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Everyone dealing with the time change okay? Me neither, but I suppose we don’t have a choice. Habit is a hard thing to break, and humans are not real great with change (I know I’m certainly not).

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much time I waste thinking (bemoaning) about how much stuff I don’t have time to do. An argument could be made that I could do more stuff if I didn’t spend time whining about not having time to do everything, and that’s certainly somewhat valid, but my complaint is also valid, simply because I want to do far more than anyone (not just me) could conceivably get done in one day.

The problem then is not that I don’t have enough time, but rather I have too many things I want to do. A blessing and a curse, as the saying goes.

When I was younger, my priorities were most often:

  1. Things that make me money
  2. Things that make me happy
  3. Things that keep me healthy

Now that I’m older, I had to switch that to:

  1. Things that make me money
  2. Things that keep me healthy
  3. Things that make me happy

There is some overlap in those areas, of course – I do like my job, but I also wish I could make money doing things that make me “happier”. As far as staying healthy goes, enough sleep, eating well (instead of just eating fast), and making sure my body stays in working, movable order instead of stiffening/swelling until I’m at one with the couch has to be a priority just so I can keep doing things that make me happy well after I can ditch the monetary requirement.

In any case…there’s never enough time, and I whine/think about it far to often, rather than just accepting it and making the most of the time I do have.

I need to stop that. Stop fighting, and keep moving forward.

Are you a “waste time whining about time” sort of person? Or do you do what you can do, and call it good? Is there a happy medium in there somewhere?


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Best Laid Plans…and a Whine.

I feel like all I’m doing lately is planning. Revamping routines. Trying to figure out how to do things more efficiently and get my day-to-day life under enough control that I don’t feel so…adrift.

It’s my way of dealing with the stress of this crazy year. Control as much as I can ahead of time so that when the out-of-my-control issues hit, I’m more mentally able to deal with them. I’m telling you right now…it’s only partially working. I still feel like I’m in a constant state of adrenal overload, and when those other things hit, it’s just one more thing on the all-stress, all-the-time channel.

Most recent on the “more stress” report (or maybe just more disappointment, for this one), we got a ton of snow this weekend (the “broke records/up to my knees” variety). It’s not going to be melting anytime soon either – cold and more snow are forecast for the whole next week. We normally get snow in late October, and often on Halloween (it rarely even sticks), but this is early, and the record we broke for the snowfall amount was set in 1949.

I like snow, and it’s really not that cold, but our landscaper was going to try to get started on our front yard mid-October…which is now. Or next week. Regardless, they can’t work on the yard (or dig it up) if it’s covered in snow. Unless the weather is really nice in November, we may be looking at spring before our landscaping project gets done. Dammit.

And of course we’ve done zero decorating in the yard for Halloween, because…landscaping. We can’t do any decorating until the landscaping is done, or until it’s officially pushed back to spring. So we’re too far behind to do anything big in the decorating realm, which is about the most annoying thing ever with Halloween actually being on a Saturday with a full moon this year.

We will still be handing out candy bars (full-size) to anyone who comes to the house, but the decorations may be extremely sparse because…2020. Yes, we’ll be wearing masks and gloves.

*sigh* Two and a half more months. Will things start looking up at the turn of the new year? One can only hope, but I’m betting more on next July.

In the meantime, I’ll be over here futzing with plans and tweaking routines and working to find something to blog about other than plans, lack thereof, and the cyclone that is this entire year. There has to be something more thought-provoking I could share/opine on.

In fact, that will be my next planning challenge. More interesting blog posts from now until the end of the year.

Though I can’t promise no planning posts in mid-late December. Because…resolutions.


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