Before I start my list, I am disappointed to report that for the second straight weekend I decided to stick with the work that the Deke and I are doing around the house and so I missed the LCC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I am at my best when I submit to the reality that I can't do everything.
1. Many of my friends are disciplined, especially when it comes to food. These friends stick with vegan diets, gluten-free diets; they don't consume dairy products; they exercise regularly and have committed themselves to eating paleo style, or a variation upon it. I'm not disciplined. I'm not disciplined especially when my house is undergoing a thorough cleaning and sorting and packing. I like comfort food when doing this work and today I went to Albertson's and bought a loaf of Italian hard crust bread (Should that be "Italian"? I think so.), a half a pound of salami, a small block of sharp cheddar cheese, bags of potato chips, Cheetos, and tortilla chips, and salsa. I bought a 12 pack of Coke. I bought a 12 pack of ginger ale. It all worked. After scrubbing base boards, walls, and moving furniture and doing other stuff, a slab of bread with salami and cheese and some potato chips and Coke raised my morale, made me feel pleasure, a pleasure I wanted and needed, and kept me going. I don't know why I'm this way.
2. Linda and Wayne came over and helped us out by taking three bookcases out of our house and home with them. Totally a mutual benefit! They were happy to have these bookcases and we are happy to have them go to a new home!
3. Remember that ginger ale? I had a plan. In the late evening, after a day of cheap food and snacks, I took my bottle of cheap Canadian whiskey (McNoughton's) out, mixed it with Canada Dry ginger ale, and relaxed. I did this twice. It was the perfect cheap cocktail to bring a day of hard work and cheap food to an end.