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Sunday, February 16, 2020

why does it seem like there's never enough time? To do what I want to, what I need to, and what I should do? emoticon

A Need to ....for me it's almost daily exercise. Yesterday I went on a LONG hike with my buddies who are training for a trail half marathon. I have not signed up for anything recently, and it's been very liberating. I'm able to go out and hike or walk, without the pressure of a training schedule. emoticon The mileage yesterday was supposed to be 13 or 9 - two were planning to do 13, and two of us only wanted 9, so we dropped cars for all options. Flexibility was needed because Daisy had car trouble on the way to meet us, so we all ended up doing 9....which ended up being 10.5!!! That's the way it is often on trails, following someone else map or directions. I hadn't been out there in awhile, at least, that part of the trail, so it was nice. I'm a bit sore today but have a massage schedule so hope that helps.

What I should do....there are lots of these. I should track my food, or decide to accept my body the way it is. I'm somewhere in between now. I should spend more time cleaning up and putting stuff away after our remodel. BUT...it's often emotional as I go through things, and don't want to spend my entire day doing this. It's coming along. I pretty much spend some time most days. Today, I managed to get a few more things put away and got rid of several pairs of shoes (how on earth have I held onto these things for so long???) and a few OLD small bathing suits. I also should be more on top of my library commitments. I have a pile that needs organizing and filing, but tend to procrastinate on that. I spent a bunch of time the past few weeks going to meetings, preparing for meetings, and trying to get on an account that I need access to. emoticon

What I want to do...there are lots of these, and I manage to make time for them. Lately, it's been trying to re-finish a small bedside table. It's got layers of paint and finish and taking these layers off has been a project. I did some more today. I also did a bit of work outside - this is a "want" and a "need" as I received a few trees when I contributed to the Arbor Day Foundation and wanted to plant them to see if they will take. As an aside, I'm a bit disappointed in several organizations that I've contributed to, as I've received a lot more junk mail since. It has turned me off donating to these places. Other want to dos: reading, daily before bed, writing, not often enough or focused enough. Time with friends and family: I do my best to spend time with those who matter to me. I am keenly aware that there are no tomorrows guaranteed.

So that's a brief summary of the past few weeks. It's Sunday night, a time I used to sort of dread because Monday was coming but I don't really anymore. Monday now means yoga and the beginning of a new week. It's about time to get dinner heated up (lentils leftover) and watch the rest of a movie we started this afternoon (Where'd you go Bernadette?). emoticon So far, I'm enjoying it. I liked the book.

Hope your time is spent well and thanks for reading.
this part of the trail we hiked is call the Meat Grinder


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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I have in my consciousness what feels like a million "shoulds," but I'm getting more skillful at ignoring them for long periods, like when I go on a days-long video-watching binge. It feels so good sometimes to just do exactly what you want to do, and just let other things pile up for a while. Escape/distraction is so fun!

    I share your feelings about cleaning and organizing. The other day, I confronted a big stack of empty photo albums and a big box of photos to put in them. This is a task I've been avoiding for years and years, because looking at the photos stirs up such strong feelings. I had to quit before I even got started, but I can't put that job off much longer. That's a "should" that I need to turn into a "must."

    That trail is lovely! And good for you, Betsy, for being so active all the time!
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    33 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Looks like a beautiful hike!
    37 days ago
  • CHERALA
    Hurray! So glad to hear from you. emoticon
    39 days ago
  • EDLEAR
    Sounds like my life. I have nothing to complain about, and yet sometimes it sounds like I might be complaining. At least, that’s how it sounds to “a certain someone”. I’m really just saying it all out loud, makes it easier for me to see what’s what. But I’m getting away from you and this.
    Such cool sounding hikes you take! I’ve always enjoyed the very long hikes.
    The uncluttering will eventually get done, not worth stressing over. Unless not getting it done quicker is more stressful!

    40 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    That's gorgeous country to go hiking in! While time flows on, and slips away... it's not like it was when work took up so much of it!
    40 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Thanks for sharing you nice hiking pics.
    40 days ago
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