I'm trying to find small ways to bring balance to my otherwise unbalanced life. For instance, Friday night I finally decided at 10:00pm that I wasn't going to be able to finish my overdue paper, so I gave up, did the dishes, and made a quick scrapbooking page before bed. My scrapbooks were missing a page about this sweet addition to our family. Her first birthday is coming up next month so I figured it was about time. This page was inspired by the latest scrapjack, but I didn't get around to finding the camera, taking a picture, and getting it on the web before the deadline. Those days are behind me for a awhile.
I've also been trying to find ways to squeeze in some knitting time. It's good for my mental health. So, I've started knitting two rows before bed. It's not much but it's better than nothing. Today I tried to take it a step further by knitting while reading an abstruse article about causality. It worked for a couple rows, but once I got to the lace section of the Juliet pattern, I couldn't make it work anymore. I probably would have been better off by just reading the article as quickly as possible, then knitting a few rows. Actually, that's a good idea. I think I'll start doing that as a motivational tool.
Another way we've been trying to achieve a little balance is by mixing up the household chores a bit. Matt's starting making us frittatas with spinach, peppers and ham. I didn't even know he knew what a frittata was, let alone how to make one so I've been very pleased. We've also been eating more mac'n'cheese (the real stuff, not the blue box stuff) since that's also his specialty. In return, I've been doing my share of the laundry lately.
This weekend I went to a SOLO wilderness first aid workshop that I signed up for a couple months ago, even though I really should have stayed home to finish that darn paper. Aftering backpacking in Yosemite this summer, I decided it was time to have more than a basic understanding of how to deal with an emergency. The workshop took place in the North End, and we got to role play emergency situations out in a plaza in front of Paul Revere's House. It was pretty fun to watch the tourists with cameras stop and stare while we were laying on the ground faking injuries. Nothing like disaster scenarios to clear your mind of deadlines, both missed and impending.
Then, last night Matt slipped me a copy of The Onion to read before bed to distract me from reading chapters in the Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs textbook I've barely had time to crack this semester. Nothing like some shared laughs about fall being canceled after 3 billion seasons and a study showing that working at work increases productivity to lighten the load.