The beautiful thing about carpet cleaning is that it doesn't require much thought.
Yesterday's writing day didn't go as well as desired. Just wasn't enough time to give it. Today is a new day but I'm already in the hole.
It's all about my wife's party. Just ten days away now. The revs are building. We're shifting gears (and for some reason, 'shifting gears' triggers Golden Earrings' "Radar Love"). We're cleaning the carpets, buying things, looking for things - planters, plants, decorative touches - so I spent part of the day running around and shopping and then several hours steam cleaning the rugs and carpets. It's part of our accounting system. We support one another. She supports me and my writing efforts and my work, and the many rants that work engenders - I'm a ranting of person (and now we hear Pittsburgh, PA's own rock band, The Jaggerz singing, "The Rapper", except my head is singing it as "The Ranter" - 'rant, rant, rant, you know what he's after').
Got up early today. Good start. Ate and dress. Good start. Talked with she who must not be named about what needed to be done and our plans, agreed on the plans, and then Mom called. An hour later, I resumed getting ready to leave.
So I was carpet cleaning, though, I didn't need to think about what I was doing, freeing my mind to work and write. On work, I developed an action plan to attack some issues and then had to defuse the urge to go start working. On writing, I realized some insights about characters and situations and had to defuse the urge to go write until after I finished the rugs and carpets. I stopped those at ten but guess what? My office was in disarray, things up on the desk to clear the floor, and my chair relocated under the carpet cleaning program so it wasn't in the way. I tried typing in other places and made small progress but then my back started grumbling about everything it had to do while cleaning the carpets. So, 10:45, I abandoned my efforts, poured a glass of red wine and sat back to decompose.
Today would be another day. And so it is.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com