I made progress on the sign I made for my living room. Almost done. Just have to glue the starfish back on and add anything else I need to balance the sign a little better. The clothes pin wreath has several versions with nautical themes.
Had an impromptu get together. What started as one person with an invite to a second morphed into five people, food, drinks, and Cards Against Humanity. No regrets.
Went to Michael’s with a friend. Got this industrial looking cover for Liam’s light fixture. AND I HUNG IT UP!!
I also ended up working from an extra hour and a half that night. But I got stuff done!
Watched some of The Magicians and cut my SO’s hair. My clippers complained a bunch, but I spent some time relaxing.
Um…. I picked up a partial shift at my second job. And I used some of that time to do various adulting things like pay my mortgage, re-establish my online banking credentials, manage my bills, set up an account alert, pay my electric, set up a payment plan, check on my credit score, and clear out my email inbox. So I’ll have had a total of an hour lunch, a fifteen minute break, and forty five minutes of transitioning between jobs that was not spent working from 7:45am to 11:00pm. I did not make it to yoga.
In my defense, money is going to be tight for the next month or so. This extra shift helps. And I have turned down the last 3 offers of extra hours at this job for child care, working overtime at full time job, and a date, respectively.
I’ll try to meditate tonight though. 🙂
Had a migraine today, but after 5 still managed to get some of the stuff from the house. My son’s bed is pretty well set up until I have the time to lift it. He’s very excited about sleeping in it tonight. Got the Edison string lights set up for under the bed and he has set up his sewer lab lair.
Making a conscious effort to work less
Some of the things the 6th House covers are daily habits and health. Capricorn on the cusp gives a sense of industriousness, seriousness, and methodicalness. It can also represent the work place. I find that most of my daily routine and my health revolves around the amount of work I’m doing.
In my last blog post, I was hoping to take more time for myself, get more good sleep. That has only kind of happened. I did talk to my boss at my 3rd job and I’ll be taking a break for a while. I used my wellness time at work the week before last, which was nice. I got a massage, which I NEEDED because I fell down the stairs the week before that. But I didn’t do it this week because we had an ice storm so I needed to make up my work hours. Even with the best of intentions, I put my work before my health. It’s my default setting.
I’ve been thinking it over and, given what I know about Capricorn, I think I may have a solution. Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of routine. I get bored easily, I like the freedom to do whatever I want. That being said, my life runs a little better on routine and my son, having ASD, needs the routine. So, I think, if I actually want to be serious about getting healthy and giving myself time to actually process things, then I probably need to have a routine set.
Right now, I work 7:45 to 5:15 at my full time job with a half hour lunch. That allows me about an extra hour a day since we are on overtime. I want to attend the 11am Tuesday yoga class at the Wellness Center at work. I can work out on Wednesday evening for sure – I can commit to going back there after I’m done with my tax appointment. Possibly as a Capricorn thing, I have trouble getting to the gym, but once I’m there I can focus and I work out hard. I would like to get up to 3 hours a week, but for now I think that is a sustainable routine that I can get into.
Additionally, I need to get back into meditating and really work on the sleeping portion. I don’t sleep much – usually around 5 hours a night during the week and even that can be spent partially awake, just lying down comfortably. I sleep a little more on the weekend, snatches of 4 hours here and there, but a lot closer to 8 or 9 hours if I don’t have to get up early. I’m going to say that I can do 15 minutes of meditation before bed and that bedtime should be no later than 11:45. Realistically, that means sitting down and doing a meditation about a half hour before I usually think about lying down. I don’t think that is an unrealistic goal. But I am going to set an alarm for it anyway. Otherwise it won’t happen.
And the last thing I want to set is work on my house, especially since that affects my daily habits and, in terms of my well being, it affects how much stress I’m subconsciously feeling. The sooner I can get everything set up and moved over, the better I will feel. Currently, I’ve made a lot of progress on my son’s room with the help of my best friend, but there is still a lot more that needs to be done. I want to do at least 2 hours of work on my house a day. Either on the house itself or moving things to it.
That being said, I’m going to lay out a plan for the next few days and I’m going to lay it out here so that I have to address it next week. Sorry, guys, you’re my unwitting accountability buddies.
Monday: I usually pick up my son around 5:30. From then until I go pick up my friend from work at 7:00, I am going to go to the old house to pack up some more books, grab my large bookshelf, and my curtains and curtain rods from the bedroom. After picking up my friend, I’m going to hang up my living room curtains using the curtain rods I grabbed.
Tuesday: I’m going to cut the PVC pipes for my son’s closet/shelf system and paint them. I expect that will take 2 hours or more.
Wednesday: I want to either finish painting the pipes or start building the shelves.
Thursday….. depends on whether someone picks up my last shift at the coffee shop. If someone does, I’ll have time to finish up the shelving and put my son’s clothes on them. If not, well, it’s one day.
Friday: I want to start painting my room. I want to get the accent wall done.
Saturday: Hang everything up in the closet. Everything. If I have to go get my dresser, so be it.
In the effort to be accountable on this, I am going to take pics and post them to the blog throughout the week. We’ll see how it goes.