Feeling Lazy

I have been less productive than I’d like the past few weeks. Part of it is the season–getting up in the dark really screws with me, so I was ecstatic last night to set the clocks back an hour and see the end of Daylight Savings Time for a few months–and part is crazy day-job stuff. I need to get something accomplished soon, though, so I don’t feel even worse about the to-do list staring at me every time I sit down at my desk.

The good news is it wasn’t dark when I got up this morning, so the day got off to a good start. I did accomplish some things today, though most of them were not on the to-do list. Haha. And honestly, the next thing I aim to do isn’t on the list either, but I’m going to do it anyway because it will land on the list eventually, so maybe doing it now will light a fire so I can tick off something actually on the list this week. I usually feel better after I’ve done something like that. Weird, maybe, but whatever works, I guess.

My to-do list is getting ready to balloon, too, with Thanksgiving a couple weeks away. I need to prep my timeline so I can get all the food prep done–the day-job has an insane schedule heading into the holiday this year, so it’s going to be not so much fun. Plus I had to take back a planned day off the Monday after because of a change to the schedule. Though that meant that with the other PTO hours I had to schedule before the end of the year or lose give me a really long weekend in mid-December, which will be a wonderful break.

Before I get to this non-list task, I’m going to drop a quick snippet of story for you from Light the Way Home.

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Lucie had been on Mac’s Light Island for almost three weeks, but the view from the back door of her temporary home still took her breath away. Right now, she realized she’d been standing there staring, slack-jawed, at the sunlight glinting off the grey-blue ocean waves for a good five minutes. Shaking her head, she pulled the door shut and stepped down onto the sidewalk, feeling in her purse for her car keys.

She closed her fingers on the fob as a giggle reached her ears. She turned to the white picket fence that bordered the property next door as a big multi-colored ball sailed over it, toward her. “Oh!” She caught it before it hit her in the face, then started across the grass, balancing the ball on her hand.

Another giggle sounded as she neared the fence, so she adjusted her direction a tiny bit and came to a stop looking directly down onto a tousled blond head.

“I think you lost something,” she said.

The little boy’s head tipped up quickly, his blue eyes wide with surprise–as if he couldn’t believe she’d found him already.

Lucie grinned and held the ball higher.

He smiled as he got to his feet, brushing off his jeans-clad knees.

From seeing him playing outside several times already, she’d guessed he might be four, but now at close range, she scaled that back to three.

“Hi, I’m Hayden,” he said, holding out his right hand.

It was her turn to be surprised. She shook his hand, bemused. “Hi, Hayden. I’m Lucie.” Not too many three year-olds had such good manners. Aside for the ball toss at her face, that is. “Nice to meet you.”

He glanced up at his ball. “Me an’ my dad are your neighbors.”

“I see that.” She noted he hadn’t mentioned his mom. “Who were you playing with?” She gave the ball a little bounce.

“Maybe you wanna play with me.” Guileless blue eyes locked on her face.

Ah. She squelched the pang in her chest. “I wish I could, but I’m on my way to town. Maybe we can play another time?” she added when his grin vanished.

“Like this afternoon?”

“Hayden!”

The deep voice got her attention–and the boy’s–just before a tall, sandy-haired man rounded the back corner of the next-door house.

Lucie’s mouth went dry. Wowza!

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So what kind of things are on your to-do lists for this week? Are you having trouble motivating yourself, too? Or are you checking things off like a champ? I could use a motivation squad right now, so if you have tips on getting moving again, I’d love to hear them, here or over on my Facebook page on this post.

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