Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Flow and Focus

After making some progress with the physical side of the Lakshmi Project -- The re-ordering of my immediate environment -- I'm now revisiting the mental side.

There are several things happening simultaneously that could be construed as evidence that the Project is starting to take root in my mind.
  1. Due to other commitments, my violin teacher is only going to be teaching for another month. This will give me some extra cash in the form of a tuition refund, and give me additional practice time to prepare for a clarinet exam in June. Conveniently, this turn of events will provide the cash for a pre-calculus prerequisite math course I want to take... And the required graphing calculator, too.
  2. I've acquired a paid proofreading gig, cleaning up a book manuscript.
  3. I've been improving self-discipline and concentration skills through various means, including leaving the computer switched off during music practice, and doing my reading in a straight-backed chair under adjustable lighting.
The mind truly is the final frontier... And oh, what a trip I'm having on this particular starship!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

"Put down the lutefisk and back away slowly..."

As part of my household's traditional vernal equinox cooking frenzy, tonight I'm featuring some not-so-traditional Scandinavian cooking.  Tried out a vinaterta recipe but modified to make it gluten-free. To date it's the most fun I've ever had with a 750-gram bag of dried prunes.

Next up: Rack of lamb with yams and caramelized pearl onions for dinner tomorrow, and maple crème brulée for dessert.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's here! It's here!!

(signs for package and closes front door) Now, let's see what we've got...

*rip* *unpack*

Yup, it's all here. Vernal Equinox 2008, Northern Hemisphere Edition.

(loads software into computer)

Oh, heck. They forgot about the Daylight Saving Time change.

*downloads patch*

*program crashes with Random Equipment Malfunction*

@#!%!!

Hang on, folks... It may take me till past one in the morning, but you will have your Spring on schedule.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"I don't want to go on the wagon!"

"Oh, don't be such a baby." (Springy G runs several pads of obsolete blank cheques through the shredder)

Yes, the Lakshmi Project continues. Tonight I did something extraordinary indeed... I finished Phase I of the data entry for My 2007 tax return. And it isn't even the last week of April.

Bank statements, sorted and hole-punched and clipped into the correct folder. Teaching income sorted by month and tallied. Car expenses and mileage entered.

(puts paperwork away in filing box for Later, then starts sorting through the last few CDs on her desk)

Well, I'll be... There actually *is* a desk under there, after all!

Life is good.