A lot has happened since I last wrote anything here. I have posted all my Christmas cards for a start, which is more than I managed last year. I also finished my novel (well, got to 50,000 words), got notified that I passed my last exam, and wrote my project plan for the last unit of my accounting qualification. We put up the Christmas tree, I wrapped all the presents and finished my tapestry cushion cover.
Actually, apart from keeping up with this blog, I have managed to be reasonably organised. Well, apart from an emergency shopping trip this morning. In the pouring rain. With a diversion because at one point the puddles were too wide and deep for anyone not in either wellies or a car. Still, mission accomplished.
I quite like walking in the rain. I’m not quite sure why, but as long as I am warm and my feet are still reasonably dry, it is quite pleasant. I love the morning school run too. I come home after my half hour walk feeling so good, ready to face the day and get busy. I tend to be a bit lethargic in the holidays. I always feel like I want to lie in, and staying in and relaxing is so much more fun than getting out and walking somewhere. In reality I end the holidays grumpy and tired. I need to get out. When I don’t have a school run to do I need to find something else that will get me out and active for a while. I have a big challenge this holiday time. I have to fight my natural desire to sleep longer, and do something active instead.
I have known this for quite a while. The real problem is that I love that dream state, half way between waking and sleeping. It is a real battle to get up when there is no particular need, and the tasks waiting for me are exciting things like ‘empty the dishwasher’ and ‘wash the kitchen floor’.
Tomorrow’s task is to go out shopping (yes, on Christmas Eve) to get a Christmas present for the cat. I can get to the pet shop in 20 minutes at a normal pace. We’ll see how fast I manage it with three kids in tow.
Once Christmas is over, I shall have to plan in some things to do that involve walking out the front door. Sadly, I am a bit lacking in inspiration at the moment. I really have no desire to pop to the shops every day, and there isn’t much else in walking distance. That moment when I look at the clock and say, ‘Time to get up? Already?’ will zip past with me deciding I’ll just put it off a few more minutes unless I can think of some really good reasons to get going.
Any suggestions, anyone? What gets you up and out when you’d quite like a lie in, but know you shouldn’t?