Not usually one for a “day in the life” blog, but it seems essential following yesterday’s declaration of time limiting my literary indulgences. So what did I do yesterday with all my “new-found” time?!
Firstly, on the drive to work, I did listen to The Success Principles… but only after I tried to listen to NPR, to music, (dontwanna dontwanna… oh wow, this is really inspiring). And so it was. The author, Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame, was describing the “principle” of delegating anything that is not in our “core genius” or core competencies. (I immediately texted my girl friend to ask for the number of her house cleaner!)
At work, during my break, I went outside where it was sunny and hot and I could watch my soon-to-be-graduated 8th graders play basketball while making gangly attempts at flirting with one another;)
On the drive home, my copy of The Year of Yes had expired, so I went into podcasts to see what Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations had for me — and they had Lin-Manuel Miranda. *swoon!!* I think his interview has been the most authentic of those I’ve heard, and I was thrilled to listen as I slogged through the traffic home, where we were all set upon by an awful accident that increased my 45-minute commute to 1.5 hours… BUT! After Lin-Manuel, I began the Stephen Colbert interview and by the time I parked out front of my house, it was still sunny, warm, and light out.
Drop off my bags, change into stretchy pants and sneakers, douse on some sunscreen — and text a girl friend. I arrived home to the pair of tickets I’d ordered to SF Symphony’s pipe organ recital — THE THING HAS OVER 8,000 PIPES!!! I’m enamored of pipe organs and would go and diddle around on the one at Mills College when I was studying there. The one in SF is grand, gorgeous, and I had a gift certificate, so I bought two hopeful tickets without an idea of who might accompany me.
Yesterday, I finally had a brainwave (with all my extra, non-dragon-eaten braincells) to connect with a girlfriend from Mills whose been active in a group of medieval songsters. Yeah, that sounds like the right person.
So off into the sunshine I went, for an hour and a half! I walked the cemetery/park I used to run, and talked with a heron and an oak tree and some sparrows. I jogged the downhill and leapt into the running/flying part I love so much. It was light out, warm, and easy. I remembered how much I love to run/fly.
On the walk back, I texted with another girl friend and on arriving home went straight to the couch to read. Physics.
I’d ordered a college text in January when I thought I’d be able to attend College of Marin’s physics class, but it turns out I need the prerequisite that’s only offered in the fall. (The math-based prerequisite.) But! One step at a time. So I lay on the couch, reading the dry humor of a physics professor for an hour, watching the time tick towards 8pm when I could finally open the 5th book of the Game of Thrones.
But there was still time to spare… I couldn’t open it til 8:00… what to do??
Well, I could floss? Okay. I could do those dishes in the sink? Okay. Ah, and here’s my Mills singing girlfriend agreeing to accompany me in May. And now it’s 8:01!
Perfect. Truly, perfect.