It’s Labor Day Weekend and after three weeks of the 2016-2017 school year under our belts, it was sorely needed. The school year has been off to a great start, but those first few weeks wipe me out! If I know anything about myself, I know that I am not good at being idle. We gauge how good a movie is by whether or not I stayed awake for the entire thing! That being said, I tend to go and go and go until my body melts down– very much like a two-year old when she is tired and hungry! It’s not pretty and I am trying really hard to get better at down time. The process is slow going for sure.
Side note– if you have been wondering where the Daily Doses of Joy has been…it has been working on a new book called The Many Faces of Elgin. Check out the Facebook page for more info. It is one of my true joys right now and it has been all-consuming. I spent most of Saturday running around town photographing and interviewing and telling people about the project. While this does not meet the definition of being lazy, it does fit into the category of me doing stuff for me and not feeling guilty about it! That’s a big deal for me during the school year.
Saturday night, I planned a rare photo outing with some photographers from the area. The Harvard Balloon Fest was taking place and I was excited to have some time to play with my camera. While the event was terribly organized, so many good things came out of it, that I have to say it was a success. I reconnected with a friend and also met a bunch of photographers from the area. I am hoping to see them all again soon. I have been a bit lost with my photography lately, so it helps a lot to have people around me, who will inspire me and encourage me to get out and shoot with them! This is true joy for me!
I woke up Sunday with a horrible headache, but was determined to get some “life” stuff done. Thankfully my husband put the kibosh on that one. He stuck a glass of cold water in my hand, two aspirin and sent me back to bed. I must have needed it, because I woke up two hours later. I still wasn’t ready to get up, so I through a Star Trek DVD on and lazed around in bed for another hour. By noon I was finally feeling a bit more human and motivated, so I headed to the kitchen. Fall has been in the air and I had picked up some fresh Italian sausage from Rustic Road Farm, where we are CSA members. It was the perfect day to make my Grandma’s homemade spaghetti sauce. A common theme here…during the school year, this is a major time commitment and while I do it, it usually stresses me out. Yesterday, I was able to leisurely make the sauce, cook the sausage and just sit back and enjoy the delicious smell wafting through the house. True joy for me! My husband and I ended the evening trying to watch a movie I had picked up from the library. The movie ended up being a bust, but we had a relaxing evening together, which is always time well spent for us.
The last day of the weekend is tough for me. I get the return to work dread bug. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and this year has been great. However, I have so many things that I want to do that never end up getting done because I have to go back to work. I never understand the people who say they are bored in retirement. Those words would never come out of my mouth. Anyhow it’s Monday and I have dedicated today to being lazy. While I woke up pretty early, it was still almost two hours after when I have to wake up during the week. I’m sitting here writing for fun, which I have not done in a long time (except for MFOE, which is a ton of fun, but not the same thing). I am going to bake today, which I have not done probably since Christmas. It’s eight and I’m still in my penguin pjs…with no plans of getting out of them any time soon. About 2:30 I might shower before we head over to our neighborhood ice cream social at 3:00. This is a dream day for me!
May your day and week be filled with joy!