Hello, my wonderful coffee share peeps! I’ve just decided this entire year is running in fast forward. Today we’re sitting in my bedroom while I guzzle coffee and try to stay awake to get everything I need to get done before the weekend is completely gone. So, grab you a cup of whatever you like, move some books/notebooks out of the way, and let’s get on with the coffee share!
First off, let me apologize for the sporadic nature of my posting this year. Like I said, this entire year feels like it is in fast forward for me. Seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to my kiddos for the summer, and now there are only two weeks left until I have to go back to work. Between summer school, job interviews, paperwork, and now training for the new job, I haven’t had time to enjoy my summer break!
It feels like every time I have some downtime, I end up using that solely to recuperate and recharge, and never get any time to do anything truly summery!
For instance, as soon as summer school was over, I did nothing but sleep and clean and play Sims for about a week. Then, as I said, I had trainings to go to. The week before last (last being the one that just ended), I was at a training all week except Friday, but my brother and his wife came to visit on Friday, staying through to the following Monday.
For the record, they didn’t stay with me, but there was a great deal of driving on both our parts so that we could actually visit each other. The things we do for family, am I right?
Needless to say, come Monday, I was emotionally wiped. It’s one of those things that reminds me that yeah, I am different. I’ve always been a sociable person, but I need, like seriously NEED time to myself to recharge.
All my life I’ve considered myself an Extrovert (even my Meyers Briggs’ label is ENFP), but even so, I absolutely crater if I don’t have downtime. Growing up, my mother would let me take a day off of school to do so. A “mental health day,” is what she’d call it. I now know other people do that, too. I sometimes wonder what neurotypical people do on their mental health days. For me, I usually absorb myself in something that I consider one of my “things,” the things I can get obsessive about.
This past week, after I was done visiting with my brother and sister-in-law, I spent two days binge-watching The Last Kingdom (which I had just recently finished binging, so this was a repeat binge in less than a month’s time) and playing the Sims 4 (until my computer died…again). I didn’t even shower on those two days. That was how depleted my social tank was. On Tuesday, in fact, I’m not even sure if I ate any real food. I had beef jerky and semi-healthy snacks in my room, and I know I didn’t cook anything…
Side note: if you haven’t seen the Last Kingdom yet, definitely take some time for it. Apparently, it’s somewhat based on true history, although the main character is based on someone from a different time period… which I only know because my obsession with this show led me to watch interviews with the actor who plays Uhtred.
But can you blame me?
It was about the middle of the day on Tuesday when my computer completely died on me.
Some of you (if you follow me on Twitter) may remember that not too long ago the silly thing quit working, and then, miraculously, it seemed to fix itself and completely reboot before I could get around to buying a new one. Well, it lasted just long enough for my summer school money to come in, and then it just quit working. It started making a ticking noise (like a bomb!), and then it quit holding a charge, and then it quit even recognizing the power cord when it was plugged in!
The result is that I used the money I had planned to use on an actual summer trip on a new computer instead. It came in Friday, meaning that I was actually productive, albeit not entirely calm, the rest of the week. I got my closet mostly organized (I’ll be finished after laundry today), and paid ALL of my bills ahead of schedule. I did everything I’d meant to do this week except go grocery shopping. I even went back to the gym and started figuring that out as part of my routine again!
I also read Head On, by John Scalzi so I could go to a book club meeting later today. It’s the same book club that read the first book in this series (Lock In), which I wrote a review for on this very blog about 18 months ago. The review for Head On will post later this week, probably on Wednesday, which once upon a time I chose as the day I’d specifically post about books and writing.
Today is back to the super crazy schedule: This post, then the #JustAddTea Writer’s Chat, followed by the aforementioned Book Club meeting, and then yoga with one of my friends at 4:30. Somewhere in there, I still have to do my grocery shopping, and I had hoped to finish my laundry, but I think that will have to wait until tomorrow.
But I think that’s it. What’s going on in your world?