I can't believe that people turn into greedy little green headed monsters with red bulging eyes and hands that turn into claws on this one-of-the-biggest shopping days of the year - and all for a mere 25% off. Okay. It may be more than that, but they replenish the stocks and the stuff won't float off the planet if you do not buy it today on this particular day
, and the prices DO
come down. So what if it's not the exact same one you saw in that circular? It never is!
My time is worth way more than that and my sanity is way too valuable to waste, and well, life is just too short to spend it in a chaotic cess pool of over-commercialized greed-driven humanity.
Don't get me started or I'm likely to tell you have I really feel...
The start of Black Friday was pretty good. I slept for 9 hours and felt really refreshed. I think that I need to just generally got more than just 7 hours sleep - my internal mechanisms are so wound tight during the day, I think I need more than the usual amount of rest to rejuvenate. Of course, that means I can only sleep, work, and work out - to the exclusion of almost everything else. Or I could just (gasp!
) prioritize what's important and just stick to those few items.
Sort of like my Five Friends List. They are my most important. Once day I will make a list of my Lists. I love Lists.
I then got a leisurely start to the Upstairs-Tenant-Neighbor's apartment to run on her treadmill. She is in LA this winter and next Spring to teach at UCLA - still renting the apartment and storing her wonderful treadmill there. Anyway, I ran for 40 minutes. I cannot believe how signing up for a Spring marathon can just turn on the desire to train and get back into shape. It's also helping to improve my overall mood.
I've decided to run for time, this training season and see where it gets me. I told my Hunny Bunny
that at some point, I need to run miles instead of times. And he asked why?
I said, "because I need to make sure I am running far enough."
He said, "why won't you run far enough if you run for time as long as the time gets longer?"
I said, "how will I know if I've run 20 or 22 miles?"
He said, "because you will be running for 3, 3 1/2 hours... isn't that how long you usually do your longest runs?"
Hmmm.... uh..... hmmm.... That's true. Hmmm.... Okay.
I like running for time. I can schedule it into my calendar much better. I know I will need 15 minutes to prepare, and 30 minutes to shower and change regardless of how long I run. Being time-bounded, I don't have to worry about running too slowly or not running fast enough to get those miles in on those days when I am tired and not feeling so well. Yes. That is a HUGE stressor, which totally defeats the purpose of running to destress. Anyway, I can always run for 30-40-50 minutes, or whatever.
This morning, I also decided that as long as I am on the treadmill, I can do recovery runs in the correct heart rate zone. So instead of walking, I will try running - verrrrrry slowwwwwly.
Anyway, I got to thinking about time.
What would I do if I had more time?
I don't mean time for vacations and world travel but the kind of ordinary
time that gives you another hour or two a day, every day, including weekends. Or even the kind of time you gain if you had a part time job that allowed you to work 4-6 hours a day instead of a job where you are working 9-12 hours a day (like MY *&^%$!!! job).
So I made a list:
- Spend more time at the gym - maybe spend 2-3 hours a day working out
- Listen to music, download, and reconfigure my iPod
- Photograph more and create albums, calendars and other things for family and friends.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter or a woman's shelter
- Catalog all my travel information - places I've been, places I want to go
- Put together travelogues of places I've been complete with pictures and video diary
- Meditate and study religion more
- And last but not least, be able to drop everything when my Hunny Bunny is near, so that I can just be there in his presence and share life at that moment with him
I wonder how other people would spend their time?