Saturday, August 1, 2009

Idling


House of Representatives side of the Capitol, reflected from the skylight of the underground visitors center.

I wanted to go to the newish visitor center at the Capitol, but they wouldn't let me in because my backpack was too big. I tried repeatedly to finish a drawing, but the lead in the pencil kept breaking, no matter how carefully I sharpened it. I couldn't sleep last night even though I was tired. Couldn't sleep late this morning because of all the barking dogs in the house (bless their hearts).

My favorite coffee place no longer sells my favorite coffee beans, all the blueberries I wanted to sprinkle into my breakfast cereal had shrivelled, a couple of clients cancelled at the last second yesterday. Oy vey.

Might as swell switch it into neutral. Like my spirit guides said, there's nothing to do but kick back and wait. It is August, after all, the most sluggish month of the year in Washington DC. You can't push the river. I know, I've tried. It is strangely encouraging to read that many members of my blog family have had the same sort of week. Let's blame it on the stars, shall we? Oh yeah!


Walking tour of the last block of East Capitol, from 2nd Street to the Capitol grounds. That building - the Capitol - is really BIG.

22 comments:

ellen abbott said...

'You can't push the river'. How true is that. Reminds me of a guest on one of our river trips who made some comment about spending the whole day pushing the river back and it was still just as full (or something like that, can't remember exactly what she said). She was very tired and it was an expression of her fatigue having spent all day trying to achieve something and making no progress. She had however made progress, we were at least 10 miles father down river.

Elizabeth said...

Doing a great deal of nothing is terrifically theraputic...........

the bliss of stagnation
the air is clearer here today

word verification:
gasharla

some sort of Indian deity
or something with teeth?
a mean female dog?

love
and peace

Nancy said...

It's just time to sit back and float. Life will get busy soon enough.

Rain said...

It's a beautiful building, the Capitol - I love the dome. I've tried my whole life to push the river but only recently learned to ride the current instead of paddling against it. LOL...metaphors! Ugh about the coffee beans!

Tessa said...

Aaaah, it's so nice to be back here in Reyaland. I've spent a lovely half hour catching up on all your recent posts, reading friends' comments and generally just absorbing myself in your fascinating, diverse, often humourous, always intelligent writings and musings.

One thing that really struck me...and made me very pleased...is that you seem to be feeling less...less wounded by the pain of Jake's departure from this mortal coil. Even though things seem sluggish, yet changeable all at the same time, I think perhaps it's to do with that waiting you're doing right now. It's right to wait, Reya. We make mistakes if we move too quickly after a catastrophic event in our life. I know I have - but in retrospect it was a lesson learned, y'know? So waiting is good. For now.

Would you like me to send you some Ugandan coffee beans? Grown up there....on the slopes of the Ruwenzori, those legendary Mountains of the Moon.

lakeviewer said...

Love your watery pictures; appreciated your river flow imagery.

Peaches said...

Onward and Upward fits.

Dan Gurney said...

Without silence, music cannot be heard. Without emptiness, form disappears. Without idleness, activity is impossible.

debra said...

I does flow by itself, doesn't it.
I've had a week like that, too. I know the full moon is coming up this week...

Mrsupole said...

They always say to go with the flow, life is so much nicer that way. It is the way nature meant it to be and I think that causes more happiness to just go with the flow. So keep on flowing with the river, just stop every so often to stop and smell the roses and then go with the flow again.

I wish you the best happiness and joy in the world and as long as you are going with the flow I know you will receive it.

God bless. You are in our hearts.

Reya Mellicker said...

Y'all are completely right, thanks for the encouragement. I'm antsy, but Barbara Martin told me there is a THIRD eclipse coming from this old devil moon, so no wonder I have ants in my pants.

Tessa you always say the smartest things, and Mrsupole you always say the kindest.

And you, Elizabeth: the bliss of stagnation. Oh man. I LOVE that.

Deborah said...

need to clean the fridge
do the grocery shopping
finish the laundry
pick up my meds
i just want to nap
so tired
feel i've been run over
by the lazy train

love you so

Tom said...

End of July/start of August sort of like the midsummer blues...i can feel summer slipping off, but now need to get out in the wild to slow down the days! Yes, i feel the need to slip into my hiking boots and go exploring...!

California Girl said...

I would like to hear more about the new visitor center and what it is like. I haven't been down to DC in about five years. I need to make a nice trip.

Meri said...

Yup. The message will reach you any way it can if you keep pushing back against the tide. Sort of like when every traffic light turns red just as you get there to tell you "slow down."

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

I can identify... it wasn't just coffee beans (I get those at my coffee shop) but the grocery store is a mess. Everything is in a different place ("they" say better). Until "they" finish the moving & I learn it I'm afraid it takes twice as long to shop!!! Been taking my iPod & hoping to chill instead of grrrr-ing at the store. Hope you have a happy Saturday & Sunday.

Sarah Lulu said...

That is a wonderful expression ..you can't push the river. I know this, I have tried at times.

steven said...

hi reya, i worte a comment here but poof!!! it's deconstructed into a million little pixillated stars. it was such a good and clever piece all about the image with the tidy ordered squares of the fountain and the blurry smears but it wasn't meant to be and that's part of this time isn't it . . . hurray for the bliss of stagnation!!! what a line!! have a peaceful - what's left of the - evening

The Bug said...

I've had days like that where I just bang my head against the wall. Next time I'll picture myself floating down the river (feet first & with a life jacket on, of course!).

Barbara Martin said...

Reya, and in conjunction with this eclipse, it is wise NOT to make any decisions one week prior or one week after an eclipse because it will blow up in your face. I speak from experience. So, wait, go with the flow and an answer will be waiting for you. An answer that could be very profound.

Barbara Martin said...

Reya, since there's not an email address noted in your profile I'll put my message here.

Go to AstrologyZone.com to look up your Aquarian forecast for the eclipse.

As for any other readers perhaps you'd like to look up your horoscope for August and what benefits the eclipse has in store for you.

Reya Mellicker said...

Barbara I love Astrologyzone. She is so accurate and so gentle in her forecasts. Thanks for passing that on, and for passing on all your wonderful, thoughtful comments.