Hamster Wheel

Lately I seem to be busy all the time and achieving not a lot. But when I stop and think about it, I am making progress.

  • The huge backlog of laundry from my bout of flu has finally been conquered.
  • I got my friends’ car through its ITV (the Spanish equivalent of the MOT)  when they couldn’t do it themselves.
  • The house is very slowly getting tidier. Once a week the cleaner comes. She does a general clean and sand blasts a cluttered corner, leaving me with a pile of stuff to donate, toss or clean and return. It takes all week to deal with the pile (which adds to the hamster wheel feeling)  but hey, I can see the bottom of my wardrobe again!
  • I’m learning German. It’s a long job, but with 4.5 hours of classes and about 20 minutes of homework a week, I can definitely see progress.
  • The freezer now contains lots of home made veggie soup (I hope soup before dinner every day will help my waistline) and a few tuppers of homemade stew for when I don’t have time to cook.

Now that I write it all down, it looks a lot better than I thought. I just wish I could report progress on the novel as well.

I won’t be working on the novel next week though, because I have a great flurry of guiding work coming up. I have 15 days work this month, five of which are back-to-back next week. And after months of “no hurry” a writing client wants a job done by Monday 14th.

I’m going to have another backlog of laundry, aren’t I?

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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  1. It’s easy to concentrate on the things we feel we have/should/want to do and forget how much we actually have managed to achieve.

    Good thing you have some food ready prepared – you’ll need it after 5 days straight of guiding.

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