Oh, I could not believe reading the words out of this book, how PERFECTLY they describe a certain part of my personality. 🙂
exerpt from the “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”
I eat quickly, purposefully, and almost always finish everything on my plate. I finish the meal so I can get to dessert. I finish the dessert so I can get up from the table. When I am out, I am usually thinking about getting home. When I am home, I am usually thinking about the next time I am going out. I find deleting e mails and messages on my answering machine quite gratifying. I have not eperienced the full pleasure of an act or task until I have crossed it off my list. I am thrilled when leftovers become stale so I can throw them out. Wednesdays are special- it is when the garbage men come. I like it when we finish our half gallons of milk, so I can rinse it out and put the glass bottle back out for the milkman. I tend to see movies right when they come out because it bothers me to know it is something I still have to do. I always hated Monopoly- the end was invariably no where in sight. Magazines full of too many good articles make me frantic. I fantasize about getting rid of everything in my closet except for an outfit or two. I love mailing letters- specifically letting them drop out of my hand into the mailbox metal cavern. I find myself throwing away, say, a jar of peanut butter or bottle of shampoo when there is still a small amount left because the satisfaction of disposing it far outweighs the option of keeping it in my life for some future spoonful or drop. An emptied dishwasher is a pleasing sight. My favorite command on the computer is “empty trash”. When I’m driving, my mind is fixed on the destination. My all time favorite play is “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind”, which consists of thirty very short plays performed within sixty minute, under the constraints of an egg timer placed onstage. I enjoy cooking because recipes offer a very manageable list of instructions to continuously complete, not to mention the joy I get from using up the ingredients. the concept of infinity makes me nuts.
ahhhh yeah, this is TOTALLY me !!!!!! I become nearly obsessed with this sort of thing. Completion, deleting, and ridding out. I . love . it. It is what keeps me going some days. Honestly.
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I do not like when our house is jammed packed full of groceries. There is simply too much good food on hand, too many options. When we consume some of it, I feel much better, as if we’ve done a worthwhile, necessary thing. The elimination feels satisfying, not so much in the pleasure of the eating, but in the minimization of what’s available.
Yep, me too. My kids obviously LOVE a fridge full of food, I prefer it almost barren. 🙂
Please tell me you can relate to all of this and I am not completely weird. LOL!!!
You really need to get this book. It is SOOO good, everyday observances of an ordinary life. You would be surprised of all her revelations!!!!