Worn Out Friday Round-Up

The one good thing about putting a dog down is not having to think anymore about putting the dog down. I really hate dread. So much so that I wake up many mornings and say to myself, what am I dreading today? This is crazy because there is almost nothing in my life that I dread now except putting my dog down and that’s done.

While swimming today I thought an exceptionally long time about this question: why are there 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have 60 hours in a day? Where did the 24 come from? I thought about this for many laps doing the breaststroke because my goggles leaked when I swam the front crawl. Everytime I lifted my head up I’d see the clock and ask the question all over again.

I rehung my shingle yesterday. I realized I missed making money and I missed being really busy. So my consulting business is open again. Glenda Jackson playing King Lear on Broadway at the age of 80 after she retired as a member of Parliament in 2015 after she retired from acting in 1992 kind of hit me. So I asked myself: What’s your deal, girlie, that you are too precious to lay a few bricks and make a few bucks?

Physical work is weirdly satisfying. A group of us sat around a couple of folding tables this morning and rolled, taped, and labeled men’s underwear, t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatpants. These will be used to stock Street Angels’ bus when volunteers do homeless outreach. It’s nice to do stuff where no one is jockeying (get it, jockeying?) for position, who’s smarter or more accomplished than the other. It’s all about rolling, taping, and labeling. It felt like a quilting bee must have felt.

I am tired from this week. I don’t think that’s all bad. People are supposed to be tired on Friday.

4 Comments on “Worn Out Friday Round-Up

  1. I find myself facing the conundrum that just weeks ago I was busy and wanted more “time” yet with one great change now I seem to have “all the time” and no idea what to do with myself…

    • It is a weird space and time but I really like it. There is a lot of freedom that I’ve never had before – it really compensates for the age thing.

  2. I have some vague recollection that the Romans had something to do with the time and the money hence £ s d but I could be completely wrong. No doubt someone will do some research and come up with the answer, I’m too bit busy and have to take my wife to the garden centre in a moment, she has become obsessed with orchids for some strange reason.

  3. Well Jan, I believe you’re a fan of the recently departed poet Mary Oliver. And her most quoted line is from the end of The Summer Day, when she asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”

    Of course, one great thing to do is chase around our beloved dogs, because they need us–or is it that we need them? Anyway, maybe the old guy’s passing inspired your thoughts of what is it you plan to do. So rehanging the shingle might be fun. And one fun thing when you’re a but older is you can do things like rehang that shingle and do what you love to do without worrying about making money or sweating the rent. So have fun.

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