I saw Avengers: Infinity War today and was pretty reasonably gutted. No spoilers here, but I think it's definitely the strongest Avengers movie so far. They did a really good job with pacing and making sure each character got their moment in the limelight. The almost three hours just flew by and I can't believe we have to wait a whole year for the next one. I'm sure a lot will change, but I'm interested to see how they pull everything back together.

I've been going to the theater and watching each Marvel movie since Iron Man way back when; I definitely feel that each movie in this series has been leading up to Infinity War. I maintain that I would like to see new things in movies, but it's hard to begrudge franchise movies that are done well.

Let's rewind my day a bit, though.

farro and mushroom bowl

I had a delicious brunch earlier today. This is a little peek at the farro and mushroom bowl I had, which had cremini mushrooms, an over-easy egg, baby kale, coconut milk, truffle oil, and chives. It should be illegal for something to taste so good. They made a minor mistake with our order and went above and beyond to compensate us—kind of to a ridiculous degree, really—but it's good that they feel that strongly about their service and their food. You can't help but want to cheer on places and people like that.

desk and freewrite After brunch, I went to a café to work on my writing. Sadly, when I was about halfway through the scene I was working on, my beloved Freewrite ran out of battery. It had been a hot minute since I charged it and I think I accidentally left it on while it was in my bag. Rats. Luckily I had also brought my laptop on a whim so I had something else to write with. It has been so long since I've drafted something that's more than 200 words on something other than my Freewrite. On top of that, it didn't sync properly before the battery died, so I had to sort of rewrite a chunk of it. I knew my Freewrite was important to me, but dang it was really hard to draft on my laptop.

Mind you, I am lucky to have a pretty nice laptop! Before I ever had my Freewrite, I drafted almost exclusively on this very same laptop. But as much as I love Macs, their keyboards leave a lot to be desired. On top of that, a screen covered in multi-colored code and pictures is just not the same. There were some advantages, of course. I had the benefit of spell check again, of TextExpander finishing off bits of my code for me. But it wasn't as organic[1] of an experience and my speed took a hit.

This has taught me a very important lesson: always bring the charger cord for my Freewrite, even when I don't think I'm going to need it. Part of the attraction of the Freewrite is how battery-efficient it is, but I think I pushed it a little too hard. I did charge it last week, but I have been using it about 3-4 hours a day since its last charge, so. If anything, the fact that it ran out of battery just goes to show how much I've been using it.

It's important to be able to be curious[2] and flexible, and adapt when things like this happen, but on the other hand... I don't mean to be a brat, but I love the routine and tools I've gotten used to! Today just further convinces me that I've found something that works. I've got to just keep refining it over time.

  1. I try to use this word sparingly, like with "inspiration", but gosh darn it the Freewrite is just one step above writing things out by hand! It's pretty creatively organic! ↩︎

  2. So the cover photo for this post is a picture I took of this very odd-looking building near the café. Their little sign worked because we went right up to it to take a peek. Follow your curious whims! Who knows what you'll find? ↩︎