But the service also made me think. Bear with me for a brief commercial on introspection. I think this picture is appropriate.storm over Eagle Caps Wilderness
It made me think about my life which is probably typical at a time like this. At the service, they played some slide shows of Rocky's life and what he had done. It became very apparent that Rocky lived his life to the fullest. It's probably partly why so many people connected to him...his warmth and his energy.
I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've been doing the last 10 years, the work, the contacts, that I'm challenged daily by my job and my career. It's not been easy but I wouldn't trade it for anything. But it has consumed me, mind, body, and soul and I've forgotten about some of the things that I like to do, that I've made goals to do etc. Somehow, someway, I need to find a better balance in my life and start doing more things that I enjoy that are not part of my career. It is not going to be easy and in the middle of a PhD and 3 large projects that are needing every second of attention I can give them, I can't cut back on work a lot. But I realized that I have managed to add art and knitting back into my life the last 8 months to some degree so I know it is possible to slowly adjust balances.
Anyway...enough. Today, I start the slow process. Step 1 was to figure out how to get exercise back into the routine. A goal of mine forever is to do triathlons but I keep putting it off and putting it off. I can't seriously train right now, but I can start the process of reminding my body how to move! So this morning, I found the pool and began. My arms were screamin' but my heart was singin' :). It felt good and I've been missing that element lately more than I realized.
And to the title of this post. It is 3 pm on a Sunday afternoon and I've been in my office most of the day working. But all these thoughts made me decide that I needed an afternoon off to do something I enjoyed. So once I hit 'publish post', I'm leaving and doing some knitting and/or crafts, and opening a book for the first time in several weeks. So maybe, just maybe, I'll have something to show for it tomorrow. Don't expect FO's...I'm far from that...but maybe a WIP that has actually progressed from the last time it was photographed!
In the meantime, a recipe I keep meaning to post about. It's finally feeling like fall here in NE Oregon and fall means our apple tree starts bursting with apples ready to be made into pies. But I found a recipe for an apple pie that is not ordinary and it has turned into our favorite. I know, I know, blasphemy that I'm choosing a variation on the theme rather than traditional apple pie. But just try it before you make judgments! Warm Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie. Enjoy and I hope everyone had a great weekend!