Daily Chronicle — Autumn Catch-up

Paychecks in a Ball Jar

Paychecks in a Ball Jar

LAKE MACBRIDE— Since July, my agenda has been packed with paid and   unpaid work. As autumn yields to winter, I found myself working twelve days straight. Feeling similar to how I felt after returning to garrison after long periods of military field work, I’m making time to take care of basic necessities, and have created this chronicle of how things went.

3 a.m.— Rise, make coffee, read messages and articles, write emails, daily planning.

5 a.m.— Breakfast of pancakes with apple butter on top.

5:30 a.m.— Read the rest of The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan.

7:05 a.m.—Rearrange cupboard above the refrigerator (clean off thick layer of dust on top). Organize shelf stable goods in the pantry.

9:16 a.m.—Create work space in garage and downstairs.

9:45 a.m.— Pick up paychecks and empty canning jars, chat with two of my favorite farmers, take recycling to Iowa City, get groceries at North Dodge HyVee.

11:47 a.m.— Lunch, start dish washer.

12:32 p.m.— Scan paychecks into the bank account.

12:57 p.m.— Take a nap.

1: 27 p.m.— Select the ripe tomatoes from the counter to make pasta sauce, and get started.

2:09 p.m.— Sort cracked garlic for planting/eating.

2:37 p.m.— Finish prep work and start pasta sauce to simmer.

3:03 p.m.— Pay bills. Read mailers from Wellmark and Delta Dental on changes to plans for compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

3:34 p.m.— Take nap #2.

4:25 p.m.— Clean up to do prep work for dinner, and bask in the glory of a day on my own.

4:26 p.m.— Realize the the existential struggle for existence in the post-Reagan society restarts tomorrow.

4:27 p.m.— Was thankful for today.

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