Well, it finally happened…the government shut down, and since I work for the government, I am now not working. It’s an unplanned, unpaid staycation. I’ve always dreamed of a staycation – though not one that was unpaid – but never had the leave time to take it without giving up something else. So there has been a positive aspect to it. What? Well, I have enjoyed some time off, with lots of reading and relaxing. And, well, finally getting the chance to confirm what I’ve always suspected: I wouldn’t be able to enjoy unending leisure time for much more than a week. I’m starting to get busy.
We’re starting the second week of this shut down, and I am finally establishing a bit more of a routine and working out how to achieve my goals, which is to use this time properly. So I have been getting busy. I’ve been slow to do this, I think, for two reasons: one, I did want some rest; and two, not having any sense of how long this thing is going to last makes it hard to plan my activities. To a certain extent, I have to plan day to day, while still balancing my enjoyment of time alone with the need for some social interaction. I may be an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also enjoy people.
Last week, I mostly rested and relaxed, with intervals of doing chores like cleaning and cooking. This week I have planned a bit more. I have a list of things I would like to get done. I want to:
- do a good bit of scrapbooking
- make a baby quilt for a baby shower at the end of October (piecing all done, quilt sandwiched and ready to go)
- maybe work on purple leftovers quilt? or quilt on the big quilt that is ready to be quilted?
- work on the couture dress
- set up my loom for weaving with the warp that is currently wound
- catch up on my spinning study
- as well as spin some on the brown Romney
- install the SSD in my old laptop, and get Linux Ubuntu installed
- kill weeds, then pull weeds
- scan a lot of old paperwork so I can get rid of it and/or organize it
- get rid of some furniture and other items at the thrift store or via Craislist and/or Freecycle
And of course, enjoy myself with reading a lot. And maintaining my regular schedule of eating right, exercising regularly, Bible study, and reaching out to some friends for visits, especially some that I haven’t seen in a while.
I have a feeling I won’t get it all done, but I’ll give it my best try.