Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time


We're swiftly heading towards the end of the 20-day blogging challenge on this day, the 12th, in which we'll discuss a typical day in my life/online time.
In this regard it's interesting to notice how the challenge slightly deviates from the original WoW-centered theme and instead take on a more general aspect. This is just as well, I might add, as at the current type of writing I'm not active in World of Warcraft but instead look forward to the hellish horizon of Diablo 3.
I do, however, find it more than fair to include examples from both fronts, so this is what you'll get.
So let's start out with the most relevant section, my life as it is.

I work at a hospital, around the middle of Denmark, and have some traveltime in between, so I usually get up around 6 in the morning in order to check in around 8. I like my silent free time during the morning, in which I have the chance to wake up, eat and read comics. Yes, I have an obsessive need to read comics during breakfast, especially Donald Duck, otherwise the day will quickly turn very sour.

Upon arriving at the hospital, my nerd-genes immediately set in and I usually buy a soda early on (yes, I hear the puritans out there screaming. You can run along now. Nothing new to see here). It's quite important it's cold, otherwise I have hell of a time waking up. For the same reason I rarely schedule patients before 9, as I can be a really slow waker, some days.

I specifically work in a clinic for anxiety-treatment and exactly how my day is structured varies greatly, as some are really hard and others barely involve anything but meetings. My general responsibility lies within individual treatment (with cognitive behavioral therapy), group treatment and participating in the planning of upcoming initiatives. It's a solid work in which I have a great influence on my processes and schedule. Needless to say, it also pays in more ways than cold, hard cash.

It's not unusual that I'm home around nine hours later, a time which I am fond of calling ”real life”. I usually get some kind of supper, albeit I'm not the type that eat much, before heading on with whatever project I have currently on my desk. It usually falls within the Warhammer, Pathfinder og PC-gaming category; it truly depends on what's popular. At this time of writing I'm in the process of painting my Vampire Counts-army, so tonight will likely consist of Corpse Cart painting.

Of course there is also the blogging. I find some time to do this in my breaks at work; other times it really needs to be done from home, especially due to time restrains and technical aspects of, say, videos.
I'm notoriously bad at getting to bed as well. Hardly a huge surprise for my kind of people, but it bears repeating. In this regard I mean; seriously, notoriously bad. We're not talking the casual 15 minutes here and there, herp derp. No; I mean hours. Literally hours. It's not that uncommon that I go to bed three or four hours before getting up for work again. It is therefore with good reason that, should you ever have the chance to meet me, you'll notice how tired I look most of the time. That's just things working as intended. I count on this to go on till the day I drop. As I'm anyway going to sleep the majority of my life away as I get older, I intend to push myself to the limit when I have the energy.

And on the following day it all goes on.
There are of course the special days, which are still typical in the sense they are recurring on a weekly basis, or so. Wednesdays are always Pathfinder nights, in which we work hard to complete Carrion Crown at the moment. It's not a massive session, but we usually do manage to play for just about five'ish hours a week, which is fine by me. I've heard other groups are struggling to play five hours a month.
Then once a month, usually there is Warhammer gatherings.

On a typical day off, I generally just start from ”real life” and do that all day. I feel best concentrating getting one thing done rather than distributing my energy across several projects. Also, I catch up on the missing sleep, sometimes meaning I sleep 11-12 hours in a row. Life is great.

Regarding the online-life, I never really had much structure whenever I logged on to WoW, although I do remember often grinding on one time at the time. Such as getting my motorbike or the Insane in the Membrane achievement. I usually felt that I truly needed a grand purpose for logging on, otherwise I just derped around in the capital cities doing nothing. Perhaps this is also one of the reasons for my prolonged absence. I remember when being in a guild, I'd often log in some hours in advance to farm soul shards (remember, when they were items that went into your inventory?) and mats for the raid. Usually I ended up grinding way more than needed since I knew some people would inevitabely forget. I do get altruistic at times, I suppose.
I've never been good at daily quests at all. I wish it was so, but even at the start of Cata, in which I forced them upon myself, I broke down (almost) sobbing in the end by the mere thought of another Deepholme sweep.

This day it's pretty much the grown-up routine whenever I log on to the net. The facebook, e-mail, twitter and the few communities I participate in. I have a tendency to keep them all open at the same time, which is a massive time-consumer, and yet I'm a sucker for prying on other people. They will just have to deal with the fact.

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