2017 Summer June 24 Saturday

72 degrees this morning, Walk 34:44 minutes

Very pleasant walk this morning. Again thought I was “hoofing it”, but my pace was 3 seconds slower than my goal pace.

Beginning to wonder if that is just my pace and there isn’t a lot I can do about it, at least within the limitations of willingness to make it a major priority.

Three years ago, we were in the throes of moving from the house we had lived in and loved for about 8 years. We really had no idea what we were going to do, although we had a house rented.

Three years has gone by fast. As I have mentioned many times, it seems like it went fast, but it also seems like forever and the past is some hazy memory.

There is no way I could have predicted what the past three years (the next three years, three years ago) would bring.

Probably the one thing I never would have predicted is my unexpected loss of interest in reading fiction. I do read it, but not nearly as much as when I was working a lot more hours and had a lot less time to read. Ditto with magazines and non-fiction.

I am not even sure what has taken it’s (reading fiction etc.) place. I still seem to have almost no discretionary time. Of course, I do have discretionary time, it is just a matter of how I prioritize how I want to use it.

For someone who normally was reading 2 to 5 books at the same time, it is rather a shock to suddenly not be reading any. Maybe it is a pause, I don’t know.

Sometimes I think the realization that time really is limited and I really can’t “waste” time is a consideration, although it’s not that what I do is all that meaningful or important.

It may well be a “pause” (I have had them before) before I start reading again. I still really enjoy listening to my morning books, but it’s not the same.

Probably the computer and internet take up some of the time, as does writing and other daily tasks, but I still have time to read.

I almost never watch a movie, but I recently started watching parts of “The Godfather”. While I only watched a small part of it, I enjoyed it. I was amazed at how much I remembered about “The Godfather”, since if I recall right, I only read the book once (and that was over 40 years ago,) and saw the movie once, but I remember almost the entire story line etc. and what events would happen.

When I get on a reading jag, I can really get on a reading jag. I remember I read “Gone With The Wind” straight through, without any sleep. (That is, if my memory is correct on that!.)

Probably getting up early changed my life more than I realized. I’m not sure when I started getting up early, but it was like I thought sleeping late was wasting the day, so I started getting up early.

It seemed like I would wake up and be wide awake, so instead of just lying there, I would go out and exercise. I started waking up earlier and earlier until, at the present time I wake up, I decided “enough is enough” and when I started waking up earlier, I just refused to get up that early! I still wake up earlier frequently, but I just decided I am not getting up before the set time!

That’s it for now, Saturday, June 24, 2017.


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