It’s been more than a year since I’ve been here and I must say it feels a bit strange.
First of all, I can’t say I’m liking this new platform, or whatever it’s called (my tech savviness is limited). I’d love someone to tell me why, when it comes to technology — regardless of what it is — they are always tinkering — and, to my mind — never improving anything. It drives me batty. And, in fact, it drives me away.
But in this instance, it has nothing to do with why I haven’t been around, although it may account for why I may not be around all that often going forward. I guess I’ll just have to see if I can figure this out and get to like it.
COVID has a lot to do with why I’ve been MIA. I haven’t had much to say — not surprising considering we’ve all been shut-ins for so long. In my case, life as I’ve always lived it came to a grinding halt on March 13, 2020. That was the last time I went grocery shopping, or pretty much anywhere else. I had nothing to write about.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I just wasn’t motivated.
At first I was motivated to cook. Like everyone else, it seems, as you must know yourself if you’re on Facebook or Instagram. I was binge-cooking — although not baking like so many people I know. I’ve never been a baker — I just don’t have a “feel” for dough — so I am probably one of very few people who wasn’t posting photos of bread. But I was posting photos of everything else — breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I look at the pics from time to time and I must say, “wow, do I ever love cherry tomatoes!”
Binging seemed to be the order of the day — or year. Like so many people I binge-watched Netflix. I have the distinction of watching every single episode of Grace and Frankie in less than a week. I’d start watching at about seven in the morning and I’d still be at it at three in the morning. Same with other shows I loved.
What I couldn’t do is read — which has always been one of my favorite past times. I’d stare at the same page for 15 or 20 minutes, until I’d give up, admit defeat and put the book down or try reading another book — with the same result. This really disturbed me and I mentioned it to a friend, who complained of the same thing. So I started asking around and was shocked to hear how many people I know who were having the same experience.
Thankfully, I’ve snapped out of it now. I’m not reading as much as I have in the past, but I am reading, absorbing and enjoying.
And very luckily, I’ve had work to fall back on — in fact, I’ve been quite busy with writing projects — for which I’m very grateful. At first it was hard for me to get back into that as well — concentration being an issue — but happily that resolved itself quite quickly.
During this past year, what I dramatically cut back on is watching CNN. Anybody who’s regularly read my blog knows I’m a political junkie, but it got to the point where I simply could not listen to or watch anything that had to do with Donald Trump. I still can’t. And he was the subject of so many of my blog posts that, alone, is a major reason for my absence here.
But enough about me. How’ve you been?