Mar 232018

I was all motivated to write like crazy yesterday but then I just – didn’t. I did look at what I had written the day before and changed a ting or two and then I got stuck because I didn’t know what should happen next.

At least at some point in the afternoon I got sensible and started doing something else. I pulled out the two DSs that a friend gave me that I wanted to repair. I started taking the one apart that’s broken worse and found that I – need an additional part. And then I took the second one apart and fixed it. Of course something went a little wrong, it always does, but now it’s put together again and should be up and running. I haven’t tested it yet, though, there was no time.

Today there will be cleaning and going out for lunch with my husband to which I’m really looking forward to, and then I will teach my one student for the day (one is sick, one is in Spain, on is in England, and the boy is working) and then write like the wind. I hope.

And then it will be Easter break. I already decided to wait a little longer before recording the podcast because I still don’t have much of a voice.

I have plans for Easter break, lots of plans.

So stay tuned for the inevitable breakdown and not getting anything done for the first five days or so.

Mar 222018

Phew. After the day before I thought I could just go on like that, and then – of course – I didn’t.

I woke up early but didn’t feel like writing. I also had to write my blog post first.

So no writing before breakfast. And then I just kept finding reasons why I couldn’t start writing just now. One after the other.

I did wind my sample yarn for the new sweater I’m planning into a ball and started swatching. I had thought the yarn were too skinny but it turns out, no, it’s not. Quite the contrary. My gauge was way off, and the swatch was stiff and unyielding. For the sweater I’m planning (Cria by Ysolda Teague) I need a drape-y and open fabric.

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So I’m really happy that I only spun a bit of sample yarn. Next I’ll got back to the wheel and spin something a little thinner. And swatch again. Better to do that than to hate the sweater in the end.

I did manage to do the dishes on time, and I mailed three letters and went to the supermarket. And was back almost in time to help with lunch. A little too late, though.

We had a rather early lunch. The boy eating lunch elsewhere does make our lives easier. A little. And then instead of writing and working and getting things done I sat around eating chocolate bars. I had bought four, two for me and two for the boy. I did manage not to eat all four. I did eat three and left just one for the poor boy. Well, he hadn’t known that he might have had two, but still. Not my proudest moment.

I managed to take a shower barely in time for my first lesson of the day. And before, I finally started writing.

Then I taught non-stop all afternoon. And when I was done with teaching the boy had returned from work. Very hungry.

I reheated lunch for his dinner and ate a sandwich. Then I did the dishes right away because I was so exhausted that I was sure if I even waited a minute or two I wouldn’t do them.

My husband was meeting with an old friend for dinner so I barely saw him.

Then I procrastinated some more but ultimately I managed to get my writing done. Phew. And then it was time for bed.

I have to say that getting the writing done earlier in the day feels much better. Then I can still watch something or read without feeling guilty.

So my task for tomorrow is to stop procrastinating. Maybe I should have that tattooed on my hand. „Just do what needs to be done. Stop procrastinating, it only makes you unhappy.“ Knowing that only helps a little but it seems every little thing helps.

Today there will be very little teaching. I had planned to record the podcast but I still don’t really have a voice, so that’s out.

I’m pretty sure there will be more writing.

Mar 212018

I was rather inspired yesterday by the book „The Art of Taking Action“ (Amazon Affiliate-Link) and I was feeling a little better with the cold so I got a little more done.

Still no running or anything, I guess I will start that again next week, but I woke up early and started writing right away. I’m a little fed up with the lack of progress on the story.

I went to the tea shop and the health food store and when I came back I wrote some more. Taught my students, had the last one cancel on me, practiced piano, and played a little guitar, and wrote some more.

I even did the dishes, made deodorant and folded the laundry after lunch as a meditative practice. Also, not being able to do things really gets to me after a day or two. Restoring order to the world, even if it’s through folding laundry, feels much better.

The boy came home exhausted again. While he is mostly sorting things he also helped build a computer and did some research. Still, he is counting the days to when he’ll have his afternoons back.

Today there will be more of the.same, I’m hoping to move the story forward, and I will go to the supermarket, and make some music, and teach quite a bit.

I’m still sniffling like crazy and I still don’t really have a voice. I tried singing in one of my lessons and couldn’t. Only when my voice is gone do I realize how much I’m singing while teaching. Just to demonstrate something here and there. But at the moment I can’t.

I too, was exhausted last night, but that’s okay. I watched and episode of „Grace and Frankie“, read a little and turned out the lights at 9.30.

Oh, and I almost forgot. The amp that my husband has been working on, unable to fix since August?

It’s done.

He worked on it all day yesterday, in between everything else, and it is finally done. For months he was unable to find out what was wrong, and now it’s fixed.

We might open a bottle of champagne to celebrate on Friday when the amp will go back to its owner.

Mar 202018

As predicted, I spent the day mostly in bed, a little bored and not feeling all that great.

I did all my teaching. I should have rescheduled the singing student, though, because he had a cold as well and so we were a sorry sight, both sniffling with no voice in my case and not much of a voice in his. We still managed to make a little progress.

My last student didn’t even show. It’s always a little weird, that waiting and not knowing.

The boy came home just when I was setting the table for dinner which was an excellent timing. He was pretty exhausted from his first full day of work. Seems he actually got things to do. Sandwiches for lunch turned out to have been the right choice.

I went to bed at 9.30, giddy about the prospect of getting all.the.sleep and then woke up at 5. I feel a bit cheated.

Today there will be some grocery shopping – but not all because I’m still sick – and some teaching, more than yesterday, and a little writing (got 250 words in yesterday).

If the cold isn’t gone by Thursday the podcast will have to be late. It can’t be helped, no voice – no podcast.

Mar 192018

I basically spent most of the day in bed, reading, surfing the web and dozing. I tried not to speak but failed.

I actually slept about nine hours last night. I’m still sick, as expected.

At least my voice isn’t completely gone. If I don’t talk much and rest a lot between students I guess I’ll be okay.

I did help making homemade gnocchi yesterday, that was good, so here’s a picture of the uncooked gnocchi:

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And the whole meal:

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Despite being sick I did manage to cut the boy’s hair yesterday. It still looks pretty wild because he wants to grow it out but at least I trimmed the bottom and he doesn’t look quite as overgrown.

Today I will be teaching but not that much. I’ll try to mostly communicate by sign language. Teaching singing will be, um, interesting but I’m pretty sure that that particular student can handle it.

The boy was pretty scared this morning because he has his first day of internship. He is nervous about finding his way there, and about the work, especially since they are putting him on the phone right away. I guess he’ll learn a lot.

I think I’ll spend the morning in bed today. No running for me, that’s for sure.

Mar 182018

So yesterday ended up being a day where I did nothing at all, apart from buying clothes with the boy. We walked to the very small mall here in town, hunted down 1 tee, 2 sweatshirts, 2 belts, and some chocolate (we both aren’t fond of clothes-shopping), failed to find pajamas that we liked, and walked back.

I did no running, only a little spinning, no writing, and no music because I’m sick. Laryngitis again. No idea where that comes from.

So today I will spend the day in bed and on the couch doing nothing, drinking lots of tea and not speaking.

My family hates it when I don’t speak, they find it spooky.

There will be crochet, and reading, and knitting, and maybe a shower. I need a pedicure but sitting around with bare feet for an hour or so might not be the best thing to do today. The boy need his hair cut.

We’ll see.

Mar 172018

The day went mostly as I wanted which is great.

I even started writing before lunchtime! My husband got up rather early which always leads to me getting more done because then we can both start into the day earlier.

I ended up writing 1,100 words which makes me happy. I also changed the sheets, cleaned most of the house, made pizza, taught four students, did some more research on how to record the video podcast better (I started breakfast late because of it but it was ready early enough for the boy to leave for school on time), made music, watched some TV show with the boy in the evening, and went to bed almost on time.

Right now I’m having a sore throat and I hope I won’t get sick. I’m not quite sure if I should run today or not. Maybe only my usual 5K.

Other than that there will be writing, and music, and family, and maybe I’ll press the fabric for the dress I want to make, and I need to cut the boy’s hair, and force him to go shopping for clothes. He will probably want me to accompany him. Most of his sweatshirts are years old and he really needs something that looks a bit better put together for the internship next week.

I’m using this weekend as a kind of dress rehearsal for Easter break. This time I will attempt to not spend my days off sitting around reading and knitting with nothing to show for at the end. I wouldn’t mind taking a few days completely off if it wouldn’t make me so cranky every time I do it.

So I’ll be trying to make good use of my weekend.

And don’t fear, there will be sitting around and reading as well as being productive. Just, I’d like there to be more than just sitting and reading.

Mar 162018

Yesterday wasn’t too bad until the evening.

I actually got out the door for my run at 9.30, something that never happens.

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Took a shower and then my husband made me lunch at 11.15 because I needed to get to the mammogram afterwards.

Found the bus, wandered around a little because I didn’t find the right way at first but google maps helped a lot, and was early at the mammogram place,

The whole experience went faster than I thought it would, and while unpleasant it was not as unpleasant as I had come to expect from other people.

Went back home and then had basically spent all my oomph for the day. In the evening I saw that I had walked 12,000 steps so that might explain it.

I did practice and I did write (but only 390 words) and then I started watching „Frankie and Grace“ and since I hadn’t activated the timer on the wifi after that webinar extravaganza I continued watching until 11 pm.

I might have had a little less sleep than I need.

I also started obsessing about making myself a new cardigan ASAP. Of course I’ll spin the fiber first, as one does. Stay tuned. And of course this will be a quick and easy project, right?

I also tried to research equipment and such for video podcasting but didn’t find the information I need. I will have to try things out with whatever cameras and microphones I have around some time on the weekend. Another big project apparently.

Today will be cleaning, and pizza-making, and teaching (but not a lot), and maybe strength training (don’t hold your breath, that’s the one thing I haven’t been doing at all lately), and watching TV. Somewhere in there I will squeeze music and writing in.

Then I will go to bed too late and feel terrible tomorrow.

At least I re-activated the timer on the wifi…

Mar 152018

So yesterday was a whirlwind of things. I ran 6 kilometers instead of my usual 5 (and actually ran for most of them, even, helped with making lunch, played all my instruments, did all the dishes on time, taught all the students, had a student show me his new electrical guitar, organized a meeting between him and my husband so that he can take electrical guitar lessons starting next month, and then I sat down to watch not one but three webinars in a row.

Yeah, I thought it a bit much as well. I did drop the third one after half an hour.

The first one was Orna Ross’ monthly thing about creative entrepreneurship and creativity. It’s funny, she keeps saying things like, „I know we covered a ton of material in this event, feel free to ask me about anything you didn’t understand,“ and I keep waiting for something I didn’t know before. So I’m recommending this class for people just starting out.

I haven’t stopped attending her webinars because I like her very much. Still, not the best use of my time.

Then there was a thing with Jessica Abel about focusing on your creative projects while living your regular life. I totally love what she is doing and writing and I would love to take her workshop but it’s not in the budget right now. I will just have to make do using her book.

And then I started watching something where Bryan Cohen was rewriting a book description live but by then I was not really able to take anything in anymore, it was past my usual bedtime and I need to focus on finishing a book first before thinking about marketing and such.

Then I found that we had two messages on voice mail for the landline. Both for my husband, of course. Ao I went over to the annex to tell him (my husband goes to bed much later than I but he doesn’t know how to check messages on the new phone; I get them to my mobile which is always on these days in case my mother-in-law needs help). Two friends of his were complaining that he hadn’t gotten in touch. This happens to him all the time. He didn’t check his email for two days and didn’t have time to answer right away for one, and the other one just complained that nobody ever answers the phone at our house. We haven’t answered the phone in decades. We do call back if you leave a message. Usually.

Then I went to bed.

Woke up at 5.15 from a dream, knocked a full glass of water over and was pretty awake. I did try to fall asleep again after mopping up most of the water with limited success. The lamp on my nightstand was standing in a puddle at one point, I just hope that it will continue working.

Today will be interesting enough, I’ll be having my first ever mammogram. For this I need to take a bus and go to a town that I don’t know very well. The appointment is right at lunchtime so I need to organize my day around that.

I really hope to go running regardless and to do all my usual things today which might even be possible because I’ll only be teaching two students.

Sorry for not putting links in, I’m already a little late in getting up to make breakfast. I guess this will just be one of those days.

Mar 142018

So yesterday was all in all a pretty good day, my husband still feels mightily overwhelmed by everything, a feeling I can totally understand, I went tot the big supermarket and am starting to find my way around it better, and I didn’t write a single word all day but managed 1,000 words right before bed but the best news yesterday was the email the boy go at lunchtime.

We were sitting around making frantic plans about how he could spend the afternoon to get an internship after all when he looked at his emails on his phone and said, „I got the internship.”

One of the two places he had called last week that had told him to send his application in will take him. He’ll start on Monday and he’ll spend half of his Easter break working there as well.

I slept all night like a log, 8 1/2 blissful hours.

And now I’m a little late and need to hustle.

There will be all the usual Wednesday things today, including running and music and writing. I have a list. A long one.

But I am almost relaxed. Which is great.