Posted by: Elizabeth Anne Mitchell | November 25, 2012

ROW80 check-in Thanksgiving Nesting

I spent most of the last week feeling ill enough not to accomplish much, but not ill enough to stay home from the day job.  I also had to work on Friday, which allowed me to concentrate at work, since my department was empty, the phone didn’t ring, and I was far away from the few students who came to the library.

I spent most of Friday organizing my office, and planning my next few weeks of work.  I felt miserable yesterday, and puttered around the house, filing papers, discarding clutter, and generally lazing about.  Today, however, I have been a house-cleaning machine.  I have cleaned the kitchen from floor to walls, as well as the downstairs powder room from floor to cabinets to walls. 

It feels preparatory, as though I am clearing the decks to move ahead with my life.  I have let things slide, and need to do some more soul-searching, but I feel clearer. I have a lot of homework to do for the blogging workshop, lots of work at the day job, and a real need to find ways to accomplish everything without taking a toll on my health. I needed to clear the decks just to see the landscape of what has to be done.

I hope all my US colleagues had a good Thanksgiving, and all of you a good end of the week.  I hope you have a productive week to come, and I hope to have something more interesting to relate!  As always, please encourage someone from the linky here as we slide into the home stretch of this Round.




  1. Aww. I’m sorry you felt bad. I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Taking care of clutter is also a way of taking care of yourself. Have you seen the motivational hints from Fly Lady? She makes me laugh just when “real life” seems a bit overwhelming. She says we are never behind, but we can be ready to start achieving our goals from where we are right now! I don’t read every single e-mail she sends, but when I do, I stop, de-clutter, and smile. Hope you are soon feeling better and writing again.

  3. It always makes me feel so much better when I clear things out and get some space around me. I think I work better in open spaces.

    I hope you feel much better, very quickly! I’ll be thinking of you.

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