Today, having survived the A to Z Challenge, I decided to ignore all my tech gadgets and go outside – for the whole day. There was no checking the email every 10 minutes on the phone, no looking for likes and follows, no reading and commenting. It was a nice break. Until a few minutes ago at the dinner table when the husband said “what happened to your Z post?” Blank look from me. “It wasn’t on your site so I went to facebook and saw it, clicked, it came up for a moment and then disappeared, so what happened to it?” More blank look from me.
I know I published the post yesterday, but sure enough, there it was back in draft form on WordPress. Now how did that happen? I’m not going to cry
much but when I decide I’m going to do something on time, it had better happen on time. After making myself crazy getting 25 posts done and up on the exact day they are due, the last one comes in a day late? Nooooooo…….
I’m ok, really. I had a great day. I got to play with fire. In fact I’m still burning brush at 7:30 pm and I started at 3. Living in an oak grove produces LOTS of downed branches which I have to clear off the lawn every week before I mow. The pile was getting a little out of hand so I’m writing while keeping an eye on the blaze (we don’t want to burn down the neighborhood tonight…).
I am really good at starting fires, probably a little prideful about it even. If I were on the reality show “Naked and Afraid” I would be the one to start the fire and keep it burning. Of course I would never be on the show because it’s a bit freaky and a really bad idea to be naked in places like the Amazon jungle. What people will do to be on TV…
I started this fire with papers that I got tired of trying to put through the shredder yesterday. I was cleaning old files and it was taking forever to shred things that I randomly decided should be shredded. I knew it would be quicker to burn them and it was. However it was odd to look at the papers as I lit them up and see “keep for your records” in big type across the top. My paranoid self said “wait, don’t do it!” and my other real self said “calm down, they’re from 1999, nobody has needed them yet – pretend they’re still back in the file.” Paranoid self “but it says KEEP, it doesn’t say how long.” Real self “shut up”.
I used to be diligent about throwing away old records and keeping only ones 7 years back but lately I’ve just forgotten to do it. No, actually I avoid doing it because I am paranoid that
the husband someone is going to ask for something the day after I throw it away. And the other reason I keep stuff is for necessary balance in the world. I’m balancing out my friend Karyn who throws it all out. She’s a financial adviser, for pete’s sake, and she says it’s all online when you need it. Well, I know what happens when I try to find something online at the last minute – forget that. Karyn also has a garage with nothing in it except her car and a row of steel shelves with labeled, see-through plastic bins. That’s just not right. My garage also balances out Karyn’s garage.
As I said, with all this great burning going on I’ve had a really good day and the brush pile is nearly gone. Hmmm… I think I need to go turn on the hose, ‘scuse me.