Yesterday was my first real day of vacation- my first day to wake up and realize I can do “whatever, whenever”. So of course I woke up at 3:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep. Of course I worked in the garden until I was exhausted and needed a nap. Of course I completed two other small projects. In other words, I’m still me. My workaholic grandmother still haunts my dreams and guides my days!
People sometimes ask me how I manage to do my research, write, garden, take pictures, etc. I’m certainly not a superwoman. One of the reasons I accomplish so much on my personal “to do” list is because I don’t do a lot of things that other people do.
I don’t spend time with children or grandchildren. I don’t babysit, go to ballgames, plan birthday parties, or help with homework. Sad…but a fact of life.
I don’t sell anything. I’m amazed that so many people are involved in home-based sales businesses!
I don’t spend hours on the phone. I rarely call anyone because I’m loathe to interrupt what they are doing, or worse…talk to them while they are driving. There are only a few close friends and family members who call me because they know I’m probably outside, and NO I don’t take my phone with me unless I’m going for a long walk.
I don’t socialize or entertain much. I LOVE people, HATE crowds. Early in our marriage we had parties and went to dinners with friends and belonged to groups of people who hung out together. That has slowly changed over the years. Now we are much more likely to spend time with each other, family members, or a few close friends.
I don’t shop. I don’t enjoy shopping, so I don’t waste time doing it unless I specifically need something. I don’t look at things online, or in stores, for entertainment. I don’t care what the latest fashion is or what everyone has on their “must have” list. If I need to find out about a product or compare prices I assign that task to Gary. He LOVES to shop! When I decided to buy a pickup I told him what I wanted and he found the perfect one.
I don’t cook. I can assemble a meal and obviously no one at our house is starving. But I don’t plan meals, read recipes, search for more recipes, or cook dishes that have more than a couple of ingredients. I don’t bake. I don’t make deserts.
I don’t spend hours on housework. I clean daily as I do things. I don’t leave clutter anywhere except in my office (seriously need to catch up on my filing) and I don’t have children or pets to clean up after. Gary is pretty good about doing his part…early training! I like a clean house, but I’m not bothered by dust or cobwebs if I’m involved in something more rewarding.
I don’t spend time on beauty. I don’t go to a hairstylist. I don’t get my nails done. I don’t get a massage. I don’t go to a day spa. The only tasks I don’t take care of myself are my bi-annual haircuts. Also don’t go to town to get anything dry-cleaned. I won’t even buy a garment that says “dry clean only.
So..eliminating those tasks gives me the time and freedom to do many other things. I’m sure there are more things you do that I don’t do. I’ve never been quite normal! Lol
Please note: I did not post yesterday because Typepad was down. Please keep that in mind in the coming weeks as they solve some problems.