I usually schedule my blog posts to be published at 6:04 am. It’s not a big deal. It’s not significant, but it’s become a habit. 6:04 has become a habit. Blogging has become a habit. Blogging on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday has become a habit. Again, these things aren’t big deals. I’ve seen people throw a One-liner Wednesday post up on Tuesday night and I’ve seen some on Thursday morning. Norm is super considerate, allowing Thursday Doors posts between Dark O’clock on Thursday and noon on Saturday. Saturday and Monday? I just like those because I usually have time to write on the weekend.
Not this weekend.
This weekend, when I wasn’t shivering, I slept.
The good news is that I don’t have that Daylight Savings Time switch hangover I usually have on the Monday after that idiotic (it really doesn’t save energy, and the farmers don’t care, because the cows don’t care – watch this if you need proof) throwback to a time before electricity. I avoided the ill-effects by sleeping, sort of, from 5:30 pm Saturday until 10:00 am Sunday. The DST hour occurred without any notice.
This interesting thing about being sick over the weekend, is how quickly the events in my week started reprioritizing themselves. By the time I was up and functioning on Sunday, I had actually missed the block of quality, such as it is, writing time I normally enjoy. I had also missed the quality dog time that I enjoy. According to Maddie, only one of those was destined to be rescheduled.
By the time I turned on my computer, there were so many emails in my inbox, notifying me of new posts from bloggers that I follow, that I had to delete most of them or go nuts. I have some OC tendencies, and an inbox with no unread mail is something I have to have. Otherwise, my inbox is total chaos. My inbox at work, my most well-managed inbox, has over 16,000 email messages dating back to June of 2008. If that included unread messages, I’d go crazy. Even if I wanted to read them, there simply wasn’t time.
The one blogger that I follow who was completely unaffected by my illness was Marian Allen. Her blog was in some strange state of service-provider-limbo. She was waiting for three guys to fly in and insert the key each was wearing around his neck into Blog Control. All three keys were turned, all three lights were green and Marian proudly proclaimed “I’m Baa-aack!” – Hmmm, I didn’t know she was gone. Actually, I did know, she didn’t have a Thursday Doors entry last week. You can see all of those here, but none for Marian. I noticed that on Saturday, but I was already on my way to bed. I was already adjusting those priorities.
“If I take my iPad to bed with me, I can read the rest of the Thursday Doors posts. Then, at 7:30, I can watch ‘As Schools Match Wits’ on WGBY.”
I missed Taconic High vs. Frontier Regional. Again, no biggie. I can’t even tell you where those two schools are. I like watching As Schools Match Wits, because it’s amazing to see how much high school worthy stuff I know today that I probably didn’t know when I was in high school. I was a late bloomer. History doesn’t count, or at least it doesn’t count 100%, since a lot of today’s history questions are based on what were my current events. “What rock and roll band made their American debut on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964?” Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got that.
An example of a question I would have probably gotten wrong when I was a senior in high school is the first question in this clip from 2005.
“The 108th Congress convened in January 2003. When does or did the 110th Congress convene?”
You can watch the clip, or maybe you’re one of those people that know that new Congresses convene every two years. So, 2007. I knew that in 2005, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t know that in 1972.
This wasn’t the post I was going to write for today. That post required some research and I didn’t have time for that. See you Wednesday, at 6:04-ish.