This is what we’re doing from 8:30 – 9:30 these days (the hour before Anand’s bedtime), so if we don’t pick up the phone, we’re eating popcorn and watching The Librarians. Sometimes Kevin gets to be on the couch and snuggle with us, but sometimes Ellie demands scritches.
Good morning so far — about an hour of light gardening, then a couple hours dealing with some work e-mails I’d been avoiding. Paused work to jump on the treadmill for 20 minutes, then eat a little lunch — in the process, had an idea for one of the novels, which I’ve just jotted down so I don’t forget it completely. It’ll probably be a month before I get back to that book, at the earliest — I have two big Wild Cards stories to draft, and various short stories and essays I’d like to get out the door.
Next few hours, more gardening interspersed with story revision, I think. Normally, I’d be doing a lot of teaching work on a Monday, but I’m taking Labor Day seriously as a holiday — told my students to take the day to rest (or catch up), and we’d start the week on Tuesday. I’m a little overwhelmed after the first two weeks of school, and I figure they probably are too.
I spent much of Sat / Sun lying in bed or lounging on the couch, which helped with the tiredness, but there’s only so long I can do that before things start to fall down. Right now, checking things off the to-do list is the best thing I can do for my mental health, I think. If I get enough done, then I’m hoping to take a break around 3 and play Terraforming Mars with Jedediah…