Things as they should be (warning: Braindump)

Well its been ages since I posted properly and not just random links so I guess I should write something I’ve been pondering over for a while.

It first occured to me while I was doing the washing up in the aftermath of the Eskmeals Yellow Sign event (an event of cosmic archaeological import, written about by others elsewhere) to ponder why it is that hanging around after events like the Yellow Sign is quite so satisfying. This thought was later intensified by a recent holiday to Wales (which was very good, the Centre for Alternative Technology was filled with awesome, Snowdon was filled with a different and more painful kind of awesome).

Anyway I got to pondering day to day life, and why it is that the holiday or after-event period is so satisfying. Part of it I think is the fact that you aren’t having to do work you aren’t interested in, but that clearly can’t be all of it, because theres always cleaning, moving heavy things, washing up etc. to do during these periods. The kinds of jobs people normally find quite dull.

So I suspect it boils down to the simplicity of it all, instead of coming home, doing a frantic bout of washing and cooking before rushing out to do something else you take it easy. After the event specificially was like this, things got done, but in a relaxed way, people interacted but in a non-stressed environment, there was something satisfying about it because everything was simple. Things need doing, so everyone does them, things need cleaning so everyone cleans then, people are hungry they eat, people are tired they take a nap.

Certainly something to ponder over, perhaps I should aim to just simplify my life down some more, reduce the amount of rushing between events to a minimum, or perhaps I should just stop checking my mail and LJ whilst at home so much, since random purposeless net browsing eats into time that should be spent more constructively, reading, washing, napping etc. Although communicating online could be said to be a simple and constructive thing.

Anyway, back to Perl and waiting for news of deliveries of pointy things.

3 thoughts on “Things as they should be (warning: Braindump)

  1. calephetos

    My house may not look like it, nor my life, but I do find the voluntary simplicity movement (which makes it sounds rather ominous) quite attractive. And it thoroughly endorses straw-bale housing, which rocks. (Or doesn’t, if you put in a decent foundation filled with stones and at least a foot of foundation above ground level. Apparently.)

    I remember you considering an electricty detox (argh, buzzwords again) a few months ago.


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