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Sunday, March 7, 2004

I learned something about myself today. It wasn't an earth-shattering revelation, or even anything I didn't already know, really. It's just that I keep forgetting my own priorities, and my actions sometimes remind me what they are.

When I got back from studying with Suzanne and picking up a few things at the grocery store, it was about four o'clock. I had options. There were several things I could have done, and a few things I should have done. But it was the warmest day of the year, and I didn't want to be inside if I didn't have to be.

On the other hand, I didn't want to be working either. It would have been a good day and a good time to pull a few weeds, but that's not how I spent the next hour. I grabbed the two lawn chairs that I keep in the living room and hauled them out the front door and into the garden. That's where I sat and read until the shadows started creeping over the pages.

Until I got my new glasses Friday, I hadn't been doing much reading. Now I feel I owe it to myself to make up for lost time. Even though I should be finishing the Big Project, I decided to make time to read. After I came inside around five, I read for another half hour in the recliner.

I'd like to find time every day to do some reading. It might not be an hour and a half, especially on a Monday, but any time would be fine with me at this point.

4 March 2004

Fence line.

Tomorrow I'll probably regret what I didn't do today. But I won't regret what I did do.

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When I was putting together Rachael's Yellow Mustard Potato Salad tonight, I got a little nervous, because it didn't look like any potato salad I'd ever seen. It didn't even look like what Rachael made on the show that I watched just yesterday. So I was pleased and a little surprised that it turned out to be so good. A year ago I couldn't possibly have imagined that I'd spend thirty minutes on a Sunday evening making potato salad. Now I can't imagine going back to the pre-packaged, overly processed kinds of foods I was eating then. That's the new priority around here.

Recent recommendations can always be found on the links page.

One year ago: Passage
"He got away with it because he was the lovable old town character."

Four years ago: Before the Deluge
"If we let the narrow-minded and the self-righteous define 'marriage,' maybe the concept itself has outlived its value. Maybe marriage should be abolished altogether, instead of reserving it for people who think one way and denying it to those who live differently."

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