aka, Things I’m Going To
Try To Start Doing
1. Work on some part of my manuscript everyday, for however many minutes or hours. And whether I want to or not.
2. Jog. With my dog. (Aside from tennis and walking, I have not exercised since May. May!)
3. Stop and stare. Why do the days pass in a blur? I need to stop in the middle of #2 above, sit on a bench, and just see what’s out there.
4. Do the things on my To Do list instead of just moving them to another list. (Confession: I have items on my list that have been on there for more than a year!)
5. Curse less. The F-word has become a staple of my current vocabulary. This includes F-word derivatives like freakin’, frickin’, and flippin’. (P.S. This will be hard. I come from a long line of women for whom cursing is a sanity-saving right of way.)
6. Watch less TV. And since I like to eat while I watch TV, I’ll get the two-birds-with-one-stone thing. Maybe I’ll even play more music with the TV off. I can’t remember the last time I listened to music in my house.
7. Clean it out. I know, I know, I’m already not a collector. But seriously people, I can’t park in my own garage. More has got to go!
8. Read while sitting up. I think my days of long hours reading while in recline mode are gone. I lay down, I sleep. Period. For example, I’ve been reading my current book for 2 weeks and I’m on page 12.
9. Cook fewer dinners. There’s only 2 of us here, and god knows we’re not starving. I don’t need to cook every night — something my husband keeps telling me, and I agree, only to go on with the cooking. To quote Joan Didion, cooking feels like “drawing the circle” for the evening. It feels homey and safe. But I need to cut down. We don’t need meat and potatoes 7 nights a week.
10. Turn off the computer by 7 p.m. This includes my iPad. I used to make fun of people for always being on their computers. The mirror is a nasty piece of glass. Off, off, OFF.
11. Look forward to the holidays. Christmas was so stressful when I was a kid — divorced parents, poverty, shame, longing, disappointment — and that feeling of impending doom still hangs in my air. So this year, as a start, I’m actually going to DECORATE MY HOUSE for Christmas. This means I’m getting out the tree and ALL of my ornaments. I might even buy some new ones. This is huge, folks. Huge. Pray for me.
Would a change do you good? What does your list look like?