Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday +/-

Gratuitous photo of summer veggies and polenta, ready for roasting.

Hello, friends! In honor of Friday (which is irrelevant, really, since I work on the weekends, but I can't escape the comfort of the traditional calendar) here's a little run down of the good and not-so-good stuff from the past week. Starting with the not-so-good, as usual, that we might end things on a positive note. 

Not-so-good

- I am feeling some mild wedding planning stress, as we are now four months out and I don't feel like we've made any progress in some time. Part of this is because I don't know exactly what we should have accomplished by now, so I don't know what to stress about, so I am basically suffering from a general sense of unease. Nathan keeps saying we have plenty of time, and naming all the things we have taken care of, and telling me the important stuff is already done. While I know he's right in some regards, I also know there's still a lot to do. Finding a comfortable balance somewhere between our outlooks would be nice.

- A few days ago, I realized the summer is half over, and I haven't really done anything especially memorable with my time. Working, writing, drinking, and gardening are all noble pursuits, but I want to do more to celebrate the season, if that makes sense. I have a few plans to remedy this situation, so I hope to have some good stories to share next week. 

And now for the good!

+ Our dishwasher is finally fixed, which is great. Being able to slip dirty dishes in and take clean dishes out is an extravagance I had sorely missed. 

+ I went up a kettlebell size this week - I'm now swinging an 8KG bell, which is equal to 17.6 pounds. I grabbed one just to see how it felt, thinking it would be way to heavy, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I could handle it (even though I had to go a little slower than usual). Progress! 

+ It was my turn to be workshopped on Monday, and I got some great feedback on a story that I've been working on for a while. I spent the rest of the week revising, per the comments and suggestions of my brilliant friends, and submitted the finished product to a few journals. My goal is to revise and submit everything from my first year in the program, so I can start year two fresh. So far, so good. 

+ We've gotten a ton of rain this week, which has helped ease the pain of the heat wave, done wonders for the garden, and helped me focus on my writing. I'm so much more productive when there's a storm outside my window.

+ Despite the fact that I have to work on Saturday, I have lots of fun and exciting weekend plans, including a potluck party, fun wedding-related tasks, and time to relax and recharge. I hope you have a good weekend waiting for you - that is, after all, the best part of Friday. 

How was your week? Did the -'s outweigh the +'s? Did you make any progress on big goals? Do you have a dishwasher, or do you scrub everything by hand? Let me know in the comments, and have a great Friday!