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I wrote the above this morning. It's now 11:01, 31 minutes past my bedtime. But, my day wasn't feeling complete if I didn't finish the day's post. Where did the day go? I have NO idea. What did I get done today? Ummmm, pretty much NOTHING on my list. No, that's wrong: I did get two things, nope, THREE things done. I cleaned off the solar panels and shoveled the accumulated snow away from below them, I called the pharmacy to renew a prescription, and I checked and added to the oil in the plow truck. Hmph.
See, when I got up this morning, I thought it would be the day that I finished all the to-dos that I'd set for myself at the beginning of these special three days off. How-ev-er . . . in my new spirit of Being Prepared and Being Organized and trying to Not Be Late, I realized that I had a LOT to do in order to prepare myself for the upcoming days in town and at the office. So, finishing up what I'd hoped to complete during these past three days was thrown out the window in lieu of "mature" responsibilities. Poop. "Poop!", I say! Grumble, grumble, grumble.
But, I will admit . . . I am SO much more and better prepared for the days ahead of me as a result of today's activities! In my previous 40 years, this is how I would have operated: tomorrow morning, when I got up, I'd start thinking about what I needed to pull together for my day in town. Even though I'd convinced myself that I could whip through 'em in the half hour* or so before I left, doing those things would take most of the day . . . which is why I never got into town or the office until 2:00 or 3:00 PM!
*I come by this all very honestly. It's a joke in our family whenever how-long-something-will-take is discussed. Ask my dad, and the answer is "oh, about 1/2 an hour". Running into the hardware store might take "'bout half an hour". Moving a ton of gravel by shovelful will "be done in about half an hour, give or take". Get my drift?
Anyway, the point is: with my new schedule / outlook on life, I'm realizing that ALL those "little things" that I think I'll do right before I leave the homestead take A LONG TIME! And, that's why I've always been late for every damn thing in my life! Simple to figure out from the outside, I know, but a bit harder when you can't see the forest for the trees! ;)
So, here's what The Old Me would have tried squeezing into the half hour before she left tomorrow morning and which, instead, took The New Me the majority of the day today:
- Loaded recycling into the truck.
- Packed my (office) bag for tomorrow.
- Made a list of in-town To Dos.
- Sent off some e-mails regarding same.
- Partially packed and addressed the package I'm sending to the ex up in Alaska tomorrow (a favor he asked for).
- Made myself a good dinner of Greek Lentil soup from the freezer (thanks, Mom!) and homemade biscuits fresh from the oven.
- Cleaned up the kitchen, washed all the day's dishes.
How 'bout you? How are YOUR New Year's Resolutions coming?