When you look at Christmas lights do you see the beautiful twinkle of decorated houses glimmering off of fresh fallen snow? Or do you see an increased carbon footprint at the waste of electricity?
Residences are one thing but should municipalities have lights up on city buildings? Tax dollars at work paying for the electricity and the employee time to hang the lights.
Just being reasonable doesn’t make a person a grinch. Sure Christmas lights have advanced to be more efficient with LEDs but perhaps it’s time for our traditions to advance as well.
Liquids assume the shape of their container. Liquid tasks are those tasks that can take as long as given. If the deadline is in two weeks, it can take all two weeks to complete. If the same task is given only a single week for completion, it will be completed within the time frame but may compensate in different ways. Other variables that allow this flexibility include quality of results and priority given to the task.
I think nothing quite strikes me regarding the passage of time as the expiration date on a gallon of milk. When you buy a new gallon, you, of course, check the expiration date. Whenever the expiration date crosses into the next month, I always think to myself, “Wow, it’s almost ______ already. Time sure has flown by.”
It’s funny because in that thought, I’m thinking about all the other things I need to do that have a deadline before this milk expires. I am not thinking whether or not I can finish a whole gallon of milk in that time, which is precisely the thought I believe you are supposed to have when you give a gallon of milk in the grocery store that inquisitive look.
The gallon of milk is the poor man’s calendar and diary.
Sometimes I like the outside to reflect the inside and how haggard I can be.
I’ve been running my own company for a couple of years now. It seemed like a good idea to get all of the executives (me) out to a Fall retreat. The consultant (also me) led group exercises and thought “raking leaves” would be a good way to unwind, reconnect with nature, and change things up from the technology-driven world we work and live in. I’m pretty sure he just Tom Sawyer-ed us into raking the leaves from his yard though.
As I would come to find out, that fella was pretty smart. I set out to rake the heaviest covered area of the yard. For a little perspective, this is the edge of the backyard and beyond. There are plenty of trees contributing their leaves to my yard. I’m not complaining. I love being surrounded by the woods.
Nobody else tries to rake the woods. Why do I?
I raked the front side yard today and a pile I had previously accumulated from raking the leaves off of the deck. I began by raking the leaves off of the driveway and just started on the yard before Jeanne and Spades were ready to go for a run. Wait, isn’t raking leaves enough exercise? However, the little progress I had made was enough to remind me of how daunting of a task it was to clear out so many leaves.
We returned from the run and I returned to raking. This is a diagram of the front side yard for illustration purposes. The driveway, large tree, and landscaping are indicated on the image. Note, it may not be to scale.
We crawled Pinterest on the eve of All Hallows’ Eve to make some themed snacks to take to work.
Skeletons climbing from their grave (marshmallow head, yogurt covered pretzels, oreo + frosting to keep them together and icing to make the face)
Witches’ brooms (Stick pretzels, string cheese, and (home-grown) chives)
They were a bit time-consuming to make but it was fun to spend time together making the snacks.
The pretzels and Oreos got a little soft being in the fridge or out in the open. You might stick the pretzels in at the last second.