A semblance of a normal life

Beginning this fall, it’s time to get back into something of a routine. Like a lot of people out there, I go through phases. For example, recently I found myself swearing a lot, whereas other times I get uncomfortable with excessive swearing. I usually don’t notice when it happens until someone points it out. This time around, I decided to replace the F-word with “moma-joma”. I don’t know how this word occurred to me, but it did. And it’s a lot more amusing than swearing. For example, at the zoo last Sunday:

“That’s one moma-jomin’ big gorilla!”

Or on the drive home:

“That moma-jomer cut me off!”

Like I said, more amusing and it also took more effort and conscious thought, which curbed my swearing pretty quickly. So all in all, an effective tactic. And in case you’re wondering, I don’t use the S-word that often, which is why I don’t have a replacement word for it. I should also point out that I’ve spelt it phonetically…I think most people spell it mama-jama, but I tend to pronounce it with an “o” sound.

Sorry, I’ve gone way off-topic.

As I said, I’d like to find myself in more of a routine, which I hope will increase both my quality of life and my productivity. Lately I’ve accomplished things, but I’ve also been lazy at times. And I don’t like the laziness. More importantly, I can’t afford to be lazy with the Schools Challenge kicking into high gear in the next few weeks.

Also, I’m concerned about my eating habits, which have gone south in a big moma-jomin’ way. Seriously, my diet is atrocious. I don’t remember the last time I actually cooked a decent meal.

The problem is that, to this point in my life, I’ve experienced absolutely no repercussions due to poor eating habits. That sounds like a good thing, but it means that I have no motivation to improve and maintain a higher standard of health, since the one I’ve got going seems to be doing the job. So it’s not that I’m unconcerned…I just find it difficult to put a high priority on it, when there are other things that demand my attention.

Anyway, my goal is to establish something a little more akin to the habits I grew up with, and I’ll do that by virtue of scheduling everything into my Outlook calendar. That includes meals, grocery shopping, housework, car articles, and Schools Challenge tasks, as well as studying for the GMAT exams. I’ve done this before, but usually only when I’m faced with a couple of tough weeks that I need to get through carefully. Well, I figure that I need to get through the next four months carefully, and this is how I’m going to do it.

Part of me dislikes this approach, because it abandons the unpredictability of life that I thrive upon. And you know, that’s okay. Like my eating habits, the unpredictability is something that might not be best for me…I just keep managing to pull it off, so it seems okay. Besides, it’s not like I won’t be hit by unpredictable events. If anything, they’ll be more pronounced since they’ll interfere with my scheduling.

I know this sound boring and non-adventurous, but I suppose that’s the way my life needs to go at the moment. Besides, by scheduling things in advance and getting them done, I’ll have more real free time to do all the adventurous things I want to do. And that can only be a good thing.

So there you have it. One more week, and then it’s on.

Moma-joma.

Russ