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.
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.
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.
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.