New Habits, Same as the Old Habits (Kinda)

Faithful Place, the third of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books.
Faithful Place, the third of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books.
Confession: I made a New Year’s resolution this year I didn’t tell anyone about. (I think because I was sure there was a 0% chance of my keeping it.) But I’m now 10+ months in and still going strong — and mentioning it to Wendy when I visited last month didn’t ruin my mojo — so I think I’m finally safe to talk about it.

I’ve stopped watching reruns on tv.

Now, this may not seem like a very big deal, but I’m someone who would regularly lose an entire weekend to a Law & Order (or Criminal Minds, or SVU, or NCIS, or Castle, or…) marathon, so for me, it was huge change — and one that really needed to be made.

I’d like to say that I immediately reduced my tv watching by a huge amount and developed delightful new hobbies and have been both reading and writing a ton, but my path, alas, was not so straightforward — but it has been positive overall, in occasionally unexpected ways. Continue reading

First Things First

Coffee!
Coffee!

Turning to a prompt from BlogHer for tonight’s post:

What is the first thing you do every single day (I mean, after you hit the snooze button)? When did that step in your routine begin?

This one is almost too easy, as anyone who knows me outside the internet knows — or at least suspects — the answer to this one: I grab my phone. First stop there is the NPR app, so I can stream the news. Next, I either play whatever Words with Friends games came in overnight (sometimes really good words pop into my brain before its fully awake) or I take a spin through Facebook or Twitter, depending on how much time I have.

The question of how much time I have doesn’t depend, as the prompt suggests, on how many times I’ve hit the snooze, as I don’t ever use it. In fact, I am almost always awake when my alarm goes off, and in the rare instance that I’m not, it puts me off my game all day. (It’s seriously, impossibly disconcerting and I just can’t recover from it.) Continue reading