Tuesday, March 31, 2020

How We Say "I See You" in this Brave New World: Two Examples

Example 1: Today I focused rather heavily on "get some human contact, dummy." I checked up in on an elderly acquaintance who is lonely. I Zoom'd with two nephews and one sibling and one friend from work. I had a shouted conversation with another work friend across the street. And an e-mail back-and-forth with another. And my day got parceled up into 45-minute bites in which it was impossible to get anything done. It is 7:15 pm. and today has turned into time soup. My expectations for today have vanished. I feel ashamed and vaguely greazy. I need better balance between the elements of my chore chart on any given day.

Example 2: My one accomplishment was to do a load of laundry... sort of. I threw a load of sheets into the washer in the (community) laundry room... then promptly forgot about them for two hours. When I scrambled down, someone had put them in the dryer for me and started the cycle. I scribbled an apologetic note to them, which they in turn scribbled a "no worries" on, which was nice, beyond the original nice of actually starting my load drying rather than just piling it on the table wet. So when I went down to collect the actual dry sheets, I left this person a gift bag with a thank-you note on the outside... and a roll of toilet paper inside.

13 comments:

Kendra Leonard said...

It's good to see you blogging again. I have a feeling blogs might be coming back like they were in what? the early 2000s? as a way of folks staying in touch over distance and time. Hangin there--you're not alone in feeling the way you do. My days have been a lot like your example 1 and I'm trying to get better organized with time too.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thanks, Kendra! yes, this has sat dormant for quite some time. But now that i'm on the computer all the time anyway...

And if nobody reads, then it'll just be my own plague diary.

Belle said...

Happily reading every post!

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thanks, Belle! Maybe blogging will come back not just because we have time to write, but because we have time to read.

Are you still in RedState? How are things there?

Bardiac said...

Time for both, now... I hope they do come back a bit.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Hey! Bardiac! Truly, truly getting the band back together!

Alexandra said...

HI back :) hang on in there...

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