Category: Routine

Static

  We leave for Amsterdam in the morning. My seventeen year old thinks she’s going to get stoned with her parents. Isn’t she cute? How do you say, “Not in this lifetime,” in Dutch? We will be gone for a week in our attempt to see as many of Van Gogh’s paintings as possible. I’ve…

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Clothes Line

Waiting in line, anticipating your turn. It can be the take-a-number line at the DMV, or the youngest child waiting for her first high school dance.  There’s tiptoe looking ahead, wondering what’s just beyond the door, or in front of the other bobbing backs of heads. At the same time, once your time is up, once it…

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Hiked Up

The morning hike starts the same way every day. It is just past dark, but before sunrise when Jack and I set out.  He is always anxious, curious and a little nutty.  I am usually sore, always alert and making sure he doesn’t get into trouble.  We take the first few minutes to get settled.  Jack does…

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Bedspread

I make my bed every day. Sometimes at 5 AM and sometimes not until 5 PM, but every day, good day or bad, I line up the pillows. Today was a 4:30 PM day.  As I smoothed out my quilt, I wondered why I do what I do?  The day is almost over.  I’m going…

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Boyfriend Jeans

I had to buy a new pair of spin shoes. I mean I guess I didn’t have to, but the ones I have are almost a year old and they’re not as pretty as some of the other shoes in class.  They’re losing their structure, they’re a little sloppy.  For those of you that don’t…

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Rinse, Repeat

It occurs to me that I have never done anything for my entire life. I mean other than the basics, sleep, brush teeth, but I don’t even do those the same way every time.  I don’t have a habit, something I’ve done my whole life, or even my adult life.  I think I’m a bit…

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Pants

Restrooms are private, even in public. I was at Starbucks this morning and as I went to the bathroom, a woman was leaving.  She held the door open and waited for me to enter.  It was a full door hold.  I was polite and said, “Thank you,” but it felt super strange. Why are you…

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Applique

I’m a little “apptastic” lately and with that comes some guilt and self reflection. I realize most people just buy apps for their phone or iPad and enjoy the hell out of themselves.  They launch birds at pigs or keep a photo catalogue of their shoes or the contents of their house.  There’s no reason…

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Reversible Belt

I have a fan in my bedroom. It is on a remote control and there are three levels.  In the summer the fan is important for keeping the room cool.  It spins quietly and does it’s job, but every now and then I feel like the fan is not putting out as much cool air…

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