thief of time

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Mother's Day

Well, Mother’s Day has been and gone and I feel the most alive that I think I’ve felt in a couple of weeks. Too many extremely early starts lately, and even getting to bed early doesn’t seem to have done it for me. I didn’t realise how tired I was until I fell asleep after lunch and didn’t get up till 4:30. What a waste of a rather nice day—except for the catching up on sleep, of course.

This evening, after we’d eaten, instead of slumping in some sort of stupor, I actually wrote a letter I was supposed to get off and then completed and prepared minutes for mailing—and only four days after the meeting, which is a record for me lately. It sure gives a feeling of accomplishment!

I’m someone that prefers something practical for Mother’s Day. I’m one of those strange people you can buy a toaster for, if ours looks like being on the blink. Judging by commercials and anecdotal evidence, there aren’t very many of us about. Of course, an allergy to smelly stuff puts paid to a whole segment of the Mother’s Day industry and an innate laziness means there is nothing I would like less (except for perfumey stuff) than nick nacks to dust. Chocolates, though, are another story, but something that I should really control. Luckily, the family is very willing to share when I get chocolates.

Everyone should get a new wallet every couple of years. My daughter noticed the increasing rattiness of my old one and thought she’d better get me a new one before I lost the family fortune. It’s incredible when you go through all the nooks and crannies of a wallet what you’ll turn up with—some of it totally out of date. I’ve found stamps from former pricing eras (Christmas card stamps, ordinary ones, and overseas ones) that I’ll need to buy extra stamps to go with, just so I can use them. I found a gift voucher that I’d forgotten that’s due to expire at the end of the month, so that’s one thing that needs attending to straight away. I have business cards of people and businesses that I haven’t been to in years.

So, anyways, today has brought me sleep, organisation, accomplishment, chocolates! and a gift voucher for Borders, so I’ve had a very good day. Oh yes, I nearly forgot—also a laundry trolley to replace our old one that has certainly seen better days. This too is something that I can share with the family—though for some reason they don’t seem to appreciate it as much as when I offer to share the chocolates.

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