Saturday, December 29, 2007

Unscheduled time

You know your life is running at too high a rev when you finally get unscheduled time, completely free time, and it kinda stresses you out. Is that stupid or what?

Owning a home, there is always a list of things to do. But now that the sink is in, there are no barn burners. Just stuff to get to whenever. I'm not sure it's that list that's getting to me.

I don't know what's getting to me, except possibly lack of sun. I've had a day or two of very self-directed, "work" free days. I did a bodywork trade with a friend of mine, she worked on me on Thursday and I her yesterday. That's always a good thing, it feels good for me to keep my skills up even though it's been many moons since I did that for a living.

My Qi Gong brother Matthew came over and we did some training together. He's at a stage in the abdominal training that requires a partner, so he comes over a couple times a week for me to train him, or train on him, or whatever you'd call that. It's a wild practice, and still very effective for both of us.

Today, I'm going over to a Redwind Elder's (she's going to kill me for calling her that) house to be an electrician for a few hours. It's a great thing to be able to offer the family. Although I expect I'll never work full time for a company again, it sure is a fantastic skill to have.

I have a few chores to do around the house, but otherwise I'm free. Free to do whatever I want with most of my day. And, just typing that tightens my shoulders... isn't that ridiculous?

Getting out to Stud Farmhand's place in Walla Walla is well timed it seems. I leave Monday. You know a trip is going to be good when fly fishing equipment is required, as well as hot tubbing equipment. Looks like I will get some coaching on how to shoot the shotguns I inherited from my Grandpa as well -- perfect. Hoping there will be some blazing sun to reset my Pineal gland, and this cabin fever will be a thing of the past.

Pootie just brought in a slimy section of root from the yard. He's warbling like he's caught something alive. I think he thinks it's a worm. He's a big worm hunter, and eater, out of the compost pile. Apparently the season is getting to him as well.

Enjoy your random seasonal moods,



Stu Farnham said...

I'm surely no one to advise on how to slow down; I seem to have two speeds: full ahead, or dead stop (reverse?). Even right now I am a bit twitchy as I ran out the day's string of stuff to do at around 2:30 (too late to start on the next string of stuff). I've been pottering around the house keeping busy since then.

If you think you are suffering from lack of sun, I recommend (from personal experience) supplementing your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D supplementation is somewhat controversial. The FDA has not established any recommended daily allowance. Vitamin D defecits are reported to be very common, especially in winter in darker climates. In addition, the body's ability to synthesize Vitamin D diminishes with age.
Vitamin D has two forms: D2 is synthesized by plants; D3 is synthesized by in the human skin as a result of exposure to sunlight.
Since Vitamin D is fat soluble, toxicity is possible in cases of prolonged excessive intake.
Getting a hadle on safe dosages is difficult. Studies have shown adult toxicity in cases of prolonged intake at levels of 100,000 IU (most vitamin supplements contain 200-500IU).
Typical regiems for "extra" vitamin D range from 1000-5000 IU of D3 (Cholecalciferol).
There is some evidence that D3 supplementation is more effectivve in treatment of SADD than light boxes. There is discussion about it being effective against depression, and body of theory/folklore suggesting that D3 helps with a wide variety of conditions.
A good reference on Vitamin D can be found here:

Bpaul said...

That's my only problem with you Stu -- you're not specific enough.

... crickets ...

Thanks for the info sir, this is the second time I've heard about the supplement, I won't wait for a 3rd.

Stu Farnham said...

In the words of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse's inimitable Jeeves, "We endeavour to provide satisfaction, sir."