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Friday, February 27, 2009

Things I might have posted about if I actually had the time
(or the motivation)

I feel like I've been in (and continue to be in) some sort of winter hibernation. I just don't have a ton of motivation lately, at least not for the day in, day out stuff like dishes and laundry and vacuuming. Getting up early has gone out the window since we all got sick. Besides, I feel like I'm still not 100% well yet. This bug has been persistent, that's for sure.

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It's 11:00 am and Sophia is still asleep. Chloe is too, but that's just normal (I've been trying to get that one up since 9:00). Sophie actually woke up at 6:00 am, and I brought her to bed with me because she'd just had a nightmare or something. She cuddled up with me (not normal) and fell back to sleep (not really normal...she's a morning girl). She developed a cough the other night, and I'm just so sick of us being sick. But, I guess I'm glad she's sleeping anyway.

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Joel and I went to the local symphony concert last night. It's always nice to have a little date for free (he's the assistant conductor, so we don't have to pay admission unless we bring our kids, and why would we want to do that?). There is always a reception afterwards at some lovely place in town for orchestra personnel and special guests. Last night it was a house that I will never get to own and was downright envious of. There were some Chinese dignitaries there that have come before (the music director of the orchestra is from China) and one of the women was going on and on about how much more beautiful I've become (I'm guessing it was the weight loss). It was kind of funny. And embarrassing.

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Last night just before we left to the concert, Sophia spilled a whole can of salt in her room. Spilled is probably not the right word...I think it's more like she poured it out. Purposely. But no worries, she ran out and got me and told me she was going to clean it up with her toy lawn mower. Then she tried her toy vacuum. Then the phone rang, and it never did get cleaned up by the real vacuum. Then we got home at nearly 11:00 pm, and who vacuums at that hour, in a room with a sleeping baby? Gonna have to get to that this morning for sure. I hope salt doesn't eat through carpets.

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This morning I didn't even turn on my computer till 10:30, because I felt like I need to change my habits. Instead, I practiced conducting choir music, since I will be conducting our entire choir rehearsal this Wednesday night as the director will be out of town. I'm a fine musician, a good singer and a great vocal teacher, but I'm not super comfortable with conducting. Partly because of my shy personality and partly because I married a person who was probably born with a baton in his hand, and I feel very amateur next to him. Because I am amateur next to him. But, it's fine. Gotta practice though. Perhaps I'll even suck up my pride and have the Maestro give me a lesson or two before Wednesday.

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I have really been feeling lately that I need to get out of my shell and serve others more. So I have been trying to look for ways I can serve people. It isn't easy, though. While I have found a few things to do, and have definitely made my own day by doing them, I think that developing a life where you don't focus too much on yourself and your own busy schedule is difficult. But rewarding. I'll keep trying.

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Joel had a phone interview yesterday with a University that is far away from here. I am trying not to count chickens before they hatch, after last year's experiences. But I am excited for new experiences, and for Joel's career to finally start doing what he wants it to do.

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I really need spring to come. I need out of my hibernation.

NOW.

25 comments :

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  2. Your life sounds pretty darn busy! Hope things settle down a bit and everybody gets over being sick!

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  3. I really liked this post! I feel like I hibernate all winter and when spring comes I look at life with new eyes. I'm sorry your daughter is sick :( Mine has that horrible sounding cough and I'm just keeping her in all week (also not good for that hibernation feeling)

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  4. Oh, I hope you get feeling all the way better soon and that the kids don't get hit too hard.

    There's a sister here in Poland and every time she sees me in the last 6 months or so she says, "You've lost a lot of weight. I mean A LOT of weight." Sometimes she tells it to someone who is around us, "Look at Lisa! She's really lost A LOT of weight!" Really, I can't have lost more than 10 pounds, probably more like 8 and most of that was lost over a year ago. Whatever.

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  5. I need to not stress about getting onto the computer so early, But between 10:30 this morning and noon, there are 53 new blogs in my reader!

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  6. I hope you all feel better soon. Those residuals are never fun!

    I think that's why I'm doing the Love Dare in my blog, because my brain is so taxed, I don't know what to write about. This writing everyday in my blog is not so fun anymore...

    I hope you can all those opportunities to serve that will help you get out of your funk.

    Here's wishing you a great weekend,
    Carolyn

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  7. I am trying to focus more on serving right now too.

    Let me know how that goes, and if you come across any great ideas you'd be willing to share.

    I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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  8. I had to laugh at the vaccuming comment...I walked in my house last night at almost 11 PM and this mildew smell hit me like a ton of bricks....we had an issue with the washer recently and have needed to clean the carpets badly, but haven't got to it...so who vaccums (and then steam cleans the carpets) at 11 PM??? That would be me. Actually it turned out to be quite a bit later because I had to unwind and waste time on the comp before I could bring myself to do that last night. I'm lame I know....

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  9. I totally relate to the winter lack-of-motivation.... Someday I'll get organized, but not today. :)

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  10. Oh how I dream of Spring. The gorgeous weather the other day was just a teaser I guess.

    (crossing fingers & toes for the interview)

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  11. Oh, man. Amen, amen, amen. I feel it all!!

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  12. I hope it warms up and you can find your oomph--sounds like you have a fuuuuull plate--good luck.

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  13. you can come serve me. We could sew together. :)

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  14. I'm sorry you're sick! And here you are, sending me articles and everything. You're a gem.

    And I can't help but wonder at the labor and delivery of ANYONE born with a baton in their hand.

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  15. Oh I so hear you on the motivation! BLAH BLAH...
    I've been feeling somewhat "different" lately.. and my dr asked me if I started the process of starving myself.. WHAT?? umm this chubby girl never says no to food.. ( probably why I'm feeling horrid right now)...

    I'll be praying for hubby's job interview.. YAY!!

    And let me know how you are going to serve other's more.. I need some ideas too.. I feel like I've been locked in my home.. being selfish and not thinking of other's lately!!

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  16. Lara,
    I can't help but tell you that you are an amazing woman and whatever respite you might need, take it and forget guilt...life is too short...hibernate for awhile and when you're done, you will come on gangbusters in every department again ! LOL

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  17. This is the time of year that I always used to go to the tanning beds. I hate January and February. By mid-March I'm usually feeling MUCH better. I have been a big slacker in nearly every life area. And that has to stop. It's comforting to know that others go through this blah slump too!

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  18. Sorry that you guys aren't feeling well. I hate it when the sickies come to stay for long periods of time. Beh. Good luck with the conducting and with the possibility of the new job for Joel.

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  19. Lots and lots of stuff here! Glad you had a night out. Yay for being even more gorgeous. Hope that bug is gone soon. I'm sure you'll do great conducting. And let us know if the salt comes out all the way!

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  20. I am so with you on all accounts, but most emphatically that Spring needs to come already!!!

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  21. I definitely need to get out of the funk I am in. I don't know if it is hibernation or what.

    I hope the salt came out of the carpet! I hope you don't find it tracked around your house for days.

    I'll be thinking and praying about Joel and the job possibility.

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  22. More eating. More sleeping. More weight. Ugh. We are just like big polar bears, only without the white fur. Spring will come soon enough. :)

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  23. You----have been very busy. Sorry for all the sickness, it gets to be a grind and wear you down after awhile. The music talent in your family is amazing --how neat that you get to rub shoulders with dignitaries. funny how you mentioned on my blog your mom has feet problems like mine --I AM OLD ENOUGH TO BE YOUR MOM. I promise I won't lecture you. Seriously, it is weird that 75% of everyone I blog with is practically young enough to be my daughter. That's cool!!! I love to see the spunk all your girls have.

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  24. My word! That's a lot in a blog about stuff you would blog about if you were going to blog. (That probably makes no sense whatsoever.) Anyway, I think I've got the same bug and hibernation - sick with no motivation. It just won't go away. Also, love the salt story. Josh has done that to me as well, but luckily we have tile and hardwood floors downstairs... no vacuum needed.

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  25. You could move back to AZ -- it's spring right now :D

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