Dreamer’s World July 30, 2019 – Unexpected Laughter

Today is a day to hope for the unexpected laughter that has so excited Charlie Brown and Snoopy. I feel like I could really use that in my life this morning because the weight of the world seems to be crashing down on me. This feeling is normal after several nights of insomnia, so other than the physical exhaustion I am not terribly concerned about anything else right now It simply never happens that days like this have the unexpected laughter that would be so very welcome.

Thankfully, this should be another slow day at work and I can get caught up on things and even work ahead if I can get things organized the right way. Ironically I get some of my best work done on days like this.

Life itself continues to zero in on things here at home. I mean this in a good way, just that outside influences are dwindling away, and I personally like that. My priorities should be here with Hal and The Stooges. The medical issue with extended family that I mentioned about a week or so ago has mysteriously gone quiet, at least as far as them telling me anything. I decided that I have made the efforts to express my sympathy and interest, so it is their decision to either let me know what is happening or to go silent. Honestly, going silent is what they have done historically so this isn’t a surprise to me. This lack of communication isn’t unexpected, so there is no emotional turmoil to deal with. The feeling of isolation from the extended family is also nothing new and is something that I learned to deal with many years ago.

It seemed like years passed before lunchtime arrived. At least I know that the day is more than halfway done as I ate my lunch. I am looking forward to a visit with the Chiropractor and Acupuncturist after work this afternoon. If there is any Justice, I will sleep better tonight. This afternoon will test my endurance as there are meetings to attend that really require zero inputs from me. I will try to work on other projects as I am able to while pretending to listen in to the conference calls.

I’m still waiting for the unexpected laughter that Charlie Brown and Snoopy are enjoying so much.

Dreamer’s World July 29, 2019 – Long Range Thinking

The week has started, but thankfully it is very quiet so far on a Monday morning. I have taken the time to plan out tasks for the week and make sure that my calendar has room for all of the proposed meetings that will take place. I’m grateful that the West Coast people haven’t arrived at work yet, because it gives me several hours to plan things out before they arrive and start with their own set of priorities.

I made it through the weekend without spending a lot of money. That was a major accomplishment for me, and I am proud of myself for taking care of it. I have plenty of food here for all of us, and enough to cook more meals in a day or two without having to make more trips to the grocery store. I have thought about purchasing an air fryer, but have decided that it will probably wait until next year. Since it appears more and more likely that we will be moving in the Spring, there is no real incentive to get more stuff here that will have to be moved when the time comes. I can cook things in the oven the old-fashioned way until we get to our next home. The apartment we looked at and both like has a much larger kitchen and more storage as well.

Speaking of storage, I went through the closet and pulled out clothes that haven’t been worn in more than a year and have bagged them for Goodwill. There is no point in hanging onto things that are no longer being used. The pre-move purge has started about 8 months early. I estimate that I can eliminate nearly 50% of the items in the closet before we move if I put my mind to the task and stay practical and pragmatic about things.

Honestly, I want to purge more things than ever before our next move. I have been guilty of waiting to really start purging and packing until almost the last minute. This time I will really begin the whole adventure at least a month before we move. That way I can really organize everything that I am keeping as well as take my time to decide what is going away permanently. It will mean living amongst a forest of boxes for a while, but it will be worth it in the long term. Hal has already talked about renting a van to take some items that we don’t want the movers to handle because they are valuable to us, but that is way in the future at this point. I would definitely take the computers and my guitars and amps in a van, and I am sure that Hal has things he wants to transport himself as well, otherwise, he wouldn’t have brought up the subject in the first place. Since the next move will probably be at least 50 miles or so, things like this require much more planning beforehand to go smoothly.