No school, and when not working, I have the time to comb my hair (although I've gotten out of the habit of spraying the stuff on my hair that I'm supposed to in order to keep it at its healthiest), brush my teeth once or twice a day (a habit I haven't done during school, and don't do during workdays), and get long nights of sleep. It has a minor tradeoff in that I need to establish an "off-season work routine", which I failed to accomplish yesterday (whoops), but for the most part, I'm actually healthier during these breaks than I am otherwise.
Which makes a ton of sense. When I do work, when I do school, there's a little bit in it for me, but it is still, as I said back then, mainly me appeasing others. I have little desire to do the work (even though I love lifeguarding when I'm actually there--it's just that it's an inconvenience to my life), but I do it because I'm "supposed" to, because others think that I should, thus, I don't want to disappoint them, I don't want to let them down, I don't want to make them sad.
It's just part of who I am. When what I'd prefer to do is just write and draw all day, maybe toiling at gaming a little bit.
...Speaking of which, while I haven't actually written anything in the last few days, I HAVE done productive work: winter cleaning, as it were; I'm organizing my various notes which I mainly make on Sundays. Some of them are even relevant to my story, the one I'm SUPPOSED to be working on! (Although the majority of them are for the story that I haven't named in here that I work on in my private site, as a side-project every once and a while. And then there's the ones for random ideas of mine. With the occasional reference to Disease or Disease offshoots. Of which, there are a lot, mind you. The novel I'm writing and Disease are both particularly infamous that way, having no less than TWO alternate-continuity "what if" stories, both having plans to publish a dictionary-book, both having plans for one or two prequel books, both having originally been one book and now being split into a second book, and both having a canonically-optional sequel set after the end of the canonical story, which is of such a lesser quality that I consider the ideas to be fanfiction that just so happens to be written by the original author and calling it noncanonical is equally as valid as calling it canon with neither right nor wrong. And by the way, the side-project story I have works much the same way. It was originally supposed to be one book, but I decided that it'd work better as a series of books, set over a year or two, showing the protagonist dealing with multiple antagonists rather than just two or three, and after the final antagonist, having a canonically-optional sequel focusing on his partner rather than him, and then a canonically-optional sequel to the canonically-optional sequel focusing on his kid, fighting a new foe. Yeah...)
Busy, busy. So much to do, not nearly enough time. It's almost time for me to leave for Tae Kwon Do, even, and my day's barely begun. Basically all I've done is reflect on the above, and then done Heroes of the Realm stuff. To keep you updated there, I'm focusing mainly on getting gold right now, because I've still got items that need socketing--five, now, instead of four.
The problem is that I typically only get one or two socket attempts every one or two days, because they're so dang expensive once you've failed as many times as I am failing. However, I have a little bit of a side-project, where I'm trying to clean out my inventory of items. See, I've got a ton of gemmed items. I don't want to get rid of them, but they're clogging up my inventory. Solution, get heroes that can equip them. They're high-level items, though. So the side-project is leveling-up the heroes I don't use, just so that they can upgrade their equipment. My arena heroes get the main focus, with some focus also placed on ex-league heroes. (Basically, I had a league team before the snakes. It was a good team, too--the Snakes just were better. So anything I can do to help my poor ex-leaguers who were left without jobs to do, I try to help on.) After that comes heroes that I have used experience-potions on, to give me a buffer for exactly this purpose, which I've used on some items, but has largely gone untapped since they're too low to have gotten most of the stuff they could have gotten.
I've been having a fair amount of success, though. I've cut down my inventory rather extensively. Now, I've had a couple additions to it to counter the cutbacks, but the cutbacks have been happening faster than my item-acquiring ever since I stopped buying fancy shiny new items for my heroes. (Because I have socketing to do, you see.)
A huge boost to the process is the bonuses from events, one of which is going on. Nothing quite like the thrill of double-training-experience, increased hero experience on the field, and decreased costs to being on the field. Needless to say, I burn through rather a lot of my resources and frequently burn through my energy as well. I'm moving my way up to being Level 24, which'll be a pain, but a good one.
Anyway, short on time. I'm also way behind on my duties as a whole, so tonight's gonna be a long night as I try to sort everything out that I didn't quite get to finish yesterday. (In spite of promising I would. I am a horrible, horrible person. I know.)