January 5, 2020

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Today marks the end of our break. The spring semester starts on Wednesday, but I’m going to try to get some work done starting tomorrow. I guess this marks the end of my work on this site for a while. It was fun while it lasted.

I have got to get that Shainberg review done for the Review. I’m nearly finished with the book (I’m not sure what’s taking so long) and some themes are starting to come together, especially, as Shainberg is now the last man standing (shaking?), his mortality.

Today, too, must mark the end of my holiday eating. Candy. Booze. Cookies. All usually after 8pm. Even as I type that, I feel my tight waistline. Not only is it impossible to avoid these holiday treats, it’s also impossible to fast during December. I had every intention to, but I’m obviously weak, and there are too many temptations. Yes, I maintained my workout schedule, but that does not seem to mitigate poor holiday eating/drinking. I ran out of bourbon last night and do not intend to buy any more this month. There's beer left, but I cannot drink as much of that these days, fortunately. 8pm tonight starts my first 36-hour fast of 2020. I’m ready.