Saturday, September 17, 2011

Skype (and other thoughts)

It's Saturday afternoon.

Would you believe that this new schedule that my current job demands (the one where I wake up at 5:30 on work day mornings) has messed up my ability to sleep in?  I was awake by 8:00 this morning, and up and at it by 9!  And 9:00 felt decadent!  Crazy!

In a few short minutes, I have a skype date planned with one of my favorite people on the planet.  We are, as she would say, going to have a "wee natter" and I can't wait.  There's a lot to catch up on.  Travel.  Boys.  School.  Plans for the next couple years of our lives.  Church and life.  I can't wait!  Skype is absolutely one of my favorite things around, for the moments like this when I get to "sit across" from a friend on another continent and catch up with each other.

In the meantime, I'm catching up on weekend stuff.  This morning I did grocery shopping and a trip to the library.  I have some reading and writing to catch up on.  Some baking to do.  Some random little health things to take care of (things like soaking my right hand in epsom salt and hot water, since I somehow managed to get a badly infected hangnail on my right thumb, that makes me howl in pain every time I accidentally bump it.)

This job has made me so thankful for weekends - for extra bits of rest and quiet.  For the chance to catch up on the myriad of things that just don't happen during the week anymore.

I've got to tell, you, though - I miss the days of moving quietly, nothing urgent.  Now, to get the same things done, I have to be disciplined, and plan.  If something doesn't happen when it should, I have to figure out what gets sacrificed - what's less important.  It's been a study in transition and juggling.  In figuring out how to manage health and rest with needs and desires and obligations.  It's requiring a lot more discipline and more careful use of my time.  And that's okay.  Maybe even good.  But it's definitely taking some adjusting!