Well, as Spring rolls around, I continually find that my best-laid plans are more frequently than not coming apart at the seams! There are times in which a couple of days might go by and I don't even turn on the computer, much less spend time here like I had planned. I spent much of April out of touch, and when I was available, I didn't seem to get much done. At least not as much as I had planned on! Oh well, that is why they say "Shit Happens!", I guess.
As it stands now, I have this blog to maintain, the various groups in which I run or am a member of, the threads that I subscribe to, topics or people I follow, and surfing the forum at large. It really is not all that much, by itself. It is never just "by itself", though, that is the problem! There is another non-drug related site at which I am an administrator, so that takes up a considerable portion of time. There are all of the activities that only I can do (seemingly!) that are necessary for this house to function-gods forbid that my youngest girl should have to actually do something so common as walk the 1 1/2 blocks to school when I have a perfectly good car just sitting there!
Then of course you have The Dog. She requires an inordinate amount of attention, by the very nature of the contract between us.
All of these things are allowed for or factored in, but it is the unexpected things that are getting to me here lately.
Things like a sunbeam. I got stuck in a sunbeam and a good book this morning, and sat there for hours, just curled up in the sun and reading a good book. Books themselves are great traps, too. I ran into the library a few weeks ago to grab something to read while I was just sitting around in the doctors office, and ended up reading the collected works of John Ringo. 38 books in all! John Ringo, for those of you who don't know, is a science fiction writer who does "military-based" stories and can turn out a "Space Opera" as good as, if not better than, any of the Deans of Science Fiction. I finished that and started on "The History of the Irish Race", by Seamus MacManus. It is just one book and "only" 724 pages.
Then of course, there is the garden. It is amazing how I can get lost for hours at a time in a garden, even a small one! I was digging up earthworms and moving them from one side to the other today. No, I have no idea why! I also have the Noisy Little Birds and the cat, which are good for hours of fun, all by themselves. There is something about a comfy spot in a sunbeam, with a good book and a cat on your lap that almost screams out "Nap Time!", too. The cat is always ready for a nap, and I have to say, she might be on to something here! Like she says, the key to a good nap nap is location, location, location.
We go out and do stuff as a family more often, now that it is warmer. It would seem that it is some sort of mortal sin for a teenage girl to be seen in last years clothes, so quite a bit of our initial outings have been shopping, which, as a man, I find somewhat less than exciting, but, as a father, I understand that I am expected to pay for and maintain silence about. I still do not understand why the prices go up while the total amount of fabric used goes down, but that seems to be because I am "old". That's the general consensus, anyway.
I'm looking forward to going to the museums and exhibits, zoos, and shows. My kids are telling me that the summers actually consist of the beach, the beach, and the beach, with occasional trips to Hollisters or Vanity. I want to go to the cultural mecca that is Chicago and see one of the 81 exhibits of hope and change that is currently being shown at Wrigley Field (home game, Chicago Cubs!), while my kid wants a jeep. I know what I did with my dads jeep when I was 16 and 17 years old, and she is NOT getting one! Of course, I'm probably not going to make any home games at Wrigley this year either, so we are even there.
So many things going on, so many demands on my time! I am kind of interested here, so if you are reading this, take the time to post a comment on what you find to be changing in your life as spring opens and summer approaches. What do you cut back on or what do you put more time into? How do you fit you new-found activities into an already crowded schedule? How do you prioritize?