So, yeah. It’s not Friday, it’s Monday. I am chocking it up to being out of town again (Boise! See below), but it’s suspiciously beginning to look like a bad habit forming. I don’t feel altogether bad about it – I am definitely paying attention to my limits more often these days, which is sort of the point of this whole exercise. Now, on to the exercise….
The Hard Stuff
A case of the Mondays, yikes. Last week started off with, woah, tons of anger and anxiety. I’m not sure where it came from – likely trying to catch up from anything that didn’t happen while I was in Austin. Tuesday wasn’t much better, but thankfully, things improved after that.
Rain –> allergies. All of the non-native plants explode with pollen in the fall here, bringing worse allergies than I’ve had anywhere else. Unfortunately, I get nasty side effects (bloody noses, etc.) from any of the non-drowsy allergy medicines available. Last year I made do with a half-dose of Zyrtec. We’ll see how this season progresses; so far it’s…tolerable.
The Good Stuff
Happy birthday, Grandma Rosie! She turns 86 (!) this week, and it had been too long since I’d seen her, so I flew up to Boise for a quick trip over the weekend. I spent a few hours with her on Saturday, talking about all manner of things, having tea and gingersnaps. Delightful. Throw in time spent with uncles, cousins, second cousins, tasty local noms, soccer spectating, miles of walking under Autumn skies, working with her embroidery machine, doing some heavy duty sewing, and beer, and it was altogether a wonderful weekend (up until the weather-delayed return flights, but that’s old hat for me now). She inspired me so much I did some research on GrandmaLikesToSew.com and found a perfect beginner sewing machine to get me started.
Beyond the stressful times, work is happening. Things are getting done. Unfortunately I can’t talk about it beyond that, but at least while things are stressful, they are moving forward well. It feels good, when I can step back from theohmygodthemilestoneiscoming feelings.
Blegh. Objectives sounds so cold and business-like, but I really do want to add a section for looking forward to next week. I need a list.
I’m not going out of town this week, hooray! You know what is happening? My parents will be here overnight. And my aunt and uncle. At the same time. I love them all to pieces, and especially since I don’t live near my folks anymore, they are completely welcome to visit. Visitors, though, are stressful no matter how much you want them. The coming days will be a balancing act between being productive at work, tidying up a bit (just enough) around the house, and getting in my alone-time to eat well, move my body, and make things.
It seems at once like so little and so much work – but you know what? I can totally handle it. Everything may not get finished, but if the intention is there, that is plenty.