Something odd has been taking place over the course of the last few days. I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
I find myself suddenly laughing out loud as I read, or listen to a song, or stumble across a bit of humor on a website, or watch television or while playing the piano. Sometimes I'm not even sure why I'm laughing. Apparently I just feel like it.
On the surface of things, I should be feeling stressed.
I have huge portions of my house in complete turmoil. I'm dealing with strangers wandering all over the place and I don't like strangers in my house. If and when the work crews actually show up when they say they will, which they never do.
My back is giving me fits. I've messed something up with all the packing and unpacking and furniture shoving around and my schedule is so up in the air I've not been able to indulge in my usual semi-monthly massage.
I'm trying to get a handle on the financial records of an organization I belong to and for which in a moment of insanity I agreed to take the office of treasurer. (Today involved a trip to the bank to get that ironed out.) I'm also treasurer for another organization and currently using my debt collection skills to pull in dues and then mailing out materials to the long distance members who have already paid. I am secretary for yet another organization that doesn't call for quite so much work, but still creates pockets of activity when I least need it. (Word to the wise: Never, ever agree to hold an office in more than one organization at a time.)
I'm feeling a bit home bound these days (see above where the workers never show up when they say they will). But, that isn't so bad, actually. The animals are all thrilled that I'm spending so much time with them and I'm thrilled that I'm not having to spend so much time on the road commuting while the remodel drags on.
So why all the sudden fits of giggles? I have no idea. Sometimes I even stop and ask myself "what's so funny?"
I've been trying to figure out where it's coming from.
Maybe it's because I'm operating on a different time schedule these days, staying up a little later, sleeping a little later, eating on a different schedule.
Maybe it's because I spent the last couple of weeks re-breaking my sugar addiction and getting back on a lower carb diet. I don't think I'm losing any weight - yet - but I can sense my body is recalibrating and I have energy again.
Outside work hours, I'm reading when I want to read, knitting when I want to knit, playing the piano when I want to play piano. Trying to let myself go in whatever direction my mood takes me and not forcing myself to get anything in particular accomplished.
Today I watched a hummingbird flitting around the yard and took a break to fill the hummingbird feeder and put it outside the window where I'm working. It's given me great delight to watch him come and go all afternoon. I spent most of the day in silence - no TV, no radio - and have worked on the laptop at the dining table so I can watch my hummingbird, with the pine trees swaying in the breeze behind him.
There was a time not so long ago when I tried to remember the last time I was truly happy. It's not that I've been unhappy, but it's been a long spell that there's been too much on my plate and no time to stop and just enjoy the moment.
Odd. I dreaded getting started on the remodel, but I think it has had a lot of good effect. I'm tired from the noise and dust and constant in and out of the workers, but I'm not frazzled from fighting traffic 2 hours a day. I'm frustrated at times, but staying out of the way of the work crews gives me an excuse to sit on the couch, have a cup of tea and knit a few rows instead of arguing with myself about doing housework. In the morning, instead of running around getting trash out to the curb, ironing work outfits, getting my briefcase packed, etc., I get to spend 30 minutes playing the piano before I sit down at the computer to work.
All this spontaneous laughter must mean that whatever I'm doing has been good for me. I think I needed some "me time".
Or maybe I'm just going crazy.
Whatever. I'm having a good time.