Sunday, September 02, 2007

I failed the challenge

It is not as easy as it sounds. Or as simple. Doing something for ME. I was challenged to do something just for me by the end of the week. Yes. Well. I did get out my NZ fabric, and realised that I have not collected my cutting mat or rotary cutter from school yet. So I went to school. No-one there till next week. Ok, so that was useless, and no, I am not using scissors to cut strips!

Then I decided to put all the photos I want printed together and took them to the local place which does them for 4p a print, and so help me, the machines are broken. Try next week. So the scrapbooking will have to wait too. I did play about with word art and inserted photos into words and letters, which I will use on the quilt one day and in the scrapbook, (when the photos are printed!)


Like this.

That took an hour or so. Does that count? And I did see some friends and catch up. As I said, it is a lot harder than it seems to actually DO something for yourself!

I am plowing my way through the Pit book which so many have read, and maybe I am missing something, but I am finding it somewhat less inspiring than I expected. We seem to be going in circles and getting nowhere, and I am more than half way through it. Now give me a Max Lucado book and I am off and running. Anyway, so the reading idea is not a good one. I am not inclined to think....ooh I have an hour or 2, let me go and get my book....... No. It can stay up there next to my bed.

I sat down to watch uninterrupted TV and there was nothing scintillating to watch either, and I keep seeing things which need doing, which do NOT fall under the "do something for yourself" category. Cleaning, tidying and redecorating, etc etc.

I did think about laptops. I even looked at one or 2 in the shop (when I did the food shop, which is a chore, not a pleasure) and then became intensely practical and frugal and decided that I had no idea what to look for anyway, so stopping was a good idea, before I got quite carried away and actually bought one. When I came home, though, I suddenly thought that in all likelihood, a laptop is something I may very well need for the inquest, to be able to access the relevant notes fast, instead of paging through a zillion pieces of paper with post it notes attached to search for something quickly.

So actually, I am better off just plodding along doing what I have to do. When something does turn up which falls into the category of fun or for me, I will do it. I am just not very good at going out and finding it at the moment, and to be frank, worrying about being incapable of finding something only compounds the problem. I reckon church counts, and we had a great service this morning, so there you are....... I did something!

Schools finally go back on Wednesday, after the summer. It will be good to have some structure and routine back in our days, and David needs to get his prospective universities organised, so he can visit them in the next few weeks too. His application has to be in before Christmas, and the weeks will be flying by fast, as they always do when there are deadlines to meet.

Ah well. We have cousins visiting from South Africa this week, so my posting may be sporadic. And tomorrow, I will have to clean and tidy this house. It can't be put off any longer! I can hardly bear the excitement.........

8 comments:

Dawn said...

Well, it should not be that hard to find something to do just for ourselves, should it?? I have to admit I've been a bit selfish this week-end, babying a cold and myself by sitting under a tree in my back yard, reading delightful books - by Alexander McCall Smith. They are fiction taking place in Botswana - really fun to read.

Crystal said...

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Relax and do what feels right, my friend. I do like the word art you created - that looks very cool!! I'd say it definitely qualifies as it was something YOU wanted to do. Hope your week goes smoothly and brings you happy days! Enjoy your company!

meggie said...

'These little things are sent to try us'.... don't you wish you could stangle the person who first said that!!!

Louise@theLightHouse said...

Glad church was good again. Plodding is fine, but keep eyes open for opportunities to play. My hit counter / world map has disparued and I can't remember where it came from....

Penless Thoughts said...

The laptop sounds like a sensible thing based on your needs.
Susan

PEA said...

Isn't that always the case, when we do have time to do something for ourselves, we can't decide what to do! When I can take time to sit down and blog, as well as visiting all my blogging friends, then that's something I do for ME:-) Unless the cable goes down...now that's happened a few times lately! Grrrrr! lol xox

Linda said...

I'm with you on this one Linds. "Forced fun" never really seems like much fun! I have a feeling something will come along that you just feel like doing for the fun of it and you will enjoy it immensely. Right now - fun for me would be to have a whole day completely and totally alone!! I don't have a clue what I'd do. I'll have to think that one through :-)
Enjoy your company.

Isabelle said...

How i would love to have time to plod. I'm birling, as we say in Scotland: spinning. Enjoy your less rushed time, though.