I cleaned out my bloglines. I had more than 100 blogs in there. Which is ridiculous. And of course I couldn’t keep up. Even the ones I read regularly I didn’t really absorb, because it had started to feel like an obligation. So I went through and if I couldn’t remember anything about the blog or its author, it went. If I didn’t really connect to any of the last ten posts, it went. If I liked it, but not enough… gone. I’m down to 39, and more will go if I don’t actually read them.
I can’t tell you how good it feels! Partly the change was because the reasons/way I read blogs has changed. When I first got into the heady world of internet communication, I was definitely a consumer. I wanted content thatI could aspire to, I wanted more mainstream stuff. After my purge, my feeds are more heavily Aussie, more every-day blogs rather than shiny instructive blogs, more intimate in general. I sorted through my flickr contacts in the same way. And my webcomics and other links. I think my productivity both at work and home has gone up!
Last night walking home from the bus stop, it was still cold. It was still dark. But I fancied that I could feel spring in the air. Which is slightly ridiculous. I mean… it’s two days after solstice. Solstice being, of course, the shortest day of the year. I know that today is shorter than this time last week. It is definitely shorter than this time three weeks ago. But it feels like something has shifted, something has opened, I fancy that I can feel the air getting warmer and the days stretching.
I know I’m making things up, but I don’t care. I feel like it’s ok now to unfold a little, because we’ve hit the top of the hill, and it might still be a looooong time until I will be warm all over again, until I can walk barefoot again, but we’re pointed in that direction now.
Last night when I got home, instead of sulking, I went outside and used the last ten minutes of dim light to do some weeding. For once I don’t have much planned this week, and nothing on this weekend. Oh, please, please let it stay that way! I want to do things! The BOM says it should be about 17 degrees, which is warm enough to open the windows at least for a bit. Definitely warm enough for weeding and maybe mowing the lawn. Maybe some painting? Wouldn’t that be loverly…
I also plan on hitting the shops on Thursday and the Central Markets on Friday, and stocking UP. Along with the rest of the house, I feel like the kitchen is a bit neglected. Most of this is in my head, as the freezer is pretty full, and the cupboards moderately well stocked. But I feel like it needs some attention. Some awareness. That seems to be what’s missing across the board – some mindfulness and thought. I am sick of eating the same types of things, of being bored with my lunches. I want to restock the basics so I have more options when I stare into the cupboard at the planning stages, and I have been hitting the books and websites looking for recipes I haven’t tried before.
Lets see if I can’t domestic myself out of this slump…