Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Never too late

From this Side of the Pond

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

Not formally, on either end. There are people who have been my role models, often without knowing it, so I guess they are/were also mentors. (Can people in books be mentors?)

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

Most of the current T.V. shows, both prime time and talk shows, at least such as I've seen of them (stuck in waiting rooms etc.).  Watching them makes me think I am from another planet.

3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?

All those things can be nice, with the exception of the lint screen. Corner brownies tend to have dry edges, though.

How about...filling Christmas stockings?

4. What's the last good thing you ate?

The chicken soup Mr. Fixit made Saturday night, and that we ate for lunch on Sunday and Monday.

5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.

Version One: Worked at a university, met my husband, got married, bought a house, homebirthed a baby, homeschooled a kindergartner (ok, I was thirty, but close enough). 

Version Two: Stopped repairing my glasses with twist ties.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Having read all three of Marie Kondo's books now (including the manga one), I have found points to differ on, and not just the usual animism issues. A big KonMari principle is that you tidy your space once and for all, and there are good reasons for that, but I'm finding the opposite is true here. We continue to improve and refine things, several months after moving. I worked on our clothes-and-linen closet last weekend, not the clothes but everything else that Kondo would call "cloth komono": tablecloths, towels, tote bags. All you see on the top shelf now are matching cloth bins...much more peaceful. Strangely enough, there was room at the end to add something: a basket of old towels and rags that we use for messy stuff, that had been taking up too much space in the storage room.

So maybe KonMari would say that wasn't part of the original tidying, but just an improvement of storage. She might also say that all the cloth things wanted to be together, including the cleaning rags. point is that you can always make things better, and later is not too late.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.


Katie Clooney said...

Sounds like a lot of wonderful things happened in your 20's. Have a great week.

Mama Squirrel said...

Half a lifetime ago, but it doesn't feel like it.

Joyce said...

Filling Christmas stockings is one of my favorite things about the holiday too. Have a wonderful week!