So, to follow-up after that peaceful, grateful post about Rest, I realized it’s been a long time since I made a list of the stuff I’m engaged in. When it turned out to be seven distinct items, and I realized it was Friday, I knew I needed to jump back to Jen’s 7 Quick Takes Friday this week.
Here’s my “life activity list” the list in roughly the order of time consumed:
~ 1 ~
Managing the food.
It still feels weird to say this takes the most time.
I think this is because– judging by our stories: novels, movies, anecdotes among friends– food is invisible. It just happens. I wish I lived in that sort of house/body. But I don’t.)
~ 2 ~
Managing the household and extras
Technically this ties back into the food, since food makes dishes.
Basically anything I have to wash clean or put away, along with the animals and outdoor work.
Now that the snow’s melted I am discovering all sorts of new work…
And honestly, it’s a toss-up about whether #1 or #2 takes more time.
~ 3 ~
Teaching the kids.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are the emphasis, but we also read novels along with books of science, history and whatever else strikes our fancy.
As I have more energy I also hope to do more management-training (items from the previous categories). Currently I do most of that stuff because the *extra* required to get someone else into doing certain jobs is the extra I don’t have.
~ 4 ~
Reading and writing and listening to music on-line (YouTube). Keeping up with some TV shows on Hulu (Castle, Bones, and Body of Proof).
~ 5 ~
Reading and writing and listening to music not-on-line.
My current goal is to swap these last two categories in terms of time.
I’ve had a surge of progress on my 2010 NaNo novel, and taken on a reading challenge that has forced me to look hard at what and why I read. I hope it will inform what I write.
~ 6 ~
On the edges of my life (and usually away from home).
I have the knitting I do a couple hours every Sunday morning (during the sermon and Sunday school), and the hand-spinning I do when I’m going to be semi-on-display. Continue reading