Down for Maintenance

December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Down for Maintenance.”
I’m not referring to the Dainty Dot blog. I’m referring to Dainty herself. Not one single post in the month of November. Call it my month of maintenance. Am I good with that? Yeah, I’m good with that. And now that December is here, I’m good with that, too. Get back in the saddle, as they say.

So, what have I been doing, maintenance-wise … Let’s see:

1. Exercise stuff. I had big plans to lose 6 lbs by the end of the month. A continuing bum knee (yes, ma’am, I did finally go to the doctor) kept me from running, but I learned to love the elliptical. But the 6 lbs? No way, but close.

2. I discovered I love yoga. Like, really LOVE it, with all caps. It’s kinda like how I really get excited about a batch of soft and growing bread dough. Or when the row of spinach seeds come up. But instead of bread forming or food growing, it’s me doing something really cool. I like it. I want it. I’m gonna keep doing it.

3. Shhh … Don’t tell my boss … I’ve learned how to streamline my work to get it all done in about … Well, in less time. At least for now – until travel season starts in a matter of a month or so. But, it’s afforded me some time to do #1 and #2.

4. I did go on one biz trip and extended it into a long weekend in Chicago with Jennifer. Here’s my thought on Chicago: It’s s nice town, and too bad it’s in the middle of the country. Because as you may or may not know, I’m a time zone snob. I just can’t do the middle. No offense, Middle America. You’re just not for me.

5. #3 also afforded me time to do some soul searching about what I wanna be when I grow up. And I realized, wait, I’m already all grown up. As Bette Midler says in my most favorite song she sings, “Is that all there is?” The answer? The answer … If I had the answer, man …

6. Speaking of looking for answers, So I picked up a thin book that’s been on my shelf for about a dozen years. It’s called Buddhism Without Beliefs. It’s not religiony in any way – hence the “without beliefs” reference – and it’s been a good way to get my head decluttered. I recommend it.

7. Pie was made. And if there’s anything Dainty does, it’s pies. It was just one pie, but it was a mighty fine pie. Dutch apple. Sorry I didn’t share. I’ll make another. I promise.

8. Dainty has plans in the works for 2012. Big plans. Now with the paying work streamlined into lean-flow efficiency, I have some time to do Dainty the way it deserves. Details to be revealed over the next month or so.

9. So, here’s a question for you: what do YOU want to see Dainty do next year? More travel stuff? More baking? Bread or sweets? Wanna know more about my mad skills in the garden? Oh man, I mean I’ve got mad skills. You want to see something, you let me on know. ‘K?

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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