It's not an easy thing to admit that I'm cheering the end of my spouse's summer vacation.
The past week stands out as one of the more remarkably productive weeks I have had all year, and the relationship between A returning to teaching and my increased ability to concentrate on work seems undeniable. It helps to turn off the television for most of the day, especially since any extra time on Netflix and Amazon Prime via my Fire TV Stick strongly correlates to an increased frequency of utterly useless days. I'm also a podcastoholic, and a books-on-tape maven (are they still called books on tape when everything is digital?), but I've taken to limiting those particular adventures to the times when I am performing the daily grind's grunt work. I must admit I look forward to chores a bit more when I know concentrated listening enjoyment accompanies them.
Over the summer, I repaired the legs on a beautiful old walnut drop-leaf table. They'd all but fallen off, and, as a result, the table spent the last decade wedged into a corner in the hope it wouldn't completely come apart. Now that it's back in action, I decided to move it to the den, dug out our second office chair from one of the bedroom messes (see the post on the house catastrophe), and delight in the fact I can reach my books and enjoy this wonderfully sunny room.
When I work during the day, that is.
I've always been a night owl - something that has brought with it more than its share of derision from my early-rising detractors - and I recently decided to embrace my midnight-oil-burning self. Except for the nights before appointment days, I bundle off to bed around the time the sun pokes her head into the eastern sky. Now that my husband strives to be in bed by 11p, that means I enjoy between 6 and 7 hours of utterly awesome, totally uninterrupted work time. Is it insomnia when you plan to work through the night? I think not.
Don't get me wrong - I dearly love spending time with A! In fact, without the inevitable extra fatigue which invariably accompanies unsuccessful attempts at rising at a "reasonable hour," we can spend more focused time together in the late afternoons and evenings. I enjoy cooking, and we seem to spend more time on "together tasks" and mutual interests when we structure our lives this way.
Speaking of... the sun will be up soon, and it's time to close out for the night.
Looking forward to a good snuggle "tonight" - and a terrific day's work tomorrow. See you then!