I decided to put the egg table up Sunday afternoon (since I had to skip Blevins due to continuing cough). This just involves setting up the candle, cutting wax into teeny bits, lining up the kistkas that I’ll need for this year’s design and also making the dyes I’ll be using. The actual set up takes less than an hour but there’s a 24-hour lag before I can start working on eggs. The dyes need to be completely cooled and the eggs need to be room temperature.
Yesterday when I woke up at 5:30 (about the norm), it was all I could do to keep myself from going downstairs, firing up the kistkas and getting started. I know myself well enough to know that the minute I start, I’ll be obsessed until I’m done. Sitting in that chair for too many hours in a day just makes my back and shoulders hurt so starting at 6 a.m. is not a good idea.
There are very few things that I get this obsessed about. In card-making, I don’t have any problem putting things away at a good stopping point. Jigsaw puzzles can keep me busy for quite some time but I do tend to run out of puzzle steam after 3-4 hours. Reading is a passion, but except for the rare “I just have to finish this book right now” situation, I can stop when I need to. (I do occasionally have to throw YA out of my room if I’m down to the last few chapters of something I’m really into and I was once late to work!) But once I start the first egg, the decks need to be cleared because I want to keep going and going. In prior years (before retirement) I used to take the egg week off from work because I’d end up sitting at the table until 2 and 3 in the morning. Several years ago when I didn’t take the week off, I ended up pulling an all-nighter; that was ugly.
Waiting until 7:30 to go downstairs was a good idea. I ate all my meals at the table today and except for an hour when there was a tradesman here measuring stuff, I worked straight through to 8:15 p.m. Then I hobbled upstairs and headed straight to the ibuprofen bottle! I figure, based on yesterday’s work, I’ll have four more days before I’m done.
What do you obsess about?