Self-care writ large.

Today…I was wiped out from having gone to the gym, yesterday. It’s the first time I’ve overtly exercised in months, if not years. Little did I know that not only would I get sore muscles and slight weight gain, but also an urge to sleep that would last at least 24 hours.

The day before that, I drove for the first time in months, and it wasn’t as scary as (from not having driven) I thought it would be.

Of course, I believe it was the day before that in which I cleaned two rooms in my house, which needed to be cleaned from last year.

I am thinking this all qualifies as, “self-care,” for real. At a certain point I knew there were more important things to be doing than buying beading supplies, and beading.

It doesn’t hurt that at three of the places I applied for jobs, they have now gotten back to me, and I will be notified if I’m selected for an interview. At the fourth place, I’m due to take a placement exam early next week.

I had been trying to study for this by reading up on what I wasn’t taught in my Reference Services class. That totally went out the window, today (I slept through the vast majority of the daylight hours).

I also missed produce shopping, as I was too tired to get out of bed for something optional, this morning. I think I got up in the early afternoon to eat, stayed up for a couple of hours, then went back to sleep. (I slept until I kept having dreams about waking up.)

As for beading, I haven’t done much of that at all for the last several days. I have a class set to start in a couple of weeks, which will also cut down on my available time. I’m thinking of working through the class more rapidly than asked or expected, especially as I’ve been through a class like it, once before.

Right now…I’ve got to admit to being tired, again. I suppose the reason could be something like fighting off the illnesses people around us seem to be affected by…especially as one person in particular smelled sick to me, at work. It’s better to get enough sleep to fight off an illness than it is to fall ill, I guess.

In any case, I did get the flu vaccination for this year, so that could be the reason that I’m just sleepy, instead of sick.

That actually makes sense.

I had wanted to write about this before tonight, but I realized that a lot of the details would be better left to paper hard copy, not shared with the world on my blog.

In a couple of weeks I’ll have at least a few things going on…more than now. Not to mention that I may have job interviews.

So I’m thinking that over the last several days I kind of came out of “vacation mode” and began really dealing with taking care of myself. I’m not sure what precipitated the change…



Well — there’s not much to report, mostly because I got to bed so late last night that I ended up taking a five-hour nap, today. I did get to the bead store, but only found part of what I was looking for — which is okay, because I did find some stuff with which to experiment. I also have other sources.

The biggest thing I’m a little upset about is the fact that I lost the daylight hours in which I could have taken photos of the things on which I’m working. (I have recently found that it’s okay to end a sentence with a preposition; don’t be surprised if it happens, but right now, it’s mostly outside of my comfort zone.) :)

I have recently found that going to bed early and then waking early is…a relatively good thing. Going to bed at 10:30 PM, for example, and then rising at 5:30 AM is doable, even if it looks extreme when I write it down. Not only do I get extra time so that I can avoid rushing to start my day (and can take a shower without rushing, before work), but I have the opportunity to get more hours of sleep, if I need them. I also have the ability to brush and floss my teeth and do the whole pre-bed routine, without worrying about a time crunch.

Right now, I’m sleepy again, and am heavily considering just going back to bed. This is amazing.

I might as well set the intention, as well, to start cataloging my beads in spreadsheet form. Whether this will make it to a database is yet to be seen…