A year out of hospital…an update…

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I’ve fallen into a fairly steady rhythm with work and school over the last couple weeks.

The days have definitely been full, chasing stories for several papers and working through my two university level courses. Still, slow as it may be, I am making definite forward progress.

As far as school goes, I am about half way through my Communications course. I am just doing some rereading before I start on the mid-term assignment. As for the Prose course, I finished today the first of three novel studies for the course. I’m planning on starting the next novel tomorrow.

The first novel we studied was called The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. It is a very powerful story that looks at identity in a new immigrant family in Boston at the end of the 1960s. The novel primarily follows the lives of the mother and the son over a thirty-year period, though there are times where the narrator’s point of view shifts to other characters. While the novel is not my usual genre, I found it to be a nice change of pace from the violence, carnage, and explosions I usually read about in the mysteries of military thrillers I usually read.

I’m not going to lie, the Prose course has been kicking my ass. I’m finding it hard to find the same interpretations as the course material where it comes to theme and ideas in the stories we are reading. I’m giving it my all, but at least point all I’m really caring about is the pass.

While I have been busy with work and school, life hasn’t had no play. For the first time in awhile, Lynn and I escaped to the movies last night for a date night. We caught the final showing of the new Ryan Reynolds movie, Free Guy. The movie was riot. Lynn and I both had a good time. It’s been awhile since I laughed that much.

Set in fictional Free City, the story follows Reynolds character, who happens to be a Non-Player Character (NPC) in a Grand Theft Auto-like video game. The thing is, due to the coding in the game, the character actually learns, grows, and evolves into an actual, living, artificial intelligence. I really enjoyed the show, and would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting a good laugh. That said, I’m planning on doing a full review of the movie in a full days.

As far as my fitness regime goes, it has kind of gone a little off track. I’m still managing three cardio workouts a week, but I am definitely feeling some reconditioning happening. With things slowing down at work a bit, I’m going to work at making time again to reincorporate it the six-day a week routine, because I know I feel so much better mentally when I do.

Mentally, I’ve been dealing with a bit of anxiety over the last couple days, but nothing significant. It has been nothing compared to what I usually face this time of year. Progress. I’m blown away though. Tomorrow is one year since I was in hospital last. My last admission was Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2021. This is the longest I have kept my ass out of hospital in quite a few years, and it feels fantastic.


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