Don’t Pay the Ransom; I’ve Escaped!
Did anyone even notice?

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but to me, it feels like forever since I posted on my blog. In reality, it’s only been a couple of weeks, but for some reason, it sure feels longer. I guess it’s because I’m a creature of habit (mostly bad ones), so when life yanks me out of a routine, all kinds of chaos breaks out. Meals get missed; the space-time continuum gets distorted; I forget to do laundry — it’s just not good.

So, here’s a quick update on what’s been distracting me. As I mentioned previously, I’d started doing some freelance work for several different clients, which resulted in me juggling multiple jobs and having to rely on myself as a project manager (always a scary prospect). I eventually subscribed to an online project management service to establish order. Around the same time, I decided to replace the carpets in my bedrooms and Man Cave with vinyl planking (that turned into an adventure). And I was working on my book. Oh, and I had several blog post ideas lined up and waiting. And the NFL season is here, and I’ve got my fantasy football team to manage. Plus, I couldn’t use my desk computer for a bit because of the Man Cave renovation.

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has met me, but I’m terrible at multi-tasking. So something had to give, and apparently, that something was my blog and book. The state of my house didn’t help the situation either because my reflooring project took a lot longer than anticipated. That added to the chaotic nature of the past few weeks. I can be a bit of a slob at the best of times, but having a house that looks like a party of marauding orcs from the Lord of the Rings looted their way through it was a bit too much, even for me. It was not conducive to my creative writing needs. 

That’s not a hobo camp — it’s my bedroom with some of the stuff from the Man Cave piled in.

Anyway, I’ve felt kind of cutoff from the blogging world, but things are slowly settling down. I finished the floors, and my Man Cave is back in business (and looks remarkably minimalistic, which I love). I still have a bunch of excess furniture and belongings to deal with, so my house doesn’t look junky, but my world is slowly settling into a new routine. Hopefully, I’ll get back to blogging routinely and working on my book (and reading and commenting on other people’s blogs — I am so behind).

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23 thoughts on “Don’t Pay the Ransom; I’ve Escaped!
Did anyone even notice?

  1. Hub and I argue because he thinks the fact that women are better than men at multi-tasking is a myth. At that moment, I’m cooking, feeding the kid, eating myself, talking to a friend on the phone and reading/answering an email.
    Later that day the phone rings. And rings. And rings. Will you pick it up, I scream, to which he says, I can’t. I’m making coffee.

    1. Sean D. Layton

      Too funny, Bojana.

      I saw a show that examined the differences in the male and female human brain. Women could do a bunch of different tasks, not necessarily their best work, but they could keep track of everything. Men, on the other hand, wanted to focus intensely on doing one thing and one thing only. The researchers’ hypothesis was that being able to multitask better in ancient times led to a better chance of a woman passing on her genes. because she could do all her jobs and make sure her kids didn’t get eaten by wild animals or hurting themselves. The researchers believed that a male’s focus came from his need to be able to hunt successfully to make sure the family was fed. Unsuccessful hunters could bring starvation on the whole family.

  2. I was wondering what happened to you. Good thing you escaped, as I blew the ransom money on whores and gambling.

    Your house looks like you could start a second career holding yard sales.

    1. Sean D. Layton

      I’ve thought about that but I don’t like dealing with people, especially strangers. But I do have a lot of stuff that I inherited from my parents and my brother.

    1. Sean D. Layton

      I get stressed out trying to multi-task, too! I have to get this house taken care of — I know myself. If I don’t get on it, I’ll keep procrastinating.

  3. Welcome back man. I currently have a kitchen with no floor, no ceiling, huge holes in walls, and a rest-of-house covered in a layer of dust that could signal an eruption of Etna. Currently working by day and then working by night. I feel your pain. Good to have you back. I’ve missed yer…

    1. Sean D. Layton

      Oh man, your project sounds far more daunting than mine. Reminds me of my Uncle Bernard’s DIY projects up in Merseyside. My poor Aunt Sheila had projects going on all the time. When I think of her kitchen when I was a kid, it’s always with the dirt floor.

      1. Sean D. Layton

        Yes, it’s not what I normally read,, but it’s well written and I’m engaged. Good job (so far! I’m not done yet lol).

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