QOTD: "When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course." - Peter Drucker
Reading: Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Listening to: The Colorblind James Experience, Why Should I Stand Up
Decluttering accomplishments: did masses of household paperwork (but not done with taxes yet, sigh), did all of my laundry, cleaned out some old magazines and videotapes, working on the craft supply stash
I've been feeling rather stressed, but there isn't really anything specific going on. It's just a lot of little things adding up. Like I'm still worried that the storage place will screw up the billing this month like they did last month. And that the reorg at work will have me working for somebody whose management styles annoys me. (We were supposed to hear about the reorg on Monday, but apparently the main thing they figured out at the off-site the top brass had was that they clueless.) There's nothing I can't handle, but I worry anyway.
Just to add more stress to my life, I am seriously contemplating buying real estate. Realistically, a condo makes more sense than a "single family residence" as they seem to call actual houses. No outside maintenance to worry about and there's a fair amount available in my price range. I am totally clueless about this whole thing, but I'm starting to research the process. It does give me more decluttering motivation, as I don't really want to move all this junk. I keep looking at things and thinking, "I paid to store this stuff for nine months? What was I thinking?" Of course, inevitably one does end up moving things one doesn't need, due to lack of time to really sort stuff out.
On a more amusing note, I can't resist passing along my punnish idea for a rabbit who gives out shellfish this time of year. He's called the Oyster Bunny. That's even more of a groaner than my plans for a Passover opera called "Die Sedermaus." (If He'd only declawed and defangd the cats of Egypt - Dayenu!)
This is a rather belated observation, since I have less interest in the Oscars than anybody else in Los Angeles. However, I think it is worth noting that the only one of the best picture nominees I saw was "A Beautiful Mind." And the only one of the best foreign language film nominees I saw was "No Man's Land." Obviously producers should be trying hard to lure me into seeing their films. There are a few things out I want to see, but I'm down to my last free movie ticket and it isn't good at any of the art houses, so I have to choose carefully how to use it. Though it looks likely that I'll have a dozen more freebies soon. (My mother sends them to me, via various refund offers. She doesn't send them to my brother, interestingly enough, as she has the idea that he doesn't go to movies. I pointed out that he might if he could go for free.) I do, however, also have ten free movie rentals from Blockbuster to use by mid-May, thanks also to my mother. Or, more precisely, to her handyman, who got a huge number of them as some sort of reward from one of his jobs. Now all I need is some spare time.
The other thing of note I did this week was order new glasses. My prescription is the same, but I wanted a change of style. Penny came shopping with me, as I am too nearsighted to trust my own judgement in these matters. Her reaction to the ones I ended up ordering was, "oh, how cute! You look like Harry Potter!" Maybe I should paint a lightning streak on my forehead?
Copyright 2002 Miriam H. Nadel