A Dozen Things I Have and Have Not Done This Week

May 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve been off my usual schedule lately. And not just with Dainty. With everything. Spring and summer are busy times for me. My calendar fills up, the fridge empties, dust bunnies leap with springtime glee on my office floor.

So I thought I’d use this week as an example of things I’ve done and haven’t done, all of which are not the norm.

  • I have flown to the DC area and back, and to Chicago and back, just this past week. And I’m packing for Amsterdam tomorrow.
  • I haven’t cooked nor eaten dinner at home. The closest I came was a lunch of spaghetti topped with frozen homemade pesto. And it looks like that’ll be my lunch again today.
  • I have matching rug burn-type scars on my elbows. They are my first slide injuries in about 35 years. Walking up a slide and then turning around and sliding down as a 5 year old jumps on and rockets toward you is harder than it looks.
  • I have run the dishwasher only once all week. And only because we’ve run out of coffee mugs.
  • I haven’t visited my community garden plot all week, but I have consulted on garden matters for at least three different people.
  • I have struck up a conversation with a woman in a bar at O’Hare who, as her stories went on, has an obvious drinking problem. I left my second beer unfinished. She eyed it as I left.
  • I have won an iPad 2! People really do win those giveaways during Public Radio fundraisers.
  • I have not finished half the things I have on my to-do lists. Crap.
  • I have attended a fundraiser for a wonderful organization, BayCove Human Services, the largest provider of human services in Boston. They serve hot meals, help people of all ages who have developmental disabilities, support their families, and do all sorts of great stuff that makes you really thankful someone is doing this incredibly necessary work. Think about how miserable society would be if organizations like this weren’t around. We couldn’t live with ourselves.
  • I have not sent an anniversary card to my parents, who’ll be celebrating 60 years of marriage while I’m away next week. Oh man, I gotta get that in the mail.
  • I have lost a friend to cancer.
  • I have not been thankful enough.

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