Outside, it’s -12 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside, I’ve been working all day in multiple layers of wool and fleece, with two snuggling dogs warming my legs on the couch. So, why not spare a few minutes to write down some of the random blog posts that have been lining up in my head and just waiting for me to let me fingers go free on the keyboard…
One of the things that I love about Twitter is the chance to encounter interesting humans who might not otherwise enter your sphere. Even better is when those interesting humans seem like people with whom you could be friends. Twitter can be like the world’s biggest cocktail party. Dr. Jen Gunter is one such person I have enjoyed meeting on Twitter.
I like Dr. Jen Gunter’s plucky truth-telling about medicine, sex, and her own griefs; her embrace of her big, curly hair and Wonder Woman self; and her understanding of the importance of red wine and dark chocolate. She belongs in our medical myth-buster club.
I had a moment of debating how to dress for Indy’s most fun and global New Year’s Eve party (thanks Cultural Cannibals!), but my indecision was quickly squelched by asking myself, “WWJGD?” (ie, “What Would @DrJenGunter Do?”) Decision made: Big, curly hair, red dress, killer heeled black booties. Oh, and dancing with my best friend and best boy! I’m going to assume she would approve on all accounts.
Because I travel all of the time and because I am fairly good at ignoring messiness when other tasks seem more important, various areas of my house remain in chaotic states for long periods of time. When I was in fifth grade, I proudly displayed a sticker on my (very messy) desk that read “creative minds are rarely tidy.” I still operate by that principle.
However, I am not immune to this chaos. I will have something like “remove giant-sweater-pile from shelf and fold sweaters” on my mental to-do list for a year or so, thinking of it whenever I happen to be home and enter the closet. All those piled up to-dos for that I never have time to complete do wear on me. The end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 has led to a few unexpected days at home thanks to viral illness, snow days, and a delayed trip to Kenya. In between my laptop work (2 grant proposals and 2 papers to send out!), I have been tackling organizational tasks one-by-one. Delightful!
Every morning, I struggle to find any black socks that have a partner. I suspect I have been buying more trouser socks rather than taking the time to figure out which of these singletons belong together…
But even my sock drawer has fallen in defeat to the organizational spirit of the new year. Now, if only I could find the time to tackle the “office” above my garage which is really more like a storage unit… that challenge may require another year.
Trail of the Doodler
As a compulsive doodler, I was very pleased with the doodle-friendly calendar I had on my desk in Indianapolis this year. I had a card for each month and could doodle on it as I pleased (I doodle when I am on the phone. It helps me listen.) As I packed up the cards, I could tell which months I spent entirely out of the US as evidenced by the complete absence of doodles.
I am trying out a new daily calendar with areas for both my doodling and my usual daily to-do list. We’ll see how this one goes.
And that’s all the snow-induced randomness from the little red house!