For some reason, I have broken my "No Television" pledge, and for the last three weeks I have been watching "Rescue Me," the drama on the FX network on Tuesdays at 10:00 PM. (I am listening to local rock and roll station, not Jack FM, and Bad Company, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" is now playing.)
Since today is Tuesday, and it is now 7:00 PM, I will work on this letter so that I can have the finished copy done before the 9:45 PM count.
I have read two papers each of the last two days, and am now up to Wednesday, July 6. Those pictures in the Science section of Saturn were certainly awesome.
I am still not 100% emotionally recharged and as such do not want to go off into areas that cause an expenditure from the emotional bank just now. That is sort of what caused the current gap in letters to you. Between the rush to complete the court filing, the lack of resolution of some outstanding issues with Mom and Dad, and a general sense of being overdrawn at the "emotional feelings" bank, I dived into a bunch of books.
This of course raises the same problem that you mention with the to-do list. Once the pile gets to a certain point it seems too much to handle. The trick, I think, is to be willing to take some baby steps to get into the water as it were. For example, since I have not written much lately, I took two easy posts to do, the word and book list.
This letter is missing some of the emotional weight that I usually put in, but not to worry; as I type this I realize it is not all that hard to move the stuff to the table and get to "work" as one of my fellow inmates reminds me when I do not set up shop on a daily basis.
I had given up on expecting the typewriter replacement, so I mixed the keys up again. It is amazing how lazy I can be. Even thought I proved to myself that I could indeed touch-type, once the keys were put back in order, I became the old hunt and peck typist again. This time I did keep the keys on the same row so at least they are all on the proper plane.
I have picked up some wine knowledge from the books I have read. One of the latest Nora Roberts, "The Villa" was based on a wine making dynasty. I think I mentioned that we passed a whole bunch of wineries on the way up here, after we left Auburn.