Rut creeping in

In recent weeks, I have had to work at getting stuff done. Work remains busy and I continue to get as much done as possible, but increasingly, the routine that sees me at home for much of the time, is creating a rut that I have had to work harder and harder to overcome.

It has been nearly 14 months since we started this work from home routine and I have become a bit schizophrenic about whether it has been a good thing. On the one hand, it has given me back my commute time. This has allowed me to spend more time for exercise, which has been terrific. The isolation and sense of being a bit of a hermit however, has made me a more inward looking person. Also, my reading has suffered. A lot. It has been about a year since I last read a book. I started on Tom Holland’s “Dominion” a few months back but I’ve struggled against the lower hanging fruits. Streaming a movie or other similar content, has felt like much easier outlets against the stress and pressing sensation that work has brought. I even got a new Amazon remote just to be able to better navigate the offerings available.

The weekend routine has continued, and we’ve been able to get to the physical/in-person services at St Alf’s for the past 4 weeks. Restaurants and cafes have been back in business so we’ve been eating out a few times too. Weekend before last, we caught up with Carrie and Jonathan, who used to live a few streets away, a few years ago now. We had a yum cha lunch and it was good catching up. We’ve also caught up variously with Alex and Li Har, as well as with the Hippos and Chews. I continue to do my weekend cook for the weeks’ lunches. We’ve walked LBJ on most Sat/Sun arvos where I have also been taking in the local soccer matches. Tress and I have also been to the G for Hawks’ games but Hawks have been very ordinary this year, as expected. We now sit third last and will surely end the season before September arrives. United on the other hand, appears to have offered relatively brighter days. The postponed game with the Scousers earlier today is not an unexpected blight and was surely something the Blazers could only blame themselves for. One can only hope Woodward’s replacement will be closer to who David Gill was to United.

So here’s a quick entry to plug the hole that recent weeks has created. Hopefully, I will write a little bit more frequently.