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This morning I am awake.

After nearly a month sick, spending all my time coughing and catching sleep whenever I could, I finally feel like myself again this morning. Not like I should, not back to normal or anything, but at least like a person instead of a half-conscious mucus machine.

In a little while I’m going to take a long hot shower and then try to scrape off the beard that’s accumulated. Then I’ll do laundry, some housecleaning, more laundry, and a little banking. Just generally catching up on the things I’ve let slide while I didn’t feel up to doing anything more vigorous than napping, playing video games, and if I really felt like stretching myself, reading. Interestingly, I learned that reading takes more energy than playing Final Fantasy. Probably has to do with focus.

While I sipped coffee and read blogs in the predawn light I was struck by how much I missed writing. That I could miss writing at all amuses me, not too many years ago the idea would be almost unthinkable, but the depth of longing is astounding. Especially given how rare it is for me to feel that I’ve written something worth reading. I suppose there are times when the act of creation is more important that the result.

I have not fully recovered. I will still be taking antibiotics for several days yet. However I know that I’m over my illness because this morning I want to work.

Which is good, because cleaning up the mess my illness has left will be a hell of a job. The beard alone is going to be a serious undertaking! So one more cup of coffee, a little catching up on the news, and then the shower. And when I’m finished with the base chores, I am going to write something. I don’t know what, yet. Maybe I still won’t know when I sit down to begin. But something. Perhaps I’ll post it here.

In the meantime, have a good day everyone. With luck I’ll post here again before too long.

I miss writing in this blog. I keep telling myself that things will settle down again soon and then I’ll resume a leisurely pace of two or three posts per week, but there’s no sign of this actually happening yet. In fact right now it’s getting even less likely that I’ll be able to resume regular writing anytime soon.

I don’t think I’ve even written in my journal in months. Shame, really.

But such is life, and we press on as best we can. I’m stealing a little time now to share some search terms that I spotted in my stats the other day, when I realized the middle of the month had passed & I hadn’t looked at them.

So here they are.

leo tarvi photo

charles carreon

The first is pretty straightforward, though I’m terribly curious who was looking and why. I also wonder if they were successful, I haven’t gone out of my way to hide pictures of myself, but a quick image search takes a lot of scrolling to find one. And then there’s no caption or anything to tell you it’s me.

The second intrigues me greatly. It was clearly looking for these two posts about the Oatmeal debacle, and I wonder who was looking for my take on it.

Anyway, I have no time or energy to speculate much just now, but if you have any ideas or wild conspiracy theories, feel free to share them in the comments! Catch you later.

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