White rabbit-y first of month to everyone, with no pinching (or punching!) 🙂
I reckon with most of my posts being about strain lately, it would be nice to share some good stuff.
Am current doing ‘Project Recuperation, Phase: Get Out and About’. It’s been tough – a little on the psychological/anxiety side, but mostly the darn weather! We’ve had snow in Scotland in general (my dad had a total white out on Friday, found five cars stuck on the side of the road the next morning!), although just hailstorms and rain in (central) Edinburgh. Lots of rain So, two days in a row I had intended to start aforementioned Project, and ended up looking at the sky and going, “Nope!”
Thankfully yesterday decided to be gorgeously sunny, and went for lunch and a wee wander in town with my dad (definitely helps the ‘people banging into me’ anxiety, having him there), followed by grocery shopping – as I can neither drive nor carry much with my dominant arm, shopping is difficult right now. Even today’s quick pop into Sainsbury’s for a few extra/offer items was a struggle, as if I’m holding a bag I don’t have a good arm to hang on to the bus rails… argh!!
Anyway, this is still a happy post! Groceries were of the healthy kind, avoiding my usual over-committing to meals (ie, more than I’m actually around to eat in a week!) and with a slightly experimental slant (Chinese chicken wraps planned! And different flavours than usual of falafels and hoummous).
You’ll note I did get out today, although weather’s not been wonderful – at least it was dry! I took myself along to the Virgin Money lounge, with it’s free tea and biscuits – my favourite little writing space! Had about an hour and a half of taking notes from my book about writing from the library, and doing a very rough first outline of my new fiction idea. Good times 🙂
Part of this process isn’t just my current recuperation, it’s about general life improvement. Leaving my snug flat has always been an achilles heel for me, and yet something I feel I should embrace – all the opportunities are ‘out there’, after all. Even stuff I could do at home tend to actually happen more when I’m in a space with fewer distractions.
Hope everyone else is having a lovely (bank holiday) weekend 🙂