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Friday 5: Hero’s Journey

January 27, 2023

This week’s Friday 5 theme is Hero’s Journey.

Happy Friday! Today is International Holocaust Awareness Day and National Chocolate Cake day, a very disparate pair of observances.

calendar page that says January 27th
  1. When did you hear (and heed) the Call to Adventure this week?
    I was all adventured out from the DC trip, so I left my Adventure Phone off the hook this week. If you’re under 30, that means I put the Adventure Phone on Do Not Disturb.
  2. What challenges did you encounter on your Road of Trials from last weekend to this weekend?
    I had to convince myself to get that followup mammogram and not ignore it, like I wanted to. When I finally called to make the appointment, they told me the prescription was incorrect — I need the followup diagnostic scan with ultrasound if necessary on the right breast and an ultrasound on the left (because I didn’t have it done post-2021 biopsy but the prescription had the sides switched. I called Doc Ladyparts’s nurse line back and explained to them what the issue is, then they had to call in a new prescription, then I had to make the appointment. Which is in early February and I’m not worrying about the Third Rodeo (because this is neither my first nor my second rodeos) until then.

    I also had to shut up more than I wanted to.
  3. What kinds of temptations did you face this week?
    I really wanted to take Tuesday off and laze around the house. But I have too many good things cooking at TNP right now though and I need to seem them through. I think my next day off that does not include breast imaging is Presidents Day and I cam easily “tough it out” until then. I don’t want to blow all of my PTO when it’s cold out!
  4. What was your Ultimate Boon (that is, your greatest reward) this week?
    Honestly, seeing Murphy’s exuberance when we came through the door on Monday was a very sweet reward.
  5. If you canceled all your obligations this weekend (and the coming week) and had the Freedom to Live it any way you wanted, how would you spend the time?
    I think I would teleport to an all-inclusive beach resort and read by the water all week. I’m halfway finished a book, and I have two loans waiting for me on Kindle. Which reminds me I need to turn the wireless off on my Kindle so I don’t lose them while I’m reading.

But since I’m not doing that, this weekend’s obligations include the usual chores as well as doing some work for the MetaFilter Steering Committee. I cannot give the time to that project that everyone else who volunteered to be on the Steering Committee gives, and I feel terrible about it. Waves of shame terrible. The initial call for volunteers asked for 4 hours a month. After the first two and a half months of giving about 15-20 hours, now I truly can only give about 4 hours a month – usually in one weekend – and for many unbloggable reasons that’s still not enough. I won’t be seeking another term.

I will be going through my seed inventory and planning out Angry Man Farm 2023. We’re aiming for abundance. We’re aiming for enough produce to eat, preserve, and give away. I ordered a soil testing kit that came today and I’m going to let that determine what fertilizers I’ll need for each bed.

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