Chris Miller


Hello World #1

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Hello world.

Probably about time for an update.

At this point, I’ve been gainfully retired for about five weeks. In that time, I’ve only sat at a computer to play games.

Mostly.

There was six hours about two weeks ago where I sat and tried to troubleshoot the problem with a Raspberry Pi appliance I’ve been running. After six hours, I sat up, reminded myself that I had better things to do, and haven’t touched it since.

That was liberating. Haven’t worked on any technical stuff since.

What have I been doing?

Cooking

I’ve taken on all the cooking duties around the house, and for the most part I love it. A couple of things I have learned:

Fermenting

No, I’m not fermenting myself. I’ve not given up on hygeine.

Gaming

Health

This is the thing that is taking up most of my concentration, but I’m making good progress. At this point I am working with a team of doctors that include:

Improvement is slow but steady. I’m doing all the things: lower carbs, logging food, etc. It’s helping. The biggest help right now is the continuous glucose monitor that I use. It attaches to your arm and has a tiny pipette that constantly measures my blood glucose level. I scan it with my phone and I can see how different foods and activities affect my sugar levels. It’s kind of neat…I’m doing science to myself and seeing good results.

Other good news: I’m completely off my anxiety and depression meds, and I feel a lot better. I’m engsaging with the world in the way I used to before I worked in the always-on-fire IT situation I was in. Between mediation, exercise, and a good therapist I’m getting my anxiety under control. No doubt leaving the work world is instrumental – I recognize most people cannot do this. I am extremely lucky.

Once I have more of my mental and physical health sorted, I’m hoping to get off the meds I take to sleep at night. One step at a time, though. The fact that I am finding a (mostly) predictable routine is a godsend.

Finances

Other than the house, we are now completely out of debt. Living on one salary will be tougher (unlearning a bunch of bad financial habits), but the reality is that we were spending so much money on consolation purchases once we eliminate the majority of those, we are able to deal pretty well. My job, along with the cooking, is household management. Managing the budget is part of that, and I’m enjoying the challenge of spending less.

And yes…as I reread that, I recognize how very much privilege is in there. But this is where I am. I…don’t know how to say it otherwise.

To Sum Up

I’m happier than I have been in years. Special thanks go out to my reitrement plan, my wife, who made all this possible.