Thursday, January 13, 2005

Of DH Lawrence, vacations, and rain
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. -- D. H. Lawrence [After years of reading references to his Lady Chatterly's Lover, I listened to it on tape a couple of years ago; it was as hot as advertised.]
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. -- Robert Bresson [This should be the artists' and writers' mantra.]
The problem of time off
Here's the deal: In having a week-and-a-half off to live as I liked -- flexible bedtime and get-up time, free time, etc., etc., it's taking longer than I like to become once again disciplined. See, I LIKE staying up a little later--watching a movie, maybe, or the late news, or, better yet, reading in bed 'til midnight. Because when you don't have to get up at 6:30 a.m., you can sleep 'til 8, and still have a chuck of morning left for important things (cup of tea, morning news, check email, begin housework, errands, etc.) And the freedom to structure one's day--now that's fun. Because on workdays, one's structure is imposed--that aforementioned 6:30 get-up time, the rush to get out the door by 7:30, working from about 8 to about 4 or so, and all that implies; all the errands, phone calls, etc. that must be done on lunch hour or after work; an evening filled with "have to get this done, have to get that done," from a workout at the Y to getting dinner and planning for the next day. And it's a treadmill of days like that, interrupted by a weekend with a to-do list a mile long, and a spattering of impromptu activities that mess up the to-do, and a modicum of exhaustion to try to overcome, so that one becomes the next week with most of the stuff on the to-do list left, more errands, etc., to do, and it begins again.
Sometimes I think vacations aren't worth it--it's hard to get work organized so time can be taken off, especially since I have little backup; I have to work at home, getting email, etc. while I'm off; and it's hard to get back in the swing.
But of course I know vacations are worth it, and it's just the usual holiday readjustment we all go through this month. I'll have my nose to the grindstone by next week!! Ouch!!
Can it possibly RAIN any more! I don't think so! The low fields that are on either side of the Little Wabash River, that SR 24 follow to Huntington, are flooded, as they often are in springtime; the sides of all the roads are flooded, and it's hard to see in the dark; I hit a couple of awfully big puddles. The sump pump is working overtime at home. Temperatures are supposed to drop the weekend be frigid. Guess if the water freezes, the sump pump will get a rest.
It's been fun this week talking about Spring Break.

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