Do you turn lemons into lemonade or a binge party?
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today was supposed to be a day to spin. I had it all figured out. I was up at 5:45, had been communicating on line with the office and was packing my things to head to class when the first lemon dropped. My younger son wandered in with a long list of things he just 'remembered' he needed before he moves into his dorm on Sunday. No problem. While he is talking an email pops up indicating that a project deadline has been moved forward by 4 days. I'm on it - and as I pack up my things the phone rings. I see it's the college calling and I answer. Seems there are some additional forms that have to be completed, and oh yes, when you drop off the check you can go to the business office, they will have your receipt. And no, we can't meet with you until the forms are completed. I hang up and turn around to see that the time is now 9:16. I am now one minute late for a class that is 15 minutes away if I lead foot it- and that means lead footing right past the state trooper barracks directly across the street from the gym. Bad idea. I remain calm and focused, and head back upstairs to my personal computer to find the next spinning class. That's when I saw it.
My computer was oddly quiet. No light, no hum, no buzz. Hmm.... maybe I turned it off (but I knew I had not). No panic, just a firm press of the on button. Lights - good. Sound - good. Windows screen -good. WHOA - why is this thing rebooting and rebooting??
"Well Victoria", the computer guy says ominously, " because this is never a good sign. It seems that (pausing for a moment) the computer is dead." DAMN. "We can transfer your data to a new one, or we can build one and do it for you, but this thing is toast." Sigh. Bigger SIGH. I looked at my watch - it was 10:45 a.m. Not even noon and I'm already up to my kiester in smashed lemons. UGH.
I read that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect a different result. Today I decided to NOT be insane.
I took my son to tutoring, as scheduled. I pulled my project together enough to review it in the morning when I'll be in my regular office. I made a list of additional things for my son to pack when he heads off on Sunday. I made a plan for how to temporize until I decide on (and save for) the next computer. And now I'm lacing up my bike shoes for tonight's spinning class -- the one I found by using that outdated technology known as the home telephone.
Today I *chose* to be stronger and more important than any man made collection of boxes and circuits, deadlines or red tape. I decided to put my words into action, so I'm off to spin and I might even stay for the second shorter class - a total of 90 minutes of spinning. I'm off to get my bike gloves and a second water bottle. WOOHOO!! I'm learning to turn challenges into opportunities! It's a slow process so I'll take it day by day.
LEMONADE anyone?? LOL!