Finishing things: books and socks

Creativity is coursing through me lately. And not just the drive to start projects, but to finish them. I recently finished the first draft of my memoir. That still seems pretty amazing to me. I found the end of my story (at least of that chapter).  I typed the last words. Writing a book length…

Book pregnant

I’m counting down to the final chapters, plotting out what happened when, making sense of the final twists and turns of this part of my adventure. If books are like babies, I’m really pregnant right now. Somewhere in my 35th week when things are almost fully-cooked, almost able to come into the world and be…

The economy of Halloween candy

I joined the Y recently and have been taking a deep water aerobics class a couple times a week. I’m the youngest person there by at least 2 decades. I’m not sure if this is because of the type of class (easy on the joints) or the time of day (I go right after I…

At this point, I’m completely incoherent

I’m sitting on my final flight, waiting to take off. Electronic devices that aren’t transmitting are approved, thankfully. I started this journey at 3:30 a.m. yesterday and will end up at my destination about 21 hours later than planned. I’ve missed a meeting with a potential new client, some hang out time with friends, and…

Travel blessings

I started the New Year off on the best foot I know how. Both of them. Really, though. I signed up for the Yoga and Meditation retreat at Unity of the Valley on New Year’s Day. I’d wanted to go in the past, but taking 3-4 hours out of the day all for myself, away…

Quiet contemplation – day 38

It turns out that, given time and space all to myself, I’m quite happy. I like to think. And make lists of things to do each day — and then do them all. I didn’t make one for today, though. I thought I’d blog more. I have plenty to blog about (I should make a…

Quick Writing Tips

A colleague asked me for some writing tips recently. He doesn’t think of himself as much of a writer but wants to work on it. Standing in his cubicle and thinking off the top of my head, this is what I told him. Write fewer words It’s harder to write short than it is to…

Springtime resolutions

Rather than in the deep midwinter, I make my resolutions in the Spring, under the hope of new blossoms. This year the fruit will grow I will spend more time in the garden I will keep running My back will be strong I will ride my bike The kids will ride their bikes and progress…

All kinds of healing

Today marks one month since my back surgery. (It’s also the 3-month-a-versary of our wedding. What a summer.) I’m healing well, physically. My incisions are turning into scars, I’m going to physical therapy twice a week and working on core strengthening, and I’m back to work full-time. And I’m almost completely off pain meds. I’m…

Spinal fusion, here I come

I got a good amount of my “things to do while the kids are away” list done. The baby books didn’t quite get finished (although I did order the photos). I’ve had a new list lately: things to do before surgery. I’m having spinal fusion on Monday morning. It’s an odd experience — the countdown…