Actually, I think I severely sprained my writing-anything-amusing bone. That should not be confused with a writing boner, which is really a different genre entirely.
I started a new job last week, and while I really like the team and the culture (and hello, benefits) I do miss setting my own schedule. The rebel in me chafes a bit on principle.
The point is: the past week or so has been pretty close to the first week of school when I was a kid. It takes me an adjustment period, and during that time I sleep like absolute shit. And therefore start nodding off around 8pm…because I’m a super exciting party…(yawn).
Tonight I stupidly decided the long hike would be good, since it’s been a while, I was home by 5, and I’m apparently a sucker when my idiot brain says “seriously, this’ll be great for us!”
The long hike is 3.5 miles in a park with
demonically steep hills about every 200 yards. The first few are actually sort of helpful: imagine a large, out of tune orchestra playing bits of SOMETHING all together so you can’t focus on one thing. If I don’t have a way to expunge the surface garbage of news headlines and how gross I think a vegan recipe for mac and cheese would taste, it’s harder to get to the good stuff.
I have a couple choices for feng-shui-ing my brain. First: journaling. I learned the Natalie Goldberg “wild mind” method in high school creative writing class, and that shit still works to get the
Lucky Charms demented Leprechaun weird images out. Meditation works too. Sometimes opening my yap and spilling rainbow flavored verbal diarrhea works, but that’s just…well, it’s rude.
I mean, no one wants to be pooped on. DO NOT BURST MY HAPPY BUBBLE: I’M STICKING WITH THAT ASSERTION.
Exercise works because I can pretty literally sweat out all the toxic brain bits. Hiking works better than anything else because running makes me want to puke and swimming, while I do love it, puts me in real danger of inhaling chlorine water mid-evil-thought and drowning. I suppose there are worse ways to go…and now I’m thinking about poop again. Sigh. I’m so damned ladylike.
Plus, hiking is more of an adventure. Tonight I heard two owls hooting at each other, scared the bejesus out of a deer (the bejesus was really scared out of both of us, and I’m pretty sure the bejesii went skipping off in another direction together), thought bears might be heading my way but it turned out to be lumbering mountain bikers, and had an entire flock of crows laugh at me for a good 1/4 mile.
They actually perched in the tree above me, looked down, and cackled. That is not the exhaustion talking. I was fairly amused.
It’s clearly been a while since I hiked, because I didn’t get to the relieved state of a cleared mind until the second mile. The hills usually help: a fat girl huffing and puffing up a godawfully endless steep hill gets to a don’t look up, the top is too far away and you’ll just quit. Just put one foot in front of the other and be fucking careful not to sprain your ankle again because NOBODY will come all the way out here and roll your ass back to the car stage. I appreciate every terrible hill in a twisted sort of self-help-inspiration way. They force me to focus on the moment. They force me to keep going because I’m too damn stubborn to go back down and it’s just one more step, then one more, then one more. And suddenly it’s the top and I can look back down while I catch my breath and be sort of surprised I got so far.
Tonight, the first three hills gave me Dory’s irritating “just keep swimming” song instead of clarity. I know I’m evil for saying so, but I really didn’t enjoy that movie. Therefore, I’m CERTAIN I’ve not brain-dumped the bullshit in a while.
See? There is no funny in here today, only crass bathroom humor and sleepiness.