Friday 20 January 2012: The Road to Mordor
Cold be hand and heart and bone
and cold be sleep under stone
never more to wake on stony bed
never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead
In the black wind the stars shall die
and still be gold here let them lie
till the Dark Lord lifts his hand over dead sea and withered land.
The dismal, tortured chant of the Barrow-wight. JRR Tolkien
I've discovered today that I'm really not very good at resting. I should probably have just tucked myself up with a good book (I have enough waiting to be read), but decided to crack on with a bit of work that needs doing, something that is quite interesting and which I have actually been looking forward to doing for a while. There are other more urgent, more tedious things to do, but as I shouldn't have been working at this time anyway I thought I could justify it. It's been rather slow going but at least I've got my head back into gear.
Although I'm certainly a lot better today with this wretched cold, I've been feeling very flat. It's that feeling when you've been looking forward to something for a long time and it then gets taken away from you. I'm low on endorphins and adrenaline I guess. I resisted the temptation to do something about that with a run, settling instead for another short walk on the moor - in the rain. I've not blipped this classic view of the Cow and Calf crags before, so I guess it was due at some point. The shot captures the feel of the day pretty well.
Have a great weekend folks. I think I may well turn to a book right now, for a break from the computer. What I haven't yet discovered is how to balance my reading of journals here with my reading of books. I need to find a solution to this because I love books with a passion and there are just too many that are waiting to be devoured. Life would be so much easier if we didn't need to sleep. We have a design flaw. I can't help feel that whatever essential functions are performed during sleep should be capable of being performed as a background process when our brains are just idling along in neutral - which is the majority of the time to be honest. If only I could get my hands on the software running inside my head and make a few tweaks!