If we were having coffee, we would maybe meet at a nearby coffee shop, or perhaps a local bakery. I’m out with friends today, letting our kids play together and feeding off each others’ creativity to make some new plans. It’s the last weekend for quite a few weeks that won’t be insanely busy–next weekend is my mother-in-law’s wedding; the next weekend is our big annual wardrobe sale for the nonprofit; and the weekend after is the weekend of large-scale Mardi Gras parades (and perhaps a ball, too). The coming week will bring preparations for all of those things, of course, and so we’re enjoying our free weekend while we can.
Well…Free-ish. Sam does have to go into work for a bit this weekend, and he and I both have things to work on over the weekend. But nothing has an extremely pressing, must-be-done-before-Monday deadline, at least. And that means I can pause for reading and playing…And perhaps even some writing.
And unfortunately, writing isn’t something I’ve done a lot of recently. I keep intending to, of course, but then I’m distracted by either something that legitimately has to be taken care of or by reading. We’re only 9 days into January, but I’ve read 14 collections of Fables and Fairest and have finished almost 2 novels with another in progress. It’s no wonder I’m not writing these days. I’m consuming, inhaling stories. I suppose that’s because I spent so long not enjoying the reading I was doing, feeling truly stifled by all of the reading I had to do for classes and exams. While it wasn’t all bad, and I did enjoy parts of grad school, the last two years were especially difficult as I’d run out of interest in what I was doing and felt locked into my decisions. But now, it’s different.
But now, I don’t write as much as I had been, and in some ways I feel as though Part-Time Monster has lost some of its focus in the interim. I’ve been looking for ways to replace what I was writing as I was thinking about my possible comps and dissertation, but perhaps that’s not the best way to think about it at all. So now, instead, I’m stepping back a little while I think through what kinds of things to add to the blog. I’ve cut down posting to Monster Mondays, What I’m Into, and Weekend Coffee Share in the meantime.
And I did do some other blogging work this week. I re-arranged the menus on the Monster to be a little bit more user-friendly, added a weekend coffee share page (it was way past time for that!), and updated the Monster Monday and Feminist Friday Project indexes.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week I’ll be working on several new things. In addition to the aforementioned writing I’ll be working toward, I’m going to start working on Mardi Gras costumes and on volunteer coordination for the event we’re about to hold for the nonprofit and working on grants. We’ve got a few that have deadlines at the beginning of February, so I’m trying to work with our executive director to finish the applications.
I haven’t quite decided what costume(s) I’ll be wearing this year for Mardi Gras, so that’s probably where I’ll start! I have a few ideas that I’ve wanted to try but haven’t had the chance to yet, especially after Halloween was a bust this past year. I’ll likely start with those ideas and perhaps choose between them, pending what I can find as costume pieces over the next few weeks.
We’ll also be picking up Little Jedi’s first pair of glasses this week. His annual check-up last week indicated that he reads better with a small prescription. All things considered it’s not a real surprise—everyone in my family and his dad’s family, for the most part, have glasses–mostly with strong prescriptions. Anyway Little Jedi doesn’t seem too bothered either. If anything, he seems excited, since he choose a pair in his favorite color, green.
And then it’ll suddenly be time for a wedding.
For now, it’s time for me to be off and about. I’ll be visiting around later in the evening and on Sunday. ❤