Sunday, February 03, 2008
Right now I just have too much to do, & decisions about priorities aren't completely up to me. That's normal when you have a family & a job, of course.
Today I wanted to tie up my responsibilities as 2007 treasurer for our condo association, but I ran into a snag--one of the residents & I had miscalculated some months ago, & it took quite a while for me to figure out that he actually owes the association quite a bit, rather than being paid up as we'd thought. Glad the mistake was his as much as mine! But after I had untangled that little mess, I needed to put the books aside & rest my brain.
Then my husband & I spent a LONG time out running errands, much longer than I had expected. Exhausting because at a couple of grocery stores there was hardly any parking & then there were long, long checkout lines. Saturday shopping is a pain. But we did find a nice health food store that a friend recommended, where you can measure out grains, legumes, nuts, herbs, & other things--e.g., coconut, sesame seeds, sea salt--in the quantities you want rather them buying them prepackaged. Very helpful for the eating-from-scratch style that we're trying to maintain most of the time.
Last night I had said we needed to do something fun tonight--it had been too long. So we took my stepdaughter for a long-promised treat: dinner at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants. So, so good. I think what we all loved the most there was the soup: clear broth with a hint of tamarind & catfish, okra, tomato slices, bean sprouts, celery, lemongrass, hot peppers, & a little pineapple. What an amazing combination. The veggies were obviously added at the last minute, because they were still slightly crisp rather than soft. We have to find a recipe! So nutritious & delicious.
We still have so much snow in our alley that when we got home we had to shovel a bit before we could get the car into the garage. So I did end up getting a little exercise today.
What I didn't get done AT ALL today: freelance work. It makes me a little anxious . . . I'm thankful that Sunday won't be crammed with activity; I don't do paid work on that day but try to observe it as a sabbath. Hopefully it will help me clear my mind & let the anxious thoughts go.