During my sunrise time search for New Year’s, I stumbled on this description of a perihelion. Today, Earth is at its closest point to the Sun. It’s a separate issue from day length and season: distance instead of tilt. I had probably heard the term before; I forgot.
Upon relearning it, a corner of my brain started waxing lyrical about elliptical orbits. Drifting away, then circling back in again. It’s an idea I like. I’m the sort who will focus intense attention on something for a while, then wander off to think about something else. What makes it different from just losing interest is how I often swing back around to that thing again.
Video games, half played in a few days, will get picked up for round two months, even years, later. Hobbies learned and abandoned catch my interest again, and all the carefully packed-away supplies are broken out. Ideas percolate slowly. Interests wax and wane (to drift with my astronomical metaphors slightly).
How do you recognize the difference between a permanent loss of interest and a temporary one? What things have you drifted away from? What things have you refound? What other old interests might still be waiting, getting closer to the light again as time goes by?
This is the discussion thread for the Nail Polish issue of my newsletter, Wonder on a Budget. You can sign up here to get the issues, too.
Have you tried your hand at nail art before and, if so, did you stay simple or go complex? What do you think would make for some amazing, probably-physically-possible nail art designs?
This is the discussion thread for the Pillow Forts issue of my newsletter, Wonder on a Budget. You can sign up here to get the issues, too.
Do you have a pillow fort or other cozy nook you like to hide out in at home? Who, if anyone, is allowed in there with you? Any tales of particularly elaborate forts of days gone by?
This is the discussion thread for the Picking Fruit issue of my newsletter, Wonder on a Budget. You can sign up here to get the issues, too.
What is your favorite source for fresh produce? Have you made any attempts, successful or otherwise, at growing your own food? What stands out in your mind as the most delicious fruit or vegetable you ever tasted?
This is the discussion thread for the Board Games issue of my newsletter, Wonder on a Budget. You can sign up here to get the issues, too.
What was your favorite board game as a child? Do you have a different favorite now? Any tips for turning group games into solo ones?