It's time to start this project's travelogue. And today, the journey started with an early-morning walk to the post office.
As I was walking, I was thinking about the email I'd received yesterday, letting me know of a tasty-looking estate sale.
Moments later, I remembered I couldn't go. Because I've taken a vow to not spend any money. And it's almost impossible for me to find something at an estate sale that I don't have to have.
So what did I do today, the first day of the Cents and Sensibility project?
There were no bells and whistles to this day, other than the quiet shock of my imposed limitations. I worked for a few hours from home this afternoon, but between the early hour of my walk to when I cranked up my work computer this afternoon, I was on my own.
I'm not very good at staying home all day.
But I did, and it was shockingly relaxing.
I worked in my yard. I finished watching a documentary I started last night (Teenage Paparazzo. Highly recommended.). I watched last night's Daily Show and Colbert Report.
I got a call from my friend Gigi, suggesting we buy a gift for the mom who spearheaded Connor's DI journey. I had to tell her that I couldn't contribute to a gift, because I'd committed myself to this project. But there are other ways to give, and we're going to plan a bit of a party for Jenny. Because she's been amazing.
As for the remainder of the day, I should have gotten all right-brain crazy about providing a comprehensive inventory list of what we have on our shelves, because some people need facts to support an outcome. But I'll do that tomorrow.
Because tomorrow I have the day off from my regular job.
And tomorrow I don't have a whole lot on my docket, aside from creating an inventory list.
Maybe the time that's been created by this project will compel me to think about how I tend to distract myself.
As for today, a minor personal tectonic plate shift took place. I realized the value in not spinning my wheels, not go-go-go-ing whenever the mood strikes.
Kind of out of character.
I know it's early. It's the first day. And despite the fact that I had an abundance of time on my hands today, I didn't do everything I intended to accomplish.
As for today, these restrictions don't feel very restrictive. I've imposed myself to simply stop.
I'm not very good at that.
And that realization comes as a shock.