Friday, June 25, 2010

Winds of change

Wow!  We dodged the bullit in my location but for an idea of the severe weather we had take a look on ESPN of the Phillies trying to tarp the ball field when a storm blew through here.   The winds were so strong them moved the tarp and the John Deer Gator that was parked on the corner of the tarp! 

To kind of give you the visual....my office is on the 3rd floor of our building.  The Admins sit in the center of the top floor which is rimmed with the Officers' offices.   We are separated from them by floor to ceiling glass and their offices all have floor to ceiling glass and/or sliding glass doors to balconies................the storm came through and it got a very erie dark, crazy dark, crazy wind, crazy sheets of rain....I have never seen a sky turn green as they say and this is as close as I care to get.  It  did not last long but the amount of rain and the wind speeds were wild.  It did knock the temps down about 15 degrees in a very short time......never fear, I believe they have crept back up.  It has been so hot that a short hour later on my drive from work to the grocery store, the roads were completely dry save for a few puddles at the side of the road!  And the true tell tale sign....the parking lots were steaming.  

So all that, I came home and managed a little picking up and cleaning in anticipation of a Stitch 'n Bitch at my house tonight.   That will start AFTER my YMCA workout.    On that front, the workouts are going good and I am falling asleep early for sure.   Even on the nights I don't go, I have been practicing (what I can remember) some of the stretches from my Yoga class.   Boy they make you feel good.  I am really enjoying this class and could kick myself for never taking a class before.......but to everything there is a season..  With the *new* exercise routine, there has not been much stitching going on.   I am disappointed that I am not done my wedding sampler but I am close.   

This weekend I hope to strike a balance between my crafting, my workouts and some much neglected paperwork that needs to be completed.   I also hope to empty and move to the curb a small filing cabinet.  I keep saying I am going to sort the files and figured the best way may be to move everything to xerox boxes and bring one at a time to my family room so I am watch TV and sort in the evenings.   I don't know.....another one of my hair brained schemes that on paper seem to work.......   

As far as the crafting vs. exercise vs. life balance.   Lately, given the choice (what? like I even contemplated a choice) I have been crafting -- either working on my quilt, knitting, stitching, working on my craft room -- and have been neglected other things like flower beds and meeting minutes and financials the auditor for my board needs -- so I guess I have to suck it up.   The flower bed neglect I blame on the avoidance of heat and the mosquitoes.  The paperwork accumulation I blame on it is an ugly job I am trying to avoid -- like it will go away ???  I really don't see how there is a choice - crafting comes first now and forever.  However, there are shower favors to be made which is kind of like crafting; financial statements to gather; profit and loss info for 2009 the auditor needs which is difficult since I only took over the books in April of this year; meeting minutes to be done.........and it all seems insurmountable and that is the real reason why I have been avoiding.      I need to drop back and punt.  I need to use my Touch It Once method.   I need to use the divide and conquer method.   Break these tasks down into smaller manageable tasks.   Pick it up, handle it start to finish, be done with it.   Hopefully I will resurface Monday with a trial of completed jobs behind me.......

Wishing all a good weekend of great weather and tall glasses of lemonade to sip from the patio with stitching or a good book in hand.   I for one will be using my 1 hour timer and curbing my creating time at the sewing machine or with needle and floss in hand......I won't listen to the voice from the little guy on my shoulder saying .....'just a few more stitches'....it will be the guy on the other shoulder telling me.....'get to it and get it done and you will feel better'...........and I know that is true.......so here I go diving in.........

3 comments:

Deb said...

We had some crazy weather around here too - tornadoes and an earthquake of all things. I heard that you got it worse than we did though with the weather. Being up in a builing during those kinds of storms are no fun. We had one similar come through when I was working. I was on the 31st floor of the Renaissance Center in Detroit. It was truly a scary experience.

Isn't life always a balance of things. Crafting or exercising or cleaning or working. It's always hard to balance out everything.

Elaine said...

That weather sounds pretty scary to me Robin.
Hope you have a lovely relaxing week-end with lots of crafty time.

Susan said...

Glad you were OK in the storm, Robin. Surprisingly, we were OK also--usually we have a lot of branches down and/or lose power. The worst of it for me was being out with a friend at a quilt shop when the storm hit. We had a very frustrating two hours trying to get back to where my car was parked since trees were down or there were accidents on every route we tried. She didn't have electricity for a day and a half.

Hope you got that paperwork done!