It was a quiet uneventful Halloween evening and that was alright. With the exception of last year where I dressed up for Halloween at work, Halloweens for several years now have come and gone mostly unnoticed for me due to either grad school or work. It was nice but a little eerie to have the outdoor to ourselves.
Since we’re spending so much time indoors I’m thinking I may as well start decorating early to enjoy the season more.
I put a lot of things on pause to watch game 6 of the world series as I had a good feeling about this being the day that the Los Angeles dodgers would finally win for the first time since 1988. I don’t normally watch games, but today I watched every second of it. I was really hoping I didn’t set aside about 4 hours worth of time only to watch them lose, but now that they won I thing that it was well worth my time to watch them win.
I fell asleep with my computer open. 😦
I am not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of myself, but this weekend I did absolutely no work and I think it was the break I desperately needed to recharge.
One of my favorite places to go for hot pot is now closed permanently. This is a large chain from Taiwan, so there are other locations, but this one will always be special to me.
I have not been the best about keeping up with a journal, but I do occasionally write in one. I was accused by a few people a couple of years ago that I disappeared from social media and changing in other ways because I was desperately trying to emulate my partner. So I found it interesting tonight when I was reading previous journal entries and found this particular one:
I deliberately chose not to go run with [my running group] this morning. I want to run, but I seem to be bored by the group: like a production that has run its course. I’m turned off by all the gossiping that goes on. Especially now that I’m enjoying keeping my affairs far more private. [A professor of mine] this week talked about the importance of staying relevant and continuously reinventing oneself: I think this is part of my reinvention – my renewal. I’m bored of social media and chasing after every new “foodie” place…Saturday – August 25th, 2017
This was about a year before I met my partner, so it was very vindicating that me going to less restaurants, not running with my group, and staying off social media was entirely my decision and not influenced by anyone.
The other thing that stood out was the bit about the importance of staying relevant and continuously reinventing oneself. This was a business lecture and was focused on remaining competitive in the business landscape, but it is relevant to so many areas in life. So after finishing this post I dedicate some time to introspection and see what areas in my life could use some reinvention and renewal.
I always admire when there a lot of work to do and my boss at my main job says “thank you, I’ll take it from here. Enjoy the rest of your evening!”
So in the other job I consult for, I decided to pay it forward and say the same thing to a person that reports to me. There were mistakes on his report and it would take me a few hours to review it and complete my part, but I know he worked hard get it to me on time. So instead of asking for another draft, I would sacrifice my evening to reward this person for those hard work. Besides, you know I actually like having work to do. 🙂