- I put up a hummingbird feeder. I did that because I had a little bit of excitement recently, and it left me exhausted. I realized that you need to build up to excitement; too much all at once is like a couch potato running a marathon. I thought back over the last 10 years or so, and pretty much, the most exciting thing that's happened is seeing a hummingbird. Like, "oh wow! Look, a hummingbird! Oh, it's gone." So, my training program for the past decade has been tiny, short bursts, separated by looooong rests. I'm not saying nothing good or interesting has happened, just that nothing exciting. Now I watch the hummingbird feeder, and I'm like, OH! A HUMMINGBIRD. Another one!!. And so on, all day long, getting stronger, bird by bird.
- With this workout program, I've gotten pretty excitement-worthy, and can usually last through the whole day without a nap. Until today. I got a tiny consulting job this week, and by tiny, I mean it's about two days of work. It's a great company, and so they have a lot of requirements, which is fine. So they wanted proof of insurance, and a UBI number, and a bunch of other paperwork and signatures and on and on, and me, strong from my hummingbird feeder training, just march march marched on through all the paperwork, and finally, the nice man said, "Great, you're good to go!" And I was feeling all grown up, like, "I know. Someone hands me wads of hoops to jump through, I just keep at it until I'm done." And then he said, "Oops! One more thing!" And sent a form that requested my safety plan, and proof of current CPR, and a pdf of last year's taxes, and on and on. False summit. You can see why I needed a nap.
- Here is my safety plan, if anyone needs it for their records. All future inquiries will be directed here: If I'm working alone in the woods (which is what I do, btw) and harm befalls me, I will stay put until a turkey vulture or other large predator draws attention to my decaying body.