Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November 6

Today: A red sky in the morning, then heavy grey clouds stretching out to every horizon. Stop-and-start rain, a walk with two hound dogs, one of whom nabbed a truly impressive stick. Endless cups of tea, endless stacks of papers to mark. Three dead ballpoint pens. A little girl in a red macintosh and matching rubber boots, skipping down the sidewalk in the rain, singing a made-up song. Macaroni and cheese; a pumpkin spice doughnut. I bought my first Christmas present, and a birthday present for my favourite three-year-old. I looked at Christmas cards and tiny gilded Christmas tree ornaments. The sun set at 5:02 p.m.

It's tempting to say that I've hit the late-autumn doldrums, but I'm anything but becalmed. I'm refusing to acknowledge the early sunsets, with varying degrees of success, and my body still hasn't caught on to the time change: every day this week I've been ready for lunch by 11 a.m. The body wants what it wants when it wants it (which, this week, is meatball sandwiches at 11, although it gets carrots at noon instead).

My craft projects orbit my work space like moons, challenging my grasp of time and space. It's a small apartment, so they never get to occupy one surface for very long; instead, they get shuffled from couch to ottoman to desk to table and back again. The next pair of Christmas socks is proceeding well, though typically slowly; the tilting Tardis cowl gets a halting three rows before breakfast and another three before dinner. This stack of fabric is destined to become a stuffed hippo sometime before Saturday afternoon, although my current strategy of leaving everything piled next to the sewing machine doesn't seem to be working.

Everything, suddenly, has a deadline; but I'll get there. As with anything, it's just a matter of taking it one thing at a time: one word after another, one stitch after another, one day after another. It will all get done, and soon enough the days will begin to lengthen once more.

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