Geese and goslings

The Wheel of … Life?

I’ve been sick for days and days and days.

It’s a cycle I seem to repeat far too often.

I get some kind of virus, and it knocks me out for a week or two. Then I start to feel better, but I’m so very, very far behind. So I work like mad, trying to catch up. And then… I get sick.

Rinse and repeat.

I’ve been doing this, to a greater or lesser extent, most of my life.

I can’t tell you how much school I missed when I was a kid, due to one illness or another. A lot of them were really minor (colds and so on.) Some weren’t (mono and TB, among others.) But no matter what it was, the moment I felt well enough to totter from bed and start to work again, I’d see the piles and mountains of stuff that I’d been neglecting while I was sick, and immediately attack them full steam – and wind up relapsing.

Sometimes, just to mix it up, I’ll work 16 hour days six or seven days a week for several weeks until I’ve worked myself to exhaustion and get sick. Then I’ll start to feel well, see how much work there is to get done, and start to work those really long days again. Until, you know… yeah. Same pattern, but starting from the other end.

You’d think, after all these years, I’d have learned that this isn’t the wisest possible course of action.

Then again, I’m so very, very far behind right now!

I missed two-thirds of the Blogging 101 course, between being a bit sick, working like mad to meet a photography deadline, and getting sick again the moment I turned the work in. Good and sick, this time. We’re talking fever of 101.8° F, which is fairly high for someone in my age group. And coughing and other messy things I’m not going into.

Today, for the first time, I’m well enough to sit upright and focus, so what am I doing? Yeah… You guessed it.

But mostly I’m just studying. That’s not the same as working, right?

I figure as long as I hide from my e-mail, I’m not really working, so it doesn’t count. Yeah, that’s the ticket. You’re buying that, right?

It’s not like I’m stupid. Well, okay, I might be right now, because I’m still fairly congested and my brain isn’t working quite right, but most of the time I’m not.

It’s not like I haven’t recognized this pattern, either.

It’s just… there’s so much to do! And I have so much fun doing it all! I’m not good at sitting around and taking it easy.

What I need is someone to come and visit. Or … no… I’d have to clean the house first. Maybe not.

Maybe I’ll just sit here and write blog posts and study. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.

And I’ve found a really sweet cross-platform code editor, called Brackets. I’m having a lot of fun playing with it!

But I won’t stay up late tonight, I promise. I’ll be in bed by 10:30. Or 11:00. Midnight at the latest.

Dives back into learning how to make child themes…

4 thoughts on “The Wheel of … Life?”

  1. Oh dear. TAKE A BREAK EVERY HOUR. I am yelling this because you admit that you keep repeating the pattern, so I thought I should get your attention. 🙂
    I really hope you take it a little bit easier, things will still be there, but I understand that compulsion to get it all done – at once – 🙂
    Get better soon

    1. Thanks, Claudette! I try to, I really do. I have a timer that goes off and everything. But I get so *interested* in what I’m doing, and I just want to finish this little bit more, and then…

      But thanks! I really appreciate your concern. I will do better. I will, I will.

      I’m also trying to bring more things that aren’t work (as in, no one will pay me for doing them, ever) into my life. Like gardening. That would get me out into the fresh air, and everything!

  2. Sorry to hear that you have been ill. I started the Blogging 101 course late and had an unexpected interruption after the first week. So I’m only about half done at the moment. Maybe we can catch up together 🙂

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