Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Time to Relax

Let’s see. The semester is over; I graded all the papers and crushed the GPAs of several students when I turned in final grades. The rewrite of my book is back in New York, and I start the waiting game all over again. The Luncheon is done (except for some paperwork), and I think it went really well. So what’s a girl to do?

Go to the beach.

That’s where I am right now. Our condo is right on the beach, and I’m typing this to the sound of the surf. It’s time to relax.

Well, I’m going to try to relax.

There are several more projects in the pipeline, just waiting for me to get home. AC’s first dance recital. My baby brother-in-law’s wedding (which involves overseas travel). Synopses for my next books to write. Workshop proposals to be written and mailed off. RWA Nationals in Atlanta. So much to do.

But none of that can really be done this week, and I’ve told myself I’m not going to try. I’m not even going to think about it. I’m not good at relaxing or at sitting still, but I’m going to try. I’m going to read books, build sand castles, and frolic in the surf. DG is looking forward to having a wife who’s not consulting one of four to-do lists all the time.

The world will not stop spinning because I’m not obsessing over it, right?


So if I’m quiet this week, it’s because DG has limited my laptop time, and I can’t obsessively check my email and the blog. We’ll see if this “relaxing thing” actually works, or if it just drives me insane.

The control freak is letting go of the reins for a few days. (Only because I know one of the other Playfriends will keep the world in order.) Wish me luck.

How do you let go? How do you trust everything will get done?



Rhonda said...

Have fun, PC! My advice? Just read. :-)

Kathy said...

Enjoy yourself, PC! Remember everything you experience feeds the imagination whether you're simply taking time to relax, read, play in the surf, dodge sharks and jelly fish, etc... LOL. (Seriously!)

Let ideas tickle your senses, ponder them, rearrange them and stash them away in a safe place. Lap tops, note pads and computer screens are tangible. They will always be there but a wonderful idea, well...that only comes from special places in the mind, places that must be pampered, gently milked for treasure.

Listen...listen to the surf as it washes ashore. Feel it's cleansing tide. Breath...so life and all it's pleasure will never pass you by.

Best wishes for a wonderful vaca.

Smarty Pants said...

This time last year I was at the beach. Sigh. This year I'm at work, munching on KK doughnuts. Not all bad - at least there's no sand fleas.

I'm not sure I can turn everything off. I'm always running something over in my head. Rest assured that life will remain as it should be with this group in charge.

I had a dream last night that I got a big, fat "R" in the mail last night. I woke up very upset.


Playground Monitor said...

Sending a child away to college is a real lesson in letting go. And I'll admit that age has also softened me around the edges quite a bit. As for being sure stuff gets done -- well sometimes that is just a leap of faith.

Enjoy the beach. Let your mind and body renew and restore. And like Rhonda said -- just read and read and read some more.

Angel said...

Well, I can honestly say, after experiencing a very hectic two weeks, that relaxation is a rare thing. We have to make time for it, force ourselves to do it.

I got home yesterday evening from my Mom's wedding-beautiful and emotional, let me tell you! After unloading the car and getting the kids something to eat, I plopped onto the couch and looked at the chaos around me. I'll do laundry tomorrow, I thought. I talked to Instigator on the phone for a while and watched tv until I fell asleep.

This morning I almost let Drama Queen skip school because I had a hard time getting out of bed. When I got back home, I sat on the couch and spent the morning cuddling with Little Man while he watched cartoons. I've yet to start on the laundry, but it is kind of hard to motivate myself when my head feels cloudy and difficult to focus. I can't wait until nap time today! :)

But everything will still be there, waiting to be done when I'm ready. And hopefully I'll function better for the rest. I know I'm eager to write again. I plotted the first half of my new book onto a handheld tape recorder on my way to Florida. Unfortunately, I drove home with a car full of people, so I didn't have the same luxury.

Enjoy yourself, PC! Read, read, read... Take naps, snuggled with your husband and child, talk, laugh, or just be quiet. It will be well worth the effort.


Instigator said...

Enjoy yourself PC! You deserve it.