Monday, October 1, 2012

The Best Laid Plans

I had a plan for today.  I was going to get up, get dressed, and go to the farmer's market.  After I got home, I was going to do some fall decorating around the house.  It's a project I started around the time of the wedding, but I hadn't gotten very far.

The day started on track.  I got up when the alarm cat (Spike, the older cat) started licking us awake, something she's started doing mostly to Hubby lately after I leave for work in the morning.  I got dressed.  Then I brought the boxes of fall/Halloween decorations in from the garage.  I cleaned out the refrigerator.  And I went to the farmers' market.  After that, things began to fall apart.

At the market, I found overripe tomatoes at a discounted price.  Back when I was on vacation, I bought overripe tomatoes from a farmers' market and roasted them; eventually they made a killer spaghetti sauce.  Making more seemed like a really good idea.  So this afternoon, I roasted tomatoes and then I made spaghetti sauce.  Yum!

Also at the farmers' market, I found chickens.  Pasture raised chickens.  Word on the street is that there's a noticeable taste difference between grocery store chickens and "real" chickens and I'd been wanting to try some.  So I bought two, and that meant cutting them up into usable portions to freeze for Hubby and me.

What else?  Ah!  Chicken stock from the wings and backs.  I froze part of that and then I made chicken soup with the other part.

I'd planned to make cheese enchilladas for dinner; that also took awhile.

Can you see how I never quite got around to the fall decorating part of the day?

Now it's Sunday night and I'm no further along on my decorations than I was on Friday.  Darn!  And?  I'm feeling pretty achy today and my bowling fingers hurt.  ARGH!

Now let me tell you about the other plan I've been thinking about lately:  Getting up each morning and walking a mile or two starting on October 1st.  Yep, that's today--or it WILL be today by the time this publishes.  Walking each morning means getting up at least 45 minutes earlier than usual.  Where am I going to find an "extra" 45 minutes in the day so I can walk?  Ah, there's the rub!  So I've been thinking about this and maybe it means I'll need to cut back on blog posting a little--at least on those nights when I'm already up way too late before I even get around to writing a blog post, because I'm obviously going to have to be more reasonable about getting to sleep at a decent time so I can get up earlier.

So, don't worry about me if I don't post; I'm just trying to get some sleep.  But maybe it won't happen that way--or not very often.  Maybe I'll go out walking once or twice and decide I'd rather sit on my rear end and write a blog post each night.  After all, you can see how I am about planning things:  my plans don't always work out, and I'm not very good at getting up early either.  Any idea how I can take a nice, long walk while simultaneous decorating my home for fall and typing a blog post?  As I've said  before, there just aren't enough hours in the day!


Anonymous said...

Why not steal 20 minutes from your lunch hour and walk. Maybe one of your co-workers would walk with you and then it would be fun -- and you won't miss 45 minutes of sleep! Florence

Marla said...

I know what you mean. If there was a way to retire early I would do it. That is the only way I know. My butt just keeps getting wider with each passing year. Just from sitting to much. In a car, in the office, at the sewing machine! LOL!

Anna said...

I think you need an administrative assistant! I need one also...I am taking down my 4th of July stuff today! lol

Sandy said...

Good luck with your walking! I have my fall quilts out but no other decorations!

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

Frankly, I'm impressed at what you DO do with a j-o-b and all! Roasted tomato/spaghetti sauce and homemade chicken soup with more in the freezer?! Can't imagine how you get any sewing done!
As much as I love to read your entertaining and clever blog, I'd give up some posts for the sake of your health. Walk ON!

Quilty Conscience said...

I'm retired and there still aren't enough hours in a day. AND I get up early! When I first retired, I had always worked, I wondered "How am I going to fill my days?" Ha! What a non-issue! Love your blog and your projects. I've never decorated much for the holidays, but you inspire me! Toni

Anonymous said...

You could always attach your computer to a treadmill. But, then you would have to go buy a treadmill.
your sis-in-law.

Kim said...

Good luck on the walking thing. I personally hate to exercise, but I do go to CURVES three mornings a week at 6:45, which means I have to go to bed earlier too. About every week I "plan" to walk on the treadmill 3 times a week. Decorating, sewing, blogging, and even cooking is soooo much more fun!

Heather said...

Hi Kim! I'm Heather and I was hoping you could answer my quick question I have about your blog! If you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com I would greatly appreciate it!