It’s been nearly a week since I left work for what technically should be the last day of work, and while I found the little send off luncheon the rest of the team gave me touching, there’s just this small part of me that hasn’t come to terms with the fact that, well, I’m no longer gainfully employed. I guess I took for granted the fact that my routine for the better part of two years was, wake up, go to work, then come home, in that order, that now I wasn’t working I had no idea what to do with all that extra time.
Common sense dictates that I should be catching up with my hobbies, since I actually have time for them now — something that I’d invariably lose once I find work again, or continue my Master’s Degree studies — but I haven’t. Frankly speaking, I have far too many hobbies for my own good, to the point that I can’t decide which one I should spend my time on.
I mean, I could work on my drawing again, but with my exposure to Pixiv you’d understand how daunted I feel, as while I’ve managed to do just fine with simple lineart, coloring the said lineart has always been a problem. I barely have a beginner’s level of understanding of Adobe Photoshop, so… Well, I think it’s easy to understand why some people remain content to be passive viewers instead of willing participants in the activities they enjoy.
I’m not too sure if I can take the leap yet, that’s for sure.
In the end though, I chose to indulge in some anime, reading and, surprise surprise, painting my Warhammer 40k figures.
While I haven’t built up a backlog of shows I needed to watch (at my age, I only go with three or four shows per cour/season), I did have some series on my hard drive that merited a watch. I finished the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVAs (both the 1997 and 2003 iterations), as well as the last few episodes of the Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV series (I’m passing on the OVAs for now), though I decided to watch the former using the Japanese language track instead of the English dub (as the English VAs were quite wooden in their presentation in what should have been great fight scenes, ESPECIALLY the one with Jotaro and Dio) while I did exactly the opposite for the latter (Crispin Freeman as Kyon Tylor? Hilarious).
Oh, and to answer those wondering about the current shows I were following. It’s Suzumiya Haruhi (no expectations, as having any with this show will just end in disappointment and rage), Valkyria Chronicles, and Shin Mazinger.
On the reading side, I’ve gone through the 40k books I’ve just (relatively) recently acquired from Amazon: Mechanicum by Graham McNeil, Titanicus by Dan Abnett, and Cain’s Last Stand by Sandy Mitchell. I will freely admit that I enjoyed the last novel more than the first pair; though the previous two books were great on their own (Mechanicus in particular as a source of new 40k lore) I like reading about Ciaphas Cain’s latest comedic misadventures.
Finally, still related to 40k, I was able to give my Space Marile Whirlwind something more than its primer of matte black. I really wish I could show a picture of it (I couldn’t find my camera anywhere in my room), but it’s just on this side of being tabletop ready. Giving the red portions of the vehicle’s hull layers of glaze (which to the untrained means an admixture of 1 parts paint and 9 parts water) is annoying though, as it’s a time-consuming exercise, but at least it evens out the color on those areas (a constant problem, as I’m working with old and shallow pots of paint as of this point). I’ll see if I can finish up on that, then I can work on maybe doing the same on the blue areas, before finishing up on the finer details, like decals and such.
While it does look like I’ve been busy, I really haven’t. When I’m not reading, watching anime, or working on adding more layers of paint to my Whirlwind, my default ‘activity’ is really just sleeping off the rest of the day. Oh sure, I try to go out for a brisk walk or a jog, but given how messed up my sleep schedule has become in the aftermath of my resignation, it’s actually hard for me to do so, at least on a regular basis as I go to bed way past the witching hour, meaning I wake up, at best, around lunchtime or early afternoon. It’s definitely something that needs to be worked on.
Oh well, at least I’m not just sulking around in my room being depressed.