Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Recovery Day

Yesterday's Daily Grind Episode didn't finish at 1PM, I'm afraid. There was more pain and sorrow and a lot of self-pity and Lifetime original movie-watching. However, the sun is shining on me today, even though, realistically, it's pouring rain outside. But whatever. Today is another Recovery Day.

Within the course of the morning I:
-Went to aerobics/weight training class for an hour (at our church).
-Did the dishes
-Swept, mopped, vacuumed, picked up, organized, killed some ants, cleaned a bathroom
-took out trash and recyclables
-dressed the kids, fed the kids, played with the kids
-wrapped some presents, made some presents
-shut the door to my bedroom so I could pretend that the whole house was clean

And I am Happy. Not thrilled, I mean, I still have 4 piano lessons to teach, presents to wrap, gifts to buy, school party stuff to get, babysitters to find, etc. etc. but I'm passed the "Wo is me" stage. For now.

See, I go through this pattern (which is not quite unlike the female cycle) of Down Days and Recovery Days. I have found (and have written about it in the past) that the more responsibility I have, the more Happier Days I have. Well --at least the More Responsible Days appear more often. So, it's good to stay busy. But at the same time, when life gets too chaotic, I have more Down Days, too. I crash and burn, so to speak. That's where balance comes in. And I probably didn't mention that I'm not very good at balance, did I? :)

Nah, I mean, I know about balance and taking time for me, but man, without moderation, the whole thing falls apart. I mean, honestly? If I take out too much time for me, I turn into this selfish person who wants more of it. But if I never take out time for myself, I turn into a resentful person ready to gripe at anything who will listen. Therefore, if I need to have a good balance of Down Days (about 2 a month) and Recovery Days (about...well, 2 a month), then so be it. As long as I can find that balance between the two, I think I'll be okay...

P.S. Christmas is one week away!! YAY!


Amanda said...

You are so right! When I have time to myself, I want more, so I am as grumpy as before. I don't know why it works out that way.

How great that you got so much done! Good luck on getting everything done that you need to!

Melissa said...

You are going to spit at me for saying this but I WISH I could do all of those things as mundane as it sounds! Sometimes you have to be away from it to appreciate it but when we were in the States last time I LOVED doing my own laundry (lame, I know)

2 things; I added a link to your blog from mine, hope that is ok, and was wondering if you could send me your address.

Cheryl said...

I sent you an email...

Cristy said...

Amen sister! Couldn't have said it better myself!