Wednesday is my day to move slowly; I don't have to be at work until after lunch. In the morning I go to the gym, run some errands, and have a nice lunch at home before I put on my work clothes and leave. This morning when I rolled out of bed, instead of taking a shower I put on gym clothes and pulled back my unkempt hair. Before breakfast I started a load of laundry. After I ate I moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer.
I was sitting at the computer when I heard my phone beep, indicating I had a text. It was my boss-he was under the weather. Could I change my schedule and open for him? I took a look at the clock and discovered I had 30 minutes before I'd have to leave. I'd done none of the normal morning activities, but if I hustled it could be done! I responded to my boss, then kicked into overdrive.
First task was making lunch. Since I usually work alone, I've figured out that if I have everything in bite-sized pieces I can eat a complete meal at the Customer Service desk without anyone noticing. A typical meal includes protein, vegetables, a carb, and fruit. Today the quickest protein I could think of was nuts. When I looked in the pantry, I discovered the almond container was empty, so I poured a serving of walnuts into a bag. I opened the refrigerator to check on vegetables, and discovered we were low. My bag ended up being mainly carrots, although I did include the stems from some blanched broccoli and a few celery sticks. I tossed a couple of dry apricots into another bag, and added a muffin. After I filled my water bottle lunch was done. Time to clean myself up.
My showers usually take ten minutes because I can't bring myself to turn off the nice warm water. Today I washed up in the sink, and dampened my hair by pouring a cup of water over it. Took three minutes, including drying time. I went to get dressed and discovered a problem. My "everyday" underwear was still in the dryer!
Last summer when I was taking long walks in the stifling heat the cotton drawers I wear got so sweaty they started irritating my skin. I went to the store and found a three-pack of wicking models on the clearance rack. It felt so good not to have sweat-drenched unmentionables during a workout that I started using them every time I went to the gym. The neon purple, pink, and lavender colors are quite shocking, but since they don't show under my outer layer no one knows.
What to do? If I waited around for the dryer I'd be late. I'd had on today's purple nylon pair for a little over an hour. It seemed gross to re-use them, but that's what I did. My justification--I'd cleaned up before I went to bed last night, and hadn't been up long enough today to get dirty. And, it was for a good cause.
However, the first thing I did when I got home is take off the purple panties and replace them with fresh ones. I DO have standards!
Five years ago today: New Thing #62--Windpower