It's a long weekend here, since Monday is President's Day. After a week of procrastinating on pretty much everything and generally being in a funk, the weekend has gotten off to a good start. I went for a hike with a good friend yesterday morning. It was so good to get out into the woods for a few hours, breathe the fresh air (and see little green buds on bushes!) and still get home before noon (right as it started raining!). It got me good and energized, and I was able to keep that energy going all day, and finish up all my readings for one class and get lots of baking done, and other chores, in between readings.
I'm feeling the crunch of being more than halfway through the term, and it feels nice to have the energy and concentration to be able to focus a little more on school stuff so I don't get stressed out by trying to get everything done last minute.
I pulled out my garden seeds last weekend and they've been sitting in my living room as inspiration all week. This morning I carried a bag of potting soil home from the hardware store (only four blocks, but still- oof!), and today and tomorrow I will be starting some greens and veggies under the lights and mapping out and planning what to do with my community garden plot this summer.
I'm running around a bit today- I'm at the library now, and when I'm done here I'm going to try out a new bike route, going to the Mill End Store. In my opinion, it's the best fabric/yarn store in Portland, and I still have a $20 gift certificate that was a birthday gift last summer. I'm going to start a new, slightly more complicated knitting project, and I'm starting mostly from scratch in terms of supplies. For the last few years I've been knitting with needles and things from Matt's grandmother's knitting basket, but of course I don't have those anymore. I only own one pair of bamboo needles that are just right for knitting up cotton dishcloths. It's time to start building up my own collection. I'll do it a little bit at a time, as my budget allows.
It feels so nice to get the bulk of my work done at the front end of the weekend. I don't manage that particularly often, and it gets me into a good mood and makes me more productive for the rest of the weekend.