Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: shoulders, sciatica, right arch

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Bowie, Manassas, Mystery to Me by Fleetwood Mac, Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur, Audioslave, Future Games by Fleetwood Mac, Shot of Love by Bob Dylan, Chet Baker Sings

Recent viewing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, NBA Finals, National Treasure (Hulu series), Becoming Bond, 12 Monkeys (Hulu series)

Recent playing: Lake Drawing Book

Recently accomplished: The Daily Bowie, 5000 steps a day for 2 weeks, cleaned up patio, yard work, graduation party, wrote Mother’s article, mailed CDs (Jan, Sue, Katie)

Imperative To Do: Get a job, write Mother’s article, walk 6000 steps per day, refinish deck, colonoscopy, finish writing Neil Young liner notes

Daily habit goals for 2017, revisited

Time Action
08:00 Wake
08:30 Clean bite guard
Blood sugar
Make coffee
Kitchen chores while waiting
Make/eat protein breakfast*
09:00 Apply for jobs
09:30 Medications (second cup of coffee)
11:00 Mindfulness
11:30 Lunch: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
13:00 Blood sugar
15:30 Snack
15:30 Yard work/home repairs
18:00 Dinner: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
19:30 Free time for…
…Music
…Chores
…Reading books
…Walking
…TV
22:30 Brush teeth
Bed

* snack pack, peanut butter toast

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: shoulders/neck (better but still creaky)

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Chet Baker, Bob Dylan, Robyn Hitchcock, Maria Muldaur

Recent viewing: Thirteen Reasons Why, The Expanse, Better Call Saul (Season 2), The Last Man on Earth, Billions, Homeland, Scandal, Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Recent playing: Lake Drawing Book

Recently accomplished: The Daily Bowie, 3000 steps a day for 2 weeks, fixed bathtub drain, mailed CDs, yard work

Imperative To Do: Get a job, write Mother’s article, walk 4000 steps per day, mail CDs to people

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica, shoulders/neck

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac, Cop Killer by Body Count, Bob Dylan, Robyn Sings by Robyn Hitchcock, Seven Steps to Heaven by Miles Davis

Recent viewing: Billions, Scandal, Louis CK 2017, Suicide Squad, Last Week Tonight

Recent playing: Lake Drawing Book

Recently accomplished: The Daily Bowie, changed ToDo manager to OmniFocus, mowing, edging, weeds, HackerRank.com programming challenges

Imperative To Do: Write Mother’s article, HackerRank, fix Graham’s bathtub drain, walk 3000 steps per day, mail CDs to people

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica, ankles

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Cop Killer by Body Count, Anthology 1964-1977 by Johnny Rivers, These Foolish Things by Bryan Ferry, Garcia Plays Dylan, Neon Bible by Arcade Fire, The Doggfather by Snoop Dogg, Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan, S-Town (podcast)

Recent viewing: Big Little Lies, Homeland, Billions, Scandal, The Last Man on Earth, Dave Chappelle: Collection 1, Marvel’s Iron Fist, The Crown

Recent playing: n/a

Recently accomplished: Replaced CR-V, changed insurance agent, cleaned roof & gutters, job interviews, The Daily Bowie

Imperative To Do: Write Mother’s article, find a job

Dive

The sun bakes the brown skin on my back. I peer through a knot hole at the water below. The warmth feels good but I’m not here for the sun. I’m here for the water.

I place my palms down on the gnarled wooden surface of the dock and hoist myself to my feet. I quickly look around to assess the situation: Who can I impress? Who should I avoid? Who might I frighten with a sneak attack?

I face the shore and stand on the edge of the dock plank, balancing on the balls of my feet. Hands at my sides I take a deep breath and fling myself into the space beyond the dock.

The water is barely six feet deep so the dive must be shallow. Shallow dives don’t allow for much finesse but as I jump, I sweep my arms outward until they meet above my head just before I hit the water. I feel graceful and superheroic never considering that I may look less so.

The water is cool and murky green. My older siblings won’t swim here and some friends level charges of “runoff” and “swimmer’s ear” but I never believe them. This is my habitat.

With eyes wide open I immediately glide to the sandy bottom. I take massive strokes with my arms, inverting the motion I used in the air moments before. My hands pass in front of my face each time I reposition my arms for a new stroke. I feel all the power and grace my non-athletic body will ever manage. I know I am a better swimmer than my peers and that is a great comfort.

I swim silently, slightly above the sand, with no other thoughts in my head but suppressing my desire for air. Eventually that desire will overpower me but I know I’m one step ahead of my future self. When at last I can take no more, I will begin the ascent to the surface, forced to continue swimming by virtue of my position at the bottom. This, I know, will give me an advantage in future underwater swimming contests, should they ever arise.

But none of that is necessary for this dive because the shore arrives before my air supply dwindles. I take one final stroke and glide into the shallow water where it is no longer possible to hide my awkward body from the world. When I can go no further, I raise my head above the surface, taking care not to stir the water unnecessarily or to make any gasping noises with my first breath.

I linger briefly in the shallow water, feeling my body float effortlessly while my belly rubs slightly against the sand. I revel in the moment. I know I belong here. I long for the rest of my life to be this effortless.

Dedicated to Mary Lou, 2016.08.21

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Recent listening: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Olé Coltrane, Peace Trail by Neil Young, Slightly Stoopid, Johannes Brahms, Dylanesque by Bryan Ferry, Watermark by Art Garfunkel, Roxy Music (eponymous)

Recent viewing: Longmire, Limitless (series), The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher

Recent playing: Mario Run, Really Bad Chess

Recently accomplished: Finished a book, traveled to Georgia, laundry

Imperative To Do: Replace CR-V, change insurance agent, clean roof/gutters, fix HP printer, bariatric application, write Mother’s article

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: left shoulder

Current reading: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Recent listening: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Olé Coltrane, Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Let Me Get By by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Peace Trail by Neil Young

Recent viewing: Goliath, Jim Gaffigan: Cinco, O Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, London Has Fallen, The Fall, 3%, The Sixties, Frank, Longmire

Recent playing: Mario Run

Recently accomplished: Paid bills, dumped US Bank

Imperative To Do: Change insurance agent, clean roof/gutters, fix HP printer, bariatric application, write Mother’s article

Daily habit goals for 2017

Time Action
08:00 Wake
08:30 Brush teeth
Blood sugar
Start hot water
Walk
09:00 Make coffee
Make/eat protein breakfast*
09:15 Begin work
09:30 Medications (second cup)
11:00 Standup
11:30 Lunch: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
13:00 Blood sugar
15:30 Snack
17:30 Chores
18:00 Dinner: (tbd) calories and (tbd) carbs
19:30 Free time for…
…Mindfulness
…Music
…Chores
…Reading books
…Second walk
…TV
22:00 Brush teeth
Bed

* eggs, snack pack, peanut butter toast, cottage cheese, string cheese

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Exmilitary by Death Grips, Hamilton (original cast recording), The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Split Enz, x Infinity by Watsky, Just Can’t Get Enough

Recent viewing: Westworld, Black Mirror, Longmire, Batman vs. Superman, 13th

Recent playing: Galcon Fusion

Recently accomplished: power wash cement, completed mortgage refinancing, installed camera cables, Scion frame repairs

Imperative To Do: Fix HP printer, Xmas shopping, bariatric application, write Mother’s article