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Just Routine

Aug
9
2006

There is a lot to be said for routine. We desperately need one around here these days.
Routine allows you to do things without thinking so you can work other things out while doing those mindless tasks that have to be done.
Since moving, though, I have to remember where things are located, including myself. There is a backlog of brain function and I think it’s starting to show.
For instance: Breakfast. We have the same breakfast on certain days of the week and Wednesday is always poached eggs. Normally I can have the full breakfast whipped out in 15 minutes (20 minutes if the coffee maker is being ornery). Half the time I don’t even remember doing it and breakfast sort of appears 20 minutes after my feet hit the floor.
Now everything is in a different place so I have to think my way through breakfast, starting with where I need to go to fix it. I currently start out standing in the living room with a bewildered look on my face. I could have sworn there was a kitchen around here somewhere.
By the time I determine the toaster is now on the left and not behind me anymore (I used to have such Lucy Ricardo fluidity in toast manifestation) and the refrigerator opens with my right hand now, I’m 15 minutes behind schedule.
Not only that, but when I don’t have to think about making breakfast, I can think about the day’s schedule. So thinking about the day’s schedule has to be done in the shower which is when I usually plan dinner so I can take something out of the freezer.
And so, nothing for dinner all because the egg poacher is in a different place . . .and because the only thing in the freezer is dog bones and two pounds of dog meat (that would be meat for, not comprised of. . . ).
I have to think while driving around because my shortest routes are no longer valid. All the pot holes on the road are in different places so I actually have to look where I’m going.
Then there is the fact that my computer is now in something called “my office,” as opposed to out in the middle of the living room. So in order to get to it I have to pass the kitchen, laundry room, dusty living room and bedroom with an unmade bed – places requiring my attention. At this rate, I’ll never increase my Spider Solitaire score.
I guess an optimist would embrace this Zen approach to living. They would use words like “the Here and Now” and “Mindfulness.” He or she would remind me to Experience the Moment, Feel the Present and Be Fully in the Now.
Only “The Now” includes ushering the dog out the door before he throws up on the new carpet and cleaning the toilet.
There’s a lot to be said for unconsciousness.

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