I am in the midst of several different ruts (the more I say that word in my head, the stranger it sounds), which have been going on for varying lengths of time.
I have been in a meal planning/cooking rut since the beginning of my pregnancy (for obvious reasons). Now that I am happily postpartum, my desire to cook (and my ability to think about the word chicken without gagging) has returned. However, I can't, for the life of me, think of what to make. Aside from a few quick, go-to meals, I don't really like making the same meal twice and I feel like the well of recipe ideas has run dry. I know, I know, there approximately 76 billion food blogs out there, but (gasp) I don't like to use recipes from the computer very often (which probably has to do with the fact that I have about 1 square foot of counter space in my kitchen and therefore nowhere to put the laptop.) I guess it boils down to the fact that my main source of new recipes (my beloved Cook's Country magazine) has stopped coming. Because when you're living off student loans and they raise your rent 30 dollars a month, somethings gotta go. (Sigh)
I have been in a creative rut. For a while there, I feel like I was whipping up projects like nobody's business, even pre-making gifts for baby showers. But lately, I am scrambling the night before a baby shower to make something or even resorting to a trip to Target (not that there's anything wrong with store-bought gifts, but they can make a tight budget even tighter). I think the solution to this problem would be a trip to JoAnns, but alas, those omnipresent student loans are screaming at me to stay away and I believe it wise to listen.
I have been in a spiritual rut. My faith is strong but my works are leaving something to be desired. I won't go into details, but I could definitely be working harder to do more to be better.
I have been in a productivity rut. The culprit? (No, not money, or the lack thereof.) But rather, a ridiculous amount of time spent catching up on Glee. At least the end to this rut is in sight. I only have a few episodes left and then my obsession can be put on hold until this fall.
I have been in a blogging rut. I have been keeping up on the big things but neglecting posts (a lot like this one) that actually express something. I never wanted my blog to be just a chronicle of the major events in my life with happy pictures and cheery captions (no offense if that's how your blog is, it's just not comprehensive enough for me). I want to remember everything that went on in my life, even if there are no pictures and it's not that cheery.
As I've been thinking about a way to summarize my thoughts about all of these things or trying to find a game plan to make things better, I am kind of at a loss. Maybe I'm in more of a rut than I thought...