joy williams, photo credit: allister ann
Since coming back from vacation, I've found it very difficult to get back into our normal routine. I guess the routine sorts itself out, but personally I haven't felt settled. Our vacation was less relaxation and more adventure, the travel itself was exhausting, and because we were delayed coming home, we had to jump head first back into work/school without any time for reentry. The next weekend was a quick and fun trip to Maine, but it again thwarted real time to decompress. Only now, a week and a half later, am I starting to feel the pieces come back together. We're not quite there yet, though. I still have piles of stuff throughout the house that need to be sorted, and my mind seems to be churning too fast to be still.
I've also been getting sucked into the vast internet black hole. I love my blog, and pinterest, and facebook, but it can be a bit too consuming at times. I have to remind myself to limit my online time and make sure I'm using it in a fulfilling way. There is lots of inspiration out here in the blogosphere, so I don't mind spending time reading here, but again, it needs to be limited. After this post back in the Spring, I did a "reader cleanup", and the result was wonderful. The number of blogs started creeping back up, so I just went out and cleaned it up again - perhaps it's one of those things I'll need to do a couple times a year. Now, what I find in my reader is beautiful - inspiring, entertaining, full of content, like-minded people...
Good reminders...via Dear Inspiration
Thankfully, the weekend was a quiet one. Just me and my boys, at home. We did venture out - to a town festival on Saturday and apple-picking at the farm down the road on Sunday. But those are small events, easy enough to leave the mind uncluttered with planning and preparing. Otherwise, we just hung out and played. The usual bubbles, bikes, and balls. The weather was typical September gorgeousness - clear blue skies, warm in the sun, cool in the shade. Perfection. I felt us all soak in the quiet, the routine, even the sleep; and as a result, we were all in the most pleasant moods. Let's hope we can all carry them into the coming week.