Archive for August, 2011
I like words that grab your attention
dashing away with chortles of glee
Words that scurry and scamper
Dashing under brittle, dead leaves
Words that blaze in the dark
flashing sparks into the frigid air
Words that sizzle
like sidewalk eggs on a sultry afternoon
Words that sprink like
raindrops in a galvanized pan
Words that swish and swoosh
like nighthawks diving for lunch (crunch)
like scrawny fledglings
like a luminous moon
like a surprised frog
like a kitten’s purr
like an obese hippo
like tickling fluff (sneeze)
Written sometime in 1996.
Ok, get your minds out of the gutter! And again!
*This* is my toy:
Ok, that’s kind of large, but you get the idea! This is the way I am theoretically keeping myself organized. FlyLady‘s idea of helping one’s organization (which word, by the way, my fingers want to spell with an ‘s’, despite only 2 years in Thailand compared to 29 in America) is to spend 15 minutes on a task you dislike and then go on to something else. Or, I suppose, if you are disciplined, take another 15. The idea is to take unpleasant jobs in small, hopefully more palatable ‘bites’, in the hope that you would actually get them done, or at least have spent 15 minutes working on them. She calls it ‘baby steps’; it’s also known as the Japanese idea of kaizen: manageable, almost ludicrous steps toward doing something you otherwise would not do (usually by stalling, as in my case, where I can find a hundred things I *have* to do online, or, if it’s homework, suddenly develop an urge to clean the house).
So I needed a timer to help me get organized. The problem is that I also use it for making tea, so it’s always in the wrong place. I guess I’ll have to download one for my computer. Then my only problem will be remembering to set it. 🙂
I have one for-sure teaching job, very part-time (.2; an hour every day), another one probably (again, .2), and one hopefully (again, one hour every day).
I passed on my cleaning clients to a friend, and I’ve applied to be the church custodian at the church where I play the organ (my husband and I would do this jointly, depending on his class and work schedule).
I am going to start a small-business-owners group for referrals here in the Twin Cities.
I hope I will have more time than I’ve had the last three months. June, July, and August have been truly ridiculous. I have poems and pictures to share with my faithful readers (all two of them) and hopefully some stories and thoughts as I go into teaching again.
I missed writing blogs and I’ll try to post several times a week.
Here is a picture for your delectation:
Glad to be back. 🙂