Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Break in Routine

Don't you just hate it when you have a certain routine and suddenly one day...for no reason other than over sleeping, you break it?

That's what happened to me yesterday.

I'm such a creature of habit that if I don't do the same thing everyday at precisely the same time I start having a minor freak out. (La Freak, Say Chic...)

Perfect example: My shift starts at 7pm. I have about a 40 minute commute, so I always try to leave the house by 6 because you never know in Jersey when there's going to be a bad traffic tie-up. Generally, I wake up between 3-4 in the afternoon and sit at the computer, writing or critiquing, answering emails, ect. Well, yesterday I woke up at about 4:30 - totally threw me off. I still had to cook dinner to take with me, grab a shower, iron my uniform...the whole sheebang.
Needless to say, I was sucking the hind tit (my mother's expression for running late...swear to God. She's said it all my life.) before I ever left the house. Threw my entire night off.

I'm pretty much that neurotic when I sit down to write as well. I will turn on the computer and usually go make coffee or heat up water for tea before I actually sit down. Then if I have a critique to do, I'll read that, or I'll print stuff to read at work. I don't like having my routine disrupted. I find much comfort in that routine and it soothes me before walking into a hectic night of saving lives. I find, one or two days away from writing and I'm climbing the walls. However, this past summer when Dave and I went to Gettysburg and Hershey, I didn't write a word for a week and I was just fine. Granted, I would fall into bed exhausted at night from walking. - If you want to loose weight, go on a vacation to Gettysburg. All the attractions (just about) are outside and cover miles and miles of terrain. We had a great time!!! - but I digress.

Now, today I am back into my routine and feeling much more comfortable about my world. It's funny, but I do try to break the cycle every once in a while just to prove to myself I can. All the while telling myself it's all right...I don't HAVE to do things the same way, and at the same time. The stars won't fall from the sky, the seas won't boil, and there will still be air available for me to breathe.

Today...I'm shaking up my routine by not packing my lunch before work. Gasp!!!

Tomorrow. Who knows? I may run with scissors.



Stacy B. said...


I hear you on the routine. I'm the same way--times ten. For me, it's partly superstition, partly simple efficiency--and I need every bit I can get LOL! You are waaaaaaay more organized than I am, but you make a very good role model, so maybe I can get it in gear!

Shai said...

Hey, lady!

I missed last month's meeting because I was getting my appliances delivered. I should have gone to the meeting instead: the delivery was a big ol' mess.

I haven't had a dryer since then(an electric one got ordered by the appliance clerk instead of gas, and it's been an unholy mess getting it straightened out: finally got the right one in today).

Not having a dryer shot my routines all to hell. I must throw in a load of laundry when I wake up. In fact, it's how I wake up. I think I snort dryer sheets or something in my near-stupor ... I dunno.

If Nano hadn't been hanging over my head, I would have gotten zero writing done. :P