weeks. That is so depressing. I know, I know, first world problems. Still, it's annoying to get so excited for something only to have it fail.
Oh, and I should note, Nights at the Round Table will be renewing this year as promised. Our first filming session will be on Sunday the 11th, at 11:00am. We will be in The Abbey in Patty Boland's in the Byward Market. Feel free to pop in as an audience member, but do try and stay quiet during filming. This time we're discussing the book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and the film Akira (1988).
Since this is the first proper work week of January, I have to set aside Daughters of Britain and focus once more on Human. It is time to edit the crap out of that manuscript and send it on to Beta Reader number one. I'm giving myself two weeks to finish editing before sending it off. Then I can return to Daughters of Britain. I'm feeling pretty good about the start of this year writing wise.
Everything else has been mildly frustrating.
Right, I have to get on with my day, which means Welsh lessons. Then on to editing. Then it's the last Monday night weight session with my Kung Fu crew. Ah... normalcy... sort of...