Frustration seems to have caught up with me.
Yesterday there was a work lunch that involved us going down to the Canberra Yacht Club. I don't especially like the yact club as I think the food is overpriced for what it is. Looking around, I also foud myself annoyed by what looked like a bunch of smug grey haired people who dine in yacht clubs on Friday afternoons. I was also annoyed by the fact that I was sat next to a co-worker who snorts when he laughs and who smelled like nicotine. I was also annoyed by having to make conversation with a guy who used to work for W before my time and who I've seen before, but who means nothing at all to me. I had nothing to add to conversations about home renovations or about taking the kids to see a show in Sydney on the weekend or about the footy tipping competition. As soon as I sat down I decided I would rather have stayed at the office alone (but that would have been noticed by everyone else.) I said very little, and I left as soon as I could.
At one point I looked out on the lake and two guys were on the lake in a canoe. I would much rather have been doing what they were doing. I had also read an article about the training of Navy SEALs
. I was awestruck by the Hell Week training, and sitting at lunch I would much rather have been in the early stages of hypothermia doing pushups on a beach in California than sitting in a warm dining room. (And that's not hyperbole, that is literally true.)
Back at work, I waded through heaps of letters that had accumulated during my time away and they finally got to me. I loathed the people who sent us timewasting letters expounding half baked ideas written by hand in difficult to decipher script and even those that were legitimate. We even got a letter from an organisation concerned about the curriculum in schools. This was an organisation with letterhead and with staff, and their letter began with the salutation "Dear Member of Parliament". Attention groups trying to get the attention of politicians! If you are going to send a letter to a politician, you might want to actually write down their name. I am considering sending them a letter in return in an unmarked envelope and on ordinary non-letterhead paper saying "Dear Organisation, Thank you for your letter or e-mail or fax. I value the contributions and insights of your organisation on the issues you raised, whatever they were. I can assure you that I either agree entirely with your views, I agree with some of them, or I think you are a bunch crackpots who should be locked up until you are no longer a danger to society. Sincerely, Random Member of Parliament to whom you wrote. P.S. I would be happy to meet with representatives of your organisation if you can figure out which one of the 150 Members of Parliament I am.
I made it to the gym after work, with a sense of rage bubbling away beneath the surface. On the walk to the gym I found myself having somewhat violent fantasies about taking on gangs of street thugs who dared to harass me, and sending them running before humiliating their leader by taking his shoes and shirt and pants and forcing him to walk home barefoot and clad only in his underpants. Anyone who approached me was likely to get yelled at.
I managed the heaviest workout I've taken on since getting back from holiday.
YW: 30 80kg deadlifts, 30 pullups, run 800m - 3 rounds.
It took me just over half an hour. I would have liked to have done it faster, but that is a lot to deadlift and pull and I found myself getting dizzy and gasping for breath more than once. This workout really smacked me around, but luckily not a single person spoke to me the whole time.
The thing is, I didn't really feel less frustrated. I got home and tried to set up the new modem I picked up to hopefully allow our house to get our wireless started again but could barely accomplish anything on accout of being so bent out of shape. bakerypenguin
wound up coming over to help and diagnosed the problems we had (which are the problem of our provider rather than us) and I spent most of the time thinking "I'm not well. Something is wrong."
Helga and Alleluia and Roxy came home and we all watched Paris Je T'aime and I felt a bit better knowing there was nothing I could do, but I still went to bed all frustrated.
Today I'm feeling a bit better despite waking up at 4am due to it being the coldest night I can recall so far this year. There will be another major workout which will probably smack me aroud some more, some shopping, and I suspect a lot of barricading myself into solitude. Maybe I will do something nice for dinner tonight.
I don't think I'm supposed to feel like this.