This year keeps hurtling along… can you believe we’re nearly at February’s end?! In a dramatic change from last year, I still haven’t fit in the time to plan out this year’s garden and order any veggie seeds I’m missing (and I’m kind of late — let’s hope I’ve got everything I need!)… last year I already had seedlings planted, sprouted and sporting true leaves by this time! (Which was, admittedly, way too early. Still, there’s something to be said for a healthy balance, neh?)
Anyway, I have been working away in little bites at my various projects. While I’m still not as consistent day to day as I’d like (that daily flute practice? sort of didn’t happen this week… at all…) I feel that I’m still doing okay so far at keeping all of my various hobby-balloons afloat on a week-to-week scale. (We’ll see if it lasts!)
Part of the reason for my crappy lack of routine is probably just the way I focus: I fixate on things, for varying lengths of time, and work at them before they drift out of my attention-sphere. So rather than a project list (which would be woefully short), how about a list of what I’ve been fixating on for the past little while?
- Sewing. Definitely sparked by the addition of a shiny new sewing machine (Velma) to my world, I’ve been slowly working on a blouse. (After a tragic sewing fiasco from earlier this year, I figured I could use some hand-holding before launching solo on a project again.)
I’ve also been tackling smaller things that have been lingering on my to-do list for ages. Sewing is fun again!
- Baking. I’m not sure if it’s all the winter birthdays, or just a manifestation of my desire for sweets, but every time I walk into the kitchen lately, it’s some kind of cake or cookie or other dessert-y thing that I’m thinking of. Flipping through cookbooks I’ve picked up recently, I can see that all the papers are tucked into pages with pastries and breads. While it’s been wonderful working on cakes and crazy pastry desserts, I think I’m overdue to swing back to some slightly less sugary work. (And yet… I just signed up for a cake decorating course. Huh…)
- Reading. Both current and planned. (WYSBR approacheth! I am stoked!) My current reading continues my trend of food-related books, and I realized the other day that it’s been literally months since I’d read any fiction. This is shocking to me; five years ago I couldn’t imagine voluntarily reading more non-fiction than fiction. Whoa.
- Music! I have a rotating playlist (aptly entitled “Right Now”) that I swap up almost daily to match my mood. For whatever reason, these tracks seem to have made the cut no matter how I’ve been feeling this month…
- Paperweight, by Joshua Radin (w/ Shuyler Fisk)
- Madness, by Muse
- You Got Me, by Colbie Caillat
- Telephone (Lady Gaga cover), by Pomplamoose
- I Knew You Were Trouble, by Taylor Swift
- Titanium, by David Guetta (w/ Sia)
- Times Like These, by Foo Fighters
- Fighter (Christina Aguilera cover), by Darren Criss (from Glee)
- The Middle, by Jimmy Eat World
- Yoga. I guess I’m back on the wagon with this one, although I’m trying not to think of it that way, in order to avoid the guilt when I inevitably “fall off” again. It has been really nice to plan practices for myself again, and I’ve been digging through my books for meditations to keep me in gear when I’m on a positive path in terms of actually doing stuff. It feels good to be welcoming the practice without all the pressure I usually tack on as well.
- Hometown. Between family visits for the calendar new year, a visit home for the Chinese New Year, a planned visit for my sister’s birthday and my parents embarking on a(nother!) travel adventure, I feel like I’ve been focussing a lot more than usual on travel to and from my hometown this winter: when and who and itineraries, what to bring to whom and how to make it all easy. It’s not something that’s good or bad; just taking up a fair amount of mental space.
- Walking. Possibly as a response to all of the Doing and the Scheduling (both for aforementioned travel as well as work stuff), I’ve been really appreciating the time The Boy and I spend walking the Smelly (either together or individually) as time to not-think. I haven’t quite got myself into the habit of bringing my camera with me on every walk* but I’ve definitely gotten used to the mental hush that comes with it. Such a welcome break. (Apparently I can commit to some daily routines!)
* Although given that 9 out of 10 times when I don’t, I curse myself when I come across something that would have made a good picture, you’d really think I would learn to just bring it!
- Space. I think it’s something I do every year during the winter, but I’ve been a lot more consistent lately about trying to clear away stuff we don’t need. Aside from trying (trying!) to free the house from clutter, I’ve also been working at keeping the open space in our house… open. This is a bigger challenge than you might think. In short, keeping any horizontal surface clear is a victory. And one that I’ve been working more at being able to celebrate.
- Small focus. I generally tend to zoom out quite a bit when looking at things. My preferred view for timelines is monthly, and when I’ve tended to set goals or projects in the past, that was the scope that I used. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been shifting my focus in this year to weekly and while it does mean that things creep up on me a bit (what? almost March already??) it also slows down my life in a way I’m really enjoying. Rather than whooshing through the weekdays until the weekend, The Boy and get to think a little more about each day in its own right.
I think I’m explaining that very poorly, but it’s a good feeling, and I’m very much enjoying it.
How are you all doing on this spring-feeling Tuesday?