Yesterday was one of those days that dawned with grandiose plans for gaming, all of which fell slowly and inexorably by the wayside as the hours drew on. For a start there were a couple of things that I needed to get on with at home, and then, to cap it all, some totally unnecessary work-related hassles fell into my inbox.
For all the delights of being freelance, there is little doubt that carving out a day off can be a tricky thing to do. For some reason I appear to seem permanently available, and often ask myself why I make any plans at all for a day rather than simply grabbing quiet where I can.
I am determined to take back control, though, and sooner rather than later, and the word "sabbatical" appears with ever increasing urgency in my lists of things to get planned for the future. The target is for the beginning of 2020 (my "2020 vision"), but I might begin to power down craftily a little before then if I get my way.
At least I began the day with a play yesterday, getting Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game
to the table first thing in the morning, even though I felt that would have plenty of gaming time later on. In retrospect it was a good decision, given that it was very nearly all the down time I managed to eke out.
Better still, I hit a score of 40, which is not so bad for first thing in the morning and pre-coffee, and my scores are continuing to fall in the upper 30s range in increasing regularity. The challenge now is to get my scores to poke into the 40s just a little more often, but I think it can be done - the challenge of getting work out of the way so that play can take over might well prove to be significantly more, well, challenging.