It has been a very long time since I stayed up late working. It’s past midnight and I wrapped up one of the four documents I need to deliver before the end of this month. This one would have normally taken me two days to complete, but it has taken me four, because of my own inefficiency – I overlooked a critical fact, and had to rewrite a section, and a reorganization of computers among the inmates of the house, during which I lost some material to the great wide open.
These past weeks have been crazy on the home front. I seem to be running around helter-skelter, with nothing tangible to show for it. The kid joined some extra clubs (debating club and Model United Nations) at school, which makes me drive her around a lot more than before. Add to it, for some reason, the house-work seems never done these days. As I type this out, I have not cleaned the kitchen and the dirty dishes from dinner are in the sink – I hate to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes, but today, this is how it must be.
I have also started violin lessons since Vijayadasami. When my kid was younger, she, in a whim asked my father for a violin, and the man, who ties himself into a sheet bend around her little finger, bought her one. The kid made unbearable noises with it for exactly two hours after which it went into the loft and into my head – I have a bit of an OCD about unused stuff in the house, but you knew that, didn’t you? So, twice a week I strangle a few cats in my violin under the guidance of a teacher. The mind and body are not as flexible as they used to be, and it is taking me much longer than it would have in era gone past, to learn, but I am making some progress. I kill fewer cats now and am almost done with the first lesson – the sarali varisai. :Let’s wait and see how long I can do this.
My yearning to paint has been getting more intense. What’s holding me back is the cost of the painting supplies, I want to cut back a little this month because the past few months have been runaway with spending. Another holdback is the absence of a place for my supplies, once I get them. However, the calling is getting too loud to ignore. Perhaps next month I will buy some of the art supplies and get on with some of my meditative painting activity.
So long folks. Have a great weekend.