Monday, January 3, 2005

I’ve been writing recently about the mind maps I make for each day. Sometimes I accomplish everything on the map. Some days, I accomplish nothing on the map. Today was one of the latter days.

Work went well; despite the fact that an electrician was wiring offices all day, my computer booted and I was on the network starting about 10:30 a.m. and continuing for the rest of the day. I updated a couple of documents and completed my weekly status for the week before. Most importantly, I talked briefly with the project engineer about work to be done, which I think laid the groundwork for a deeper conversation I plan to have with him tomorrow, in which I will push forward with my takeover of more documentation work.

I had intended to go home and make stir-fry, so that I could take leftovers to work for lunch rather than going out to eat. I was so looking forward to that until I realized—halfway into the afternoon—that I had forgotten to defrost the chicken, and I had no other meat to use. Arrrrg.

So, I went out to eat at a nice restaurant, which I rarely do for dinner. The restaurant of choice was called the Longhorn Steakhouse, which serves large portions of pretty good dishes at reasonable prices. I was only able to eat half of my meal, which is good, as I can have the other half for lunch tomorrow. The chicken is currently defrosting, so I can make stir-fry tomorrow night.

On the way home, I stopped by Best Buy to use a gift card, and after deciding to purchase several things then putting them all back, I ended up with just one purchase: volume 1 of the Shaman King anime. I came home and watched all three episodes on the disc. Episodes 1 and 2 were pedestrian, but the third shows serious promise. Episode three was good anime.

Then I chatted with Saalon for awhile, about the Java programming language and the state of fantasy and science fiction literature (yes, our conversations do wander a bit). That inspired me to write a bit more of my December short story, which is now nearly done. Yay!

But my mind map remains sadly unused. I didn’t make my stir-fry, I didn’t fix up more of the wall Dad and I built on Friday, and I forgot to check my bank statements while at work so I couldn’t go through my finances.

But I had a good day. So who cares?

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