Slump/Hiatus

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve not been posting as much as usual lately, and that for the last month I’ve been basically avoiding the Twitters.  This is basically because of Real Life (TM) – specifically my health, other people’s health and the ever-growing to-do list.

My health: I seem to be having some gut malabsorption issues and thus I’m having a few enzyme/mineral deficiency issues.  This makes me tired, cranky and fuzzy-brained.

animated gif: a large black dog stands in front of a crate and grabs a blue blanket from the top of the crate with its mouth - it then walks into the crate so that the blanket drapes over its body as it slides down from the top of the crate, and then lies down all cosily covered (head included) by the blanket

Other people’s health:  a close relative was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, so we’re on the surgery-chemo-radiotherapy roller-coaster, and we’re all pitching in and travelling to do our share of family support.  This takes time and more importantly a load of emotional energy, which makes me even more tired, cranky and fuzzy-brained.

animated gif: a large black dog stands in front of a crate and grabs a blue blanket from the top of the crate with its mouth - it then walks into the crate so that the blanket drapes over its body as it slides down from the top of the crate, and then lies down all cosily covered (head included) by the blanket

The to-do list: we have a terribly cluttered house that needs to be de-junked and just generally sorted out, ready for a move somewhere else in the next 12-24 months.  The immensity of the job is mentally paralysing, and would be even if I weren’t already tired, cranky and fuzzy-brained.  I also have clients who need things done, and I need to be organised enough to get those things done, and being tired, cranky and fuzzy-brained makes me slower than usual, which doesn’t leave all that much time for the rest of the to-do list when combined with regular travel to do my share of the family support.

animated gif: a large black dog stands in front of a crate and grabs a blue blanket from the top of the crate with its mouth - it then walks into the crate so that the blanket drapes over its body as it slides down from the top of the crate, and then lies down all cosily covered (head included) by the blanket

Which is why lately I tend to lurk in places where long, long, long SIWOTI threads are happening, ideally where obtusely disputatious arsehats are being shot down in flames (when they are not hoisting themselves upon their own petards).  This soothes my cranky side marvellously, and I can enjoy it even when tired and fuzzy-brained, because said arsehats are not exactly offering challenging arguments most of the time. Sure, the degree of difficulty may be like watching snipers shoot goldfish in a coffee mug with a howitzer at point blank range, but when done with flair it still offers entertainment value.

Procrastination entertainment aside, these threads don’t mostly inspire me to write much, except for dashing off the occasional signal-boost or round-up post. So there you are.  I will still be posting when something makes me even crankier, or when I find something delightfully uplifting, but I doubt that I’ll be posting every day for the next few months.



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7 replies

  1. Look after yourself, whatever that takes.

  2. Sorry to hear that!! Look after yourself as much as you can.. And if there’s anything we can do, shout out 🙂

  3. Perfect video clip. Sorry this is such a rough time for you, tigtog.

  4. (((hugs))) if you want them. Hope the fuzzyness goes away soon and you can get come clarity. Sing out if you want to have a Hoyden packing and sorting weekend.

  5. May you find many amusing howitzers until they are no longer needed, or possibly an image of a goldfish in a petard.

  6. Oh, I wish there was something I could do! If you were only in Melbourne I could cook some nice frozen dinners for you so you could have something effortless to come home to when you’re doing the close-relative things. But I doubt they’d survive postage to Sydney. 😦 Sending you a virtual Chicken Cacciatore in my thoughts.
    I’ve been through the same kind of bind. Never mind, no one pays us to blog! Take the time you need to do the things you need to do! Also, +1 about lurking on SIWOTI threads.

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