2020 – 06 – projects
Projects: finally, a nice blog…
My last blog on this was in June last year (2019-20). My ‘projects’ are the positive, self-development and enriching things I do to fill my time. The screenplay went nowhere during the last 6 months of the year – I was too distracted by Cat A, healthcare and other issues. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to rent a cottage in the middle of nowhere and spend 3 months with no distractions working and finishing the screenplay. As that won’t happen anytime soon…
I’ve started back doing yoga. My goal was to do a session for every day this year. In one respect, it was going well – I was sticking to the plan and feeling good, and my blood pressure had dropped from the 140s/90s into 120s/80s – but in another…the PAIN!!! One or more of the poses almost immediately aggravated my middle back spasms. I’ve been gritting my teeth and persevering – stupidly – but after 4 weeks of debilitating pain, I’m taking a week off to see if that eases the problem. I’ll probably start back up next week.
Of course, that pain is just more on top of the cervical stenosis pain and exercise induced angina. I try to manage it all without any painkillers but it sometimes beats me into submission. Still, I’ll be seeing the Dr next week and I’ve got a neurologist appointment… what am I doing? This was supposed to be a ‘nice ‘ blog about ‘nice’ stuff!
I’m also ‘back on the Polish’. A lot of the vocabularly and phrases have come back relatively easily. I’m writing myself 100 lessons – one for each day – on a variety of scenarios. That’s 10 new (and not so new) words per day and a whole lot of phrases. Do I understand the language? Not a chance! It’s ridiculously and unnecessarily complicated… just what I like! I’ll be developing my 100 lessons the second time round to include the basics of grammar. Hopefully, by the end of this year, I’ll have a 1500-2000 word vocabularly and understand some of the grammar
Several times over the years I’ve fallen out of love with music and playing guitar. It’s been like that for the past 6 months. So how do I fall back in love? I’ve gone back to the music that excited me when I was in my early teens – post punk and new wave. To keep me engaged in the process, I’ve been playing a new number each week with some of the guys on band night. We’ve got all sorts lined up: The Jam; Stiff Little Fingers; The Ruts; Elvis Costello; Joy Division; The Boomtown Rats; Big Country; Blondie – the list goes on and on.
I’m also developing a guitar course in a similar vein to my own personal Polish course. It’s actually to fill in the blanks I have with my guitar. For example, jazz.
Ther is so much I have to learn and so little time.
Be happy, be safe and kind.
Graham Coutts, 30th January 2020
Several times over the years I’ve fallen out of love with music and playing guitar. It’s been like that for the past 6 months. So how do I fall back in love?