The last few days I have been hyperfocusing, which is usually a sign of stress. Â This is undoubtedly coming from work, where I have two critical projects, both in a state of major crisis. Â This is totally not unexpected – I saw it coming ages ago – but it’s finally arrived, like a slow train crash. Â And unfortunately, as the project manager, I’m at the buck-stops-here center of it. Â Fortunately nobody is blaming me for the crisis, but it’s my job to get us out of here. Â It’s taking up more of my mental energy and focus than I’d like to admit.
At any rate, I finished only a small fraction of what I had planned yesterday, but I did manage to do prep work that should make things go quicker today. Â I’m trying not to hyperfocus on getting everythingÂ done – unfortunately, my response to stress is to work harder and obsess over accomplishing everything on my (arbitrary) list. Â So I’ve marked off on my Autumn Splendor schedule the items that are really critical, time-wise, and moved the rest to the “parking lot” (some I’m-not-going-to-worry-about-that-right-now time). Â That means that today I’ll try to dye the dark panel wefts, and not worry about the muslin fabric. Â If it gets done, great; if it doesn’t, it can wait for the four-day Christmas weekend. Â Mike and I are not going anywhere for Christmas, so I should have plenty of time for playing then.
The only other thing on the slate for next week is making candied citrus peel. Â Bergamot and Seville oranges are in season again, so I have ordered six pounds of each and will start the candying process as soon as they arrive (probably on Tuesday). Â With a four-day weekend coming up, it will be the perfect time to finish candying. Â I’ve also bought about eight pounds of mandarin oranges, to go into marmalade. Â (They don’t have the bitter tinge that Seville oranges have – I like my marmalades sweet and sprightly, and this one is delicious.)