I’ve not been keeping up with my creative endeavors, but I’ve not been entirely slacking, either — I’ve got one more day, officially, with this challenge before I move on to lips, though at some point I think I’ll need to revisit noses (I hate them. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them). Lately I’ve just been trying to recover from being sick — because inevitably, when I take a sick day for any reason than actually being basically bedridden (as I did this past Monday), it is all but guaranteed that I will get terribly sick in subsequent days. So, getting sick wasn’t exactly a surprise so much as it was confirmation of the curse that’s followed me for well over a decade at this point.
I was determined not to take an additional sick day as a point of misplaced pride, so I carried cough drops, kept my hands clean, and went through a lot of Kleenex and hand sanitizer. This is our last week before mid-winter break, a beautiful nine days off with no obligations, before the long haul of March (the month of No Days Off and MCAS testing) hits us full force.
Being sick knocked me on my ass, though. I’ve not gotten any sign work done, and even reading has kind of been a slog, since my head has been full of cotton and I’ve been distracted by how badly my throat hurts (ugh, it had been a while since I had a full-on sore throat, and it is such a miserable experience). All of that has more or less subsided (throat is still tender when I yawn, but swallowing is okay now). I’m starting to look forward to getting back on track with my art, now that my head can actually hold onto thoughts beyond “So tired, need sleep.”
Today Bear and I sat down and did Valentine’s for his class. Oh man, let me tell you — what a wave of nostalgia when he brought home The List of Classmates. I remember sitting down every year and spreading things out in front of my like I was some master craftsman — colored pens or pencils, tape (if I was sending a goodie along with the Valentine), stickers, envelopes — and crossing names off with this, like, refined precision. It was honestly probably the most organized and on top of things I had ever been (or like, would ever be) in my life.
Bear and I picked out Toy Story valentines, but he wanted to do something a little Extra. There were some Valentine’s packs that had little treats, but most were candy (and the school has a no food treats rule, because of food allergies), and the ones that weren’t were stickers for properties that we’d never heard of. So, Bear and I spent the afternoon making bracelets for his classmates.
I’d had the elastic laying around from a mail trade with an online friend about five years ago, and the plastic beads let over from making pride charms seven or eight years ago. The letter blocks were an impulse buy from Dollar Tree within the last two years, and I was thrilled to finally get to use them for something. The whole ordeal — letting Bear address and sign all the cards, making the bracelets, sealing them — took about two hours. He had a great time, and it was nice both spending time with him, feeling like a Pinterest Mom for once in my goddamn life, and getting to do something moderately creative after nearly a week of stagnation.
Tomorrow is Monday. Starting is the hardest part, but chill out, charge up, and start strong. You can totally do this.