Man de la Maza

Monday, November 20, 2006

Week 1 : Early Moment of Decision

I've started a bunch of quests in my life. Most wind up pretty quickly with a loss of interest, but the early going is usually pretty easy. When you charge forth with new enthusiasm, it doesn't take much effort to will yourself to do whatever you have choosen. Last week I embarked on a 25 year quest, so I figured I was good for a few weeks before my resolve would be put to the test.

Not so.

It was just one of those weeks. Though I was pleased to do my study, I just had a hard time working it in. My moment of decision came at 9:45 PM on Saturday night. The day had been occupied with a school holiday bazaar and the evening with my daughter's 12th birthday party. I was dog-tired and 2 hours and 15 minutes away from the end of the chess week. Left on my To-Do was 1 hour of study of "Survival Guide to Rook Endings".

Don't get my wrong. I like studying endgames. It's one of those strange character quirks like a taste for brussels sprouts or preferring plaid for formal occasions. Each bit of endgame trivia I pack in my brain feels like another nut saved for winter -- a nut I will someday use to smash in the head of some unsuspecting squirrel ... But, I digress.

At 10 PM on Saturday night, I came to view endgames as I think most people do -- a type of caissic root canal. The temptation to make it up Sunday was pretty strong. There was a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a movie downstairs to complete the picture. I knew though that it was too soon to make exceptions. Though cheating on the schedule is a necessary part of one'e routine, if I did it in week one, it was all over for the long haul.

So I sucked it up. Wasn't too bad. I am happy to report ...

1 week down, 36 to go in Year one, 1289 to go overall

PS I also ate the ice cream


  • Hope it was chocolate.

    I know the feeling, especially these days, with so much going and the holidays coming upon us.

    By Blogger J'adoube, at 10:20 AM  

  • New York Super Fudge Chunk. the pints seem to getting smaller.

    By Blogger Don Q., at 10:33 AM  

  • Yummmm! Still on the diet Don?


    By Blogger Pawn Sensei, at 9:37 AM  

  • Not dieting anymore per se, just maintaining. In a "eating like a pig" phase that should last until next Monday, then I'll have to be good again for a while.

    By Blogger Don Q., at 9:45 AM  

  • Aaah! Chocolate ice cream, a divine combination with the best of two worlds.

    By Blogger SamuraiPawn, at 1:49 PM  

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