A body at rest will stay at rest until acted upon by an outside force.

Ah, the Law of Inertia… One of the few scientific principles I know by heart, and one I often cite when I’m feeling particularly lazy. If it’s science and not a character flaw that glues me to my couch watching an “America’s Next Top Model” marathon on cable, who am I to resist, right?

I almost never think of the other aspect of inertia, though it is, indeed, a two-parter:

A body in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force.

Oh, right… Constant, unstoppable motion, the frenetic counterpoint to hours of sofa-sitting.

And that, in a nutshell, is how I spent October – careening from birthday parties to hockey games to meetings to former-office reunions to late nights at the office to lunches to tutoring to happy hours to more meetings to book group to a conference to another conference to oh-my-goodness-someone-stop-me-please.


My outside force has finally presented itself in the form of a week’s vacation at my sister and brother-in-law’s house in Houston. Hanging out with a four-week-old baby with a post c-section mom is the perfect low-key antidote to the craziness of the past few weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back in touch with the “at rest” part of inertia again.

2 thoughts on “Inertia

  1. Common Loon November 2, 2010 / 11:05 am

    I much prefer your outside force to mine: 1st migraine in 30 years. I have never been very good with the “at rest” thing, especially when I am very well – except for this one thing. I’m hoping that the doctor I’ve been scheduled to see shortly will fix this, as my other option (from 2 doctors) is the ER, and then I have to coordinate a ride home. Not.more.hassle.with.this.head.please!

    Cuddle that cutie for me, too, and oh yeah – have fun w/ Eileen & Chris!

  2. Common Loon November 2, 2010 / 4:04 pm

    Drugs….good! In 20-60 minutes, you,too, can have a cured head (or at least it will be as it ever was). So my inertial moment is over. Can’t believe the size of Eileen’s ballot. I no longer feel like ours was so much.

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