Ah, I have created a list.
It is my Christmas list, but it's not the things I will buy or the things that Christmas demands be done to celebrate, but the things I will do during my Christmas time off. I had two days off and the corporation gave us the 26th off for Christmas in North America so I have five days off, beginning today. I did log in this morning to ensure there weren't any fires, and answered several emails out of Europe and Australia, then logged back off and turned off the computer and the Blackberry.
The Writer and the Reader both lay claim to time. The Short Story Writer, who shares my head, has been begging for a chance but the Novel Writer has been churning along. I don't want to sabotage either so time and focus must be provided for both. SSW has three shorts he wants to work on while the novel has gone past 88,000 words, going for that epic label. I'm editing as I go and I like what's on the pages. I'm eager to finish so I can get it out there.
There are movies to be seen. My wife and I have disagreements about these so I've become ambivalent about seeing them in the theater or waiting for Netflix. Some friends want to see some that my wife doesn't want to see, so I'll be going with them. One of them is 'Kevin' but it's not playing in our area yet.
Cleaning is required. I like things clean and organized and my office closet has somehow become neither these year. There are also office supply drawers that need to be emptied, cleaned and organized.
The car must also be cleaned. A clean car is a healthy car. No, not really, I just dislike a dirty car. All the windows must be done on it, inside and out, and treated for fogging, and I need to vaccuum the interior.
I want to exercise as well, and there's a short list of other matters: change my ISP plan, establish a new Advance Directive, contact the contractor about some minor home remodelling. I think we're done baking cookies but decisions must be made about Christmas dinner. We turned down some invitations but haven't figured out what we're going to do. We also need to donate some furniture. We've been trying to get it to OnTrack, who give furniture to people starting fresh after completing drug rehabilitation, but they've been ambivalent about whether they want it. Our second choice is the Salvation Army.
Saw part of the 1997 movie, "Mrs Dalloway" the other night on some channel while surfing. I happened to tune in at while she was talking about throwing parties, how she likes to throw parties where everyone has fun and they leave thinking they had fun, and how much fun it was, and so on. I thought, yes, a good, successful party is about setting up expectations.
So it is with a good writing session or a good meeting or work day. Set up expectations. Prepare yourself. Things needn't be stressful if they're managed.
So off to work I go.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com