December 27, 2020
Good Sunday afternoon VFOT friends and followers. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! I wasn’t sure that I was going to get to writing this today…with my schedule adjusted for the Holidays and some family commitments today, I didn’t expect to get into my workspace. However, we got through early and I’m carving out some time.
I hope that you’ve been happy and healthy during this time of transition and renewal. I’ve managed to carve out time for exercise and self-care during my time off. Feeling pretty good as we go into these final few days of the year.
I finally completed Developing the Leader Within You (Maxwell, John, C. Developing the Leader Within You. 1993. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson). As I’ve said before, I should have read this one earlier. It’s a simple read, but it covers a lot of fundamental principles. Sorry that it took me so long to get here.
I’m continuing to make my way through The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek (Sinek, Simon. The Infinite Game. 2019. Portfolio/Penguin: London.). I’m really enjoying this one. The concept of playing an Infinite Game is definitely intriguing. I’ll keep you posted.
The fact that I’m continuing to plug through my pro-reading while I’m on time off is something I’m proud of.
I’ve got another title in my rotation that was actually written by a local leader that I’ve done some work with. I’m not sure that I’m ready to share details on this one. I’ll let you know.
Other Learning Opportunities
We had our last Supervisory Roundtable meeting of the year. This series has been very useful, and we’ve got a pile of good takeaways as we move into the new year.
I took some time off from work so my other learning opportunities during the past couple of weeks came on the mats. I’m excited that I got some Jiu-jitsu in as we headed into the Holidays.
Some Stuff About Me
This is supposed to be a celebratory time of year, so I’m going to keep this short. I did have a telehealth appointment with my therapist this week. I felt like I needed to keep this one, because as I’ve said previously, the last several months have unearthed some disturbing memories from my pretty distant past. Some of this stuff I hadn’t thought about for years. It got to the point that I was recently in a local restaurant and the server was someone I’d known as a young adult. She referenced a story from our past and I had an instant flashback to a near tragic incident from when I was at the Boat School. I literally hadn’t thought about this episode in over 20 years. It was completely buried, but it came flooding back in an instant. I’m still working through some of these memories and I don’t feel prepared to do it without a guide. It’s going to be alright though. I’ll come to terms with them one at a time.
On a completely separate, lighter note, I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to deal with my nutrition needs in the morning. For quite some time I’ve fasted in the morning with only water, coffee, and a couple of teaspoons of MCT oil in the coffee. Lately, I’ve been struggling with just that. I was getting hungrier earlier in the day and eating badly to offset it. So, I decided to mix it up. For the past couple of weeks, what I’ve been doing is adding a ½ a scoop of Mölk protein powder and a ½ of teaspoon of honey to offset the protein with a few carbs. So far, this combination has been working very well. I’m pretty happy about it.
On Date Night the 1st week, I had a conflict. I was scheduled to participate in North Pole calling hours on behalf of the City’s Parks and Recreation program. Due to the virus, I had to do this from home. So, after the calls were done, date night was low key and at home. While I was making the calls, C took care of dinner by ordering curbside takeout from District. That was also Day 3 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer cocktail celebration.
That evening and into the next day we had the 1st major snowstorm of the season. It was a doozy. By the time I got the yard cleaned up, it was late in the day. After running some other errands, I headed to Jits. Unfortunately, no other students were there. After a quick chat, Professor C and I agreed we deserved a night off. So, I went home changed my clothes and started a fire in my SoloStove. Then I went out to enjoy a cocktail in the snow.
On Friday, I did my annual Holiday Shopping Shindig. This is my annual tradition where I take an afternoon and do all of my last-minute shopping while walking in our Downtown and visiting local small businesses. This was a good year. I got some great gifts, but I had some really great connections.
Each night last week, once our chores were done, we put Holiday movies on the television and just relaxed together.
On Monday, I participated in a photo shoot with a local photographer, who has become a friend of mine. She had seen a post of me in my blue Santa suit and wanted to shoot me in it…so, we met at a local park and she shot over 100 pics. This was a fun change of pace.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were lovely. We focused on one-another and stayed low-key. It was different, but it seemed appropriate for this year. We wrapped up the Christmas week today with a short, socially distanced visit from C’s brother and his girlfriend. We exchanged gifts, had a late lunch, and sent them back on their way. It was only a couple of hours, but it was a little taste of normalcy.
Well, that’s enough for now. Be well, be kind, and stay healthy! See you in a couple of weeks.
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