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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Still Waiting...

Me taken right now...at the Rotary Centre for the Arts as I wait for Tabs to finish choir practice. Don't I look like a whole lot of fun?
I don't look nearly as rough as I feel though.
 It has been a difficult January. Can a January be anything else in Canada? How much more winter--short cloudy days and long, cold and black nights--can a human being endure each year? And I know as a Canadian I am spoiled--The Okanagan Valley being one of the warmest climates in Canada.

I want to talk and meet with a friend I haven't seen in awhile yet all I have is her phone number. Why is it that I freeze at a phone number, yet can't stop my fingers from typing in an email address---even when I probably should? (I have a tendency to become addicted to digital communication).

I find my mind becoming very restless--wanting escape. Physical escape to an exotic location or mental escape through some new and exciting friendship. When neither seems to develop, one is in for a bad case of the January Blues. Especially when one is finished writing all the fun stuff and is faced with endless days of editing a thesis manuscript...

 This morning was rough. I sliced my hand very deep on a broken glass and then forgot Pip had a field trip--took her to school to find it empty, raced home to re-read newsletter and find field trip address, sped through town to get her to the bakery on time. Then Tabs had forgotten a huge bag of heavy text books at home and I had to deliver that to her at school. I tried to work on my thesis but my mind is a mess and I managed only an hour :(

Started an instructional design class at UBC last evening--for grad students. 4 students total. Me and 3 young Arab engineer male students--fresh from Dubai, Iran etc. 

 Peter is so lucky to be escaping to Egypt next month and a quick stop in York, UK. 

Where should I go, what should I do? I can think of a Buddhist retreat, a realism painting workshop or a writing fiction workshop. But it has to be international calibre. I have enough air-mile points to go anywhere Alaska Air flies. 

Despite my brain feeling like a bag of marbles left in the freezer--weird I know, but it actually describes how I feel at the moment--I have a very busy week left. Tomorrow I start another Zumba class, Friday a going away party/dance for Peter's boss who is retiring from UBC, Saturday Tabs Birthday party sleepover with bowling, movie etc, Sunday Mist and Tabs audition for a local play. They have to bring a prepared song, but so far I have not heard either of them sing a note! But with 3 children and a dog, I cannot police every activity they choose to do. 

Was planning Sizzling Corpse yoga tonight but I really need to get out and do something more exciting. I have emailed Peter to suggest we go out once I bring Tabs home. 

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Blogger theresa_hart said...

Good riddance to bacon yoga for tonight. A romantic escape with your lover is in order!

January 19, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Yes, it was the ticket to refreshing my winter mind. I am working on the spring mind--slowly but surely.

January 20, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Subnivean said...

Sounds like most our lives at this age with a family of young kids! I hit a case of burn out at Xmas after a very busy semester. Although I didn't know it was burn out until I happened to read over an article listing the symptoms. Made for some thought provoking moments when I had a few seconds to myself.

I'm still impressed you're able to keep up the physical activity! I was on my way to getting my butt in gear, but then realized the bootcamp I had signed up for was at 6:30am and not 6:30pm! My body just doesn't work well in the mornings. I have to shift my mindset, start caring again and try to keep looking at the positive.


January 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Thanks Subniven:
Comforting to know I am not the only Okanaganite suffering!
It is funny, we are opposites it seems-I can't get my butt out the door to workout in the p.m. But a.m. is easier for me :)

January 23, 2011 at 8:02 AM  

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