There is no question that I like routines. I like the predictability of a schedule and knowing what is planned for the day, week, or even, year. But, with recent changes – my husband’s retirement and the completion of my graduate degree in Natural Resources this past Saturday, we are adjusting to new patterns.
My husband has been “done” for almost three weeks now. He’s got a little bit of a routine going, but is still figuring out the “best” time to go to the YMCA to swim. Most of his free time has been spent in his wood shop where he is making pieces for a summer art show he hopes to be juried into once again. But, even this routine has been interrupted by the season. He’s helped by making two batches of cutout cookies, one of which he also frosted. So, while he’s got some pattern or routine going, it is not solidified yet.
I, on the other hand, do not have a routine yet. Given that it has only been a few days since I finished school, I guess that’s understandable. But, I like routine, as I said, so I will try to establish some in the coming weeks.
The blogging that I wish to continue needs a time and space of its own. Early morning (not too early) seems to work well for me. The house is usually quiet and I can get pieces done more quickly with that type of environment. I also have some writing I want to publish. These are mostly pieces of curriculum that I’ve developed over the years – tried and true lessons for outdoor learning and even some math problems related to gardening that are appropriate for a number of different applications. But, I must make time for that. I’ve always pushed it aside and that must stop. The time is now, and I really need to take advantage of it.
Today, my husband and I are attempting to establish a new pattern. We will go for a late breakfast at a diner we like in the next town. Then, we’ll finish up any last-minute Christmas shopping and go to a matinée at noon. We tried to do this last week, but I backed out – I felt the pressure of my last exam telling me that I should not be sitting idly in a movie theater when I had “things” to do. So, we had a lunch out but no movie.
We’ll see how it goes – this establishment of new patterns. I’m not even sure it matters what the patterns are, just that we have some. I look forward to finding them. But, I have a feeling they won’t emerge until after the holidays. It sure is a tough time of year to establish a routine!
What patterns do you have in your life and how important are the patterns to you?
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