It is looking like my wife is heading up to Tyler (four hours away) for a few days. She's staying with her aunt-in-law and going to a Pointer Sister's concert. I suspect that Wed through Saturday will be just me and the dog and the cats.
So I've gone from having family visit and bar-b-ques for a group to just me. Wild swing and much as I loved having family it will be so nice to go for days with only my understanding dog for conversation.
There was a time when I was not happy being by myself. It made me nervous. That dynamic was a weird one as I have a lot of social anxiety so the tension of needing to be around people and not really wanting to be around people was frequently present and not too healthy.
Twelve years of having to deal with customers cured me of that. I relish my alone time. A few chores to schedule and keep me from completely vegging out and I'll be the proverbial clam.
Meanwhile, and with no logical segue at all, this is one of the most wonderful things I've seen online in a long time. I don't follow or play much chess but watching and listening to Alexandra Botez as she blitzes through a chess game is mesmerizing.