#BoozelessChristmasPledge Day 3-4

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The titles of these posts are somewhat misleading, technically this is day 8 and 9, in the sense that it has been that long since I consumed any alcohol.  It’s day 3 & 4 since I made a solemn pledge to give it up until Christmas.  In hindsight I should have just kicked it off on December 1st and gone from there.  Would have been a lot simpler in an arithmetic sense.  You live and learn.

My colleague stormed into the office this morning and demanded to know why I hadn’t blogged yesterday, when I said I would blog every day.  I apologise profusely.  Sunday got away from me and when I finally sat down with the laptop, I was more inclined to sleep than type.  Be assured however, blog or not, Sober Sunday was definitely a thing.

My brain still does not seem to be fully functioning properly, but my is improving.  Yesterday I got up and did a 7.30am yoga class – yep, 7.30am on a Sunday.  I woke up ‘sans’ headache in my temples, first time in over a week.  Brucey Bonus.  Following yoga I went for a coffee and a chat about life with a mate.  Whilst in Zimbabwe,  she had met a couple from Perth who lived and worked over there as rhino poaching prevention soldiers – widely regarded as one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.  I thought that level of self-sacrifice was pretty incredible, and strengthened in me the desire to do some good for someone or something other than myself.

Then I got home and did something strange.  I did three things which I have been putting off for months.  I pulled TV unit away from the wall and swept up all the old cockroach poison, and with it, the dead cockroaches.  I’ve known they were there for months, but haven’t had the get up and go to do anything about it.  Inspired by my progress I decided to go down to the garage and put together a shelfing unit I’ve had sat in parts since I moved home 15 months ago.  Then I swept the garage floor, well, just because.  And then, sat on a dusty shelf, I noticed my old bedroom window blind which I had taken down ages ago, because it had a load of mould on it.  I’ve been sleeping without window blinds for almost a year.  God knows how many times the people in the apartment opposite must have seen my todger.  Probably the same amount of times the streetlight across the road has disturbed my sleep.

I thought to myself, “I’m a roll here“, so I grabbed it from the shelf, took it upstairs to the flat, laid it out and scrubbed that blind back to nearly new perfection.  God it felt good to have a properly dark bedroom last night.

So this has been a blog about me doing chores. How fun for you.  I intended to write about shared adversity leading to strong human connection, but life doesn’t always pan out the way you intend.  The moral of this story is, that if I clear my mind, and my body, I’m more likely to get shit done.  Herein endeth the lesson.

Hope you all have a cracking Monday out there 🙂

Footnote: it’s day 4 of the ‘pledge’ as I write this.  I woke up at 6am and went for a run on the beach and had a dip in the ocean before walking half the journey to work.  By the time I sat down at my desk I had walked/run 9,000 steps and felt great.  I’m excited to start more days in this fashion.  Tonight I plan to walk the 9km journey home and stop at the gym along the way.  Monday’s arse is getting kicked back in touch.

Xtra Footnote:  Do you ever lie awake at night worrying you’re going to miss one of these posts? Bored of Facebook and Instagram? Well, I have the answer – you can subscribe to the blog to have it delivered to your email.   Navigate to the homepage – link here – scroll to the bottom, enter your email and you’ll get no spam, just a tidy little notification from WordPress when a new piece of mine is available to read. 

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