I got up around 4:00 a.m. this morning and yesterday morning planning to get a cup of coffee and ride my bike to the gym, but instead, both yesterday and today, I had my coffee and read the news. This morning I think I will work out here at the house, but yesterday I engaged in no fitness activities whatsoever. Did some other stuff like help out a neighbor and attend my son’s first soccer game of the season, then socialized with other parents afterward at the local Chic-fil-A restaurant. I almost never socialize with anyone, but sort of enjoyed the time I spent with both my own family and others from the sportsfield group.
My wife, who earlier in the morning looked after her friend’s three young children d/t a family emergency, wanted me to check an email we received to determine whether we’d had our data compromised in the recent Equifax data breach and I got side-tracked deleting some 2200 emails from the family email account my wife uses. There’re probably about that many more that need purged. No, we didn’t get any Equifax notification.
Finally, I tore myself away from the computer and drove out to my mechanic’s garage on the off-chance that he’d be there working on a Saturday. He often does work Saturdays and holidays, but doesn’t answer the phone on those days. The car I’ve been driving since my green ’98 XC70 was totaled last summer by a young woman who had lterally gone off her meds a week or two prior to the wreck.
Apparently some previous owner had a mechanic (or did it himself) who hard-wired one of the low-been headlight bulbs. Now, after seven years, it’s gone out. I ordered some replacement bulbs to change them out, myself, but found yesterday morning the wired-in problem. Hence the need for professional intervention. I may drive out the garage again, today, because the place was closed up when I got there, yesterday.
On the way back to the house, I stopped at a produce stand and got my wife some tomatoes for BLT sandwiches. Our backyard garden hasn’t produced much. Three green tomatoes out there, now. Not much else besides, although the various plants seem to be okay. About a 30 mile round trip, but not completely wasted. I hate driving around with a headlight out – it feels shameful not having something that basic tended to.
Did I mention I’ve been reading a lot, this year? Mostly Star Wars “Legends” novels – way more entertaining than the lame SJW-inspired Disney sponsored novels that are now, supposedly, “canon.” By “reading a lot” I mean wasting a lot of time reading novels like some people eat candy. My mind is probably getting fat and lazy and my brain fit for maybe the glass-jar equivalent of soft, fast-food and ice-cream stained couch. Did I mention I had a milk-shake yesterday at lunch. See? It’s not just my brain that’s deteriorating here.
My wife reports my son has complained that I’ve been spending too much time reading and not enough time playing with him – hunting each other with Nerf guns outside Son-on-Scooter versus Dad-on-Foot dodge-the-scooter driveway game; backyard target shooting with the Tippman 98 (ours has been modified for killing grackles); building with Lego blocks, etc. So, late yesterday afternoon when my son was too worn out from a day playing soccer and running around outside with friends while watching other teams’ games, I got another Mojang account so he and I could multi-play Minecraft on our LAN. THAT was pretty time-consuming.
Next week, I’m scheduled to preach at our congregation’s worship meeting. I don’t think I’m very good at that kind of speaking.
I think part of what’s getting in the way of my preferred leisure activities is that I know I’ve got two or three responsibilities I’ve got to carry out and have been procrastinating about getting them done. That’s weighing on me and obstructing the clarity of purpose and function that equals motivation I seem to’ve been lacking recently. To the good, I haven’t been binge-watching series on Netflix.
That’s all for today.