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November 25th, 2012
02:58 pm


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Down time
We had a nice visit with my brother's family for thanksgiving, and fairly uneventful trips back and forth from Tucson. But still, I was exausted when we got in last night (despite the fact that Brian drove), and still tired this morning.

So Brian, bless his heart, took Rosie to the Aquarium to give me some down time. I laid down for a little while before they left, then helped them get out the door. Then I challenged myself to take real down time. What would I do, I asked myself, if I did something just for me?

I took a shower and trimmed my bangs, and as I went to get dressed I was reminded how much I hated the mess on my dresser. It was dusty and cluttered, disorganized and messy. I had a potted Rose plant I recently brought in from outside that I wanted to put there, and my dreamcatcher was lying on my jewelry box, still unhung after more than a year here.

So that's what I did with my down time. Cleared the dresser off, put things away. Found new places to put things that needed homes in drawers and cupboards. Dusted. Rearranged the plants, moved some pictures to a bookcase, hung my dreamcatcher.

It looks so much better! Perhaps I will post a picture later. My little lacquer box from Rusia is dusted and visible. The wooden carved fish that my Grandmother brought back from China is sitting in a clear space, accenting the calm order and cleanliness. The fish is supposed to bring happiness, and having this space clean indeed made me happy.

Brian texted they were having lunch at the acquarium so I made myself a cobb salad and had a leisurely lunch. Then there was just enough time to load the dishwasher and wipe the counter before they got back.

I feel good about my down time, which is a nice feeling. It was productive, but also stress relieving.

How are you relaxing today?

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Date:November 26th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I also did a bunch of cleanup and sorting around the house and then saw a friend and saw a movie. :-) Glad you had a little time to make your home more comfortable and calming!
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Date:November 26th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Peter Beagle short stories and baking brownies for a certain beloved small person who has endured rather a lot of late.
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Date:November 26th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)

(I mean, not that the enduring is excellent. but the rest.)
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Date:November 27th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
I always forget that putting in a little effort to reduce mess/filth that is bothering me a small amount but on a daily basis, will result in a little more joy every day after. It feels like work at the time, but it results in a daily reclaimed downtime where I don't angst about future/pending work.

Which is to say, this past weekend, our "vacation" time was spent moving furniture, reorganizing our entire (!!) book collection, and dusting long-ignored areas, like the mantlepiece. Stressful, underslept, depressed... but today, I felt much better.
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