It’s nice to have a series of weeks in a row where I don’t come to the end of the week feeling like I’ve been through the wringer. I don’t know if it’s some kind of situational PTSD or long-term conditioning I need to work through, but I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop… even while I’m smiling for the general improvement in my working circumstances. So I’m sharing a ridiculous picture today that speaks to both ends of that spectrum. Let’s all smile together and count it as a random act of kindness for those around us who are still struggling.
Since I just turned in my latest final, and can therefore count one of my main goals as complete for this week again, and have managed to spend quite a few hours on a daily basis on the phone/Facetime with my hubby as we muddle our way through being apart, I’m relatively satisfied with my progress. I also took a mile-long walk with my sister-in-law last night, so not all exercise has been left by the wayside, but I haven’t managed to figure out a comfortable way to sit at the computer in my temporary digs yet, so I’m starting to think the next six months are going to see drastically reduced fiction word counts… Not the best result, all things considered, but I’m OK with prioritizing my relationship with hubs over ambitious fiction production.
I’m still planning on being home one week of each of the upcoming months, so it’s possible I can manage decent production at those intervals, but I’ll also need to be sorting, throwing away, and packing stuff during those visits to do what I can to keep us on track for our targeted moving day, so it’s just as likely that all my time will have been allocated. Still… I’m smiling. We’re fixing the two main frustrations in our lives by tolerating this separation, and I have faith that our relationship is strong enough to weather the next six months. I will remind myself of that every hour, too, as I miss my sweetluv and the frequent, random hugs we have always shared.
For the next week, notwithstanding everything else I said above, I don’t have class assignments, and will be home again on Friday, so am crossing my fingers for at least 1,000 words and a few walks. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, check out how the other ROW80ers are doing with their goals.