"How are you doing?" I was asked last night, and my reply was "I am sufficiently busy that "busy" is the most accurate descriptor of how I'm doing."
Among other things, I copyedited six manuscripts in five weeks, got to and past the halfway point on the novel, did a bunch of work for a friend's startup, kept up with the physical therapy, and coached my daughter through the end of her first year of college (which she was having a great deal of difficulty with). While balancing a bunch of other things. I didn't often feel overloaded, but I definitely felt fully loaded!
I am behind on everything and don't know how y'all are doing. So tell me. How are you doing?
Elayna's home for the summer now, so the schedule I established is pretty null and void. We took the weekend as destressing time, but today she and I need to talk about how this is going to work and set about finding her a job.
I already know that I'm going to be doing a bit less, going forward, knowing how I was teetering on the edge of overload a lot. I need to stop saying yes to every
copyediting gig; we need the money, but also I need to be working on my own writing. I'm not going to do the next round of the knitting competition because I essentially need to have fewer things that have a hard deadline; that, and it's restrictive. I have things I've been wanting to knit for myself, and now for my baby niece and for ashlyme
. And I've taken The Sweater Eternal (Elayna's Still Light Tunic) out to work on again. Five more inches of stockinette in the round, ribbed hem, then sleeves and pockets...
I had my last physical therapy appointment. I'm approved for one more, but we're saving that for if I need to upgrade my exercises or if something goes wrong. We hit the point where I could keep up on the PT on my own. I will still have to do the exercises every day forever, but I'll do it, because they make a tangible difference.
*stretch* Hello, May. Let's figure out how you're going to go.