Quote of the Day: The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on that first one. Mark Twain
This seems like a fitting quote for the beginning of the year. How are you doing with your resolutions? Mine is to make one change, and write one scene per week for 52 weeks. Last week, I walked a little bit more than usual, and I wrote scene #1 for my play writing, and I scheduled rehearsals and set the date to have my first full-length play, Coffee Shop Confessions, performed at The Coco Moon. I still need to confirm with two of the actors, then I’ll officially annouce the dates. Very exciting. I didn’t know if I was shaking more from the caffeine or the adrenaline from taking that big step.
Lately, when I cook, I set off the smoke alarms. They were going crazy yesterday. I opened windows, ran around and checked to make sure there wasn’t smoke coming from another area of the house, stood outside a minute, but saw nothing to alarm, except for the blaring alarm. I turned off the oven and stove and turned on the fans, and left the windows and doors open. Then, the phone rang. (I thought the neighbors might be calling to check if I was okay.) It was my friend, Krista, from across town. She didn’t hear the alarms. But, about that time, they finally quit. We discussed a good change. I’ve been invited to more shows at the Guthrie, and just this week, to attend a performance at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis. Very exciting. Krista called to tell me she could accompany me to one of the shows.
Another good change stemmed from the smoke alarms. They sounded again today as I was frying up a salmon patty. It wasn’t that oily! So, I decided to clean the stove and oven. But first, I pulled out the stove to clean behind and under it. Amongst the usual dirt and greasy dust bunnies, I found a Starburst, a Nerf bullet, my spaghetti server, and sand. I can’t for the life of me remember a single recipe that called for sand, but there it was, piled along the edge where the counter met the stove.
I’m also experiencing a change in my own backyard that I’m not as excited about. I know, it could be good, but right now it just feels sad. I live on the edge of town, and had a lovely wooded view, see family photo, here.
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I love Salmon patties. I love your goals. I love trees and hate that your wooded area disappeared. Sorry about that.
Nerf bullet – odd place for it!
Sad about your view. Sometimes I hate progress.
Love the quote…maybe, just maybe tonight I will be inspired to update my blog. Great job on the steps you have taken for your play! How exciting!
Love salmon patties, too…your new view…not so much.
Hope your week is a great one! Thanks for the inspiration!
You’re so positive; I love it! Also, I often set off smoke alarms when I cook.
Love the Twain quote. It’s how I felt about self-publishing my book, the process was very complex and overwhelming. But I kept a journal since Day 1, taking only one step at a time and logging each in the journal. It’s amazing how far along a series of one-at-a-time steps can take you.
I’m sorry about your view, too. Did they leave at least some trees along the border of the two properties?
It makes me sad that your view has been thinned out. I am however, amazed and inspired by your outlook on it all. Thanks for the dose of optimism and positivity!
Mary, this really resonated today: “I’ve already noticed that my kitchen is much sunnier.” As I’ve been preparing for my new job, I’ve been tying up some loose ends and saying some goodbyes to the connections I’ve forged in the past couple years. Some of them are harder than others, and it’s been somewhat emotional. But then I remember the gain, and feel energized. It’s a little like sun coming through a recently blocked-out spot. I will carry that visual with me as I begin my new journey tomorrow! 🙂
Maybe the nerf bullet & sand were in the same recipe?
Great on more walking. I upped the weight in my workout.
That’s really exciting about your play. Hope it goes terrific.
Odd place to find sand…unless of course you live in my old apartment in Savannah. I once woke up and found a crab in my kitchen! Very bizarre!
Sorry about the trees. I’m glad you have a somewhat positive outlook about it. I hate seeing trees cut down…for any reason. Then again, I have been accused of being a tree hugger 😀
Best of luck with your goals for this year! And congrats on the upcoming play! Sounds exciting! If I was up your way, I would most definitely come to see it!
You must be one smokin’ cook sweetie! Heeehehhee!
I always hate to see trees downed…it takes a lifetime to grow a great tree.
I’m so excited for you about the play. I can’t imagine the pride you will feel when you see it in production. Woohoo!!!
God bless ya and have a spectacular day sweetie!!! :o)
That is exciting news about your play being performed.
Bummer about losing that amazing view.