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This Day in My History

TODAY's QUOTE

If you break your neck.  If you have nothing to eat.  If your house is on fire--then you have a problem.  Everything else is an inconvenience.

~ Robert Fulghum


Yesterday's Entries

2001:  Voice Mail Hell
2002:  Come Back to the Kitchen, Donna Reed, Donna Reed
2003:  Please, Sir, I want some...More?


TODAY's READ

Reading Lolita in Tehran


BOOKS READ THIS YEAR

Arranged Marriage
Venus Envy
Angels and Demons
Rubyfruit Jungle
Ultimate Weight Loss Solution
Sink Reflections


ON DVD

Freaky Friday


On TV

The Maltese Falcon
Antwone Fisher


FOOD

Breakfast:  Peanutbutter toast
Lunch:  Lean Cuisine Southwest Chicken
Dinner: 
Garlic Chicken Primavera


Getting to know me....

I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I'm balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I'm right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I'm still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I'm calm and rational and stable -
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.

What Poetry Form Are You?

 

SELECTIVE VISION

22 February 2004

I think I’ve mentioned in this journal before that one trait of Aquarians appears to be that we have "selective vision."

I became aware of our "selective vision" years and years ago when my mother-in-law was telling me she had read that Aquarians are the kind of people who never have cupboard doors closed, because they just don’t "see" them as open. She had called her daughter, another Aquarian, to tell her that and the daughter laughed because as her mother was explaining this, she looked around and suddenly became aware that all of her cupboard doors were just slightly ajar. (And she’s a neat and tidy person!)

There are times when I become embarrassingly aware of my own selective vision.

One time was long, long ago when the kids were still in school and living at home. One of them was having a tantrum because he couldn’t find his red sock. I still remember clearly saying "It’s under the chair in the living room. It’s been there for a week."

Now, a normal housekeeper would have seen the sock, picked it up, and put it in the kid’s room – or at least in the laundry basket. Apparently on some level my eye saw the sock and stored the information away in my brain, but the part of my brain – the Aquarian part of my brain – that processes information like that and translates it into cognition just never fired up until the information was needed – like the kid asking me where his sock was.

It’s this Aquarian trait in me which has permitted me to live in this house, surrounded by piles and dust and clutter and mess for so many years.

But, as Robin Oakapple says in Ruddygore, "my eyes are fully open to my awful situation" and I have slowly but surely begun to rectify it.

Now that I have lots of time on my hands again, I’m taking up where I left off in January and returning to my "clean up, clean out, throw away" routine.

Recently I discovered an old roll of shelf paper. When I say "old" roll of shelf paper, I’m not kidding. This came from Gilbert’s house. Gilbert died in 1986 and he had remodeled his house at least three years before, so it’s safe to say that this shelf paper was purchased in 1983. However, it’s still perfectly good.

Armed with the shelf paper, I decided to put new paper on some of the drawers in the kitchen. (And in using it I managed to kill two birds with one roll of shelf paper--got rid of the 20 year old shelf paper, and got myself fresh, clean shelves.)

That’s when the veil over my "selective vision" disappeared and I suddenly became aware of what I’d been looking at for years, and never quite registering.

This is how the shelves looked:

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And this is how they look now:

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Some difference!

I’m now starting to look at other parts of the house, trying to concentrate on what I’m seeing and not what is registering itself in the back parts of my brain. If I can get this house even halfway decent looking I will be a very happy person.

As I keep telling people, this is never going to be a showplace (well, the new bathroom might be eventually!), but I have at least reached a point where when people drop in unexpectedly, I don’t die a thousand deaths.

Olivia called me from San Francisco on Friday, saying she was going to be stopping by and spending the night before she flew out for Boise the following morning.

In years past, this would have evoked a frenzy of cleaning, straightening, hiding, and other tricks of the incurably sloppy. Instead, I spent the day working on a report I was typing and didn’t do anything that I wouldn’t have done in the normal course of my day anyway.

Somewhere I read that it takes 37 days (or something like that) to make a "habit." I’ve been at this housecleaning jazz for about 2 months now, so have passed the "habit forming" stage. Maybe I’m home free on this one. Maybe I’ll keep the progress I’ve made and make further progress as the weeks roll by.

At the worst of my cold this past week, I staggered upstairs to bed without cleaning the kitchen first. The first time since I started all of this by "shining my sink." When I came downstairs in the morning there were dishes on the counter, and a dirty frying pan on the stove and I couldn’t believe how appalled I was. I cleaned it all up instantly, and have not gone to bed since without cleaning up the kitchen first.

When this all started, I used to ask "who is this person and what has she done with the real Bev." Now I’m hoping that this is the real Bev. I sure like this one a lot better than the old one.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Here's a more subtle PhotoShop trick--
I "extracted" the blossoms from shot I took in our yard
and moved them to a plain black background.

 

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