Lately I've been waking up at six, quilting solidly until 10, and when I look down at what I'm working on, I don't see much progress, or at least not as much as I'd expect for four hours of work.
And because I have so many huge projects in progress, all I have to do is glance around my sewing room and find another monster on the floor, or on the shelf, or under the table, all waiting for me to work on them too. Progress on one project never feels like progress because there's so many other projects competing for my attention.
Finally this morning I slept in. Those projects can all go hang themselves. I need to reduce my stress, calm down, and refocus.
When I finally got up, I decided to make our favorite breakfast: Toad in the Hole. This is how you do it:
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a flat skillet on medium heat.
- Place a piece of bread on top and let it get toasted and buttery on one side.
- When perfectly toasted and crisp, flip the bread over and cut out a circle on one side with a cookie cutter.
- Put more butter in the hole in the bread, then crack an egg into the hole as well.
- Let the egg cook on one side until you mostly see white all around the yolk.
- Flip the bread and egg over and cook from the other side. It's done when all the white is cooked, but the yolk is still runny.
- Serve with salt and pepper and use a knife to cut up your bread and dip it in the egg yolk. YUM!
Today I realized halfway through cooking Josh's egg that this is the perfect project: it's fast, simple, constructive, and delicious. Of course cooking is the one thing I usually stop doing whenever I'm stressed out.
But on further reflection, maybe cooking should be the one thing I always do when stressed and overwhelmed. It gives an instant gratification I can't get any other way because it's a project I can start, work on for 1 hour or less, finish easily, and then sit down and EAT.
I still don't have a solution for feeling better about my monster projects. They are as big and overwhelming as ever, but at least today I'm heading into the studio well rested and well fed.
Let's go cook!