I spun out into rebellion last week and wound up taking a day off--even though I had gotten up early for a 3-mile run and done a 90-minute yoga class, I nonetheless tossed and sandwich, a water bottle, and a book into my backpack and struck out for a 5-mile hike through the forest. The weather was perfect--mid-70s, low humidity, delightfully cool breezes off the waterfalls and reservoirs. Here's the view from where I ate lunch:
I didn't open the book, nor did I get much work done upon my return, but I quite joyfully sat down the next day to edit a journal article and do a one-hour virtual writing date with a friend. Although I probably did less than I might have last week, that day off was definitely the right thing.
I've been thinking a lot about how I struggle, in the summer, between the desire to Do All The Things and the desire to Rest, Relax, and Enjoy. It's not really possible to do both, and I tend to err on the side of the former, but then I feel like summer is getting away from me and I become angry and resistant.
So my "prompt" is really just a thinly disguised request for advice and suggestions. How do you find ways to hold some of that summer feeling (whenever that appears calendrically for you)? Do you take regular days off? Ensure that you spend some time outdoors every day? Nap more often? Make time for pleasure reading? I confess that a part of me is tempted to take an entire summer off.... I actually thought about doing that this year, but then I got interested in my research, so here we are.
Last week's goals:
1) Finish up student project field work
2) Send student home with very clear directions and goals for the next month
3) Send out letters for association stuff – three different sets now!
4) Chat with co-authors about revisions for cool paper
5) Prepare for and do weird government interview thingy (my uni president told me to apply, not sure if it is a good thing or whether I’m the designated sacrificial goat…)
Dame Eleanor Hull:
Latin, Greek, Domestic, T-reading, Other Reading, all x4.
Work on daily plans for fall class.
File papers, move books, paint bathroom.
Find new doctor
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell:
Send call for papers to co-editor with a request to meet.
Follow two tracked citations to two articles on Prudence, making notes, and tracking citations further.
File the box (!!) of important documents found in the garage.
Good Enough Woman (carried over):
1. Clean out the medicine cabinet.
2. Clean out dresser drawers.
3. 2 20-minute creative writing brainstorming sessions.
4. Float like mist through daughter's movie night with her squad. (We are boarding the dog for the evening, which will help tremendously. We boarded him for the first time on Wed for my son's graduation, which meant my folks could come for dinner without us worrying about him knocking one of them over).
5. Eat some of the greens my friend brought from her garden.
1. Full complement of exercise, including one run over 3 miles.
2. Sit x5, Latin x5
3. Read one essay for collection
4. Read and comment on writing buddy's essay
5. 5 hours on my work
6. Write 2 lectures for fall
7. Embark on next yard project (rerouting a downspout)
1 Overdue poetry review
2 Road review
3 Submit revision for online course
4 Present at virtual conference
5 Work on two other book reviews
6 Write and post summer syllabi
1. Read last book for prize
2. 1 x 2 hours on Famous Author
3. 2 hours planning research
4. Finish packing
5. Write checks in advance
6. Church stuff
7. Write instructions for my sister etc.
8. Have fun with friends, sister
9. Eat, sleep, exercise