On Friday, the handyman finally came and took care of a bunch of stuff at the house.

That night, I slept really well. I woke up in the morning with a dry mouth, which meant that instead of clenching my jaw, I was relaxed and slept with my mouth open. Same thing this morning.

This experience has really highlighted how important my home is. Next time something starts to go wrong, I’ll get it fixed immediately. It weighs on my mind too much otherwise.

Today, I was able to get a few things done and crossed off my list, in part because the list no longer feels so huge and overwhelming. I even got my tax receipts and paperwork all organized (will go see a tax preparer on Wednesday.) I am going to keep working on that list, getting it whittled down so I don’t feel so bad every time I look at it. And I may bring the handyman back to finish off more tasks.

Am I still stressed? Oh yeah. While I still love my day job, I’m preparing for an event on the 19th that’s causing me stress. And I have some other deadlines that are hard. I’m also breathing and stretching and relaxing as much as I can.

I don’t really have a writing update this week. I didn’t finish the chapter I was working on. Finally realized tonight that I was writing the wrong chapter. *sigh* Next week, I won’t be working on the novel. I have to write a short story for a workshop. Although, if I can finish the story early, I’ll switch back over to the novel, and work on the right chapter, and maybe finish it next week…

But I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself about it. Too much pressure is a pretty good blocker for me when it comes to writing. Some pressure is fine. It’s one of those reasons I’m amazed at reality shows like, “Face Off” and “Project Runway” — being creative under deadline is *hard* and I’m always amazed they can do what they do with those time limits.