My mind and time have been divided almost equally between three big projects over the last week. I find myself dividing my energy between projects, oftening switching between two competing activities (back and forth) in the span of 15 minutes. Like roasting eggplant while making a nectarine tart, balancing sweet and savory dishes while answering the door and taking cocktail requests. The projects I’m invested in are incredibly exciting, though complex, and every element seems to require lots of juggling of schedules, timing, planning and organization.
I’ve got a clipboard for each project, stacks of paper with drawings and schedules and layouts, but how did I get here? Yesterday I had 6 meetings, some in person, some by phone, and some in the parked car, on the phone, between in person meetings. Our house looks like a train wreck, but I’ve got all these organized plans for everything else!
We had a small dinner party on Sunday evening, which included complicated recipes, handwritten on scraps of oil-spattered paper, translated (in part) from Hindi from Intern’s mom, by phone. I can’t make sense of the complicated notes and mix of Hindi-English words, so Interns browns onions and grinds the spices, soaks the rice and chops the cilantro, mint and chili. I make the cocktails, set the table, make dessert and wash dishes and we both move around the kitchen, shooing cats out from under our feet.
By Tuesday I’ll have a little more space in my brain, and a few more big events checked off my list, but I doubt this frenzied pace will slow down this month. Intern’s work and after-work obligations seem to grow each week, and our plans for weekends, house guests, and work seem to be stacked on top of each other at the moment. Exciting things, fun things, and a few very tedious things to do in the coming weeks, but it is all coming together.