Saturday, November 8, 2008

My retreat

This weekend I decided to set up a retreat for myself. My husband was going to be away today, so last night I made a schedule. I felt very motivated by the flow of it.

Since the official part of the day didn't start until 9:00, I stayed in bed this morning until 8:30. And because it was a retreat, there wasn't much in the way of getting ready: sweat pants and sweat shirt, loose clothing being perfect for such a day.

My goal was to get my short story done for Tuesday's class (the one I was having trouble starting). I gave myself forty-five minutes for breakfast, and made eggs and bacon, orange juice and coffee. I read the news part of the newspaper, saving the puzzles for lunch.

I had planned to go for a walk to get my juices flowing but it was raining. So I put on disco music and danced for twenty minutes.

Then I sat down at the computer for two hours.

At the end of the two hours I was a good way into my story. So I fixed myself some lunch. As though I were on a real retreat, I put out a placemat, used a cloth napkin and wine glass for my drink. This is a first class center! I worked the crossword puzzle, cryptoquote, and jumble and read my horoscope while I enjoyed the meal.

At any working retreat, you get some free time. I spent mine at the flea market taking pictures. I love those bins of doodads and geegaws.

After the free time, I sat back down at the computer and finished the story. I printed it out and read it out loud. I feel very good about it.

I had allotted one hour for dinner, but I ended up meeting someone at the last minute at Tripp's and we took a little longer. It was worth it though, because I had been wanting to get to know this person better, and did.

At the end of the day I planned to reward myself by watching a movie, something I rarely do, but I'm too tired (my brain is VERY tired) so I think I'll just channel flip until I fall asleep.

I could get used to this.


Liza said...

sounds like a perfect day. i pretended i was on retreat today, too--went out to brunch, got a massage, rented a room at the karaoke bar with zoe, walked around times square and had a fancy dinner out with susan. glad we both got to relax. love you so much, ma.

mamie said...

Glad you got some R&R too, Liza.

I love your most recent post. And I love you too!

The Purple Panda said...

Retreat days are so uplifting and rejuvenating. Your pictures looked like you set quite a relaxing space for yourself. Good for you!

mamie said...

Panda, this is the first time I've ever done something organized like that. The hardest thing about the day, since it was at my house, was not doing any chores. I also found myself wanting to go to the grocery store while I was out, but I countered that by going to RiteAid and buying bath salts and lavender soap instead!

Peggy Payne said...

Well done! And so visually attractive a day. I love your writing space. This is a great idea and worked so well.