Well, it’s been a week. A busy one at that.
I hit the ground running at work, working out of the paper’s Stettler office both Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, Thursday, and half-day on Friday I ended up working out of my home office doing a bunch of stories, watching a bunch of training videos, and generally trying to be productive.
Saturday, I had planned on spending a couple hours working, but between spending three hours working on an essay for school, doing sound for a memorial service for a friend who passed away at the end of September, and actually letting myself take some down-time watching television with Lynn, my day was full as is.
This morning, I managed to get a couple hours of work in, preparing myself for the week ahead. Since I’m helping cover for a staff member who is away this week, I have a fairly full week ahead of me, in addition to the rest of my ongoing projects. In addition to the work, I did get a bit of downtime, watching another murder mystery movie with Lynn, as well as running out to Fleet to grab a new bookshelf for the store. I still have a bit more work I’d like to get done today, as well as get some more work done on the first draft of my Communications essay.
In addition to the communications course, I’m part way through the second read through of the Timothy Findley novel The Wars. I am definitely glad I extended my contract on this course. I have to get through this book, the associated modules, then two read throughs of Charles Dickens Great Expectations, which being honest, I’m not overly looking forward to. This English course has been kicking my ass. I’m trying not to let it get to me though. I’m trying to focus on what’s in my “three-foot world,” the things that I can immediately change. I wrote about the concept in a previous blog around a year-and-a-half ago. That post can be found with this link. https://thrutheashes.blog/2020/01/11/3-ft-world/.
Also last week, I spoke with Dr. M. I updated him about the job, and how I am tolerating the new medication. He is content to leave things as they are for the time being. He’s also impressed with how far I have come over the last few years since he has been treating me. He’s having a prescription of six months worth of meds sent into my pharmacy, and is going to follow up with me then. He said that he is going to keep my file open, at least for the time being, which I am happy about. I am grateful to know that the support is there, should I need it, though I really hope I don’t.
I know things ebb and flow. Good things happen, and bad things happen. I also know that I am at a place in my life where I am better situated to handled whatever comes down the road at me. My toolbox is full of ways which allow me to cope with the ever-increasing stress-load I am under, and because of those tools I am finding myself thriving. Be it working out, reading, writing, playing video games, spending time with Lynn, or finding other ways to destress, my confidence is the highest it has been in I’m not sure how long. I have to admit, it feels good.
It’s been a hell of a ride.