Wednesday, March 13, 2013


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


  1. I know how it feels to have one's routine interrupted! Your boss is lucky to have you!

    1. The older I get, the more I get set in my routine, but I do my best to fight it.

  2. I'm with Christine. You get a double attagirl for getting there and looking good doing it.