Ok, so it hasn’t been a particularly stressful day but irksome would probably be more accurate. I had many plans, but for some reason I don’t feel like I have achieved much. I have started making a check list every day. It’s mainly for one reason and that is to make sure jobs get done, so that I have enough time to write.
I read a blog this morning which issued a challenge and I decided to take it up. For the next 30 days, I am going to make sure I swim for 30 minutes. I do have this procrastinating attitude to exercise and although I promise myself faithfully that I will stick to my regime, I can be found convincing myself that 3 times a week is enough and I’ve done them already. By swimming first thing when I get up, it gets it out of the way and I can concentrate on other things. In theory anyway.
That done, I then turn to phone calls and annoyingly having to sort out something that I thought had been organised yesterday, but no, apparently it’s too difficult to give me the correct number when I first ring in. I have to waste time, my frustration and phone calls to get someone to answer the question. Nothing too bad, just a little irritating.
Then shopping. Food shopping is one of my least favourite things to do without my hubby on hand. It’s always way too heavy for me to lift inside in one go and invariably one of the bags breaks. Then there’s finding a home for it all. Boring! Never mind though, it has to be done, so off I go. I notice that the door lock spins a couple of times before locking, but it’s done it before, so I wasn’t too bothered.
I bought a box. It’s a collapsible plastic thing. Perfect, I think. I can get quite a lot of shopping in there. It will fit in the boot of the car and stuff won’t roll around. Pleased with myself for my organising head, I pack all the fruit, veggies and bottles in it, wheel the trolley to the car and… Find the boot of the car full of equipment. Husbands car! No other box is going to fit in there.
There is is a law here in Spain, that prohibits “stuff” being put on the seats and it’s a hefty fine if you are caught. Ok, I can’t put it there then. I know, I’ll put it in the front footwell. So I pick it up and realise it’s really heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that the box suddenly seems a bit flimsy. Add to the fact that the temperature has soared into the 30’s and I am struggling in full sunshine to manoeuvre this box that weighs a ton, between 2 parked cars to open the passenger door and deposit said box. I wheeze and sweat and manage to get it in, only to find it’s about 2 cm too big and the door won’t close. Oh joy.
The box ends up, with some not too gentle persuasion, balanced precariously on top of the stuff in the boot. I drive home, praying that it won’t fall and break the eggs. Luckily the eggs did survive, but yes, it fell.
I had to make a couple of trips to get things upstairs to my front door and the sun was not letting up. I arrived there, overheated and in need of a drink, with my hands full and a bag of rapidly melting ice cream that I had, kindly, bought for my husband, only to find that I couldn’t get in. The front door key was just spinning and spinning I the lock. Wonderful, thinks me and I ring my husband.
Suffice it to say that I eventually got in. My head was pounding with the sun, my shoulders feel like I’ve just done 10 rounds with Lennox Lewis and it’s now much later than I expected. Lunch, that’s what I need. So I start to prepare something and plan what I need to do next. I have an hour of ironing, then cleaning for guests that are arriving on Thursday, I want to do some writing and I also need an hour practicing the piano. I also have a gig tonight and looking at how many hours I don’t have left, I realise something is not going to get done. Then the phone rings.
Its the owner of the bar that I am working at on Saturday. Cancelling! Great!! No work, no money and little chance now of getting another gig at such short notice. So my day has been irksome. It is a day designed to take away pleasure.
This is now a decision for me to make. Do I remain irked or shall I change it. Well, first thing now is to take some pain killers to get rid of the tension headache, to have a quick jacuzzi to wind down and then enjoy my night. I chose, you see, to change it. Tonight I get to sing to some fabulous people in a fabulous place that has a view to die for. The breeze will be in my hair and the music will flow. Life doesn’t get much better than that!!