Monday, August 11, 2008

You may have noticed I haven’t felt like blogging much these days. And to be honest, the mood hasn’t really returned but I thought I should say a big howdy to let you all know I’m still here (and have not sailed off the edge of the world as the rumors suggest). So … HOWDY. Now, get off me ship, landlubbers!!! Just kidding, you’re always welcome aboard the Swiftsure as long as you don’t start making jokes about my wooden leg, my one eye, or try to steal me gold/rum/parrot/etc.

It has not been an overly great summer so far. Not that it has been BAD for me personally, it’s just not been GOOD if you know what I mean. In the past three weeks there have been three coworkers whose family members have passed away, others have had to deal with serious health diagnoses for themselves and family members, another one is leaving to work somewhere else and one of my favourite cubicle slaves (and friends) is heading off in less than a month to attend graduate school in Scotland. And you all know about the job I was so excited to interview for. Throw in some 30C + which caused me to spend the last weekend fighting a massive migraine and trying desperately not to spew my stew all over the cats who wouldn’t leave me alone and you can see how it’s not been great. Granted half of what I’ve just listed doesn’t affect me directly but as always, I tend to take on the problems/worries of those around me even if there’s nothing I can do.

One of the things I’ve been trying to do lately is letting go of the small things. You know, such as when your coworkers can’t be bothered to wash their coffee cups and let them pile up in the shared kitchen so that eventually they start to grow things and begin demanding their own office space, Blackberry and company car. Or when they use all the water in the water cooler and leave it bone dry rather than put a new bottle in so you have to do it, causing you to develop giant muscles, super strength and an attitude guaranteeing you’ll be mistaken for a member of the Bulgarian men’s weightlifting team at the next staff meeting. Or your roommate who waits a month and a half before letting you know that you leaving your lap top on the dining room table (which neither of you ever use) rather than nipping the problem in the bud. Yep, those little things…or ones similar to it. Let’s just say I’m not having a whole lot of luck with that.

In the grand scheme of things, it could be a lot worse. I have my relatively good health, my family is fine (still waiting for one of them to have their specialist appointment next month), I’m employed, have a roof over my head, and I’m not on anyone’s most wanted list (as far as I know). Other people have far more serious problems than I, so I should count myself lucky.

I’ve been thinking about the blog and what I want to do with it. Should I leave it as is (content wise)? I used to have interesting, insightful things to say about current events and various goings on in the world. Lately? Cat videos and garden updates. What happened to me? It’s almost as though my brain has taken a permanent vacation and left me a vapid shell of my former self. I find this highly disappointing. And yet, not sure if I even want to bother doing anything about it. Without the Scrabulous on Facebook, I’m even finding I have little interest in that. I’m very…meh.


Heather said...

Wha? I still love your blog. If you were to change one thing...and one thing only...I'd say the black background because it makes me see little lines when I leave and go to a white page.

But I lurvs my Captain!

Red said...

You on MY Most Wanted list! We want you here in the UK next year, Captain...

You know, I look at some of my early posts (from, like two years ago), and I am impressed with the subject matter, the writing, the construction. Lately, I have been writing crappy "This is what I did last weekend"-type posts. I don't know what happened. What I do know is that there is a lot of blog weariness among my blogging community. Blame it on the summer?

sp said...

I think a break every now and then is a good thing. You've probably noticed that I'll take several days off and sometimes weeks before I blog.

If you need a break then that's fine. I enjoy reading your blog and your sense of humor. So when you're ready to blog again I'll be there reading.

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