Friday, October 12, 2007

On parade

Last weekend BRG Linda marched -- twirling her baton and kicking -- at the Honk Fest in Somerville/Cambridge. I didn't get to see that, because Meghan and I didn't get to town until 11 that night, but luckily someone in the crowd took pictures.

The next day, Grace, Linda, and I followed the parade from Davis to Harvard Square:

We weren't the only ones.

I'm really glad I went: the bands and performers were amazing and inspiring -- thank you, Linda, for suggesting it and for sharing your pictures and a fun ride back, and Meghan for a fun ride up and Grace for having me over.

Since I started writing full-time, I've hardly seen anyone, thinking I should be working; in the last month or so, I've started going out a lot more. I'm getting just as much (or just as little!) work done. At least, I think/hope I am. I know I love seeing my friends! So what's the problem? Deciding when to go, when to stay home....I can waste HOURS agonizing over that. When I get there, sometimes have a nagging a feeling underneath everything that I should be working. And when I get home I don't just get back into my work routine -- partly because I'm exhausted ( i have fibromyalgia) and partly just because: I don't know, it's like I have to process things or something.....I'd love to learn how to skip THAT step and just snap back to work!

All or nothing is a lot simpler. But it usually means nothing and I am DETERMINED to keep seeing friends and doing things like going to the Honk Fest. I'm not good at switching gears from work to fun, though, or deciding when to do it -- and would love to hear how others manage it!


Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks for posting the photos. Linda joined us at the Child at Heart Gallery last Saturday in that "sparkly" outfit. We missed you!

I know how you feel about getting down to work. I sometimes have several things on my plate and can never decide which to do first--from beginning to end. I waste lots of time just thinking about those things...instead of getting them done!

Meghan McCarthy said...

Oh Libby, I feel the same way. It's hard to balance things when you're freelance!

Linda, you look kick-ass! Love the outfit!


Helen/Spike and Drusilla OK Citizens said...

I just recently started working from home and find it hard to separate work and fun myself. I find I work about 18 hrs a day because I am afraid I'm not working enough and there is so much to do.

Linda S. Wingerter said...

Next time YOU (and all the Blue Rose Girls) will be marching with me-- I'm on a mission to make that so. We'll all take the day off, guilt-free. :)

Rita said...

I struggle with all-or-nothing, too! :P

Thanks for this great post!

Libby Koponen said...

Thanks, everyone. Not sure why hearing that others feel the same way makes me feel better, but it does. ANd yes, linda, let's bang drums and march!