May 16, 2003


No real reason for the scarcity of entries this past month. After almost four years (!) of this, I've resigned myself to being sporadic, but confident that I will continue, for no other reason than because I want to.

So without further ado, the Friday Five:

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?

I am an organized person, very much so.
I know where everything is.
Well, almost everything.

Of course I'm organized. I run the household, take care of the bills and bank accounts, keep track of my kids' comings and goings, keep the stats for my bowling league and somehow also manage to run my friends' lives too.

I am the soul of efficiency.
Well, creative efficiency.
I mean, what's the point in putting something away if you're only going to have to take it out again, in, say, a few months?

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?

Oh yes I have a notebook agenda on the kitchen counter and a bulletin-board type marker calendar on the fridge.

I do use it, for appointments and important scheduling events like remembering to do the laundry and when to expect my next period which still comes even though I am WAY too old for this nonsense.

I pride myself in always knowing what day of the week it is and keeping things up to date.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?

Well yeah, besides all the computer equipment there's not much room for clutter anyway. A couple of drinking glass coasters, 3 pencils, one pen, one CD marker (Rob's), one hilghter marker, three hair clips, a floppy disc where my bowling stats are backed up, a few small crumpled up post-it notes, and a kleenex (unused).

We won't talk about the rest ot the room...

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?

The best I've ever managed was to keep CDs together by artist. My son Rob does alphabetize and I consider that an aberration caused by the anal-retentive gene he inherited from his father.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?

Hardest or most difficult?
There's a difference...

In other news:

Recently Stephanie sent me photos of some early blooms in the perennials she planted two years ago in honour of my father.
Not only was this an incredibly touching (and lasting) gift, but this year she remembered to take photos only a few days after her spine surgery!


lily of the valley


bleeding hearts

Last year's photos are here, and the original set are here.
Thank you so much, dear friend.

The second anniversary of my father's death was last Sunday, which happened to be Mother's Day. My kids, not knowing what to buy me, accepted my suggestion of an Amazon gift certificate (yay!) but also gave me a surprise that really lifted my spirits.

Mark and his girlfriend took time out on Saturday, which was also her birthday, to drive a half hour each way to get me something that recently became available here and that they knew I wanted:


I don't know which were sweeter, the doughnuts themselves or the gesture behind them.
It was absolutely perfect.

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