Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Life is not Low Maintenance

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In today's political climate, it is probably a bit politically incorrect to wear very many places. Which makes it charming. I dream of a day when talking heads lighten up. Life is serious: but it deserves to be enjoyed, too.

Life is not low maintenance. Embrace it. Or clean it. The past couple days I have been wrestling with getting the patio back into the state of "country sophisticate" enjoyability. Heavy patio furniture lifting was followed by bronco-busting  in a commercial floor finisher. I wrapped up before big planes of glass became sideline casualties. The wet-look sealer makes the floor shine like in the White House.

In 2011, we will watch less TV. Who wants their headstone to read "She watched lots of TV"

Our "Run to the Borders" (bookstore) does not have to be saved for weekends. Neither do Italian dinners.

 Last night's menu:
  •  Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Pumpkin ravioli with browned butter sauce with crisped sage leaves
  • Curled spaghetti lavishing under Oregon Sue's Marinara sauce
  • Mini Meatballs and Italian sausage
Bet you are glad you didn't have to clean my kitchen. I am satisfied that the leftovers will warm well.

When we arrived at our local Border's, the evidence suggested the weekend was very busy

When you run into a section like this at a bookstore, do you straighten up?

 Being this was a date with my husband, I stopped short of alphabetizing by author. However horizontal and vertical and vertical planes were restored before I left the store with 2 new books.

Perhaps this oddity is a function of becoming a writer. I see a shelf  with contents overturned and I read it as an though an anthropologist surrounded by ancient rubble. The book collection is robbed of its dignity by nomadic people devoid of  the awe of appreciation.

Writers, photographer, editors- each book on the shelf are the children of every person involved in the production of a book. Corporations took a chance investing in their gestation. When the book is born, a retailer risks what happens when the stacks are explored.

Fact. The public rudely trashed the place. Shouldn't it be a civic duty to help correct? If we believe in personal responsibility- disheveled books ought to be treated like beach litter. Not just the obligation of staff.

Resolve to not  be a part of the problem. Make it a habit to be part of the solution. 

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  1. Your scenario at the bookstore made me think of this verse from James: Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

    Glad to know that wherever you go, you're leaving things a little bit better than you found them.

    p.s., thank you for your sweet comment on my roses -- one day this spring, perhaps you'll see them in person ;-)

  2. Lydia,

    Guess you are a better person than I. I live to read but not to go into a book store and do the job, in my opinion, is up to the staff to fix. (I might do that in a library tho). Don't have the time nor the inclination to fix a store owner's mess. I do love books tho.
    Oh your dinner sounded like you prepared a buffet for guests. All that just for you and Jerry? Wow!

    I am thinking about the frozen dinner I served John last night because of the in accessibility of our kitchen. He said he wanted MEAT! I pointed to the chicken and said, that's meat! No, I want MEAT! lol Tough! Just EAT IT or we can go out to dinner! He said "We can do that"!

    I must say that I am enjoying not having the clean up after cooking.

    Oh I love the purse! So cute and I would glady carry it anywhere and just DARE anyone to say anthing about it other than compliments.:)

    Hugs, Trisha

  3. Nikki- I cannot think of anything that would make me happier.

    Trisha- Glad you liked the purse. Of course the end responsibility of store maintenance is with the owner. But what when staff can't keep up?

  4. Lydia,

    That's their problem. If they can't keep up then they need to hire you! Or somebody else. More jobs!

    XO Trisha

  5. Lydia, you are obsessed by the book shelves. My daughter is obsessed by the clothes racks in boutiques. She worked part time as a clerk in a teenage clothes store while in high school. She became so frustrated with people just trying tons of clothes on and walking out leaving the mess and not buying anything.

    Today, she will go in and try on, and if she doesn't purchase, she will at least hang the clothes and zip/button appropriately before bringing them back out of the try on room! It is a kind thing that both of you, do!


  6. LOL. They did hire me. Keeping up is a bit like trying to outswim the ocean. It just keeps coming.

    They should ask on the questionaire" How obsessive are you?"

    Those of us who can answer if the scouts gave a badge in it, we could earn it in under a week- that is a GOOD trait in retail):-

  7. This is pretty appalling! But I don't ever remember seeing a bookstore bookshelf looking like that and I used to spend a lot of time in Bookstores. I wonder if this happens because Bookstores are struggling to stay alive and they just don't have enough staff anymore to keep things looking neat and together?
    Good for you that you straightened things up a bit, Lydia...!


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