Thursday, 21 February 2013

Balancing act

Recently I have noticed that I have been spending more time at Shape Up Studios, and less time studying. At least, it feels that way.

The studios are good fun and I have unconsciously increased my evenings there from 3 times a week to 4 or 5.  During the week I usually go straight from work, unless I'm doing a 6.30 class in which case I go home first. It's my equivalent of going to a wine bar to meet friends, chat and have a laugh.. only more healthy and less expensive!

I thought that I was missing out on early evening studying time, but actually when I think about it Mr H and I spend the first 45 minutes after work sitting having a cup of tea and ranting to each other about our days at work ;)  OK it's not always a rant, lets say 'we tell each other about our days'.   So perhaps going to the studios isn't interfering with the studying after all, it gives Mr H some chilling/guitar playing time, and we still catch up on our day's news when I get home.

In the mornings Mr H takes Django out for half an hour for a constitutional, and I have started spending that time studying, and leaving the washing up until he gets back since I can talk at the same time.  I still need some longer study periods especially as I will soon be working on my next essay, so I will need to fit that in to my day.

I nearly wrote 'schedule it', but I wrote on Twitter recently that 'I abhor routine', and I do.  I particularly hate it in other people who can't adapt because they *always* eat at dot on 6.30pm and the dog *has* to be walked at 4.15pm. The mornings are the only time we do have a routine, because it works for us. In the evenings we do whatever needs doing and at some point remember that we need to eat.

Everything is adaptable to find the right balance.


  1. I don't like routine either but find that it kinda creeps up on you...

    C x

  2. Well heavens.....I'm one who requires the discipline, but I am not THAT anal that it has to be 'spot on and woe to those who mess with it'. 'Cept in the wee hours of my morning, of not get between me and the coffee pot!
    Around this joint we claim 'decompression' time...five minutes and move the garbage so we can move into a peaceful restoftheevening. Works! Oh...and dance in the kitchen works too. :-)

  3. Someone just told me that one of the secrets of longevity is having routines and rituals. Not sure about that one.

  4. Rosie, I definitely don't agree with that!


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