There’s been a little bit of a blog hiatus this week as we’ve been moving house and only just got the internet back. I hadn’t thought I was all that stressed about it, but I feel so much calmer now that I must have been unconsciously storing it up. They say that moving is one of the most traumatic life events, and I genuinely hadn’t experienced it as such. Just busy, which was strangely enjoyable. But it’s good to settle somewhere and lose the ‘where are we going to live?’ question that’s been hanging over me for the last two years.
I also suspect the lack of internet may also have contributed to feeling more relaxed. Much as I am loathe to admit it, I realise that I am much more focused and able to give people my attention than when my laptop is nowhere nearby. I am quite good at multitasking, but I’m not sure it’s doing that much good. So I’m toying with the idea of limiting my time online to specific times of the day, enabling me to keep connected with the outside world but also connect with the ‘real’ people around me.
Something else I’m considering (but am hugely resistant to) is giving up aspartame, in the form of Diet Coke and chewing gum. Everything I’ve ever read about it says that aspartame is the devil’s work, and one of the most toxic legal substances you can imbibe. It’s also highly addictive, and I’ve managed to reduce my consumption to one can every couple of days, but I suspect I need to cut it right out. I’m going to try it for a month and see if I notice any difference. It’ll be the longest I’ve not had any since I was a teenager!