Friday, December 12, 2014
I am wildly, madly, excited that my office clean-up project resulted in MAJOR improvement! Maybe that wouldnít be a big victory for some of you. But for me, it was HUGE!
Mostly my home is pretty tidy, clean, and organized. Even if I am not naturally an immaculately tidy person Ė I feel more peaceful and calm in a less cluttered environment.
Kitchen, Dining room, bedroom in their normal (mostly) tidy state
Then there was my office. Uh oh what a mess.
I work from home (for an employer in another city). Due to some major upheavals and long hours, and filing being the lowest of my priorities, my home office space got totally out of control.
During the summer, I decided to organize and tidy. I began the project in July, but I didnít finish. But now it is improved to the point that I now have a calm peaceful working environment!!
I'm not totally finished with the clean up. I have 3 boxes of outdated materials to sort through (file or shred). But I am totally relieved and pleased to have a nice work environment again!!
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Very nice weekend! I enjoyed Zumba on Saturday, and the Jingle Bell 5K walk/run afterward. Many of the Jingle Bell participants were in holiday costumes.
I particularly liked the baby Santa, with brother as Rudolph, stroller converted into a sleigh, and dad as an elf.
And in the late afternoon, I joined a music jam with about 20 other people. It was a lot of fun! Some musicians were excellent, but they welcomed beginners as well.
Today Linda R & I took a LONG walk from her home, through the Old Mill District (which has been converted to a nice shopping area with restaurants). We stopped in at a favorite art gallery, where my friend found a perfect small framed picture for her new grandsonís nursery, and I purchased Christmas cards made by a local printmaker.
Views from Old Mill district
And on to a hike along the river trail.
We hiked more than 8 miles. I'm tired but happy! (now on to clean the house and do laundry ... much less fun!)
Saturday, December 06, 2014
I planned a nice weekend away to Portland, but it didnít happen quite as planned. I expected to be in Portland for a business meeting Friday afternoon, so I expected my mileage would be paid by my employer. My friend is house sitting in Portland at her sonís new home, and invited several of us to visit for a girlís weekend while her husband & son were traveling, so free accommodations -- provided we all camped out in sleeping bags (house is filled with boxes because son just moved).
So even when my business meeting was cancelled at the last minute, I was looking forward to going. However I now had to work at the office instead of traveling, so I left after dark (other 3 friends were able to take time off from work; they traveled during daylight hours). Unfortunately freezing fog moved in, making night driving slow and hazardous. The final straw was when (after I had already driven 60 miles in the fog) there was a flashing sign notifying everyone that the highway was closed 30 miles ahead. I checked the much longer alternate route to the north; the weather forecast was freezing rain.
So I called my friends, and told them I couldnít make it. Iíll freeze some of the food I brought for my contributions to our meals (luckily my friends said they all brought too much food already). Iím a little sorry I couldnít go on the big city adventure spree with my friends! But I have made fun alternate plans. Saturday, I will go to Zumba in the a.m., and then participate in the Jinglebell Walk/Run fundraiser for Arthritis (Iíll do the 5K walk). In the evening, I will finally join the old time music group and play my guitar. And on Sunday, we will do an easy Nordic ski. (Iím doing all these events with another friend). So as long as I can stay flexible and make alternate plans Ė Iíll keep enjoying the weekend!
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