In my own little bubble

I stopped watching the news about two weeks ago. YouTube has a habit of loading my feed with several news stories that I have to scroll through and I’m starting to hate it. I only subscribe to a few channels and besides posting my own videos I don’t know if it’s worth watching anymore. I don’t know if my stress level is any better than before since my daughter has woken up early every day that I stay up late to work on my next book. Today is Friday and the lack of sleep is piling up.
Andrew Yang is the only politician I have been supporting this election and he is the only one that doesn’t comment on the recent news events as part of his election campaign. I follow his post on Instagram and make snotty comments to the Russian trolls that have started to pop up. You know when your candidate is a threat when the trolls start to appear.
Audiobooks have become my vise these days. Last month I read The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria and even thought it was written ten years ago it still applies today. Roughing it by Mark Twain gave some insight into the world of America’s greatest writer. The David Foster Wallace Reader was a struggle like any of his books are only in this case they were lumped into one volume. The Inklings was insightful with the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis explaining the many reasons why these two are still read today.
I awoke with a massive headache yesterday that never went away. It could have been a lack of water, maybe a lack of coffee, or not enough sleep which I need more of in my older state. This morning it was gone and along with a tall glass of water I also consumed two glasses of milk and standing next to me is the first cup of coffee I have had all week.
There was a pleasant surprise waiting for me in my banking app where I found my tax return had been deposited. Most of it was transferred into savings and the leftovers stayed in checking as a buffer for any future “oops” that might come my way. I don’t have a house payment due until April and while I would like to be further ahead and have more money going towards the principle a new washer and dryer ended up on my plate, both at separate times. The proverb of “Shit Happens” is alive and well and while I can sit here and complain the bright side is that I had the money to take care of these problems. 52% of Americans don’t have the money for an unexpected $500 bill. Thankfully I am somewhere in the 48%, and I would like to stay there.

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