So, since I didn't have to go into the office until later yesterday, I decided to take the morning/early afternoon and read (Lori Rader-Day's Little Pretty Things is soooo good, Constant Reader), did some laundry and the dishes, and then began a new project: cleaning out and reorganizing the kitchen cabinets and drawers. This, as always, made me enormously happy, and now the two bottom cabinets on the right side of the stove are now organized, with plenty of room in there for more stuff--should that become necessary--and the cabinets under the sink are now nice and neat and not crammed full of stuff.
It is perhaps wrong how happy this makes me.
And now I am looking forward to doing MORE of this over the weekend. All of the cabinets are not organized properly; there are also undoubtedly many things that can be donated or discarded in all of them, including my kitchen drawers. There certainly must be a better, more efficient way to put the dishes/mugs/bowls/glasses in their cabinets, after all, and I will find it.
It's weird, really weird, how not having a deadline hanging over my head has made me feel...I don't know, more relaxed? My stress levels have gone way down, I'm sleeping so much better than I was, and I am so much more relaxed. I can also tell the difference with my mood; things that would have pushed me into a rage or fury or depression with a deadline over my head now get more of "meh, whatever" response from me, which is kind of great. But now, with two weeks of not really writing anything other than blogs and emails behind me, I'm kind of ready to get back to work on writing some things. As I said the other day, the weekend in Alabama helped shake loose some cobwebs about a cozy series idea I've had for years that I think I'll be able to get going on at some point now; I was writing the series Bible the other day and it was coming fast and furious at me. I have two manuscripts to rewrite, of course, and then there are the edits hanging over my head for the last two I turned in, and short stories galore. I may spend this weekend writing nothing; it's definitely possible, and I want to finish Lori's book preparatory to reading a cozy or two before going back to King and Koryta; there are also some literary novels (!!!!) I want to read as well.
Not to mention I have literally dozens of comic books on my iPad I need to catch up on.
How I do love to read.
So, perhaps this will be another weekend of catching up around the house on all those things that slide while I am on deadline (i.e. since 2007) as well as maybe toying with some writing, and doing a lot of reading.
And now, back to the spice mines...oh, wait! I have NO SPICE TO MINE. So, here's a hunk for that.