Thursday, July 29, 2021

Episode #93: My Summer Is Easy Livin'

It's a word! It's a bird! It's a duck chillin' on a rock!

Sort of what I've been doing these days: chillin', stylin' and profilin'.

Welcome to the literary world of G.B. Miller, where the only things that are free in this world is time and your imagination.

The last time we spoke, I happened to mention that I was seriously thinking about job hunting. I'm very happy to say that will no longer be the case. Earlier this month I had a hearing with the medical board to appeal my original denial of my disability retirement application, and I'm happy to say that my appeal was successful. My pension is increasing to a very livable monthly wage and I couldn't be happier. 

Whoever says the art of budgeting is a lost skill set is a spendthrift. It took me about a year to properly budget my bi-weekly paycheck, and 25+ years later, that skill has allowed me to seamlessly transition into budgeting for a monthly paycheck (helps that both children are between 85 and 100% self-sufficient).

With the need of a part time job falling by the wayside, I can now return to my previously scheduled routine of minimal to do and all day to get it done. The added bonus of less stress is allowing me to experiment with certain aspects of my writing

Like music.

As many of you probably know, I have pounded home the fact that in order for me to write, I needed peace and quiet. However, circumstances, in the form of a water damaged basement (about a 1/2 inch or so) from an early July rainstorm, forced me to relocate my den to the dining room. Unfortunately, because the dining room is an arm stretch from the kitchen and 20 steps to the living room, this has forced me to change tactics with my writing.

Enter classical music.

I'm not a big fan of classical music, even though it become my default genre when I'm the car and there's nothing on the radio nor c.d. player. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and in order to find my writing groove again, we went to YT and found classical music for relaxation (among other things). Popped those headphones on, adjust the volume to just barely audible, and presto! white noise for writing.

None too thrilled, but it is what it is. And for those who might be wondering, I'm currently listening to the softer side of Bach.

So this is what's going on with me so far. Lots of daily walking {good for the soul and body), some quality family time and slowly getting back into the writing groove.

Life is indeed good for me now.

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  1. Glad you won your case.
    I couldn't listen to classical but I do use music to focus on writing.

    1. The only reason why I can even remotely tolerate classical is my early exposure to it from Looney Tune cartoons and having played in my elementary/middle school/high school years.

      And I'm glad too, as I don't have to hunt for a part time job to supplement my income.

  2. Congrats on winning your appeal! That's wonderful news. Glad you don't have to get a part-time job now. Enjoy your retirement!

    1. Thanks!

      Even if I wanted to get a part time job, I won't. With the type of pension I'm receiving, they will actually adjust it due to any legitimate outside earnings, as they require you to submit any and all W2's that you've received from those jobs.


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