Things that I’m going to start making time for

Recently I hired an assistant for my consulting business, and it seems silly to pay for an assistant if I don’t use that newly found time to start making more sense of what I do with my time.
When I was playing with the quartet on Thursday, I was thinking out loud that there are a lot of things that I wish I had time to do … but don’t seem to find time to do. A friend suggested I just try to do each activity once or twice a week instead of trying for a “practice every day” kind of schedule. This sounds like a pretty good idea. I’m thinking about reserving 60 minutes a day for some of these things I feel like I don’t have time for.

First thing to do – make a list of things I like to do (or want to do) that could be done in time increments less than one hour. Note these are also all things I am currently NOT doing. Here goes …

  • play the viola
  • play the guitar
  • play the piano
  • scrapbook a page
  • journal about our trip to Turkey
  • do yoga
  • pamper myself (do my nails, use lotion, take a bubble bath)
  • practice “sit, stay, and come with the dogs” (who have become really lax in listening)
  • practice my German
  • practice my Spanish
  • relearn the small amount of Arabic I knew
  • find a new recipe to make and make the necessary grocery list
  • meditate
  • write a letter to someone
  • call a friend

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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My sore left foot

About three weeks ago, I used this machine at the gym that really made my feet mad. Specifically, the balls of my feet. When I got up the next morning, I could barely walk and it felt like the balls of my feet were bruised.

The pain in the right foot subsided after two days, but the pain in the left foot has been hanging on for dear life. Every time I think it’s gone, it flares back up. Yesterday I managed to aggravate it by tapping the beat while I played the viola for two hours. About an hour in I realized that my foot was starting to bother me again, but I am, apparently, incapable of tapping the beat with my right foot.

This morning I woke up, put my feet in my slippers, and there it was … back full force in the left foot. This is making me very nervous. I am pretty sure I can walk for a month on a really sore foot, but it’s not going to be pleasant. My only saving grace is that I do have an appointment with a podiatrist on Monday (I made the appointment two weeks ago).

Cross your fingers for my left foot!

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Giving up the Medical Savings Plan

For the last several years, we’ve been participating in my employer’s medical savings plan. The first couple years, you had to mail all the EOB’s to the plan, including a form in the front with your signature. But the last two years, you had to fill out a line-by-line accounting for every expense that you are claiming. So for every $3.79 prescription or $7.54 chiropractic visit, that’s a separate line of the form to fill out with date, type of claim, name of provider, dependent name, and dollar amount.

I just spent a beautiful Friday morning doing nothing for two hours but filling out these stupid forms (for a tax savings of $60-80 and to reclaim money that is from my paycheck). In an age where ever prescription is entered into a computer and ever EOB is printed from a database, why the heck can’t this information just be sent directly to the Medical Savings Plan?

And let’s not even go into the fact that you have to predict, in advance, how much you will spend on medical in the next year (and it’s use it or lose it). If there was ever an unpredictable cost in our lives, it is certainly health care. Hmmm… let’s see, I think I’ll plan for medical costs associated with a car accident for the next year … whatever!

Well, I quit. This is a ridiculous and tedious way to save tax dollars. These are the last forms I’m turning in. I’ll come back when there is coordination of technology amongst all the medical providers.

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Gray Weather and Exercise

The sky outside is gray, and when the weather gets like this, it is hard to find the motivation to exercise, but I’ve got to get in better shape before we go to India. My brother-in-law blogged about this program to get you doing one hundred push ups (see website), and I think I’m going to try it. Anyone else want to give it a go?

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Take action by at least encouraging the current presidential candidates to make the fight against XDR-TB one of their priorities (send your message here).

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