Good morning (ish!) and welcome to my weekly weekend waffle 😉
Been a really tough week in that I’ve been feeling like I’m coming down with something and having absolute zero energy – this morning it’s definitely a little more obviously snuffles/slightly tickly throat, but still hopeful that it doesn’t develop too far. I’ve been cancelling social engagements all over the place, putting me in danger (I fear) of somewhat upsetting a couple of friends. I keep seeing these patterns repeating, over months/years/since childhood – which in itself is more upsetting (can’t break out of patterns?) than I think having a cold really merits! Meh.
Anyway. Getting to sit in bed with several huge mugs of tea this morning super-helped my mood. I get really antsy and frustrated at these periods of not really ill but zero energy to do anything – despite all those good intentions. But I got to reflect a little on what is going okay, which helped. For a start, I’ve been playing with Code Wars, and it actually feels like it’s helping my coding (a little) and confidence (rather more) – all for a few minutes a day. Going super-slow with it, but that’s a good thing!
Talking of, having a whole thinky-ness about setting up a weekly schedule for myself. I’ve bought into the whole ‘what you do every day’ thing, and can agree, but I have rather too many things to do that I can’t fit into that – and so don’t get touched. So what if, instead of struggling to do 8×2 minutes every night, I pick just one thing per evening? Either a set eg. Monday is calligraphy practice, or ‘must pick one thing off list’ each evening, before TV/pooter. Keeps everything going; I get to see what ‘sticks’ – think I’ll try this!
Also picked up with my Duolingo French again today, for the first time since pre-NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t convinced it was the best habit to get my daily attention, but hey: it’s fun, easy, and gives me a mini sense of accomplishment – and it’s a vaguely useful skill to work at. So, why not?
Overall, trying to cultivate a sort of sense of being more relaxed about all this stuff. That isn’t a contradiction with the schedule idea above: that’s about not feeling I have to be super-committed to every little thing, but can still give everything a go, at least for a month or so, see how it works and what I want to do more of now.
And finally for this mammoth waffle, I’ve been reading the Marie Kondo book, and enjoying it. Not going full-KonMari any time soon, but I’m going to ‘file’ my t-shirt drawer and tackle the socks soon. I’m also going against the ‘all or nothing’ kind of thing, but have started discarding more in general – including (gasp!) books o_O. I figure if I can do the obvious decluttering a little at a time, the whole thing wouldn’t feel so daunting, should I choose to go there. And while I still think she sounds a little nutty with the ‘thank your clothes’ etc, I must confess the mindset is seeping in a little e.g. things having served their purpose, or not ‘sparking joy’. All good, and rather more entertaining than you would expect.
Right, finish with the immediate to-do list:
make soup (new recipe trial: spiced carrot and potato)
prep stir fry
relax about the Burns Supper – unless I feel super-awful as the day progresses, it’s just dinner and I’m sure it’ll be fun, etc etc – nope. Was too ‘wet pasta’-y to face it.
review something – catching up with ‘missed’ reviews, got a thoroughly cathartic rip-to-shreds of one of the worst books I read last year 🙂
finish gathering the ‘donated’ books that I’m not keeping
- maybe do the t-shirt drawer this weekend?
keep recovering, so lots of laziness reading/viewing (or ‘decluttering the viewing pile’ ;))