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My newfound free time

March 10th, 2018 at 09:31 am

Today I'm wrapping up my 1st week with the new work schedule, and I'm luvin' my newfound time, even if I am not 100% productive all of the time.

The snowstorm on Wednesday and the dig-out the following day sort of messed up some shopping plans.

Trader Joe's, foiled again
I had a leisurely morning at home on Friday, then went to the lunch at Italian place. I had moved my planned visit to Trader Joe's from Wednesday, then to Thursday, and finally to Friday after the lunch, looking forward to shopping when it wasn't mobbed (Sat/Sun), but I unexpectedly got a call from a gallery asking me to pick up some art that hadn't sold.

So I went to do that first, and then decided to visit a certain gold/jewelry buyer right next door, about something I wanted to sell. He gave me a very low price on it, and so I left not selling anything.

By the time I was done with that, it was 3 pm, and I knew if i headed to Trader Joe's I'd be hitting rush hour traffic coming home. So I just headed home and figured I could wait another week for the Trader Joe's trip.

Subscription longings
I've been toying with getting a weekend-only subscription to the New York Times. I used to love lounging around reading the Sunday Times in my 20s and 30s (before I had the responsibilities of my house), but I'm still wondering if I'll have the time to read it all. Plus I don't like adding a regularly recurring expense to my budget, although it's not that much. Sure, I could buy it at the newsstand, but then I never do.

At some point I would also like to restart my Ancestry subscription.

Yoga no-go
I've been wanting to get back to Saturday morning yoga for weeks now, but more urgent chores always got in the way. I had every intention of going today. It took some time to finally figure out that they moved the location of the classes from the old town hall, about a half mile from my house, to a church...on my street!

Now I have no excuses. Except that, after getting dressed and being ready to go, I decided to do a quick check of the church's website to make sure it was going on, and I saw that they also moved the TIME of the classes up, from 9 am to 8:30 am. So the class was already halfway over when I read that. (I thought 9 am was early enough.)

Sigh. Will shoot for this next Saturday. No excuses! The classes are a bargain, at just $5 each, and proceeds go to benefit a non-profit health center for low-income families.

This could be shocking!
My electrician's coming by for a check today, in advance of finishing up some work he started in my garage. Namely, removing an old, rusty fluorescent bulb lamp over the workbench there, along with some old fabric wiring. It was an eyesore, I don't think the old wiring was safe and I'm not crazy about having fluorescent lighting with mercury in the home.

So he's getting rid of it (there's a huge window in the garage so I won't replace the lamp), and he's putting in a new outlet/switch as I have a lot of power tools and battery chargers (lawn mower, electric trimmer, weed whacker, blower, snow blower).

This wasn't on my list, but I wound up spending time shredding old bills and other paperwork. I just got tired of opening a file drawer and having it be so jam packed, so making the time to thin it out was time well spent. Decluttering in any way I can is something I want to continue doing, but I have a hard time getting rid of things.

Picking up dad for dinner later.

Tomorrow is a historical society program at the library.

I spent an hour freeing up branches of shrubs weighed down by the snow to ground level. The sooner I do that, the better, and less chance the shrubs will be permanently misshapen; I noticed it took a full day for the birch branches to pop back up. My rhodie branches are protected by the snow from deer browsing, but again, I don't want the shrubs to be ruined by the now encrusted snow pack.

Plus, the plastic fencing I put around some shrubs favored by the deer was also flattened by the snow, so I pulled all those up again.

I'm psyched that daylight savings time is tomorrow. It means I may be able to drive home in partial daylight even on my 2 long workdays, Monday and Tuesday.

3 Responses to “My newfound free time”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I'm looking forward to DST too! I wish there was no standard time and it was just daylight time all year.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I am looking forward to DST too! Being able to walk outside after work without rushing to get home ... marvelous!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    We are also looking forward to more daylight. This getting dark around 5 or so is depressing. I agree -- why can't we just keep this. We are no longer an agrarian society that needed that time change to save on energy.

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