Today is my last day of "Freedom". Back to my day job tomorrow. I am so not looking forward to it. But I need to work, so I should be glad I have a job, right?
Anyways, my routine the last two weeks is something I really got to enjoy (the first week post surgery doesn't count as I did nothing. It is hard to do much with the ball and chain the hospital sent me home with).
Up by 7-7:30 as a rule. There was the occasional morning that I slept in till 8. Shower.
Feed Lucy (parrot), putz around in the kitchen putting away dishes, sweep floor (especially around that messy bird).
Check email. Waste time at the usual internet time sinks. Spent some appreciable time setting up my new blog (http://travelingbracelets.blogspot.com).
Walk dog. On average, according to my pedometer, I logged in 3 miles, 45 minutes, 6180 steps. Not bad. I need to move. Dr said no gym for 8, yes 8 weeks. I tried 3 times during the end of week 2. Half hour -35 minutes each day on the eliptical. Should not have done that. I might have messed things up. He didn't say anything about brisk walks though.
A little home maintenance. Vacuum. straighten house. Do you think I got to the long awaited cleaning/reorganizing projects I should have had time for during the last 2-3 weeks? NOT ON YOUR LIFE!! My house is still a disaster, especially my "studio". I don't DARE to go into the garage unless I absolutely must! I might never get out of that black hole.
What!!! NOON already?? Can't be where did the time go??
LUNCH!! (did you note I am not a breakfast person...so it's time to eat). A few times Steve took me out for lunch. BAD!! Oh, I enjoyed it, but it's not good for the wallet or my waist line (diet). Most days it was lunch at home. My favorite summertime lunch: BLT! Tomatoes from the local fruit stand (wonderful tomatoes...my own have are just beginning to fruit), turkey bacon, romaine lettuce, a tad of mayo, lots of pepper and some sea salt, topped with basil from the garden on soft white or sourdough. Iced tea (herbal or black) or....a tall glass with a lot of ice and a splash of Sangria. All enjoyed outside at the patio table.
Another walk with the dog right after lunch. Shorter this time. Perhaps a mile/mile and half.
Check email again, and waste time with the usual internet time sinks. (why do I like doing that?)
Next a few errands. The grocery store, the garden store, Steve's Dr appointment, assorted this and that.
Back home. Maybe try to do something productive for a bit, just to make myself feel good. Ok, I swept up around Lucy again (a full time job). So I did some work.
Time to bead. Or maybe as I did a couple days, take a short nap, then bead. Or a few minutes working on patterns. I have been so bad on keeping up with the patterns I should be doing.
You gotta be kidding! It is 5pm already!!
Time to fix dinner. Some nights I spent time fixing something that was a bit involved. Other nights not. Grilled some chicken, smoked some ribs (started that in the early afternoon), made asian chicken salad with scallion pancakes, enchiladas, for the most part dinner was light and healthy. Especially if we went out for lunch.
Another walk with the dog. The shortest of our walks. This one was perhaps 1/2 - 1 mile at most.
Check email again...usual internet time sinks....this is crazy!!
Then it was time to sit and watch some dumb show on TV or watch a movie, with my beading tray on my lap, beading those bracelets for the Traveling Bracelet project I started.
11pm, off to bed. Read for a short bit and go to sleep.
Over all, I think I have accomplished something. Especially in regards to the Traveling Bracelet idea I had. Just as I was getting in a routine, and finding ways to use time more efficiently, the big time sink of going back to work is going to cramp my style. Sigh....
I think the dog will miss her 3 times a day walk sessions.