Back … To The Future!

I don’t believe it’s possible for the mind to live in the present for very long at any one time. Yesterday I wrote about a mind-trip I took into the past while working out on my elliptical machine; today I’m thinking about all the things I have to do between now and (very early) Friday morning, when I leave for a five-week trip. Since by definition they haven’t been done yet, and right now I’m writing this, they are all future tasks. My goal is to get them all done before I go.

There are some items that I *have* crossed off my list, such as taking the truck in for service (see “Rescue Yourself” from a few days ago), getting my bicycle ready (as related in “A bicycle, a flat, and a riding buddy”), and checking the air pressure in the Honda’s tires and the trailer tires. I’ve also gathered all the stuff from my garage that I *think* I need. And, of course, I bought the fridge-freezer and the battery-jump kit. (Oh, yes – I have also suspended the paper delivery, forwarded my mail, and notified my neighbors.)

But there is more to do and I keep not doing it. My bathroom is only partially cleaned (and don’t even *look* at the kitchen!); the laundry has to be done; I haven’t yet confirmed all my friend and family visits (I might not do all of these before I leave); and I still have to pack my clothes and food, and then load the truck. And pick the grapes I’ll be taking with me. At this point I still have plenty of time to get done what has to be done, but knowing me, I’ll be plenty busy on Thursday. Ah, procrastination….

All I can say is, thank goodness for the last minute. If it weren’t for that, I don’t know where I’d be.

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