So this is a place to share the good things that happen in our lives. They don't have to be huge even little tiny good things are good.
Cool. Well today, I achieved 3 goals, I drank some water, ate some food and got out of bed before 10 a.m. but I didn’t get anywhere near a few of the other goals, but I’m stoked. Oh, and I went on a wonderful walk through nature.
I’ve had a really great day and I’m going to do my best to get to sleep at a relatively early time tonight and have another go at the things I didn’t attempt today, tomorrow. Although I can’t try all of them, the new autism group won’t be meeting again until next week so I have a week to try and prepare for that and maybe next week, I’ll actually make it there.
It’s been a fabulous day with a little extra thrown in. While I was out in the countryside, I saw a sign for a riffle shooting range, and this seemed to really appeal to me. So sometime soon, I’m going to give that a go. Maybe it’s the 13 year old boy in me but either way, I’m really looking forward to it so I may have found myself an actual hobby!
I awoke this morning without being troubled by the lingering of dreams and short term memory loss. I hope this heralds the beginning of the end of a disconcerting phase. I have been unable to remember simple things in the morning - which cupboard the tea cups are kept, what day it is, even the dog’s name - I think this is called hypnopompia. I’ve been driving persistent night time images from my mind by listening to music and using my synaesthesia to replace them. So to wake up this morning, memory intact and no lingering images was heartening and very welcome.
I made an unexpected discovery: I went the loo at work. There are 2 loos and they are individual rooms with automatic lights, except one has a light that doesn’t work. Of course I always avoid this one, but today someone was in the other one so I went into the dodgy one and shut the door. Well, its quiet in there, and PITCH BLACK. It was the most wonderful thing ever: Total sensory rest. Someone has put a torch in there to use, which obviously I did use after a minute or two, but now I know where I can go when the classroom or playground noise gets too much
I cycled to work and back - a 20-mile round trip - and did the morning leg in a record time for me of 34 minutes. I then had a great day with the two service users I was assigned to. I spent the morning with one of them painting some pictures, and the afternoon with the other one doing some jigsaws.
When I got home, I went down to the beach for a refreshing swim before tea.
Lots of exercise and creative endeavour today! Now I'm going to do some reading before bed.
Hi Tom, what are you reading?
I'm going through a phase of re-reading some tried and trusted favourites. Recently finished Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man' and Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness.' I'm now on Philip Roth's 'Portnoy's Complaint', which is one of the funniest books I ever read. A college teacher once told me that the only true reading is re-reading. I don't see much new stuff that takes my fancy, so the oldies it is!
I'm sure plenty of good new stuff is getting published. But with the cut-throat way things are now in publishing, I think many are only prepared to put their money into stuff that is guaranteed to sell. So it's often the lowest common denominators: celebs, cooks, sex, dragons, etc. Also, a lot of 'new' writers seem to be the products of university creative writing degrees, and the novels read like they've been workshopped.
Here in London today... Clouds... and even an attempt at Rainfall.
I've just been to my first ever samba band rehearsal. It was 2 wonderful hours of mostly non-verbal communication, rhythmic sound and vibration of the bass drums through the floor. The teacher explained the rhythm patterns and meaning of the different hand signals well and in the space of just 2 hours, I felt that I learnt a lot.
I enjoyed connecting through the music, swaying to the rhythm and seeing others enjoy the experience too.
I highly recommend it.
Sounds blissful! (Never thought I'd say that about a public toilet).
Wished I had somewhere at my job that I could retreat to by myself with minimal stimulus and an absence of people.