Casual Friday – 8/21/2015

Casual Friday BootsOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog here and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.

This was one of those weeks when I was reminded that no matter what is planned, there are times when you are just not going to get done what you intend. The week seemed to move very rapidly while I hopped from one task to another. Much got accomplished, fires were put out and all crises were averted. I am left exhausted and discombobulated.

Who even uses the word discombobulated? That is a word that sounds exactly like the way I felt and how my week went–addled, befuddled, rattled, in a tizzy, shook up, off-balance, at sixes and sevens, baffled, flummoxed, jumbled, muddled, and all such other ridiculous crazy synonyms. There were no really bad things that happened. We just kept running around dealing with issue after issue. Time flew by. Almost everything got dealt with but wow! I really need the reprieve that the weekend provides.

At work I had intended to spend much time preparing for a couple of important meetings that are coming up next week. I maybe managed an hour on those tasks. I have been at this job long enough that I know I will manage to do all right, but I won’t feel as prepared as I like to be.

At home, I had to finish up a project as a gift for my sister/roommate’s birthday which was today. I managed to get it done early this evening but I sure prefer to give myself more time to make sure I am doing a good job. At a different issue, I spent (wasted) a great deal of time looking for photos that where rather urgently requested. I, who am generally a well-organized person, have never done a good job in keeping snapshots in any kind of order. I have several shoe boxes with photos in no particular order. I am full of admiration for those people who have every picture labeled and dated and cataloged. I have never been that person so I end up wasting much time looking for exactly what was needed. For probably the 80th time in my life I vowed to get those pictures organized–and once again I will probably forget that vow until the next time that I am scrambling to come up with a picture.

I did not spend any time with my blog since last Friday night when I posted the previous Casual Friday post. I did not read any other blogs and made no comments. I did not respond to  any comments received from others. I did not manage to post even one of my regular posts. It makes me wonder what I possibly was thinking when I gave blogging a try. I do really enjoy it but there are times when it just not seem like a productive way to spend my time. I still am troubled with finding the right balance.

The one thing that I was able to do consistently was my early morning mile walk with my yellow lab. With everything seeming to be disrupted it is great to have one thing that I can be depended on to do. If you could see the look of sadness that my dog has on her face if she doesn’t get that walk, you would understand that I could not live with myself if I let her down. The bad part is that now it is dark when I start out for my walk at 5:45 and it is barely getting light by the time I get home. It feels a little eerie and I am not totally comfortable with that walk in the dark. I may have to adjust our walk.

I am hoping for a calm, quiet weekend so that I can face my rat race come Monday morning. I hope for all of you that your weekend will be all you want it to be.


10 thoughts on “Casual Friday – 8/21/2015

  1. 60while60 August 22, 2015 / 8:34 am

    I think you have it right in that you make time for a walk. Everyone benefits. I’m sure after that week you are looking forward to retirement. 🙂


  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature August 22, 2015 / 9:58 am

    I still say discombobulated. My boxes of old photos are at least within topic, but disorganized within. My digital photos are not organized at all. I have been trying to figure out a way to organize them. Sometimes I don’t do anything with my blog for a week. It’s hard to catch up. Walks with my dog are not optional. I can’t stand that look either! So, in saying all this, I am just saying that I totally relate. Once again, we have so many similarities. One of these days, we will have to meet. We are only one county away!


  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature August 22, 2015 / 9:59 am

    PS. After you retire!


  4. amiewrites74 August 23, 2015 / 9:44 am

    I am glad that you were able to still do the morning walk. I hope that this weekend has given you some respite and that the upcoming week is not as off-kilter.


  5. kim September 6, 2015 / 1:11 am

    I have been busier through the summer – also feeling a bit discombobulated, with little time for blogging. I hope you will find the time to write more soon. Best wishes, Kim x


  6. Trudy September 20, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Don’t pressure yourself about getting everything done with the blog . There will be ebbs and flows with it . Days when you feel like not being bothered and days when you feel like there;s nothing to do but write. Just ride it out and don’t fixate on it . Just keep us in touch, it doesn’t have to be a long drawn out thing , just a “checking in post” saying you need time away is all. Good luck and I’ve used the word discombobulated many times.


  7. susieshy45 December 19, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Dear Helen,
    Its been so long since I heard from you, so I came looking. Hope you are keeping well.
    Merry X’mas and hope you get all your wishes in this New Year.


  8. Lutheranliar April 4, 2016 / 4:30 am

    I love ‘discombobulated’. Sometimes I even AM ‘discombobulated’. Thank you! And I’ll try to join for Casual Friday. Sounds fun, and not even discombobulated!


  9. Donna George April 13, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    How are you Good Woman?
    Nice post.
    – all the best


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