Now that I am a non-working home body, my day-to-day routine never varies much. It is as if I fell into a rut and can’t get out. I’m not saying it’s bad or boring, just pretty much the same day-to-day. It makes the days and months blur together and time doesn’t mean much.
My daughter helps me get out of bed in the morning. I have my morning bathroom routine. I fix my breakfast and gather water, diet coke and snacks for the day and move into the living room onto the love seat. From there, I watch TV, blog, read, delete emails, play a game or two, log my breakfast foods and morning exercises at Lose It, and I’m ready for that nap.
I can be writing a blog or playing a game on the Wii and will start dozing off in mid-sentence or while running around Eureka in Animal Crossing City Folk. It never fails. And my nap can last anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour or so.
Then, it is time for hubby to come home from work, catch Ellen or Steve Harvey, and watch Family Feud before supper. Daughter comes over again for supper and to spend the evening with me.
We share TV shows, but spend a lot of time reading/editing/proofreading new manuscripts together. She has an online service at CritiqueMyNovel. I help with beta reading but mostly do proofreading. CMN is gearing up for their yearly writing contest and I’ll be busy reading a lot of contest entries. Typos and homophones tend to jump out at me without warning. And getting to spend time with daughter discussing what we read and crafting thoughtful, constructive critiques for new writers is fun.
Writers send in the first 10,000 words of their novels. Four judges will read and critique each submissions. Prizes include monetary gifts, writing resources, free critiques/edits of their complete manuscript and more. Winners in the Masters and Non Fiction categories move into an Agent round. CMN has eight Literary Agents this year who will read the top three winners with the option of asking those writers to send their complete manuscripts for publication!
I digressed. Shameless commercial plug. The evening passes in reading, blogging, Yahtzee, watching TV and then it is time for bed.
Those with children and activities get variation on their days, but many of us get up, go to work, go to bed and begin again. My age and being handicapped has reduced the boundaries of my rut to a small and manageable size. Is your life in a rut? Does it matter? Mine is comfortable now, but I have that long-term goal of future change I keep in the back of my mind.
Thanks for the visit to my ordinary rut. Come back anytime. The journey continues…
We’re all in a rut in some way or other. When that happens we have to force ourselves to go a little farther, try harder to make the rut less of an inconvenient place to be. Procrastination leads to ruts. When it happens to me, I try harder to find other outlets. Good writing here, by the way.
Thanks so much! I’ve always been very good at procrastinating! LOL And those ruts do tend to be quite comfortable sometimes.
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My life is also in a rut, and I like it. It is the first time in my life that I can do what I want for the most part. I also can control my exposure to difficult people, which I have always “collected” to a burdensome extent. Life has become simple but still mostly satisfying, maybe because it is easier to focus on the moment.
Finally getting to the place where we ‘feel comfortable in our skin’ is the most important thing.