Monday, February 2, 2009

Herman's Hermits

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

Sometimes I just want to crawl into my shell and hide; lock myself in the house and pretend the outside world does not exist; spend a day, week, month doing anything I wanted whenever I wanted without interference. That is how I feel today.

I had a lovely weekend with the family: stayed in my pajamas until noon, watched old movies and read until midnight, played Yahtzee, baked cookies and bars, ate leftovers, tried a new biscuit recipe, I even cooked a turkey just for the hell of it. A whole day bent over the oven basting and I loved every minute of it. I think it was the first turkey I actually enjoyed cooking. There was none of the holiday stress-time constraint-has to be perfect-hope I live up to everyone's expectations to go along with it. And you know what? It was the best damn looking bird I have ever made! Damn. There's no one here to see it. Such a pretty bird to hack up and stash in the freezer. At least we enjoyed a beautiful Sunday dinner of turkey and all the trimmings.

Now it's Monday, I have a twelve pound turkey sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be dissected, a bowl full of miscellaneous parts waiting to be turned into giblet stock, an overflowing inbox, a meeting in 45 minutes, this post to write, a to do list a mile long, groceries to get, snowpants to repair, business to attend to, a 4H meeting tonight, ugh. I do not want my weekend to end.

What I want is to take a break from the world; not worry about the economy, not venture out into the cold for yet another meeting, be able to pick food off my pantry shelf or pluck it from my backyard, sit home and bake, read, or sew at my leisure, clean my house - heaven knows it needs it! Just for a little while I want to live in my fantasy land where it is warm, my garden is in full bounty, chickens roam the yard freely and my biggest concern of the day is keeping the goat out of the pumpkin patch.

I do not know if it is the cold depths of winter or the relentless planning of three events all happening the same weekend (one of them being Earth Week) that is causing my desire to withdraw, but I would like to call in sick, play hooky, become a hermit.

Hello World? Yeah, I can't make it in today. No, I'm feeling a little under the weather. I think I'm coming down with hermit crab-itis. Maybe I'll come out tomorrow and play.


Green Resolutions said...

I feel like that a lot lately, too. Although I'd give anything to have such a productive weekend. Hang in there :)

Joyce said...

I think this is called winter hibernation. Who says bears are the only one with this instinct?

Green Bean said...

I've always been a tad hermity myself. You have to to replenish, though, don't you?

JessTrev said...

I love the picture! We had a tank of hermit crabs when I was a kid. Sounds like a fun weekend (we're still on Junior Monopoly and war around here) -- hope you get the time you want to putter soon, and the balance back in your work-life rhythm.

Chile said...

No, you don't want to call in sick, trust me. A week and a half ago, I was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I really needed to get working on. So...I got sick and now I'm getting nothing done.

Seriously, though, I think winter does make us want to pull in and be homebodies with short to-do lists. Enjoy the weekends fully and try to think of only what you are working on the rest of the week instead of worrying about everything else you also need to do.

greeen sheeep said...

Boy it sure would be nice to sleep through winter and wake up refreshed in spring.

Jess, my brother had hermit crabs when we were kids. They kinda freaked me out.

Chile, I think that's part of the problem. I may actually be getting sick. Every March I come down with the plague. Looks like for once in my life I am going to be early.

Once I get organized I will be fine. I'm breaking the rest of the week into tasks. Tue - office, Wed - event prep, Thr - house, Fri - web work, Weekend - I am going to be home alone so my only plan is to replenish.


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