‘Tis the Season

It is officially that time of year when I begin thinking in “and thens.”

Yesterday was my son’s birthday (24, who believes?) and then there’s Thanksgiving (times two), and then there’s my daughter’s birthday (26, holy shit), and then there’re cookie parties and meetings and then there’s Christmas, of course, and then there’s New Year’s…

It’s Monday, so I have to blog, and then make my shopping list for Thanksgiving supplies and then shop, and then unload the holiday decorations, and then clean and then decorate and then bake, and then, and then…
Did I mention it’s NaNo?
And that my online writing class began?
And the Lamphere’s ad is due?

These next two weeks are especially crazy-busy. In addition to the previously listed and-thens, I have two upcoming dates in Chicago (an evening with Michael Connelly, http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4526647324#, and then the Jane Addams award luncheon, and then the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame induction http://www.chicagoliteraryhof.org/).
I’m not complaining, or bragging, as much as looking for company in my busery.
(Do you like that? Not “misery,” but busy-ery!)

The and-thens can sometimes be overwhelming. There is so much to do and seemingly so little time. What can be moved to the bottom of the and-then to-do list? Shoved to the back of the and-then closet? What can I get away with not and-then doing?

There’s nothing like impending company to open your eyes to the trim you never finished painting, or the grime around the doorknobs and switch plates. That sock in the middle of the floor that you’ve stepped over for days now without thought. The cobwebs in the corner and the dust, oh the dust! But I can’t dust now. I still have other cleaning, unpacking, shopping, and then cooking to do.

Thankfully, there is an innate hierarchy to the and-thens. I really can’t cook until I shop, can’t shop until I make the list, can’t make the list till I go over the recipes. And I can’t check the recipes till I finish this blog. So that’s what I shall do first.
Not the season, not the month, not the week, not the day or even the hour…
I will focus on the top of the and-then pile.
There’s a great view from up here. I can see for miles of moments.

So, allow me to alter the title of this blog to: ‘Tis the Moment.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/toymaster/328543302/”>Zellaby</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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