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28 July 201503:07PMlife

I wake up at 7:15 every day, which is exactly an hour before I have to leave the house. I grab a shower and some muesli with fruit and yoghurt, and take the 8:28 train to work. Lunch is a toasted sandwich, an apple, and a muesli bar. I make a habit of reading on the train rather than thumbing my phone. Very occasionally - so, at least once or twice a month - I miss my train because I wasn't paying attention to the time, and have to drive to work. Then I'll invariably forget that I did so, neglect to put a permit on my dash, and then miraculously dodge a ticket. On Sundays I have to drive, because there's no train early enough to get me to work on time. I don't mind, because the traffic isn't as bad. Mondays are date nights, Wednesdays are D&D, usually at the Generic Share House. Midnight is my rough bedtime. Anything after that is "late" - ironically - and will be paid for tomorrow morning. My phone theme is crimson, and has been for the last six months.

I have alarms with emoji in them, to tell me how to get to work. On bike days I pretty much grab some toast and leave, and shower at work. I keep some breakfast at work too - it's oats. On train days, I get up a bit later and have tea and muesli that's been warmed up. I shower after breakfast, and have taken to cleaning my teeth at the same time. I know this saves exactly no time, but it means I get to spend longer under the hot water, and it incentivises fresh breath. I abandoned lunchbox muesli bars when I realised in the shops one day that I was seriously considering having peanuts bound with peanut butter and coated in chocolate as a snack. I take extra fruit now instead, which is good, because there's a reasonably priced fruit and veg place on my bike to work. It's closed Mondays though, and somehow that's always the day I run out of fruit. I don't know if I'm ignoring my car out of sheer bloody-mindedness or just because the check engine light is on. Mondays and Wednesdays are still date night and D&D, but with semester starting soon, that will probably change. My phone theme is emerald, and probably will be for the next six months.

Things aren't better or worse, but they are different.

I don't know how or why, but somehow in the last few weeks the background radiation of my life has changed. It doesn't feel like a fad; these cascading insignificant changes have the texture of permanence to them. I'm settling into a new local minimum, an alternative main sequence, and I'm not sure I can go back. So I'm writing down the way things used to be, and what they've changed to, so that when I'm ninety and all of my hair is falling out I can remember what butterfly effected changes in the background chaos led me to where I am now.

i really dig the symmetry here, and i deliberately avoid adding any alarms between them

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