Theme day: To all the things you want to do with your day.
Today, I opted to forgo (see how close that word is to “forgot”?) a colleague’s holiday party in her home. She was destined to have high volume attendance levels and while the weather was sunny, it was windy. Of course, that doesn’t explain anything to you, but it created space for me to stretch out today. I also have been paying attention to my cosmic expenditures of energy, and knowing that I have an Italian-language luncheon coming up tomorrow, I wanted to be rested for that. Unfair? Maybe. Yet, here I am. Preparing solstice cookies, having a quiet night at home with Dave.
What I did instead…
(Uno) 1. Finally checked out the private blog for Dave’s law school’s buddy, who invited us to a commitment ceremony with his partner. It is the anchor for our summer trip back to the states. They have the most clever save-the-date card, a postcard with a stamp on the back that imitates the postal stamp, but contains pertinent ceremony information.
(Due) 2. Slept in until the sunlight coming through the slats woke me up. Dave had already risen, and I stretched luxuriously in bed. I slipped back into my dream of navigating a ship around a rugged coastline in calm waters. This was before I knew I would ditch the party.
(Tre) 3. Got up, dug into my chores that I had assigned myself – preparing the cookie dough, washing the sheets, a thorough garbage run (we take our garbage to the neighborhood dumpsters), other household cleaning. I started these tasks with the intention of feeling ready to relax by the time of the party. Instead, I preferred to stay home and relax.
(Quattro) 4. Weighing the pros and cons of embracing my introvert. Have you faced this same struggle? Some days I don’t even blink before going to a social event and other days it feels like undesirable homework. This is part of myself that I still don’t understand, after decades of social events!
(Cinque) 5. Playing Christmas tunes on the piano for an hour. This was the highlight of my seesawing. It was great!
How do you balance all the activities you want to do?