I could claim that the recent lack of a blog post was due to the pressure of a maddeningly long to-do list but that would be economical with the truth because the reality is said lack is down to my unfailing talent (not) for caving into distractions.
When it comes to distractions one inevitably begets another. It all started when I read Nora Ephron’s ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ and that reminded me that I had never actually seen the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’ for which she wrote the screen play. I signed up, for Netflix, about a year ago but the only time I recall that I did is when I look at my monthly bank statement, and see the direct debit for the subscription, and think Gawd I must cancel as I never use it, and then promptly forget to do so. Anyhow, I am glad I didn’t cancel because ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is available on Netflix so I watched and enjoyed it.
Watching one film wouldn’t have been an Everest-like distraction but on the way in and out of Netflix I spotted ‘The House of Cards’ TV series, so, I started to watch it. That in and of itself wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, except that I binged watched,like a mad monkey gorging on peanuts. I looked at back to back episodes for hours at a time with the result that the week ghosted by and very little got done.
Now, back to the original distraction: Nora Ephron’s ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck.’ There is a section in the book titled simply ‘What I Wish I’d Known’ – here’s a few samples of what she says:
‘People have only one way to be.’
‘Keep a journal.’
‘There are no secrets’
‘If only one-third of your clothes are mistakes, you’re ahead of the game.’
‘The plane won’t crash.’
Among the things I wish I’d know, or at least know earlier, and it’s not on Nora Ephron’s list, is that if you paint something you don’t like white or grey it inevitably looks better. I put this to the test this week when I painted my garden fence (well, most of it as I still have to finish it off) grey. It’s about the only productive thing I did this week and, yes, I think it looks loads better.