zen retreat

For the past two days, I’ve had zero computer time. It’s refreshing to take a zen retreat now and then, where you can just unplug, unwind, and do all of that quality stuff we used to do more of back in the day. Like reading. And interacting with other people in person. I caught up on my scrapbooking. I even had a one-hour massage yesterday.

Oh, I’m sorry. Did I imply that this was a voluntary retreat? Yeah, no, my DVD drive stopped working, so my computer was in for repairs. Apparently, when your computer is 3.5 years old and you use it for all of your show watching, wear and tear happens. Now, it’s one thing to go on vacay and leave the computer behind. I can be away from my iBook for a week and it’s totally preferable if I’m relaxing with the palm trees somewhere exotic. But if I’m still here in my apartment? The spontaneous zen retreat made me realize the following things:

1. I spend about 12 hours a day in front of my computer.

2. I have loads of free time without it.

When I took my iBook in, I was originally told that it would take almost a week to replace the DVD drive. That would have been a problem, since I’ll be starting the second revision of Something Like Fate in a few days and I want to get to a certain place with book five before then. So we were at dinner that night and I was talking about what happened, when an extra friendly neighbor got up from the next table and came over. Of course he was the owner of the repair shop! I gave him my info and the job was done right away. Sweet!

Karma has been smiling at me all week. You know what that means. Time to go pay it forward…