Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tea and Illya

Do you know what's nice? Taking a day off on purpose. I did that today: I've spent the whole afternoon watching Man from U.N.C.L.E. episodes* and drinking tea. And it wasn't an "I wasted the whole day procrastinating because I was stressed out about important work and avoiding it" kind of break. It was an "I've gotten lots of work done and deserve an afternoon off for play" kind of break.

I also took an afternoon on Friday and had a Downtown Adventure with Ky. It was wonderful allowing myself to take a break without guilt. (It helped that I'd made a bunch of progress and felt like I was allowed to take a break.) I felt light; I chatted excitedly with shopkeepers and art gallery curators.

I need to remember to do this more often: work when I work and play when I play. Not live in the fuzzy, guilty in-between. (And I know I've said this a million times before.)

* I got it for Very Early Birthday-Christmas from Chris, my sister, my brother, and my sister-in-law-to-be!


Captain Thin said...

Tsk, tsk. Am I to understand that you are deprecating those "wasted the whole day procrastinating, etc" type of breaks? Why, as it currently stands, I am taking one such break myself.

Incidentally, I suppose I should say hello to you Maryanne as this is the first time, I believe, I've viewed and/or commented on your blog (this is Matty B speaking by the by). So I send you and Chris my fondest greetings from the Queen City.

Furthermore, you should convince a certain mutual friend of ours to resurrect his Credout ut Intelligam blog. I assume you have much more direct contact with him, after all.

But now I return to analysing a novel by Henry James in terms of a Kantian Metaphysics of Morality. Fun times, I assure you. The essay is due tomorrow.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I knew exactly who you are, Matty, when I saw the name "captain thin"! Thanks to our mutual friend, I've read your blog a few times. (And I'm not sure how successful I'll be in convincing him to resurrect the blog; he seems to be under the impression that every post must be a well-thought-out essay, and that means a lot of time.)

As I am the Queen of West Procrastination, I can't completely deprecate procrastination-driven breaks. They define this blog! But it's nice to take a break that feels deserve and doesn't include lurking guilty feelings, every once in a while. (I hope you get your essay done soon!)

C said...

jealous! oh, to have a fun guilt free break! i have had a week and a half-long break, which was neither fun, nor guilt free, as it involved preparing for a death and then all the fun around the funeral and dealing with a cousin with a broken foot and a mom with a busted knee. fun times! oh, well, i got to cuddle the baby again, so not all bad.

ps, my veri word is "seablymm" this is the closest i have ever come to a real word. and what a cool word, i think it will make its way into my vocab.