Things I Hope To Do

Archived | February 24, 2009 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’ve got something of a break these next few weeks and I’ve been contemplating how I might make the best use of the time. Not to say I don’t have work to do and all. It’s just that the load has lighted a bit and Lent is here and the kids have a week off and what not. And not to say that one must plan out everything in advance, but you do want to think ahead when you know free time is coming. Seizing the moment is seizing the moment, but there’s a big difference between meeting life head on and grabbing it by the tail.
There are things to be done, and there are Things I Hope to Do. You plan on one, you think about the other. I’m planning on some light spring cleaning, including the kitchen cupboards, the windows, and the car. I plan to zip through all the clothes, books, cds, games, plants, toys, canned food and junk drawers and lighten the house by a good hundred pounds. I plan to haul the old dead riding lawnmower to the junkyard, along with the old mailbox and Mr. Sundberg’s National Geographic magazine collection. (I have permission.) I plan to sign up the kids for summer camp, and drive them on over to Wabasha for the Soar with the Eagles Festival before March is over. Plan.
Now, I’m thinking about a road trip to Grand Marais in March, just to be different. I’m thinking about signing up the whole family for hot yoga. As a kind of experiment. I’m thinking about planning a family reunion for June, inviting everybody, even Willie Nelson. Imagine if Willie Nelson came to my family reunion. Thinking about taking a hot air balloon ride, about hiking the bluffs along the river during the spring thaw. I’ve even given some thought to rafting the Colorado River. Just because it’s there. And I’m here. Think about it.
Fruit Dip with a Zip
Lately I’ve been trying to eat less fried cheese and more fruit. This light and lovely dip with a bit of Amaretto is the perfect snack for a gray late-winter day.
8 ounces Cool Whip
3 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Amaretto
Mix and serve with fruit chunks — strawberries, apples, oranges, bananas, etc.