Doing my best to get back on track with my Atomic Habits. Now that the Star Atlas Dao launch is over the team has a little bit of breathing room, which means I have no excuse for anything.

Step one of course in my plan is sleep, and making sure I get to bed at a decent hour. So I picked up some CBD gummies while I was out shopping for the girls yesterday and popped one last night. They’ve got melatonin in them, so turned out the lights at 10:30 and was asleep seven minutes later. Best quality sleep I’ve gotten in weeks probably.

So I managed to get up at seven and meditated for the first time in a while. And now I’m here journaling. So far so good.

I have to take Elder to sleep-away camp in an hour, so it’ll be lunch time before I’m back at the house and able to focus on work. I might have enough time to plan the rest of my day before I leave, but I doubt I’ll have time to do a pomodoro.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with Younger this week. Left to herself, she’d probably just watch TV all day, so I need to find activities for her to do, to give her alternatives. I wouldn’t mind sending her to the neighbors, but I don’t want to impose. Speaking of the neighbors, we let the girls have a sleepover Saturday night. It did not go well. Younger has been begging us to let her friend sleep over, and we did, but it seems her friend was more interested in playing with Elder than Younger, so she was feeling a bit left out and sensitive. Sunday was rough, I don’t think either of the girls got enough sleep the night before, but I took them to their auntie’s house for a couple hours at the pool.

I spent most of the weekend playing Tarkov and failing miserably at PVP. I also spent a notable amount of time playing piano. I re-subscribed to Playground Sessions — it actually uses notation and has popular songs, as opposed to Melodics which uses the player piano style and has original music for the lessons. I’d rather build up my sight-reading capabilities, so I wanted to give it a shot. I never really used it when I was trying to get Elder interested in the instrument, so I’m using it for myself and learning to play All of Me on it now. I’m making good progress.

Younger seems to have a genuine interest in playing music, so I’m trying to encourage that. She’s been making her own songs up, freestyling acapella, so I spent some time with her yesterday while Elder was packing. She wants to play the piano and do the lessons, but when I try to talk to her about fingering she gets frustrated and then we start fighting. We did have a pretty good jam session, I broke out a couple of guitars that I had in storage, and the three of us had a nice little jam session. I had Amplify Studio running on the girl’s computer and my Mac, the latter of which was hooked up to the digital piano. Elder was messing around with one of the guitars, and Younger had the microphone. It was great fun.

I told Missus I didn’t want to drink this week. I’ve spent a lot of money on beer, going through a six pack or more of high-dollar IPAs. Some of them are twelve or fourteen dollars a pack, and it’s a bit much, both for my pocket book and my liver. So I’m going to see if I can get a permit for the local cannabis dispensary. Enough dealing with people on the street, I’ll just get the medical grade stuff from the dispensary and be done with it. I’ve known about it for over a year, but never went through with the process because I assumed that they wouldn’t give me one, but I’ve made up my mind. If I had to choose between alcohol and cannabis, I would easily choose cannabis.

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