Contemplating another day of drudgery at the office, I thought of what makes up my favorite sort of day. I’ve listed them from the most mundane aspects to those activities that I most cherish.
1. Only leaving the house to get the mail at the end of the driveway
2. Getting in a solid hour of exercise, or my new goal on the Nordictrack (sixty-one minutes)
3. Studying Japanese until my brain is putty
4. Listening to music without need of headphones; it’s like being off a leash in a way
5. Easy meals that don’t take any effort to prepare or much time to eat
6. Bantering online with friends via email or in a forum
7. Getting a mundane chore done and out of the way for at least a few days
8. Receiving an awaited package – most often CD’s or books
9. Spending time reading a good book, preferably with a cat on the lap
10. Seeing wildlife in the yard
11. Getting feedback on any of my writing projects
12. Making my husband laugh; I need it like oxygen and take that little pleasure for granted
13. Writing a thousand or more new words toward some project and feeling good about the fresh material
In retrospect I should take more enjoyment out of interaction with other human beings. I’ll probably miss them when I’m the last person on earth like Burgess Meredith in my favorite “Twilight Zone” episode – Time Enough at Last. Let’s hope I don’t break my coke bottle glasses on that day.