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I did manage to get out in the garden yesterday. Got muddy, but it was worth it. Planted several things and made room to plant lots more.

My memory has been unusually sieve-like lately. Even my usual habit of making nine million to-do textfiles isn't catching the drippage, because I forget that I have the textfiles, or look in the wrong one, or....

But! News! Andrei and I have been invited to speak at Crucible in October! I will post more details later, but it should be immensely cool. The part where we fly cross-country with a two-year-old notwithstanding....

Nifty link du jour: intralimina posted her recent class presentation on Chaos and Aesthetics (the study for which I participated in). Also, I had no idea there were ALife researchers doing interactive evolving art projects! *squees with geeky glee*

I've got a ridiculous number of projects going right now: there's my garden, the ongoing booth-and-business prep for Faerieworlds, the actual *art* for Faerieworlds, NOTOCON work, a Horizon class I'm giving next month, my presentations for Crucible, an essay for Horizon's newsletter, and I've just volunteered to create a piece for shadesong's Blogathon 2008 project. Not to mention keeping the house in shape and taking care of Aiden.

But it's good. As aforementioned, I seem to do better with a million things going on - I may get rushed and stressed and busy, but I *get shit done*, which is more fulfilling by far than just sitting around doing nothing. Funny thing about always feeling like you need more downtime is that when you get it, it just tires you out more. I think the modern-culture meme on the necessity of leisure time is mostly a myth. Work, real Work, is in the end far more fulfilling and energizing than relaxation.

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oscuridad
Jun. 6th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Work, real Work, is in the end far more fulfilling and energizing than relaxation.

I agree with you. It has to be the right kind of work though. My job is so directionless that I find it incredibly draining in spite of the fact that I really should be at it 12 hours a day. I don't even have a set schedule. It's a big challenge for me. I hope that someday I will 'get it' here, because I know there's stuff I should do but I'm at a loss, constantly...weird.
tzaddi_93
Jun. 6th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I think the modern-culture meme on the necessity of leisure time is mostly a myth. Work, real Work, is in the end far more fulfilling and energizing than relaxation.

I think that it depends on the individual. A bit of downtime really helps energize some people. It drives other people up the wall. The trick is to figure out what energizes and refreshes *your* psyche and to not let other people (especially so-called experts) talk you out of it.

For you, it sounds like having a bunch of challenging projects is what you need. For others it's reading a book or walking in the woods or just having a bit of time to sit and watch the rain through the window.

I think the real modern myth is that there is a such thing as a one-size-fits-all for anything and that if you don't fit in the mold prescribed you need to get a bigger hammer and beat yourself over the head with it.
vismaya_viewer
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm getting muddy today in the garden. *gardening addict grin* I might have to agree with you that 'work' is 'more fulfilling and energizing than relaxation'. It also seems to make relaxation that much more enjoyable.
mlerules
Jun. 7th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Balance works best for me: getting stuff done and taking it easy both.
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