Friday, March 12, 2010

Delora Lapses Into Semi-retirement


Delora's scoops another handful of Iberian jamon (de bellota) into her pie-hole, and glances lazily at her computer screen. There it is, the proof she was looking for: only 7 posts in the month of February. (The short, short month of February, she reminds herself.)  

Delora finishes chewing and tries to recall the quote from the author who wisely stated that one must balance living life with time spent writing about it. Working hard to source the quote for several minutes without any luck, Delora enjoys a dessert of Sour Cream and Onion chips while contemplating. Whoever that writer was sure knew what he was talking about. Without experiences, the writing suffers. Then again, Delora admits, with too many experiences one can't even make it to the computer. Delora is a bit torn,until her Spanish teacher warns her harshly never to feel guilty about not working hard enough. After all, she says, tomorrow you may be forced to face something really bad. Why not enjoy today?

Thinking back to when she was a New York tri-state-area-type-A personality, Delora realizes that after 6 months in Spain, her personality is now more like a type J (for Jamon). Delora chuckles to herself  remembering the self help books stacked on her bedside in Connecticut: Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now, and his follow up book, Practicing The Power of  Now. Delora was always too busy reliving the past or fretting about the future to read them.  Now Delora internalizes the Spanish philosophies of: no pasa nada and manana, tranquila! (Roughly: Don't worry; there's always tomorrow.)  And by doing this, Delora has achieved a goal more amazing, more unthinkable for a tri-state-type-A than any marathon or nobel prize: She has enjoyed a 4 hour lunch! She has actually wondered, after 4 hours of eating and drinking: where has the time gone? She has thoroughly enjoyed a lunch with 2 other people that lasted longer than her wedding reception!

Now many tomorrows have passed and Delora takes a vow: she will not, under any circumstances, enjoy Spain as much as she has been. She will limit her visits to the Rioja region of the country, minimize time spent enjoying her new friends, the museums, and the city sites.  She will restrict her time spent enjoying the radiant (yet, sometimes rebellious) personalities of her teenaged children and her newly Spanish speaking husband.  Instead, she will focus a tiny bit more on productivity! She will strive to post half of what normal bloggers post --a minimum of 10 posts per month!

And with that vow made, Delora decides to bypass the gym today.  One vow for greater productivity will count as mental exercise.  No pasa nada.

BTW - Delora apologizes for the programmers at Blogger.com for the horrible way that their program is formatting today...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

We're happy to see a new post! -J

Mental P Mama said...

I am duly impressed;) And I cannot wait for some...

Amaya said...

Spanish speaking husband???? What happened to Chip?

Amaya said...

Spanish speaking husband???? What happened to Chip?

Anonymous said...

I see that you are being romanced by the European lifetsyle! Enjoy it thoroughly, it is so fleeting. I am so envious of your city time there and the wonderful access to friends and culture.
On another note where are the children going to school.
Jill

Delora said...

He's just shy around you Amaya!

Gilman said...

Spanish speaking husband may be a slight exaggeration if Delora has in fact has not taken another husband. He may well be fluent.
I thought the type A had started to slip away until yesterday but that is another story and may end up in print so...............

Amaya: Have fun in NYC

R said...

Hola, does this mean that chips dresses up as a Matador and whispers sweet Spanish nothings in your ear. I'm sure he does very well in those tight toreador fans. Now revealing your bedroom disguises a on e Internet is a bit risqué. Have more fun