I can’t believe Summer is over already, but I also can’t say I’m sorry to see it go. Mainly because this Summer…& really, a bit of last Spring, as well…were kind of a pain in the ass.
I wouldn’t say that I was in a bad mood, exactly, but more that it was a situation where “one of those days” stretched into “one of those weeks,” “one of those months,” & finally “one of those seasons. :coffin
My allergies & sinuses have been out of control for months, driving me crazy. Itchy eyes, runny nose, headaches, coughing, sneezing… It was terribly attractive, let me tell you. NOT!
For a while, I was sleeping like the dead. I could go 10-12 hours a night, then still drag once I managed to get up. Not exactly conducive to getting much done. Then, out of the blue, it flipped. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t sleep. I could be exhausted & still lie in bed all night, wide awake, tossing & turning. Aaaaaaargh!
And that just plain made me grumpy & out of sorts. I stayed home, going nowhere & interacting to no one…& with no desire to go anywhere or interact with anyone. I was either starving & stuffing my face or eating next to nothing. I even let pizza go moldy! :risingghost
I can’t say the writing wasn’t going well, either. Every time I tried to get started, something interrupted me—often revisions or edits on a previous project, which…well, see the Grumpy Cat sign.
I don’t know if I was suffering from a bit of burnout or plain old malaise, but it got so frustrating that eventually I just gave up. I gave myself permission to be lazy & do next to nothing & take the summer to…I don’t know, recharge, I guess.
I started watching Leverage & fell head over heels in love with the show. :spider So much that I’ve since bought Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD, & am keeping an eye on the rest.
And I mowed the yard. A lot. I, who normally mow the grass three or four times a summer, if the neighbors are lucky, was out there mowing every other week. And I enjoyed it! I even started using the push mower for the first time in…well, since I was a kid & thought helping my parents with lawn work was fun. And I enjoyed that, too, even if there were a couple times I thought I was going to pass out afterward. :mummy
I also gave myself permission to write when I felt like it instead of feeling like I had to, or feeling guilty if I did anything other than writing.
And you know what? It worked! I may have been lazy as a stone over the summer, but I’m feeling 100% better now. I may not be mowing as much (the yard is already out of control again) or watching as many movies (except on the Torture Cycle), but I’m back to writing on a regular basis & it’s going great! I’m loving the story I’m working on, & also the progress I’m making with it!
So taking some time off turned out to be a good idea! I may have to do that a little more often just to keep my energy & motivation up. :winkingpumpkin
I’m getting another filling replaced today. Last time, I was fine during the procedure, but as soon as the in-office painkillers wore off, it hurt like bloody hell for almost two full weeks afterward.
So I’m pretty sure no matter what you’re up to, y’all are going to be having a better day than I am. :coffin
But there’s no reason we all have to suffer! Let’s see if we can find some dentist funnies to make everybody feel better…