The "back to school" project isn't exactly proceeding apace. The one thing that I've worked on with any great success has been the self-esteem side, which is more like a self-improvement project where I focus on loving myself and living in the moment. I have been reading The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle, and have found his observations interesting and somewhat helpful. The thing I've been practicing to that end has been learning to stand back in my mind and watch myself, living in the present while the rest of my brain runs rampant, alternately punishing myself for stupid things I've done in the past and worrying about what's to come. That focus on the here and now has been a particular problem of mine. I've been faithful to the morning pages, incidentally; this morning I brought the notebook out to the deck and did them, nearly freezing my ass off in the process (it's chilly here in the mornings; considering that just a couple of weeks ago it was hot and humid, even early in the morning, it's quite a change in the weather). Tomorrow I will put on long pants and a jacket.
On the decrapulation front, I've been keeping my office clean and picking up after myself around the house in general. So, I'm doing OK there.
On the non-computer-related activities front, I've been reading more and have been to a few movies. All the King's Men is really good, even if I did suffer through the book in high school. Hollywoodland was OK; I was more interested in it because I grew up watching Superman on TV and had heard all of the rumors about how he had died (specifically the one that had him believing that he could fly and jumping out of a window). I bought two books yesterday: Bob Newhart's I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!, a wonderful memoir by one of my favorite comedians (and evidently a lot of other people's favorite comedians), and Janet Evanovich's How I Write, which I've been waiting for (I was under the impression that when you preordered a book from Borders, they actually called you when it came in; I was in the store yesterday and found it on the shelf). Of course, the new fall TV season has begun and the baseball season is winding down (the White Sox and Braves are out of it, so the baseball season ends as far as I'm concerned on October 1), so that's given me something to look forward to. (I know that one of youse thought it was hysterical that someone said that one of their hobbies was watching television...)
On the writing front, it's been like pushing mud. Mary suggested that maybe I need to take a break from it, and I'm thinking that she might be right. I have not had a whole lot of original ideas and I feel as though I need to take a break, at least until November 1, when NaNoWriMo begins. During that time, I'm going to do more reading and just letting things germinate. I have one or two really good ideas for November, and I'll probably get to working on them (but not actually writing!) by mid-month. In the meantime, I have a writing project for work; I'm reworking training materials for a class I'm doing in two weeks. I'll let that be my writing for a while.
On the career front, I've been working with Oracle 10g. My client's application runs under SQL Server and Oracle, and up until recently we've been working with Oracle 9i. I'm going to be upgrading a server this evening to Oracle 10g. Next on my plate is to figure out SQL Server 2005. The cool thing is that both Oracle and Microsoft offer their software free to developers, so I've done my downloads. Now I just need some time...
Gee, I guess it hasn't been too bad. More on assignments soon.