My first week of retirement draws to a close, and I’ve gotta say: it feels good. Real good.
Of course I miss the hell out of a lot of people; some have kept in touch, whether via email or Hangouts (and even a few via comments here on the blog–hi, Beth, Chris, and Derrick!), but we all know how much easier it is to just not communicate. Staying in contact with others is work, real work, and life in the modern era is easy to fill with so much other stuff that unnecessary communication falls by the wayside. As someone with free time now, it’s incumbent on me to keep those channels open as best I can. And I’m going to try.
Work, though? I’d be lying if I said I missed having a job. Maybe I will, as time goes on. Right now, not so much.
The only Real Adulting I did this week involved picking up some prescription glasses I procured on the cheap thanks to my ex-employer’s excellent benefits; I now have what amounts to eight different pairs of glasses with the same prescription. You know, Just In Case. In life as I did at work, I plan for catastrophic failure.
Definitely Not Adulting things I did this week:
- Watched a non-trivial amount of serialized stuff via the magic of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Strong recommendations: Altered Carbon, The Americans, Transparent. Less strong, but still enjoyable as a not-quite-as-good Black Mirror: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Altered Carbon is on Netflix and the others are on Prime Video if you want to follow along at home.
- Played a tremendous amount of Let It Die, Suda51’s most recent weird-ass video game. It’s free-to-play, but in a way that you could easily never pay a penny and enjoy the game completely. I’m actually in danger of burning out on it due to putting so many hours in–I’m somewhere north of 70 right now and less than halfway through the game–so I’ve intentionally backed off some in the last few days to give the game some room to breathe.
- Got back into solving pencil-and-paper puzzles. I have a Japanese sudoku magazine that has less than ten puzzles left before I’ve completed it from cover to cover. I can’t remember the last time I completed every single puzzle in a puzzle book. Of course the ones left are the hardest, but that’s part of the fun. After I finish it, I plan on moving onto Djape’s first Trigons book. Trigons are fascinating and pretty brutally hard, so I’m going to have my work cut out for me.
- Ate a bunch of junk food that I shouldn’t have. Malt-o-Meal’s Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys are maybe the best sugar cereal I’ve ever had, and my newfound love for them terrifies me.
Things I didn’t do but plan on maybe kinda sorta looking at next week, you know, if I feel up to it or whatever:
- Getting back into leisure programming. Probably something simple at first, like some code cleanup on Giles. Like many things in my life, I have lots of grandiose plans, but now I also have way less in the way of excuses to not actually execute on those.
- I should probably, like, look at Rewind (AKA the novella I always talk about as being “actually pretty good”) or something? And, uh, think about how the hell I’m going to expand it to a novel? Yeah, this almost certainly isn’t happening next week, because it’s big and scary and I need to work up to it.
This entry is already too long, so I’ll leave you with a question: what would you, the reader, like to see here? I’ve tentatively settled on a few-times-a-week schedule, but I’m open to feedback as to what sorts of things I should be writing. Personal reviews of games and movies and stuff? Musings on game design? More slice-of-life bits? Feel free to either reply to this blog entry or send me Philback. There’s no point in writing this stuff if no one wants to read it; I already have entire novels that are never going to see the light of day and I’m not sure I need to add to that volume.