My four weeks of crazy-busy are finished! With them behind me, I started my wind-down week Sunday after the race. I usually don’t have a wind down week until the semester is finished, but class on Wednesday night consists of getting our project grades, watching a 25 minute video, and filling out course evaluations so the class is as good as finished. (Side note: I had a dream I got an 89.5 on my paper – I don’t remember ever having dreams about grades before.)
Sunday I didn’t do a good job of winding down; probably because my Christmas shopping wasn’t finished (I finished in Sunday afternoon). I took yesterday to wrap and package gifts to be sent to family. By last night I was finally able to settle in with a book and actually focus on what I was reading (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson).
Since it is wind down week, I didn’t schedule a lot of exercising. I did get in a 6 miler this morning on the treadmill making it the only day this week I am waking up before 6 a.m. See, winding down also has to do with catching up on much needed sleep. The rest of the week will consist of trying out a class at the gym Thursday night and a 10-12 miler on Saturday. That is it. No daily exercising. No getting up early. No pushing myself too hard. I’m planning a relaxing week because (as far as I’m concerned) I deserve one.
No week is completely relaxing. This afternoon I am taking apart some of the kitchen and raising the countertop so the new dishwasher can be installed tomorrow morning and I’ll be putting in a new kitchen faucet after the dishwasher is in. No kitchen sink means we’ll just have to go out to dinner tonight. I like going out to dinner as much as the next person, but we’ve been without a dishwasher since before Thanksgiving and I just want the thing in and working. I’d rather take a home cooked meal and a dishwasher to wash the dishes over going out.
I’d like to say wind down week is a week in progress. I just re-read this post and I’m not in a Zen place yet because it reads disjointed and closer to stream-of-conscious than organized blog. Oh well, just bear with me this week.
Stay tuned: I’m working on a giveaway for my 150th blog post.