Next Project & Next Conundrum

A next project and a conundrum were already brewing. But, I have been reading When by Daniel H. Pink and I moved them both up in priority.

There are two issues:

  1. I want to supplement my swimming, but something with A/C due to the the unbearable heat-humidity combination during the summer afternoons and evenings here.
  2. I want to have the type of social interaction that is not scheduled – people I like but that I meet up in a completely unscheduled, unplanned, no commitment type of way. Especially now that I have dropped both volunteer positions.

I had a previous solution that addressed both problems: I had found a group exercise class I was very interested in that met multiple times during the day. Perfect. I could show up to whichever session I wanted. But the demands of my current schedule and responsibilities are not allowing it very well.

Now, I need to come up with separate solutions.

The Next Project

The project addresses supplementing my swimming.

I have great gym equipment that I love (major pieces came from Craigslist).

The equipment is in a perfect space in the basement. No A/C, but definitely cooler down there. The perfect space, except . . .

except, it is kind of dark down there, and I never finished unpacking.

The pile of stuff remains after the move because I have no easily identifiable places for the items. It is depressing to see it or even think about it (which is probably why I have not yet picked up the stuffing from obliterated dog toys that you see on the floor).

So that’s the project: Make the basement gym more inviting so that I will use it. That means dealing with The Pile, fixing the lighting, and fixing one of the doors down there.

The Remaining Conundrum

The conundrum is how to increase my social interaction options in a way that works for me.

I am an introvert. I like to think that I would be a happy healthy hermit. I do lots of studying and solo hobby activities that I truly love. Truthfully, though, I probably should supplement my work and family interactions with other social encounters for optimal balance and better breaks from my discretionary work (When).

Given the resulting limitations on my schedule from the previous disastrous month, I don’t know the answer to this one. Yet.