When I write a Slice, I usually end up writing about something I’ve read that piques my interest and often leads to connecting thoughts which leads to a new post. Or I write about family matters, milestones, travels, shared interests. This past year I often wrote about my family’s involvement in local political challenges to the health and well being of our town and its natural resources. I frequently write about my interactions with nature and local flora and fauna which I love. But today I’m going to write about what is for me “an ordinary day.”
I just finished a small bowl of Halo ice-cream since I was craving something sweet after lunch and Halo is extremely low in calories. I almost never have ice cream after lunch unless it’s a special occasion.
Before that…I sat down at my kitchen table to eat my ice cream and write today’s Slice. But first I circled the bedrooms and hampers for anything that could go into a dark wash. I filled the washing machine, punched in the appropriate settings, and now I can hear my washing machine humming away as I write this post. I love it when I can accomplish two things at once!
Before that… I made lunch for myself of leftover spaghetti and one meatball, and a healthy mixed greens salad. I even took care to choose a lo-calorie dressing in my never-ending effort to lose weight.
Before that…I browsed the refrigerator for things that needed to be discarded, something I’ve been trying to do more frequently since we do eat leftovers. I even rearranged a few things in the fridge that were misplaced. (It feels like a constant battle with my husband who constantly rearranges things according to “his” system!)
Before that… I dropped off an item that needed to be returned at the UPS store nearby. I love going to that little group of stores in a corner of my neighborhood because they are still, for the most part, mom and pop stores with a lot of personality. Even the UPS store is fun to visit.
Before that… I was at my local library browsing in their used-book room for possible purchases. Since they created the book shop, I buy mostly all my books there. Yes, they are gently used, but as a bookophile, I can’t resist hardcovers being sold for a buck each and paperbacks for fifty cents! Today I spent the most I ever have on five hardbacks for five dollars.
Before that… I attended my twice weekly chair yoga class for seniors. I joined this group soon after my recovery from cancer four years ago and have been going ever since. I’ve had the same teacher who is very competent and for the most part the same group of women (with an occasional male participant) have attended for four years. We are a small community at this point. The yoga moves are imprinted on my brain but they keep me limber and stronger than I would be without them. I am not an aerobics person, so this class is just my speed.
Before that…I got up earlier than I usually do to have a quick breakfast and be in time for my yoga class. Again…trying to be mindful of my desperate attempt to lose weight I had cottage cheese with blueberries on two brown rice cakes. Delicious! Of course, I also had my usual two cups of coffee which I downed while browsing the New York Times which I do every day. Before I retired from being a teacher, I vowed to treat myself to leisurely reading the NY Times for as long as I like, accompanied by a cup or two of java.
Before that… after rising I came downstairs to the kitchen, poured a cup of coffee and opened my MacBook Air to see if I had any new, compelling messages. Then I immediately realized I hadn’t yet done a post yet for today and decided to write it when I came home from yoga class. So here I am, back to the beginning. Somehow, the things I accomplished took up half a day since I move a bit more slowly now than I used to. It is now 2:45! Where did the morning go?
I ‘m pretty sure tomorrow’s post will be about the second half of my ordinary day. When you are participating in the SOL March Challenge anything is fodder for a new Slice! So I’ll see you tomorrow then.