Busy, Busy, Busy

It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a day when you’re not sitting on your butt drinking wine/beer while watching yet another episode of House, telling yourself, “this is seriously the last one. then I’ll get X, Y, and Z done.”

Today was an especially productive day.

I made some good progress on my big quarterly project at work, the one that has been floating around in the ether because I’ve either been waiting for buy-in from the higher-ups on the software we need, or I’ve been wrestling with implementing the software itself and figuring out how it’s all going to work. It’s actually looking like it might get done by Friday, which is a relief.

I made that dentist’s appointment that I’ve been kinda sorta dreading for a while (it’s been 5 years since I’ve been – yikes!) and I even scheduled it for 7 in the morning… on a Monday! Take that, past me.

I decided to hit up the gym after work and got in a great run – 5k in under 30 minutes, pretty normal for me, but I was sweating up a storm. I also grabbed my favorite banana/peanut butter/chocolate protein smoothie afterward, and the smiley man working the stand even remembered me.

After that, I stopped by the grocery store to replace all of my step mom’s LaCroix that I’ve been drinking over the past several days (oops!) and ended up getting myself some groceries for the rest of the week, all under $40.

Once I got home, I made myself a delicious dinner of Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon and mushrooms, and pre-prepared lunches for Wednesday through Friday.

I did some homework – clear-mindedly, without second-guessing what I was writing because of being mentally fuzzy from drinking. Doing homework while drinking used to be my go-to; I thought the two activities merely enhanced the experience and made me a “normal” grad student. Derr. I didn’t truly realize how little I was retaining from my readings when I read while drunk, nor did I really see how poorly I was responding to discussion questions after even a single glass of wine. Now, I actually feel like I know what I’m learning about. Imagine that.

In-between the dinner, lunch prep and homework, I managed to get a load of laundry done, feed the kitties, clean the litter box, and empty the dishwasher.

All of that before 11pm.

Not every day is like this, though. That’s an important thing to remember.

Some days, like today, are awesome and productive and I feel great. Some days I feel like a literal slug, inching my way through the motions, waiting until it’s a socially appropriate enough time to lump myself into bed. The majority of my days, though, fall somewhere in-between.

I feel like that’s mostly a blessing – the variability is a blessing, really. Instead of a flat line, a line moving steadily on the downward slope, or huge spikes going up and down in a short amount of time, there are natural waves, kind of like the lapping of water against a lake shore.

Yeah. It’s not all roses. But I think that more and more, I’m totally okay with that.

Day 81.

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