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It seems like forever since I last had a vacation. It’s been at least a year! But since yesterday at 1 pm, I am off until next Friday. Yahoo! For the next several days I can do whatever I want — go out, hang out, read, play guitar, sing, sleep, take walks, meet friends, go to the movies — simply enjoy.

The only appointments are those which I choose to make. I was going to do my spring cleaning today, but the sun is shining. I think I’ll go for a walk instead, and then read. First there is some grocery shopping to do. For the second day in a row I’m drinking my coffee black, because I haven’t made it to the store (around the corner) to get milk. Good grief! I was too busy. Or when I had the time, too lazy. If it’s not one thing, it’s something else.

This is my first vacation since moving into my own apartment last May. It’s been nearly one year. I relish the prospect of having so much free time and simply doing as I please. No stress. Ah!


March 27, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Last outburst of winter?

Yesterday it was incredibly spring-like. Thus I was rather disappointed to look out the window this morning and see it snowing wildly. Big, fluffy flakes filled the air. I had to go to work early today, and both kids were sick. Yes, they are teenagers, but when they’re sick, I like to be home to look after them. That wasn’t possible today.

I left and assured them that I’d be home early afternoon. Then I went outside, brushed the snow off the car, and drove away. The drive to work was adventurous. There was a hint of craziness in the air. Perhaps the other drivers were running late because they had unexpectedly had to clear the snow off their cars? Or they were disappointed, late, frazzled? I don’t know, but it was nuts. I saw a few run red lights, and observed some rather daring maneuvers. I stayed calm and concentrated on the road — and on the other drivers.

Work went well enough. At one point, we sat and looked out the window at the huge flakes coming down so heavily. It really was a pretty sight. By late morning, it stopped snowing, and then turned to rain.

On the way home I bought some groceries and “quickly” made a beef soup — which needs to simmer for a few hours before it’s ready. The kids were both dozing, and they had no other plans for the day, so it wasn’t so terrible that they had to wait a while.

It wasn’t a bad day, just a bit strange — and not quite what I expected. But that’s just how it is. In the afternoon the sun actually came out and I went for a long walk in the forest. That was rejuvenating, though it “rained” a bit as the sun melted the snow which hung so heavily on the trees.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to be considerably warmer — around 15 degrees above today, and it’s apparently going to stay warmer for the rest of the week. I guess today the weather just had a little mood swing. 🙂

March 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Back from hibernation

There hasn’t been much to say lately, so I’ve been quiet. With my nose to the grindstone, there seem to be no great revelations and insights sprouting. It’s more about daily stuff that needs to get done. The lousy cold is finally gone. The turning point came on Wednesday, when I heard a favorite song on the radio and started dancing. After half an hour, I felt much better and thought to myself: “See? No wonder you’re not feeling well. You haven’t had much fun lately!” So I went to the movies on Friday, and then out with a friend to hear some great live music on Saturday.

My mood suits the seasonal situation. I have the feeling that there’s a lot going on under the surface. There are various menial tasks to be done, as well as preparatory work for ongoing projects (new book and new CD). So for now I’m functioning and laying the groundwork. In a month or so, things will be completely different. Then the juices will be flowing, things will be happening, and the apparently dormant environment will be visibly in motion. Outside the grass will turn green, the trees will bud, the flowers will pop up out of nowhere. As a matter of fact, I saw a whole bunch of snowbells under a tree yesterday. What a wonderful sight!

So for now, it’s just about inner movement and work. I’m focussing on more order — in my apartment and in my life. Though chaotic in heart, a bit of structure does me good. Soon enough, a change will come. Then the energy will flow and everything will seem to function more easily — almost effortlessly. For a while, at least! 😉

March 1, 2010 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

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