Well, here we go. I’ve been angsty lately, haven’t I? I’m sitting here at work, and it’s quiet, but my brain is not, so I’ve decided to lay it all on you. All my random thoughts and worries and junk. Seriously, better here on the screen than rattling in my brain. I’m going to list things, since my brain is jumpy anyway.
1. Janine told me the best advice in a comment the other day: Do not have conversations with people who are not in the room. That has saved my brain a few times recently. On Monday, she and Becca and I went out to coffee, and she told me another zen-like statement. I shoulda written it down, but it was SO good I thought I’d remember. I celebrated the wrong birthday this year, so we know my memory’s bad. Janine, what was that?
1b. What a random way to start a list. With something I don’t remember.
2. Money worries. Niggling worries, made stronger by the fact that Miss Idaho’s surgery today (mammary tumor, think good thoughts, please — she’s home and recovering) set us back the price of my plane ticket to Europe. Of course, that doesn’t really mean anything, since we’ve already bought our tickets, so it’s just money charged, and money charged on pets is always okay by me (ask my three grand cat Digit), but I ask you this: How does ANYONE save money? Do you? And if you do, I don’t want to hear about it. Unless you have a genius-like idea on turning couch cash into gold bars.
2b. I remember what Janine said! She said, "If you have a problem that can be solved with money, you don’t have a very interesting problem." How much do you LOVE that?
We heart Janine:
and we heart Becca:
I love meeting with these ladies for knitting and coffee and sammiches. I love it a lot.
Wait. I was listing.
3. Writing: I’m thinking about it a lot. And I’m not doing it. I could be writing tonight, but I’m not. I’m stalled at a point where I need to block off some time to sit and read and sort what I’ve done over the last six months, and put it in some order, make notes, and decide where to go from there. Instead of doing that, I write one or two pages while I’m at work, and I pretend the body of work doesn’t exist on my weekend — preferring instead to veg out on the couch. I need to schedule the time, and STICK TO IT.
4. Speaking of being on the couch, I’ve ordered the first season of Project Runway from Netflix, because you all love it so much.
5. Knitting: Fast and furious. New object to show you by next week at the latest if all goes well. And at my new dog park, it’s clean enough that I can knit on the perpetual Sock in Progress. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t require cleanliness to work on a sock. They’re going on feet, after all. But the beach, oh, I couldn’t do it at the beach. I leave the beach coated in sticky damp sand, sand in my ears and in my pockets, sand down my shirt. The SIP lives in the car, so it’s usually full of sand anyway, but at least it’s not wet, sticky sand. There’s a difference, you know.
6. It is suddenly busy here at work. However, I’m only on phones tonight, and I’m sitting in what we call the mush-pot, which is far away from the other three people working. I’m hidden behind a half-cubicle wall, and I don’t have to participate in all the chatter if I don’t want to. I love that. I still do all the same work, I just don’t have to be as highly social. I love the mush-pot.
7. There was so much more rattling in my head. But now I feel better, thanks. Also, oh, yeah, I feel better. I slept all day, for possibly more than seven hours, if I’m doing the math right, and it’s all due to Lala. She got up early and took the poor wee dog to the vet, and then she worked from home and kept the other two dogs quiet all day. Lovely sleep. I plan on getting some more sleep today, too. I like sleep, as often as I can squeeze it into my busy schedule.
8. I need to exercise! I need to run! I have no time until Monday (literally, NO time, not even 15 minutes is unscheduled right now) but then I will run. And write. And budget.
8b. Excuse me? There is too much to do. Just thought you should know. Again, HOW DO MOTHERS DO IT? Because I think y’all might just be crazy. That might explain it.
9. The End.
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