Last October, I wrote a post about my cleaning strategies. After having read the book, Unf*ck Your Habitat, I see now that the marathon cleaning sessions I would engage in once every rare while were the cause of my problems, not the solution. Twenty-minute cleaning sessions are far more effective, even if I only do … Continue reading Cleaning House Without Distractions
All week long, I've been unable to write. Usually, I set up blog posts at night so they will publish the next morning. If for whatever reason that can't happen, I'll knock something out early in the morning while I have my coffee. This week, I have had no ability to write. Or read, for … Continue reading Constant Exposure to Current Events is Harmful to Emotional Well-Being
I spent the last week transported into the 1600s in Amsterdam. It was winter, and it was cold. And I was very much alone, and very lonely. The reading project is going well. I have made it through The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and have now moved on … Continue reading Thoughts On “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton, ADHD, and Loneliness
Holy cow, last night was the best night's sleep I've had in ages. That's one of the benefits of the clocks changing, I think. By the time you go to bed it's been dark for hours, so you feel like you're going to bed far later than you actually are. I spent the evening putting … Continue reading Winter Sleep is the Best Sleep
ADHD, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, recurring headaches… It's understandable why my home is generally not very clean. Tidying up quickly before friends come over is something I can do. Knowing there is a deadline puts pressure on me, and I perform well under pressure. (ADHD and Cleaning) It's an adrenaline thing. My mind and energy … Continue reading Cleaning House Without Distractions
(If you're here only for the reading list, scroll down. The table of contents that should appear at the top of this post apparently doesn't display on the WordPress reader.) There is rain in the weather forecast. Days upon days of cold, dreary, rainy days. A reading list titled, "Historical Fiction with a Dash of … Continue reading Historical Fiction with a Dash of Magic: A Reading List
I am so happy to be reading again. Reading as I used to read, where I become completely absorbed by a story and fall in love with time, place, a group of people, or simply the cadence and lushness of an author's choices for word and rhythm. It’s been a horrible challenge to focus well … Continue reading Thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society”
If you've never tried a digital detox, even a small one, I highly recommend doing so, particularly if, like me, you are often anxious and you have been diagnosed with ADHD. Removing screens from my existence for the duration of my evenings is a delight. I am calmer. My mind is productively engaged rather than … Continue reading Digital Detox Update: Books! So Many Books!