Rain Drops Outside My Window…

As much as sunshine beaming through the windows makes me feel invigorated and ready to get out and conquer the day and be a productive member of society, there’s something about a rainy day that inspires me.

I think it’s the feeling of not wanting to go out in the rain and get all wet that makes me eager to get stuff done inside. Luckily, Cam is getting to an age where he entertains himself in his bouncer, exersaucer, or with his floor toys. I can get a solid half hour of writing, designing greeting cards (my main project as of late), or housework completed before he starts to get antsy and need me once again. Even better, I can enjoy a cup of coffee or grab a quick bite to eat without having to juggle him and food. It gives him time to explore and learn through music and play while spending time in the same room with me. Slowly learning autonomy at seven months… Not too shabby!

Lately I’ve been leaving my laptop setup in the “other” room in our house, too. (I honestly don’t know what to call this room anymore… It used to be the bar room, but the bar has since gone out to the garage. Now it has a table and chairs in it and Cam’s toys, but it’s not exactly a playroom either.) I think having my computer easily accessible has done wonders for my productivity. Whenever I get a spare moment, I can work on a card or a resource without having to wait for my computer to boot up. If I only end up having two minutes to myself before the timer goes off for dinner to be checked or before Cam wakes up or before the laundry needs to be changed or before Brody or Lily need to go out… Okay, okay, you get the idea… I can just hop back to what I need to do without feeling like I didn’t spend those two minutes wisely. I’m not a huge fan of leaving the computer out on the table all the time, but my OCD can deal.

I had a great idea for a short story a couple of nights ago. And instead of ignoring it and hoping I can remember it when I’m not falling asleep, I forced myself to get up and write it down so I could see if it’d be worth writing when I woke up. Turns out, I still like the idea. I’m hoping to get a few minutes to work out the details and start writing this weekend, but we’ll see… Tomorrow night, Nick and I are going bowling with friends and Cam is going to my parents’ house and Saturday we’re celebrating my brother’s birthday (Cam’s first time going to a bar for wings and pitchers of beer, should be fun!). I’m looking forward to getting out and doing things, but I also get a little bummed when we don’t have a good “recharge weekend” to relax. Luckily, Sunday looks like it’ll be spent at home (I’m planning on cooking a turkey), so that should recharge the batteries a little.

Wow, I guess I had more I wanted to say than I realized. It feels nice to just write again. It’s been helping clear out the cobwebs in my head (since I was pregnant and had Cam, I feel like I’m losing my vocabulary and thought-organizing abilities).

Hope you’re doing well as you’re reading this! 🙂

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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