Of Life & Randomness

Hello, C’est Moi

I descaled my coffee machine yesterday, and here’s the thing about descaling the coffee machine: it’s not fun. It’s not fun at all. Especially since the descaling solution comes with zero instructions. I had to resort to YouTube, which made my cat very angry because he hates it when disembodied voices drift out of the laptop.

However, after cleaning the coffee machine inside and out, it turns out my coffee did taste much better this morning. The angry red light was right.

So, if your coffee machine has an angry red light, and like me, you’ve been ignoring it for weeks because you know that cleaning out the coffee machine is not fun at all, just do it. Do it. You’ll thank me later. You won’t thank me as you’re doing it — you’ll probably hate me then, but later — much later — you’ll thank me.

I wanted to kick-off my newfound dedication to blogging by reminding you that I still care about you and your coffee. In case you thought I didn’t.

It’s been a weird few years. I fell into a deep well of depression for entirely too long, and crawling out of it has been a slow and arduous process. But here I am at the other side, and I’m feeling much, much more like my old self.

And, like my old self, I’d like to get back to blogging every day, or at least more frequently.

There was a point there where I honestly couldn’t remember what I used to do on the Internet. Hours of my life got sucked up into the void of random social media. Tumblr. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Back to Twitter. Hours, days, weeks, months, years — all gone, with nothing to show for it. I stopped reading books. I stopped creating things. I stopped sharing because I had nothing to share. I was in a constant state of anxiety about everything.

I hit rock bottom some time around April, and just went, “Whoa, enough.” It’s been getting progressively better since. I’ve started reading, journaling, meditating, doing yoga, walking more, eating better, sleeping better, and, most importantly, writing.

One of the first (and best) changes I made was cutting Twitter from my morning routine. I used to reach for the phone first thing and read the news, which was a great way to start the day anxious and depressed. I cut the Internet out of my morning routine altogether, eventually.

Now I wake up. Drink water. Do yoga. Meditate. Listen to a podcast or audiobook while making/eating breakfast. Journal. Write. Then check the Internet. Sometimes I don’t do it all. Sometimes I wake up late and have to shift things around. Sometimes I’m lazy. But the foundation is there, and it’s been a blessing.

So, what have I been …

Reading

I’m currently reading Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku, which is about … well, parallel universes. Black holes, the multiverse, time travel, multidimensional space, and all that fun stuff.

I’ve been reading a lot, and most of what I read is not what I think people expect me to read given what I write about. So, when people ask me for book recommendations, I’m always like, “Uh…”

Before that, I finished reading Self-Mastery and Fate with the Cycles of Life by H. Spencer Lewis. I’ve also started (but not yet finished) Shamanistic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts: The Mystical Tradition of Ancient Egypt by Jeremy Naydler.

I also read a lot of articles, and recommend some on my Pocket. Most of what I share there are productivity/creativity articles.

Watching

K and I binge-watched The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and then followed it up with Alias Grace (Netflix), both of which we really enjoyed. We’re currently catching up on NCIS which we stopped watching towards the end of Season 10. Needless to say, we’re a little behind…

Are there any good new shows lately? I’ve not really been keeping track. I recommend Mindhunter on Netflix, if you haven’t watched it yet. Anna Torv. Just… Anna Torv.

I’ve also been watching Las Estrellas, and if you’re not caught up on Flor/Jazmin, you should get on that. Here’s a playlist with English subs  courtesy of Flozminsubs.

I’ve also been keeping an eye on Kate/Rana from Coronation Street.

In wlw webseries: I’ve started watching Barbelle, which I’m very much enjoying. And Strangers is on my to-watch list.

I’ve been really out of the loop with all things wlw content, so if you know of something I should be watching, please let me know.

Listening to

I recently discovered the Mysterious Universe podcast, and I’m pretty much obsessed with it. I’ve got tons of content to catch up on, which makes me giddy with excitement. The one I listened to yesterday was about Dr. Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island, and other Ancient Monuments, which sounds really fascinating and I can’t wait to read it. Her 36 memory experiments are really interesting. I spent most of yesterday reading about memory palaces.

In audiobooks, I’m currently listening to Eckhart Tolle’s The Joy of Being. I read his book A New Earth over the summer, and I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ve not been listening to music recently.

Was there more I wanted to share? I can’t remember. I think that pretty much sums up what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

The main point of this post was: don’t forget to descale your coffee machine. Also, I’m back.

 

 

 

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3 comments… add one
  • Katharina

    Also: reading TBSOL never fails to make me feel better. You did that. Thank you.

    • Ingrid Díaz

      Thank you so much, Katharina. That means a lot. <3

  • Katharina

    Hey there. I am so sorry to hear that you’ve been swallowed up by depression. There’s nothing more to say than- it sucks. It’s the worst. But it makes me happy to hear that you’re better now and back to creating. That takes tremendous effort.

    Also, thank you for mentioning depression at all. It gets swept under the rug too often but it’s a serious illness and people need to get that.

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