7:00 am EEST (GMT+3). This is the June 7 2020 daily proof of life post. I’m about to make coffee, journal, and enjoy the quiet. When Katie gets up there will be pancakes. The normal Sunday routine includes documentaries, but I don’t know if I can handle that today. Definitely no true crime, and history is going to depend on the topic. It’ll have to be something focused on art, music, or science. What I really want to do is lay in bed and watch wrestling.
I’m unplugging today. There are a couple of emails that need to be sent, and then I’m staying offline until tomorrow. Lately I’ve been missing having a large collection of physical books to read. I miss having a DVD collection and something to play them on other than my laptop. The ability to not be online is such a strange thing to whine about, I know. I recognize the privilege.
In our last year in Albuquerque we didn’t have internet at home. It was one was to save money for the move to Finland. Here internet access is included in the rent, because it’s treated more like a public utility. Having to pack out to a library or coffee shop, though, made me more mindful of how I spent my time online. I’d make lists of things I needed to do. Mindless surfing came dead last. Even though I try to remain disciplined, it’s a lot harder when it’s right there. It’s like having a big bowl of potato chips within reach at all times. At some point you’re going to start mindlessly grazing.