The UIC Ski Team: I Got That Done

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I’ve been getting up early. Not as early as when I had to go to work downtown, but early.

The plan is to wake up at 7:15 and read in bed until 8:00, then get up and write, job search, network, write, walk Alice, eat, write, do chores. I plan out every day to the minute because if I don’t, I’ll end up spending all day playing Sim City and watching Netflix.

Last Wednesday, I completely borked the schedule. When I woke up, the wind was blowing at the perfect speed and direction to make my bedroom windows whistle gently. I adore that sound. I find it so soothing, like rain on a tent or a cat purring. I sat up in bed, grabbed my book*2“Stay Interesting: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They’re True and Amazing” by Jonathan Goldsmith, and began my day as planned.

About ten minutes later, Alice jumped up on the bed and stretched out next to me, her back touching my ribs, her head in my armpit, one hind leg draped over my thigh. It took less than a minute for her to fall asleep. I could feel her breathe. The regular rhythm of her inhaling and exhaling combined with the sound of the wind was hypnotizing. That this little dog trusted me implicitly to protect her while she dozed was such an all encompassing feeling of joy*3Joy is different than happiness. I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed. It was a different relaxation than “holiday relaxation”. It felt eternal and deep. Everything felt right.

I closed the book. I wanted to savour this exact moment in my life with no distractions. I just lay there, watching my dog sleep, listening to the wind, being 100% in the beautiful moment. I don’t know how long it took me to drop off, but when I woke up it was nearly 11:00 AM.

I didn’t end up getting much accomplished last Wednesday, but I got that done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS…this is what a section of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were removed.

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2. “Stay Interesting: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They’re True and Amazing” by Jonathan Goldsmith
3. Joy is different than happiness