Day Eight: Stuck

notebook.JPGLast night I was excited. I knew that today I did not have to work and nothing was on the calendar. It was a free day, no scheduled appointments or events. I did however have a long list of things I really wanted to do – Phone calls to make, things to clean, sewing to get down for the next step in my quilting, seeds to order, and seeds to plant. The list goes on.

I woke early – no surprise there and rolled out of bed as the bright sun was rising. My husband and I had a quick but lovely breakfast and then I was off to my tasks. Well, that is what I wanted but some how I found myself stuck.

What do I do first? No I don’t want to make those calls – they are easy I just don’t want to do them – I moved on to other tasks on my list but kept finding them hard to do or they seemed like a lot of work. I did some laundry which lead me to having to repair the filter since it leaked water all over the basement floor,

I went back to my list but heard the kitchen faucet not working and went to clean the filters there. Struggling to understand how that faucet head worked I watched a few U Tube videos to learn how to clean a Lady Lux Grohe faucet.

Back to my list – I found a quick activity – send a note to the book group.  Yeah, one thing done on my list. Then I wandered around, check e-mail, sorted magazines, check the game with Words with Friends – I was not moving anywhere near by list of tasks for the day.

Do you ever have those days when you are excited to complete so many things on your to do list but then just can seem to get them done?

It seems that is where I am today. I have decided that I am more tired than I thought and maybe it is ok not to accomplish so many things. Maybe it is ok to just slow down today – settle into the sun and read a good book.

Some days are like that – I use to push through them but today maybe not!

I have found an old copy of A Wrinkle in Time (the film has been released), a cup of tea and a sun filled chair. My list will have to wait until tomorrow.


About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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9 Responses to Day Eight: Stuck

  1. I know that feeling all too well. I am just now accepting that some times a day off is truly a day off. Enjoy!

  2. I just finished rereading Wrinkle in Time- couldn’t go see the movie until I did that! I bought a new copy, hoping to get some kids to read it, too.

  3. vicki s says:

    Good for you. Everyone needs to have a day like that once in a while or maybe even more than once in a while. It seems like we are all so task focused all of the time, and for what? Maybe we need to start zooming in on what’s really important and not worry about the rest since we only get one shot at this journey called life. Enjoy your day:)

  4. macrush53 says:

    I get this kind of day. Reminds me or Frog and Toad’s story, “The List.”

  5. Alice Nine says:

    And if that “list will have to wait until tomorrow.” perhaps some things on it may not even need to be done. We can hope, right? I have some deadlines ahead and right now, I think I need to make a list… whether I follow it or not. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  6. Tricia Mac says:

    Yeah, so we both have a little bit of ‘task avoidance syndrome’ as I affectionately call it. I’m much better, but boy it can be easy to find other things to do even with a list.

  7. Ramona says:

    Great post – I’ve been there more than once. Love how you resolved your restlessness: “…ok to just slow down today – settle into the sun and read a good book.”

  8. ureadiread says:

    Ah- the half-Ides of March. Sometime those days happen.

  9. mel marie says:

    Oh how I love when the lists waits until tomorrow. I wasn’t sure how your story was going to end… but I really like what you chose 🙂

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