I’ve been sleeping a lot better lately thanks to my CPAP machine and some medication. So much better that I’m spending a lot of time sleeping on my back, which I never used to be able to do. The upside to this is that it means I’m having a good sleep (nightmares aside), while the downside is that my back is quite sore in the morning. It’s a small price to pay, though – I’d rather be awake with a sore back instead of exhausted with a happy back.
Today I got up, had breakfast, did my exercises, and sat down to do more writing. Whether it’s a short story or blog post or technical document, I really enjoy writing – it feels good to put information in an order that’s easier to understand. I’m really enjoying writing in this blog in particular. I find it therapeutic to sit down at the end of the day and type out my adventures, thoughts, and ideas.
After I was done writing, I sat down with some paints and a piece of canvas and my tablet and tried to follow along with Bob Ross on one of the episodes of The Joy of Painting. I think it went pretty well for my first try:
Parts of my painting look okay (the trees in the distance and the shoreline) but the clouds and water really aren’t that good. I’m going to try again soon, though – even though I’m no Renoir, I really enjoyed doing it and I think this will become one of my regular hobbies.
I’m pretty excited this evening – J saw me having trouble with my computer and bought me a new one. It should arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to see it! It was very nice of her to do that. I feel a little guilty as my current computer still does 80% of the stuff I want, but it’s old and has been pretty rock solid. It really doesn’t owe anybody anything and deserves a pleasant retirement.
I think the fact that I’m excited about something is a sign that I’m getting better. I used to have only two emotions – not caring about anything, or panicking about everything. It’s also a plus that I’m excited about a computer. When I first got home from the hospital, I didn’t even want to see a computer, never mind use one. The fact that I’m able to use my home machine to do things like gaming and writing I think is another good sign. You have to be able to use a computer for pretty much any job nowadays, so being able to sit down at one without my stomach lurching is a definite plus.
It was very pleasant outside today too – finally warm enough to open a window for a while and let the fresh air in. As J said this evening, it’s nice to be breathing air that’s not from October.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier but I have a three gallon aquarium on my desk with some little shrimp in it. There are three “cleaner” shrimp (Larry, Moe, and Curly) and one ghost shrimp (Stanley). They zip around and eat like little machines. I don’t like shrimp (or any seafood for that matter), but as pets they’re pretty cool. Plus, you can see a lot of their internal machinery because their skin is pretty transparent. Anyway, today I was moving a plant from my aquarium to the bigger fish aquarium in the living room. I shooed two of the Stooges off the plant but didn’t see the third. I grabbed the plant and the third Stooge hopped onto my finger. I like them, but I like them much more when they’re not on me.
Other than that, my day was pretty standard. I’ll give it a seven point five I think. I hope you had a good day too!