We’ve had some dreary weather of late, and a few expensive misfortunes.
On Monday, I managed to rip part of my front fender off my car while backing out of the driveway (the story — I had to get out because kids were waiting for me, a car was parked behind me that usually isn’t, with no keys available. The angle was doable but, as it turned out, not with a lot of margin. At least I didn’t hit the other car!).
Then the sewage ejector pump in the basement started making a horrible alarm noise. I went downstairs and found a big red flashing light on the front. Big red flashing lights are seldom good signs, and sure enough, both pumps — which were installed in early 2017 — will need to be replaced. The pumps are likely under warranty but not the labor to install them.
It was our second plumbing visit in a week, as the master bathroom sinks both stopped draining. This, coupled with the bat-related emergency room visits of last week, and the rain, has not made me think of rainbows and unicorns.
But I have a few tools in my toolkit for keeping annoyances in check (other than reminding myself to keep it in perspective; none of this is truly a big deal in the long run. Not at all. And, as the song goes, nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain…).
One is my running streak, now closing in on 700 days. I do not feel like running a mile every day, but I almost always feel happier after running a mile than I do before. I know that running a mile isn’t doing much for me in terms of, say, weight control, but it does a lot for my mood.
I’m also committing to getting outside for at least 20 minutes a day this winter (inspired by the Humans Outside project — if they can do it in Alaska!) On Tuesday, while I was stuck waiting for the plumber, and darkness was descending at 4 p.m., I put on my jacket and boots and went outside to enjoy the last few minutes of rainy light. I was rewarded with some great photos of fallen autumn leaves. I definitely felt better at the end of those 20 minutes than I did at the beginning.
If you live in the part of the world where winter is coming, how are you planning to enjoy it as much as possible?
In other news: Three Novembers ago, I wrote a piece for Fast Company called The Norwegian Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter. It became one of the website’s most read articles that year. Please give it a read!
In other other news: I’m writing an article on whether it’s wise to share your goals publicly. The upside might be accountability. The downside might be feeling like you’ve accomplished something already, or getting negative feedback. I would love to interview some psychologists/psychology researchers on that question. Also, have you ever shared a goal publicly — and had something really good or bad happen as a result? Please let me know: [email protected]
Finally: I’m speaking at the Indiana Conference for Women tomorrow. If you’re there, please come say hello!