Saturday morning, and I have some errands to do before coming home and cleaning and organizing and writing and editing. Yes, 'tis a busy weekend at the Lost Apartment; but despite the daunting nature of the to-do list, I actually do prefer being busy for the most part. The depression still comes and goes; I've learned to recognize those I don't feel like doing anything because what's the point days as symptomatic of depression; and rather than allowing myself to give into the episodic despair, I do things that combat it while not trying to actively fight it, which can be self-defeating. Something that really helps is cleaning; another is reading or losing myself in a television show or a movie. Sometimes I can write my way out of depression.
Sometimes it takes a Xanax and a glass of wine.
And sometimes, it takes a little shopping.
I have now, over the course of the last week or so, replaced all of my electronics. I now have a new iPad Pro, a new iPhone, and thanks to an after-work drive to Metairie to the Apple Store, a new iMac computer. It is astonishing how slow my old computer was; it's even more astonishing how fast this one is. I was also having trouble seeing the old computer screen but I can see this one clearly without having to zoom in on things, which is all kinds of lovely; you have no idea. I also used my vision insurance yesterday morning to get an eye exam and order a new pair of 'progressive' lenses--which of course means bifocals. I had them before and didn't much care for them, but this taking my glasses on and off has gotten rather old quickly and I'm completely over it. But the clarity of my computer screen is truly something to behold; and the speed! Good Lord, I cannot get over how fast it is. And I am going to recycle the old one--as well as the iPad and my old iPhone--through Apple. I actually looked up on-line how to erase the hard drive on the old one last night so all of my information is no longer on it, boxed it up, and it's ready to go.
Look at me, being all green and shit! SO proud of myself.
So, today it's off to Office Depot for some office supplies, to the post office, to get the oil changed and the car washed, and the grocery store. Then it's home to write and edit my ass off. :) Yeah, for Saturday! And then tonight we'll continue watching Stranger Things, which we are enjoying, and then tomorrow it's write and edit all day.
And clean. There's always cleaning to do.
I started writing yet another short story yesterday; a great opening line came to me and the next thing I knew was about a thousand words in:
Their marriage had been crumbling for years, but neither of them realized it until Dylan died.
All right, it's back to the spice mines with me for the rest of the day; have a lovely weekend everyone!
And here's today's Olympic athlete: