Reflections on Life Thus Far

My life. My story: Exploring mental health, spirituality, meditation & random thoughts I have

Playing Catch Up


Feather duster, dustpan and broom, and upright...

Feather duster, dustpan and broom, and upright vacuum cleaner in one picture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I apologize for not reading or posting much lately. For some reason I just couldn’t think of anything I wanted to write about. Sometimes I just get in a mood where I don’t want to think about ‘heavy’ things. Although I almost wrote about a news story I had heard that annoyed me but didn’t; instead I ended up cleaning. In fact I mopped my floors for the first time in well over 6 months. The task required two buckets as the first got dirty so quickly I didn’t think anything was going to get cleaned that way! Anyway, I mopped the floors so I feel like I accomplished something there-I had been putting off the chore for quite some time. Being rather inexperienced cleaning floors I took rather longer than most I’m sure. I don’t live in a large house either so I guess I am just slow (like 2.5 hrs. slow).

Then I went about doing the carpets thinking I must be masochistic since I neither like mopping or vacuuming. But alas, I finally finished! Well, finished for now. Cleaning is one of those things you have to do regularly, unfortunately, or things get really gross. I also did two loads of laundry. To say I’m feeling a little tired would not be doing justice to my sore arms and back. Guess there’s a method to cleaning so you don’t end up achy but I haven’t discovered it yet. Hmm, no wait, I think it’s called “keeping on top of things”, LOL πŸ˜›

Monday I had my portfolio workshop I’ve been attending. It wasn’t that interesting but there was a bit I learned as we were discussing resume do’s and don’ts. Sometimes I feel really frustrated because there aren’t that many jobs available even if you are able to do anything. But I have certain requirements when considering employment because of my health. Anyway, I learned a few helpful tips so will try to implement them into my resume.

Tuesday I met with my counsellor where we discussed my life growing up-fun! NOT. No, I don’t mind. Sometimes it feels like we’re learning from each other. She has an interest in hearing about my ability to overcome a lot of obstacles. So I don’t mind sharing my insights if it helps both of us! LOL (she’s an intern).

Margaret Atwood at TRU on Feb. 15, 2013

Margaret Atwood at TRU on Feb. 15, 2013 (Photo credit: Thompson Rivers)

On an unrelated note, I discovered I enjoy Margaret Atwood‘s novels. I finished reading her first one she wrote in 1969 called the Edible Woman. As a Canadian it’s nice when you can find Canadian authors to support. She writes in the genre of speculative fiction but she also has published poetry and non-fiction. I haven’t read her poetry or non-fiction yet though so can’t comment there. I’ll have to see if my local libraries have more of her work. The library I was at when I checked out the Edible Woman only had a few of her books. Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy fiction (well written fiction). Occasionally I get stuck in a rut reading only non-fiction but that isn’t nearly as satisfying as a good novel.

Β©Natalya, 2013.


15 thoughts on “Playing Catch Up

  1. way to go! my floors could use mopping are you coming over? lol

  2. I’ve read a lot of Atwood’s books. I really didn’t like Alias Grace and Oryx and Crake, but otherwise I love her novels. I haven’t read the Robber Bride or her last three novels. She has a wicked smart mind and it is a pleasure to read her works.

    Good and healing thoughts to you.


    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for the recommendation/endorsement! πŸ˜‰ Glad you like her stuff. I am just discovering how much I enjoy her writing style. Until recently I admired her as a person but hadn’t read her novels. I don’t read much genre fiction so that’s why I stayed away from her work. But I read a short story she had written for The New Yorker magazine a year ago (approx.) and enjoyed it a lot. So I figured her books might be something I’d enjoy after all. πŸ™‚

  3. Mmm, cleaning. You know, I use a little rechargeable Shark carpet sweeper, and that’s about all I need around my place, despite the zoo I keep up after. It’s super easy to use. And when I mop I use wet Swiffer cloths, which is much easier than a real mop and bucket. They even make Swiffer Wetjets that squirt out some water while you’re cleaning, and you can get ones with washable/reusable pads if you like, since I know you’re concerned about the environment.

    My motto is, if you make it easier for yourself, you’ll do it more often, and then it WILL be easier. Good on you for taking on the task! πŸ™‚

    P.S. You don’t need to be “heavy” here as far as I’m concerned. Might do you good not to be! πŸ™‚

    • Haha, thanks. I’ll try those things. The reason I needed the mop and bucket was there was too much dirt to remove with a Swiffer style mop. Although I think if I am more regular with my cleaning habits the Swiffer would be sufficient.

      Well, I often have heavy thoughts so getting them out helps. But sometimes I don’t have much I feel like writing about. Instead I end up wanting to do tasks I’ve been putting off, such as the mopping! πŸ˜‰

  4. I like the edible woman too… though I have absolutely no idea now what it is about… damn memory lol.. I just know I liked it and its on my shelf so I can read it again any time I want! xx

    • LOL, it’s about a woman loosing herself to her fiance and the politics of the period the story took place in (late 1960s). Well that’s how I’d summarize it anyway. The woman makes a cake near the end of the story representing herself and offers it to her fiance (so he can consume her literally). She gets back her ability to eat food once she breaks up with the fiance.

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