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I made mention before that I really want to get rid of my pack rat tendancies this year. Since getting sick really threw a wrench into finishing up that one weekend, I decided last week to not turn on my computer until at least 8pm on work days so that I'm not distracted by it and can actually be productive. Unfortunately, I haven't kept to that every day, but the days that I have, I've really felt good about myself and gotten stuff done. I even made a few phone calls to friends whom I had been neglecting.

I also decided to finally start reading the book that Mike had loaned me many, many months ago when I told him that I really did want to get rid of all the clutter. It's called Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More by Elaine St. James. He said that it really helped him when he decided to make that choice several years ago. For whatever reason, I never got around to reading it. So now, in waiting rooms, at laundry mats, etc. I read from it when I can. Today at the laundry mat, a passage really hit home:

In order to simplify, we have to start making choices, sometimes difficult choices. And often it means saying no, even to the things we want to do.

Shortly after Gibbs and I began to take steps to simplify, we found ourselves having dinner with some friends who were into hang gliding.

We spent the entire evening listening to them rave bout the thrill of this fascinating sport. As we sat there being seduced by yet another activity, we imagined ourselves leaping off the cliff and soaring silently over the beautiful hills behind our home.

By the time the evening was over we'd promised our friends we'd meet them at six o'clock the next morning on a nearby peak to try out their gear and have or first lesson.

All the way home we talked about how wonderful it would be to start hang gliding.

Then we walked through the front door, looked at each other, and reality began to set in. We reminded ourselves of how little time we actually have available. We realized there was no way we'd be able to fit a new sport into our schedule, especially one as time and energy consuming as hang gliding. We knew that our short list would suffer if we did. And our short list had been suffering long enough.

When we analyzed it carefully, we realized hang gliding was not as high on our list as we'd originally thought.

Reluctantly, we called our friends and explained why we wouldn't be able to join them.

That sounds very much like my current situation with Snowboarding. Snowboarding was always something I vaguely wanted to do. However, it wasn't until I was offerred a free snowboard that I decided to make the effort. But, really, it's not a high priority on my list. I've just felt somewhat obligated now that I have a free snowboard and I've told my brother that I'm interested. However, I think I'm going to have to put this idea aside, at least until next season. I'm going back to school now, Mike & I are moving into a house for rent in just a couple weeks (yes, I know, I haven't blogged about that yet), and I really just want to get my life uncluttered. So I am going to say "no" now for the rest of this season so I don't have to feel guilty every time I'm asked to go.

Having said all that, it's time to get back to sorting and pitching...


Mike just gave me his old pair of ski goggles, so I now have my very own. I think they fit a little better than Marc & Jaimee's extras, so that's cool. Of course I didn't have the helmet on when trying this pair, but I think they will work. :)

Snowboard, Part 2

So I'm in San Diego at my brother's place (our family is celebrating Thanksgiving today) and I brought my new snowboard with me for him to check out. He says that it's probably a pretty good size for. He got the bindings all set up and told me a few things I should see about having done if it's cheap enough before we go. He just got new pants, a jacket, and goggles for his fiance for an early Christmas/Valentine's present. So she had me try on her old set. They also have an old helmet and an extra pair of gloves. They put everything together in an "extras" bag so that anyone interested in going with them can use the stuff. So it looks like the only thing I need to buy are wrist guards and maybe a thicker pair of socks and some thermals. I don't have boots, but I'm going to see if I can find a place that rents them. Other than that, I'm good to go!


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I got a free snowboard today! It used to belong to one of my boss' sons. My brother has been trying to get me to go snowboarding for a couple years now. Now that I have a free board, I think I'll try it out at least once this season. I think my brother and his fiance have some other hand-me-down items to give me as well, so my snowboarding costs may not be that expensive. Neat!!

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