Get to Know Me Monday – No. 2


Ah yes, distractions. The bane of the reader. The enemy of the bibliophile. The arch-nemesis of the bookworm! Finding time to read can be challenging. Staying focused on a book in this digital era can be nigh impossible.

When I was a youngster the internet didn’t exist. Smartphones? Please. I don’t think we owned a cordless phone until I was in high school. (Am I dating myself? Fine by me.) Reading time was quiet and easy. All I needed was a book and a space. My favorite spot was by the water. I’d grab a book, a towel, and a pair of sunglasses. It was nothing to spend a whole day on the dock reading my little heart out.

How times have changed! There were obvious adjustments – I became an adult with all of the complications that are involved in doing so. There are things I didn’t expect – my attention span has decreased as I’ve gotten deeper into my 40s. What a fun discovery that has been.

The distractions that get to me, in no particular order are:

  1. Phone – they are made to be addictive. I’m not immune to those little bursts of dopamine.
  2. Netflix (Hulu, CBS All Access, Prime) – Television is delightful. It’s another way to shove more stories into my head.
  3. Age – I mentioned my attention span above. Let me also warn you about how sore a body can become while hanging out in the same position for too long. Enjoy those young joints, kids.
  4. Interruptions – Another thing I’ve learned about aging is that it’s harder to get back to your book when you’ve been interrupted. If I’m asked a question it takes longer to get back into that good reading zone than it used to.
  5. Noises – Thank goodness for fans and/or white noise machines. If I don’t have something to block out ambient noise it’s all over.

I hope you’ll share some of your distractions with me in the comments! More importantly, I’d be thrilled if you’d post some of your solutions! Please?

The Relentless Weekly – Aug. 08, 2020

Can someone tell me how it’s already 8 days into August when May was only 2 weeks ago? I know I’m not the only one experiencing these weird time jumps, but it’s disconcerting isn’t it?

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

Posting: I shared the first post of a new series titled Get to Know Me Monday. In that first installment I gave some insight into my immediate family. It was quite nice to brag about my husband and kids. I recommend that you brag about your people too! My youngest daughter wrote a guest review about the poetry collection The Summer of Dead Birds. I hope you’ll give it a read.

Reading: I’ve just finished The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague by Dorsey Armstrong (The Great Courses) I certainly wouldn’t call it uplifting, but it is a fascinating and educational read. People did things they shouldn’t have. They traveled, gathered, and ignored warnings. Isn’t it distressing that it’s the same today during Covid-19? Even with the benefit of modern science folks still insist on going about their days without regard for anyone else. It’s been hundreds of years, but things are much the same. I recommend this book… if you can stand reading it during this time.

Planning: We’ve closed on the refinancing of our current home. This morning we’re off to sign the papers on a camper. This coming week we’ll be closing on lake property. Things are starting to happen in a head-dizzying way. We’re a little bit discombobulated I think. There’s a lot to do, a lot to figure out, and many plans to be made. It’s all very exciting!

Tell me about YOU! What are you reading? What are you cooking? Do you have news to share? I want to hear it all.