If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Working Hard At Not Working

I took a 3-day weekend off from work. I can't remember the last time I did that without going camping. Technically I cheated a little when I typed up some ideas I had for one of my fall classes, but I didn't want to forget them.

In order to not work I:
  • Ran errands--with Pumpkin--for most of Friday. One of those errands was taking TOC to the vet. She had scratched up her face and neck horribly--from fleas we think--and they needed to put her under just to examine her. As she was coming out of anesthesia her heart stopped and they had to do kitty CPR. Luckily they got her back. Now the doctor has sent out blood work thinking something might be seriously wrong with her. b and I both believe they gave her too big of a dose (TOC is a very little cat). Since she's been home she's been living in Pupzilla's old crate in her own room. She is now very happy, comfortable and spry. However she refuses to leave the crate. In many ways she is a brand-new cat. We barely recognize her. b thinks she had a out-of-body experience.
  • I also brought a box full of books to our local used bookstore. It is hard for me to believe I've lived in SouthLite and have never visited this bookstore before. I also didn't realize they give store credit for old books. I got $26 worth of credit.
  • I used $6 for this book that was on my summer reading list. I've already finished it. It was just ok. I think I truly enjoyed one book by Hegi and have read most of her others hoping to like them as much. b claims I just like reading books by women named Ursula.
  • Friday nite was date nite. b and I tried out a new bar (we're always searching for bars that have Guinness on tap) and then had Mexican food.
  • Saturday I shopped for food, blogged, cooked and did a small workout.
  • Saturday nite b and I rented a really really bad movie. Wish we had read the review first.
  • Today I baked a cherry pie. It was my second pie attempt and turned out quite tasty but it won't be winning any beauty awards.
  • After all that baking I did a longer workout.

While it was hard at times not to work, it was mostly because work is my default. However I'm not completely immersed in any one project right now, so nothing was really calling to me. Tomorrow I'm back in the office with my summer students.


Annie King said...

Hi Brigindo, Sometimes it's good to take a break from your routine. I followed the link to Amazon and the reviews of Hegi's book. It's interesting that the book received glowing reviews from the media, but a mostly disappointed response from readers. I enjoyed your comment about your husband saying you like to read books by women named Ursula! Your poor cat- I hope she comes back to herself.

Julie said...

I'm sorry to hear the kitty had such a rough time of it. CPR! That must have been scary.

The book looks good. I've been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy your goodreads suggestions. I'm terrible about posting there and keep intending to do better. Then I run out of time or the phone rings.

Thanks for the warning about the movie, too.