Do you have any idea how much I have not gotten done in the past three weeks?
Three weeks I've been here in Izmir, and the entirety of that time has felt like one looooong vacation. After busting our humps for a very busy first week, the house was all set up and I moved onto the next project: doing nothing.
In three weeks, I have published about as many posts to this blog, ignored dozens of emails languishing in my inbox -- so if you have sent me a message, I am not ignoring you, really, and I WILL respond (hopefully this weekend) -- and have probably gained a few kilos with all the food and drink I've been consuming.
I'm having a hard time adapting to the oh-so-relaxed atmosphere in Izmir. It's hard to go from the fast-paced, go-go-go lifestyle of Istanbul to....not much at all. It's like going from 60 to 0 in 5 seconds. I can't do that.
So for the last few weeks, I have done absolutely nothing, nothing at all, other than work and clean my house. I've read books, watched movies and television, sat on my balcony late at night with a glass of wine, taken walks in my neighborhood. I've been reading lots of blogs and telling myself it's for "inspiration", you know, for when I finally get back to writing.
I woke up this morning and decided that today is the day I am going to shake off my sloth and get to it. I'm going to shower before 9 am, I said (didn't happen), eat fruit for breakfast (I ate carrot cake; does that count?), and write and complete a to-do (well, I wrote it).
And then I went searching for a photograph among the many I took when my friend was in town this past week and found this:
I took this photo earlier this week while eating lunch at a restaurant right on the harbour. Then I found out the restaurant had wireless internet and I could do my work there.
With a view like that, and the sun shining and the breeze blowing (watch out for salt in your laptop!), how could you do anything other than sit a spell with a cup of tea?