Sunday, March 30, 2008

I Need to Have Dinner Guests More Often

Last night, we had our friend Kaleem over for dinner. It was so nice. Not only was the company delightful, but it reminded me that I really like my house when it's clean. Having a guest over for dinner forced me to clean it up and declutter the common areas.

It's amazing how fast little things - like JUNK tend to accumulate. How does it happen so fast? Especially the rooms we all share, like the office. My goodness, a misplaced book here, a stack of papers there, some catalogs in the corner, some of Chelle's knitting needs and patterns. Some shoes of Em's thrown in the corner, some extra electronic paraphenelia from the Bobby and we have . . . a cluttered mess. But all that gets reanalyzed and sorted very quickly when someone is coming over.

Maybe I need to have an overnight guest, like Aunt Eve, for the weekend just to motivate myself to do even DEEPER cleaning.

We had a simple but delicious dinner that I picked up from Hen House: boiled spiced shrimp, boiled new potatoes, corn on the cob, French bread. Simple.

I'm feeling restless and discontent. Not sure why. I think I need to reevaluate many of my routines that aren't working right now. The stuff. The clutter. The schedule. The weekends - something must be done to perk up my weekends. They are becoming repetetive routines of frantic errand running and "to do" lists. I'm not sure what I want to do differently but something different really needs to be be done.

Something is not right with ME right now, and I haven't quite pinpointed what it is. My Mom is reading "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" All I know it that it ties in being overweight and being inundated with clutter - spending money and buying things and accumulating things to fill some sort of inner hole in oneself. While I don't think I'm a total clutter bug, after all I DO get disgusted and clean things out pretty often. I get rid of what I'm not using pretty ruthlessly . . . but still, I haven't been motivated to lose weight or do much of anything lately. It feels like I've been "stuck" somewhere for about a year. Not sure, but I really am thinking about this.

Also, I'm supposed to go to Knitting In the Heartland (knitting conference) and I don't even really want to go anymore. Not sure why. I feel "blah" and flat right now. Not in the mood to take classes and I'm signed up for 4. Everything, even the normally FUN stuff feels like a chore right now. Blah.

Maybe I need to mix my life up much more often. Maybe I won't even go to the damned conference. Not sure.


Ellen Bloom said...

Go to the conference, but don't buy any yarn. Take classes and learn new techniques. It will definitely lift your spirits to have new ideas and surroundings! Have fun!

ChelleC said...

The classes make me kind of crazy if I'm stressed out. I think what I really need is just some "down time" by myself.

Tracy said...

It's just a blah time of year I think. The cold weather is hanging on too long, there are supposed to be more hours of sunlight, but we've had so many cloudy days. Hard to get cheered up, I'm with you. Take that time you need, that will help it get better.

Kay said...

Chelle, I'm sorry you are feeling so blah. It may just be the time of year... I'm so sick of winter at this point that I actually got excited about seeing a dandelion in the lawn yesterday.

Take a deep breath & let your mind clear... then say to yourself, "What I'd really love to do is..." Whatever the first thing that pops into your mind is, make a little room in your schedule for it. You need & deserve some de-stressing time.

Elysbeth said...

What about going to the Conference with the agreement that the next two weekends are for enjoying the Girl Child and Husband? Even skipping knitting group those two weekends. Sometimes a little break helps.

Anonymous said...

I think what you are feeling is the "oh my gosh, what do you mean it isn't spring yet?" It has been a long, cold winter and we all become anxious to see flowers, trees leafed out, garage sales, etc. Be kind to yourself and don't put all the self-induced pressure of accompishing everything and doing everything. We all need some time to ourselves and spend quality time with our loved ones. Take a deep breath, decide what is really important to you and blow off the rest. In order to be valuable to our loved ones we must first be valuable to ourselves. Shelly in Omaha

Christine said...

Hang in there woman. I don't want to pressure you, but you could be fondling nice, soft yarn while wandering around the vendor market...... plus there's door prizes! Ok, so I'm easily entertained. You do what you feel like. Don't stress about the classes, I was freaked out before my first Knitting in the Heartland Conference because I was a very beginning knitter and I still had a blast. It doesn't matter if you get it or not. Even if you do your homework for the classes. Ah crud, homework. I've still got to try to fit mine in. Maybe I'll just be a rebel and go without. Think I can fake a gauge swatch? Probably not. Ah well.

Enjoy your weekend however you plan to do it. If you go, find me so I can say howdy. I'll probably be in my dang sleeveless grey turtleneck.