Whew! I am out of whack today! It’s almost five o’clock in the afternoon and I am just writing my blog post now. Since early afternoon, I’ve been contemplating what is causing my lethargy. Here’s what I came up with so far:
If you live in the northern realm of the Western Hemisphere, you know that fall is here. Despite our calendars announcing this fact a few weeks ago, I’ve noticed that at 6:45 in the morning, it is still as black as night outside. I peer into the darkness to see lights on in my neighbor’s home across the coulee. Like me, her boys are still home and in high school. They are early risers and the light from their kitchen each dark morning signals that we are not the only ones awake. Still, I already long for the bright sunshine coming up over the valley behind our home to the east. It’ll be months before I see it again at an early hour.
If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you know that I recently travelled to California for a few days. Timewise, they are only two hours behind us in the midwest. I really didn’t feel jet lagged or too much off my schedule when I arrived home on Saturday. But, by today, Wednesday, I am beginning to think this travel did affect my regular routines. Usually, I am a light sleeper but I’ve been “dead to the world” the last two mornings in a row! I’ve had to drag myself around to get my son up at 5:20 a.m. to meet his lifting requirement for soccer. And, then there is the desire to go back to bed or nap. True, this is abnormally early, but the longer I get away from my trip, the more I expect to feel rested. I really don’t think this is an unreasonable assumption!
I hate to think that the weather influences my behavior, but I know better. Since arriving home, it’s been gray and drab. Cloud covered skies influence not only my energy level but my mood, as well. Today, was downright weird. Currently, it’s 85 in Wisconsin with heavy overcast, gray skies, and a stickiness to the air that causes one’s clothes to become one with your skin. Perfect tornado weather! This is all opposed to the dry, one hundred degree heat of the California desert. I know I’d miss the verdant nature of our landscape if I lived in California but some more sun and less humidity would be nice. This is something to think about as we head into our retirement years.
Part of my lethargy could also be related to the fact that I’m taking my last course for my second graduate degree. In truth, while I love learning, I am ready to be done. I find myself procrastinating about writing my papers or completing the assigned reading. But, at the same time, I love learning. I do wonder how long after I finish I will be searching again to learn something new. But, still, I am looking forward to finishing this degree. To be honest, I’m tired!
I might also be tired due to the looming job of winterizing the gardens at school. The gardens are extensive. I let them slide as school restarted and my garden club students returned. But, since there was too much to do last spring, I decided that some fall garden clean up must be done. This was my first calendar year of being the garden club advisor, it was also my first spring and consequently, I am headed into my first complete fall. So, after October is gone, I will have a handle on what this garden (and school) expects from me. Unfortunately, I think it is more than I can reasonable give. And, that means doing what I can (two hours today) and then, leaving some things undone.
Lack of a good book
Lastly, while I was very happy to be engrossed in a good novel on my trip and had plenty of time to read it, it is finished. I am back to multi-tasking at home. The nice part of vacation is that you physically cannot do some of the things you might be expected to do if you were home. This means laundry, cleaning, cooking, and more.
Yes, I am out of whack. I am hoping that within the next few days, my routine and my energy will return! What gets you out of whack? Tell me in the comments below.