This is Night 2 of “Spending the weekend as a couch potato because Spouseman has the stomach flu.” I’d planned to get some work done, but I am not great at splitting my concentration between creativity & caregiving.
So instead of writing fiction, we’re both hanging out in the living room with Scooter McNursecat, listening to the epic rainstorms outside, and watching TV. Spouseman has Vitamin Waters and saltines. I have plenty of Unhealthy Snax I picked up while getting his meds and Vitamin Waters. Life is pretty good, when it comes right down to it.
Yesterday I watched most of the series Into the Badlands. Spouseman was there, but he was feeling so ill I doubt it made much of an impression on him. We wrapped up season 2 today. I have feelings about it, mixed and murky ones that are very much tied up in my twtichy dislike of messy post-apocalyptic futures. I don’t mean the gritty aspect of violence. I mean the part where the creators give no thought to systems needed to support the societies they design. And this show, like SO MANY others, just doesn’t add up. And the dialogue was often so clunky it made me wince.
ANYway. End rantlet.
Brain-free TV for tonight and tomorrow: Lost in Space 2018. 40 minutes into episode 1, I’d already seen more character development & better science (not perfect, but TRYING) than in the whole 1990’s movie. It’s more serious than the original but still very family-friendly. And the family tensions feel authentic, not the Typical Space Show batch of walking tropes at all.
Fab worldbuilding & reveals, fine acting, plus relationships and dialogue that all ring true. My favorites so far: teen girls who talk like teens, and the chicken.
There. Is. A. Chicken.
This show is a keeper.
It was an eventful week, so I’m not going to beat myself up over a couple of extra rest days. Nope. Going to enjoy TV.
What events? I’m so glad you asked.
First, it was National Library Week, and since I’m on the NLW planning committee at work (at a library, for those just now joining the show) I spent most of one shift being a perky greeter and letting kids & adults spin the library wheel for prizes (like fines-forgiveness, mini-slinkies, and ice cream coupons. Also pencils and other loot) and another shift helping pass out popcorn at the trivia contest night.
The contest was the culmination of many meetings’ worth of discussion over questions, potential problems, presentation, snacks, prizes and coordination with other committees.
It was over in an hour. Worth all the planning. Everyone had a grand time.
I ate too much popcorn and have a page of notes to make next year’s event even better. It was fun but still exhausting. Wednesday I made progress on various work things and also got to take a walk in short sleeves & sandals & lie in the sun.
That recharged me enough to face The Big Adventure Day. Thursday I went downtown by train and El, and thereby learned a whole new section of Chicago By Transit. I can navigate to & from Lincoln Park now, adding that to the short list of Loop, Museum campus & McCormick Place.
The point of the exercise was getting to the Galway Arms to meet Tina Jens for dinner and later attending my first Gumbo Fiction Salon. It’s a monthy reading series I hope to make a regular part of my schedule because it’s a great group and tremendous fun.
How fun? OMG OMG OMG fun. Yet also phenomenally scary. (I talked to a whole lot of strangers in a conversational setting AND SURVIVED) DInner with Tina was fantastic because I love getting to know friends better. Later I read from Rough Passages and people laughed in the right places and clapped at the end. I listened to a lot of great fiction, some genre, some poetry, some memoir, and I even made it out in time to catch the 11:30 Metra straight home instead of needing a pickup at the Rosemont Blue line.
I am energized to really dig into some writing projects. Friday was to be a chores & shopping day, then write on into the weekend.
Yeah. Well. Best laid plans.
Hanging out is good, tho. Snax all day & chili for supper (I made a huge batch. It freezes well, and it’s a good hot meal when the weather is cold & yucky like today) cuddles with cat and snuggles with sleepy, sleepy healing Spouseman. Words are patient. I will get to them. Maybe even tomorrow.
Why the cat picture? Because “cozy kitty” is how I feel night now. Ta!
One response to “Is it a staycation if you’re only staying home because someone is ill?”
I think every person needs a break be it at home or travelling. Writing can be extremely tiring, friday I was putting down 2k words for a short story and felt totally burnt out afterwards. It wasn’t only writing but writing + the load of the week = too much sometimes. And sometimes it’s better to relax at home unless you need fresh air. In any case, I think we all push ourselves too much nowadays.