I have never liked cleaning, though I love organizing. My many visits to gardens in May and June have me “greening” my office. I’ve added new plants, including vinca, cane yucca, aloe, a miniature Japanese cypress, and air plants. I’ve pruned my snake plant and put sections in water to root. I transferred plants that looked sickly or had outgrown their pots. I applied decorative rocks and moss on top of the soil around them. I fed them all and vowed to water more regularly. I hope this will help motivate me to take care of the plants outside home and refocus me at work.
I’ve been in a writing slump. Part of it is finding people and events in my personal life leaving little energy for outrage at national and world events. I’ve been knitting and reading/listening to books. I am playing “Book Bingo” with the Seattle Public Library. I am downloading the free teen audiobooks from AudioSync. I am preparing to review and update my “D” audiobooks on Audible as I finish up the “Cs.” (I have over 1,000 in my library). I’ve reviewed and contributed to my new performance standards under reorganization and I am trying out more sociability at work.
I previously preordered Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and finished listening to it in one day. Then I ordered the entire series (six seasons) on DVD. (I already own the two movies.) I was an adamant believer in getting Carrie and Big together in the end. I identified as “a Miranda,” but admired Carrie’s self-awareness and decision to “make her own rules.” Charlotte often annoyed me, but I became an admirer as she converted to Judaism and married her lawyer. I supported Samantha in principle, but could never have emulated her. The series helped me navigate dating after my divorce. I loved Chris Noth’s appearances in the SEX AND THE CITY and LAW AND ORDER series. I adored him in the SEX AND THE CITY movies. The book is a fun perspective on the series, its creators, the actors and how it both reflected and changed culture, being female and being single. I am sorry we won’t have a third movie, but understand Kim Cattrall’s reasoning.
I am leaving to after work tomorrow to stay with my mom over the weekend. She is maintaining a questionable relationship and needs alternative support as she handles her health issues. My sister is experiencing her own health issues and supporting her partner through his. I am still planning a restful trip to the beach (Rockaway Beach) for my birthday. I am trying to curb my spending and keep up with my bills until my car is paid off in a few months. I am thinking about retirement and what I want to do in the next stages of my life. Hopefully, I am also greening and reviving myself.