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Ash Wednesday

Flying post, I'm so tired!!! Today was, as you mostly know, Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a period of preparation for the most important feast of the Church's year, Easter. And yeah, yeah, people think that's Christmas, but really, this is way more important. But enough about that!

I went to Mass at nine, with the school, and turns out there were a few staffing crises, one teacher was ill, another had her father ill in hospital, and a third, her husband was knocked off his bike and apparently has quite a few fractures. So, that left trouble with the cricket tournament at Kilbirnie Park. So yeah, *sigh* I said I could stay for the rest of the day, along with a friend who had to pop up to collect her husband from the surgeon between games! Other wise they would have cancelled Asher's team after lunch and he would've been gutted! It turned out to be great fun, I had to cajole children to bowl and bat (everyone had to do everything and there were no 'outs' just a loss of runs) and they had a heap of fun. Even girls who were screeching that they know nothing about cricket and couldn't bowl and wouldn't bat, they did well!!! See, I'd say, turning the bat around so the flat part faced the bowler, look at what you can do if you give it a go. But it's worn me out. There was a bit of a wind to contend with and I had to do a lot of yelling and encouragement! I did pop over to the Aquatic Centre between sessions to get a large coffee!

So that was the day really. Apart from Finn having a friend to play after school, me getting ALL the dishes done for once, Christy planning for her 'glam' party at the weekend and me getting Asher to tennis. Oh and thinking of a nice meal with no meat that pleased everyone *snort* I just started to write but I'm going to fall asleep so I have reserved tomorrow, 1130 hours until 1330 hours for writing. How does that sound for starters. I think I need a routine or I'll never get anything done for me. I'll take the phone off the hook and lock the front door.

So, the big black cross has worn off my forehead now and I'm just about ready for reading in bed!

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greenpizzazz6
Feb. 21st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun, showing the kids cricket. You're right though, it would definitely wear you out!
natesmountain
Feb. 21st, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Do you play cricket over there?

We just did the most extraordinary thing last weekend (NZ Cricket did, I mean, the Black Caps), beating Australia (who almost always beat us these days) three times in a row. NZ Cricket is reknowned for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so this is almost unheard of. And it's the first time I think I have really regretted my father dying, because he would have loved to have seen that series! He would have been on the phone the minute that last over was bowled, to share the amazement.
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 21st, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
No, we don’t play cricket here.

It’s too bad your dad couldn’t have seen that, sounds like he really would have liked it.
natesmountain
Feb. 21st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Cricket is bizarre and complex but also fascinating and totally consuming if you get into it, like you have to watch every ball being bowled!!! Rush to the bathroom or the kettle between overs!

We have a Samoan cricket (kilikiti) set here at home too, with a HUGE bat and fat wickets, that's a lot of fun.
vivh
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
I have reserved tomorrow, 1130 hours until 1330 hours for writing. How does that sound for starters. I think I need a routine or I'll never get anything done for me. I'll take the phone off the hook and lock the front door.

I hope you did manage to write in that time you "reserved" or at least use it for something for you!!

I really think you need much better time management skills when you're not working than when you are - because when you are working most of your activity is dictated by work requirements and children's activities, with other essentials fitted in where you can.
By contrast with no work commitments every day is blank canvas waiting to be filled, but if you're not careful, those hours fly past at an alarming rate. Some sort of routine is useful, but there is a fine balance, because the real advantage of not being in paid work is the spontaneity that's possible - over-schedule your days and you lose that! But do reserve time for YOU, there is always more housework to do, and the school will always need extra helpers... I can't walk away from things that need to be done unless I already have a commitment, I guess you're much the same, sometimes that commitment needs to be to yourself, treat writing like your "work" and give it priority time!!!
natesmountain
Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
-I hope you did manage to write in that time you "reserved" or at least use it for something for you!!
I did. I was a little late after visiting Esther, but I got back by 12.30, made lunch, turned off the phone and set myself up out on the deck, then wrote until 2.30. Got that birthday deadline to meet, huh ;)

And you are so right, the hours can just dissolve and I think, OMG I had FIVE hours and what have I got to show for it?! Had I been at school I would have achieved a zillion things! So yeah, you are so right, it's finding a balance and a commitment that is tight enough to keep up with the most important enjoyable tasks *g*
Today that will be the dentist, another coat of paint on the kitchen ceiling (until the paint runs out) for starters...
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