I’m currently in the midst of my first Iowa winter as a stay-at-home writer – and it’s fairly tough. Many days, after taking the kids to daycare, I’m trapped at home for most of the day completely by myself. It’s too cold to go outside very much, although I do sometimes go outside anyway (and feel like I’m freezing). I tend to exercise at home as well, doing my usual fitness routine and such.
The end result of all of this is a touch of the winter blues, mostly manifested by a sense of being tired during the day. Usually, this tiredness lifts in the evening, mostly because of the interaction with my wife and kids, and weekends are pretty normal.
But there are times, during the work week, where I’d be happy to just spend the whole day curled up on the couch reading a good book and taking a nap or two.
I can’t wait for spring. I really want to open up my office window and let a breeze blow in. I can’t wait for the sun to change angles so I can get some direct sunlight into my office for the first half of the day. I’m really looking forward to restoring my daily walk outdoors.
How Much Money Would it Take For You to Compromise Your Principles? I guess it depends on the principle. If you’re talking about core principles, there basically isn’t a price. You could not pay me enough to harm my children, for example. Minor principles – like my intent to never miss a meeting I’m expected to be at – could be broken much easier. (@ get rich slowly)