I’m pretty sure I have some form of Adult ADD.  I’ve worked hard to control/hide it because, well, who wants to have ADD?  I’m also pretty sure that if Ritalin or Adderal existed when I was a kid, I would have been a user.  Fortunately, I don’t think ADD existed as a diagnosis when I was kid.  At any rate, one of the ways I manage it is by writing everything down.  On any given day, I have a list or two of things I need to do, people I should call, stuff I should think about. I don’t always do everything on the list, but there is always a list.
So, it was very fitting and normal that I made a “10 Things I Need To Do, Summer 2011 list back in, oh, about April.  Here’s my opportunity to revisit the list, see how much little I’ve accomplished, and in this age of over-sharing, make it public.  
  1. Visit Idaho.  I kicked off my summer by visiting my friend, Linden, at his ranch in Idaho over Memorial Day Weekend.  He sold his Upper East Side pad and bought a 108-acre ranch in what seems to me to be the middle of nowhere.  I thought he might be a little nuts to do this (it’s a long way from everywhere and 108 acres is a lot of land) but I’m so glad he is.  It was a glorious trip to a part of the country I don’t know a lot about.  It was so good that I’m trying to make it a yearly trip. (He doesn’t know this, yet). Status: Completed
  2. Develop an exercise regimen.  It’s funny; I haven’t actually gained much weight, but it seems the weight I have has shifted.  For the first time, I have a gut and I’m not happy about that.  So, I’ve started running again … something my doctor and knees told me in 2001 I probably shouldn’t do anymore.  So, I’m not actually running.  I’m doing a pathetic run-walk routine to ease the pounding on my knees, and it’s a little annoying because I want to run, but much better than not doing much at all. Technically, I could mark this Completed because I did develop an exercise regimen. Part two of this task should include “sticking to it” … which I’m working on
  3. Find a publisher for my smart, funny, delightful book, The Spinsterlicious Life.  This is really a wish more than anything else because I’m finding it more difficult than I expected. I’m going to leave it at that because I get cranky when I think about it too much.
  4. Spend a week in Martha’s Vineyard.  Not yet, but soon. House rented, ferry booked, excitement brewing.  Hurry up, August.
  5. Launch a T-shirt line, in support of my as-yet-unpublished book, and blog of the same name.  This is a new venture for me and a whole new area that I know nothing about. I’m working with a T-shirt designer who’s got some great ideas and I’m really excited. I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll actually launch this summer, but at least I’ve gotten started.
  6. Set up the Highline as my office annex. I love the Highline. It’s a beautiful park high in the sky (for a park), made from miles and miles of old and unused railroad tracks. It’s so New York. I want to be there all the time. I guess I can’t actually make it my official office, but since I work from home I can pretty much work from anywhere so I’m spending more and more time there. I need to figure out a way to shut out the background noise when I’m on the phone; clients don’t believe I’m actually working.
  7. Decide whether to let the New Guy go or put a little more effort into making him want to stay.  I’m pretty close to a decision here. My gut’s telling me it’s not right. I’ve learned it’s usually smart to go with my gut.
  8. Finalize my Western Road Trip plans.  Yay! I’m super-excited about this. In October, three of us (and our dogs) are taking a road trip out West. We’re flying to Mount Rushmore, ending at the Grand Canyon, and stopping at lots of great places along the way, like Yellowstone Park, Devils Tower, Crazy Horse Monument … and wherever else strikes our fancy. We need to put a few more details in place, and I should be working on that.
  9. See how many different summer cocktails I can discover.  I’m having a lot of fun with this one. You get it, right?
  10. Add at least one new client to my roster.  Done!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen July 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    A few blueberries are fine. A washed and peeled apple is great. But too much fruit is just a sugar infusion. Elastic waistbands are not the solution, because underneath is a a toxic organ of fat all around your abdominal organs, churning out inflammatory and carcinogenic poisons that incrase diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke and cancer. Never give up, never give up! Mindful choices are the painful answer.

    Dr. No Fun

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  • hillsmom July 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    @Dr. Allen: What! No wine, she whined. But, I thought fruit was good for you…especially blueberries and other darker colored type. Sigh…perhaps I’ll just get pants with elastic waist.

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  • Eleanore Wells July 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    @Roz: thx a bunch for your support and encouragement.

    @Doc: I’m agreeing with Roz. Totally not fun. How about if I keep the cocktails, but add the Pilates?

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  • Roz Warren July 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Dr. No Fun! Love it.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. July 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

    About that belly fat, Eleanore. It is correlated more with the cocktails rather than the lack of exercise. Add to that list: no carbs, no sugar, limited fruit and no booze for 4 weeks, add pilades for the core and find your inner six pack…if you are serious about that line on the list.

    It isn’t important to most people and I sure you look great but these are the steps to banish the belly fat.

    Dr. No Fun

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  • Roz Warren July 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Eleanore: For years I owned a small press that published humor by women and I wish I still did — I’d take on your book in a heartbeat! And all of my books made money! If you can’t interest a publisher, you should really consider publishing and promoting your book yourself, possibly starting in an ebook format. The stigma against self publication has really faded and there are a good number of people who begin that way and are then picked up by large publishing companies. Just a thought, but a thought informed by a decade of publishing experience. In any event, good luck with it! I love your work.

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