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Thank God for weekends…

Now that I’ve been working for 2 weeks, I truly enjoy my weekends. I suppose it’s because I normally worked part-time, max of 6 hours per day and never more than 25 per week. So much of my time is eaten up by 8 hours of work plus an hour or so of commuting each way. I use my commute well by doing pleasure (and occasionally educational) reading. But, even so, I feel like there are so few truly free hours in my day.

So now I appreciate the weekends a lot more! Mr. Micah and I do our best to find ways to be productive and ways to relax. We’re going for a good balance. Too much relaxation and I feel depressed and worthless (like I can’t get anything done outside of work). Too much production and I feel drained.

Until now, I didn’t like them much. Or didn’t appreciate them. In college I’d feel agitated because I knew I should probably be doing some homework. Or I’d completely throw off the balance of relaxation/production in either direction. But this job doesn’t come home with me. And Mr. Micah is just as interested in feeling good on weekends as I am.

Today we’ve done a number of things.

  • I got a lot of work done on the quilt I’m finishing. It was both relaxation and production since it’s not hard, I entertained myself while doing it (movies/reading), but yet I made tangible progress.
  • We went to the library! I’d run out of fiction (mostly) so I wanted to get some new stuff. Including Christopher Moore’s book Lamb: The Gospel according to Jesus’ childhood pal, Biff. (not sure if I got the whole subtitle right.) I’ve shelved it for years and it looks like a ton of fun.
  • I read and Mr. Micah wrote. Before the library, actually, I finished a book I started yesterday. The Breakup Club by Melissa Senate. She did a good job of keeping it moving and her character interaction was great! I think it’s hard to write from 4 different points-of-view.
  • I signed up for the RIP Autumn Reading Challenge II (Readers Imbibing Peril). The link talks about all kinds of reading options. I’m thinking that I’ll do the complete short stories of Hawthorne (not as creepy as Poe’s, but very creepy nonetheless). I’ve read about 4 or 5, so there’s plenty to get through. Plus Mrs. Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho. I love not having to read for class! Now I have so much more free reading time!! (irony, since I studied English Lit).

I haven’t been keeping to my charts, but I’m going to try getting better into it on Monday. That’s not to say I haven’t been working on Right Speech, I just haven’t been charting it as well as I could.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Eloise August 27, 2007 at 7:39 pm

I loved The Mysteries of Udolpho, I hope you do too. I’m interested in the Hawthorne stories, one for my wishlist I think, can’t wait to read your reviews!

Chris August 27, 2007 at 9:12 pm

I love Hawthorne’s stories. Great pic for the challenge! I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else pick him!

Mrs. Micah August 28, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Thanks, both of you! I’m probably going to start with Hawthorne. May post reviews of a couple stories at a time. 🙂

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