I ended up sleeping until almost 9 am today. For most people, that would be the equivalent of sleeping until noon. Is this a luxury? Something I needed to do? Or merely a lack of discipline? My intention was to not set my alarm clock, wake up as close to 7:45 as possible to go get my blood drawn (no coffee, food, etc.). Well, I accomplished sleeping in until the lab was open.
Consequently, I’m feeling rather “type b” today. As we speak, I’m typing this from bed and it’s past noon. However, it can be said that I have been a little too tightly wound this week. Having recovered from some unknown respiratory virus that I caught last week, I’ve been on a mission to catch up on grading, prep for classes, find time to write, crank up the exercise, and read 4-5 books at the same time. Getting up at 5:30 or earlier each day this week, I’ve caught myself being impatient with my sister, who lives with me and has a number of infirmities from the toll that cancer has taken on her. If I need to take her somewhere, she’s debilitated enough so that she can’t really be hurried. For her to get ready, it takes as long as it takes. Meanwhile, I’m drumming my fingers, hyperventilating, obsessing about being late for class, driving way too aggressively, and in general, being rather annoying. Not a flattering picture!
So, I got myself organized, made myself a list of things that I need to get done over the next couple of days, and am just going to go after them one at a time. I’m almost caught up on grading, having maybe a couple of hours to go. Since it’s the midpoint in our quarter, I need to notify the parents of my students who have gotten behind the curve, while there is still time and hope for them to improve. A sermon that I’m scheduled to preach next week is still to be written. Then, the weekly task of planning each class period for the upcoming week. A good day to take time to think and sharpen the saw rather than go, go, go.
I made myself a list of books in my house that I’d like to read this year. I counted 46 books, which include an assortment of fiction and nonfiction, education, life development, spiritual growth, biographies, histories, etc. Good to know that I have enough reading to survive an long economic downturn or reduced circumstances. This doesn’t even include books in my study at the church, which would at least double that number. At a future date, I’ll categorize and publish the list.