Well, something big and awesome has ended and as sad as I am that it is over, it’s time to move on to something new! In more ways then one, as our vacation is nearly over.
Oh, you’re not sure what I’m blabbing about? Well, to quote one of my favourite movies:
Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much – let me sum up.
I got married last month. Did I tell you that? I think I alluded to it, but I’m not sure I gave you a specific date. That was probably on purpose, to avoid party crashers. As it turns out, you all probably could have come – there was enough food to feed a small army.
Leading up to the day was hectic. Not only did I have a fair bit of wedding work to do (and most of it not something that I could outsource), but the day job decided to be silly and assign me to THREE projects at once. This was too much to really focus properly on any of them and I felt like a major screw up for a few weeks. You may not be surprised to learn that I am a perfectionist, and doing a half-job on three projects and not pleasing anyone at all was tearing me apart. Fortunately, I had already booked my vacation and managed to get two of the three projects (hopefully permanently) offloaded to others before I left.
The wedding went off better than I ever could have hoped. Of course, a great deal of that was because of a lot of help from some very good friends (and choosing the right vendors), but it’s definitely a day that I will never forget. I’ll likely be making a post or three about some of the creative things that we did for that day, especially the flowers, just as soon as I’m settled back home after our Honeymoon in Spain (I will definitely post on that one) and have access to my photos.
Now, though, I’m not sure where to focus my energy. You see – I was worried that I’d spent so much time preparing for the big day that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself once it was over. Strangely, I find myself with lots to do, mostly things I put off while preparing for the wedding. On the plus side, you can expect to see more posts in the future surrounding some of my outstanding tasks. On the negative side, they might not be all that exciting to anyone other than me.
But here’s my ideal “To Do” list for the next few months. It’s a lot, I grant, and I’ll have to try and decide how to prioritize. At least it’s down to a few key areas, and some of them will be relatively easy to accomplish. I will probably start with those, since they will be quick, while others will take time (establishing routines or organizing).
1) Get back into the energy and routine of critiquing
2) Finish editing Fighter One
3) Finish my series of short stories
4) Start submitting some short stories
On the Needles
1) Finish re-sizing Mark’s socks from two Christmases ago
2) Finish knitting was were supposed to be Mark’s wedding socks
3) Finish one of the two sweaters I started knitting for Mark
4) Finish some of the other ongoing projects I have on the needles (baby gifts, dishcloths, etc.)
1) Get back to eating real foods and not junky foods
2) Take supplements every day
3) Resume running 2 or 3 times a week
4) Move more, in general, taking regular breaks from work
5) Drink more water
Around the Home
1) Organize/purge/recycle wedding decorations (and get them back from my parents house)
2) Send thank you cards to all our wonderful wedding guests
3) Purge and donate the belongings that we no longer need
4) Organize and beautify the belongings that we have decided to keep
1) Fix my sleep patterns after a long break from work
2) Cut down on screen time and increase reading time
3) Meditate daily, even if for only 5 minutes
4) Figure out my priorities to reduce the stress I feel about everything else (mostly the day job)
5) Learn how to say no to other people and to myself
At least they’re nicely organized into categories?
How do you organize/prioritize your goals?