I always confuse the two. You decide. On this day in 2005 actor John Spencer died. I remember him best at Leo from West Wing.
Oddly (because I don’t know which word to use), I started watching the 4th season of West Wing. I was snowed in and needed something to watch, my Tivo was empty. As I was writing my last post, I saw the link and it struck me. The last time I was watching seasons of West Wing was the last snow storm. Two years ago I was home during a snow storm when I found out about John Spencer.
Johnny are you haunting me? Do I have to watch you on DVD with every snow storm? Is it a ironic or just coincidence?
After the game tonight I left my grandparents’ house and headed home as usual. I needed to stop off to get some bleach and laundry soap at Meijer, because it was on sale and I hate going to Walmart on any evening. Nothing unusual yet.
I put my headphones on and turned up the iPhone and headed into the store. A little podcast listening while I walked the store was amazing! I didn’t hear the annoying overhead loud speaker asking so-and-so to call such-and-such. Just my podcasts and a little music. I headed up to check out and took out the earbuds long enough to pay. No one said anything and I didn’t notice any weird looks really.Â After I paid, I drove home to the sounds of the new Starbucks Free iTunes songs. Not bad really.
Once I got home and had everything put away, I cleaned the bathtub quickly with my newly purchased Comet. A little bleach in the toilet and a quick scrub finished off the chores for the evening.
Now it was “my time.” I could do what I normally do and turn on the TV and just sit here numb and watch whatever the Tivo caught over the last few hours or I could do what I’ve been really meaning to do and start reading again. Books. Not blogs, not weird websites, not Wikipedia. Books. With pages. I went through my bookshelf the other day and moved all the books I own but haven’t read to one side of one shelf. There are about 12 that need to be taken care of. Some fiction, mostly non-fiction. I also realized that I ordered 3 books last week that were going to have to be read. I find that I keep buying books and never read them. Gotta change that, I’m going to start reading again. Books. Tonight I read about 50 pages in a book I’ve been working on for months about the origins of Freemasonry. Its dry admittedly, but I started it, made it 100 pages in and now I am going to finish it. I’ll probably try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, much like I do with Netflix, a documentary, an Office disc, then some random movie, and back around again.
Changing my choices like that keeps it fresh for me. Sometimes I can be analytical considering the consequences of the actual decisions of others, and other times I can let my imagination run wild, thinking of what the characters and scenes actually look like and hearing them saying their lines.
As usual I’m changing things in life for the sake of change mostly. But honestly I haven’t even wanted to turn the TV on tonight and it’s been kind of nice just sitting here in the quiet calm of the late fall evening, just me and my thoughts. Peace, of the mind and of the world, is greatly under appreciated.
I’m finally done moving. I’m in my new apartment right now. There are still some boxes to unpack, mostly stuff that goes in my closets anyway so I’m not worried. It was an incredibly long weekend moving. The weather didn’t help much, it was like 90+ degrees with humidity that just made it unbearable. Erin and Kyle came to help both days, there help was MUCH appreciated. We probably would still be moving stuff in if it wasn’t for them. I am really lucky to have people like that there for me. Thanks guys.
I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out, I finally got my internet and cable hooked up today. I’m online and watching the tube, those are things that just about killed me to be without. You never realize how connected you are until you are not connected anymore. I have about 6 hours of podcasts stacked up, my Tivo is empty but filling now, and I am totally out of touch with the world, newspapers just don’t cut it anymore at all. It’s not current, it’s yesterday’s news. I need to know what’s going on now.
This week has been hot and is only going to get hotter, it’s been long and I found out tonight that it’s about to get a whole lot longer over the next few days. Who knows how I’m going to make it all work, but it all works out in the end. Last weekend was proof of that.
I freaked out a bit on Saturday, and by a bit I really mean a lot. I had been in the car and moving stuff upstairs for two days straight, I hadn’t been putting stuff away or figuring out the lay of the land so to speak and felt entirely out of control of my own house. A nice shower and some alone time and all was well again. Fatigue and stress are not something that go together well with me.
I look at this at the start of a new life so to speak. I don’t think a whole lot will change for now but I just took a big step towards “being an adult” and all the things that go along with it.
I’m off to watch some tube, I miss TV.