#NoBloPoMo Writing for November 16 – 20

Monday, November 16

Pretending you have the expertise to make the product a reality, what do you wish you could invent?

Oh, I am not interested in things enough to wish an invention into existence… well, maybe a Manu channel on television but then I would have to get television wouldn’t I!!! I would very much like to create – books, sculptures, paintings, dances – but products, not so much.

Tuesday, November 17

What is one place you need to see to feel like your life is complete?

My life is complete. It makes me super happy to travel, to experience things, meet people but I don’t need to see any one single place to be fulfilled. I don’t have a bucket list.

Wednesday, November 18

What do you hope people remember about you after you’re gone?

I hope that the people that I love will always know that I love them. In the end, I think that’s all that matters.

Thursday, November 19

Where would you want to retire if money wasn’t an issue?

I want a busy retirement. I want to continue to travel, to teach, to write, to play, to be silly, to dance, to make new friends, and to laugh every day. I’m not sure that I care where this all takes place as long as I have my Carboy with me.

Friday, November 20

What do you hope happens by the end of this year?

I intend to go back to ballet class. I try more to plan and work with intention than I do to hope. Hope is a nice concept but it doesn’t take the place of work.


#NoBloPo It’s still November and I’m Still Writing!! #NoBloPo

Whew!! I’m over a week behind!! Maybe I’ll finish out the week one-post-a-week basis? Well, I’ll give myself a break, if I may…I’ve been super busy with work and “stuff.” But I will have an extra post or two in the next couple of days because I have to tell you about my weekend in NY to see Sylvie Guillem’s retirement performance, hang out in one of my favorite American cities, and have an EPIC tweet up with a Twitter/Facebook/Instagram friend.

In the spirit of keeping November a writing month, here is my update to #NoBloPoMo writing.

Monday, November 9

What is the first thing you do every single day (I mean, after you hit the snooze button)? When did that step in your routine begin?

I am so so so spoiled (and yes, very blessed)… Carboy brings a mug of hot coffee right to my bedside table every morning and that is how I wake up – a cup of hot coffee and a warm, soft cat on my lap. I’m a happy girl.

Tuesday, November 10

What is the hardest part of a big project: getting the energy to begin, finding the time to work on it, or feeling down that it’s over?

Again, I think I’m super fortunate in this respect… I like work, I like hard work. So when I have a big project looming I’m excited, the energy builds and I’m ready to go.   I’m always overworked so there are always issues with finding more time but I also don’t do things like watch TV or go to the movies or spend hours playing online games so I actually have quite a bit of time available to me. The hardest part for me is when something is over because it’s hard for me to let go of something that I’m invested in – which is every project that I work on. I always go through a bit of a grieving process. It was super hard to finish my doctorate. I still miss it even though it’s been a couple of years now. I miss the intensity of the whole thing.

Wednesday, November 11

What was the last thing you fixed or built?

hmmmmm… does curriculum count?  Usually when something needs to be fixed I hand it over to Carboy and say “Here, make this work!” and he does, like toothpaste that doesn’t want to come out of the tube or when a milkshake at In-n-Out is too thick to be sucked out of the straw and he takes care of it for me :)  It’s a good system.

Thursday, November 12

If you had a personal assistant who would do your most dreaded tasks, which items from your to-do list would you assign out?


Friday, November 13

Describe your ideal day off. What would you do with your time?

Oh, you know ballet would be involved… taking a class, watching a rehearsal, going to a performance, ballet shopping. Also coffee would be involved. And chocolate. And probably pasta and or bread. A bookstore. A beach. A long walk. Art. Music. A park bench. Just listening to the everything and nothing. And then closing my eyes and knowing that my small bit of world is still okay because the people (and that includes my dog and cat) know that I love them and always will.