>> Thursday, January 28, 2010
"I came back to get my stuff after class and saw that you're stuff was still in the office," my friend remarked to me the other day. "Still at the office" referring to 9 pm, an hour at which no one should be in an office. It's been one of those weeks, of long hours of working and staying late to try and get everything done. It's been stressful and overwhelming at times.
But it's Thursday night and, finally, for the first time in a while, I'm starting to see some light. A major deadline comes tomorrow, and I'll meet it. Several large piles of books stare up at me, needing to be read by Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively. And, with a lot of work, I'll get through them. I have an email in my inbox, with a long paper attached, waiting to be edited. And I'll get to that too, next week.
And then, in a week's time, I might even sit down at my sewing machine again. I can't wait. I have so many ideas swimming around my head, wanting to become real live projects. I have a mess of fabric piled on my cutting mat from the last time I played with fabric. I have a pile of blocks on my ironing board, waiting to be joined together in something more. I have a chain of squares sitting in my sewing machine. Lots to look forward to enjoying.
As hard as it can be to work for hours straight, to be so busy I forget about the little errands I need to run, to be so immersed in work that I forget about fixing the clogged toilet (any tips on plungers? It turns out I'm not so good at wielding them?), it's also kind of nice to be so absorbed by what I'm doing. Also, almost every day this week has been brightened by something -- the wonderful blog coverage earlier this week, a compliment, a juicy email, students truly engaged in the reading assignments. This week, it's been all about the little things, little things that make me smile for a moment and encourage me to keep working when I'm tired, when it's cold, when I want to stop. What little things have motivated you this week?
Oh, and that picture above? More coming soon!