It's not just that it's been nine days since I last posted a blog. It's that time has gone fast everywhere!
How did I get to have an 11-year-old granddaughter with her own Facebook page, where she posts my picture as her grandmother?
How did I go to the pharmacy to ease the seasonal allergies that swells my Eustachian tubes and tell the pharmacist I found a med that worked 30 years ago, and have her tell me they don't make that product any more?
How did I get to have hair so gray that my hairdresser says it looks better now that there's not so much of my natural dark brown left in it?
How did it happen that when I made zucchini bread this week I realized it had been 20 years since I last baked it?
On the other hand, current time can be very sweet.
We're having a September heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. It will be close to 90 degrees today, with low humidity and over 12 hours of sunshine. How fortunate for all the garden's tomatoes, striving mightily to ripen before the cool fall weather begins and the green ones get stored in paper bags to ripen in darkness instead of sunshine.
Now that my granddaughter has her own Facebook page, I can communicate with her directly. Yesterday she requested a picture of our cat "so I can show my mom what Larisa looks like". She's a twin, and the other granddaughter doesn't have a FB page yet, so I get to have an online relationship with this one girl apart from her twin. Always a lovely opportunity!
I luxuriated in a three-day read of Ann Patchett's new book "State of Wonder" without concern for reading into the night because I don't have to get up to go to work in the morning.
I attended my first mediation observation this week - one of six I have to do before I take my first practical exam in the process of becoming a certified mediator - and was able to sign up for a session in the middle of the day because my days are my own now.
We had a couple staying with us via the Evergreen Club, and we'll be able to visit them in January, in their community south of Tucson, because we'll already be in Sedona for two weeks anyway, and we have no restrictions on when we need to get back.
I note with pleasure that, when doing plank exercises to strengthen my core and my back, I can now hold the position for 45 seconds rather than the 30 seconds I started out with. The personal trainer says I don't have to come back until I'm at two minutes. I think I may actually get there - and in the two weeks I've been doing this I haven't missed a day.
I figured out how to create multiple calendars, with different colors, on my online iCal calendar. I see my days are busy, and that's a good thing.
We have almost enough miles on our credit card to buy two tickets to Quito, Ecuador for a February visit. We may even be able to fly on Alaska Airlines and its affiliate LAN to enhance our chance as MVP flyers of getting a first class upgrade.
Most especially, when I started this blog in January of 2010, I called it "Thoughts from a Bag Lady in Waiting" because, before I stopped working, I was scared I'd be a bag lady. Somehow, in the 14 months since I quit my job, that fear has been removed. Time does work wonders!
A Change of Pace and Place
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