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I could be doing laundry.  (No, JP does that.)  I could be working out.  (Well, I did take the 4 flights of stairs to my apartment.)  I could do some dishes.  (My coffee cup can wait in the sink 10 more minutes.)  I could return a phone call.  (I’m working on that….)

Time really does fly.  But, I ask, where does it go?  Does it go to the Time Bank (the one bank that doesn’t need a ginormous loan from the government)?  We’re all busy to some degree.  Personally, though, I don’t think mine is a very high degree.  I work all day, sure.  Then what?  Like I said, I could be at the gym with JP (he tries to motivate my arse, really he does), but instead I walked in the door, chose Regina Spektor to listen to on the stereo & wondered why she hasn’t released a new CD lately, ate some leftover white rice & black beans (mi favorito), balanced my finances, and now, I’m writing this post.  Sometimes I throw the “I’ve just been so busy lately” out there, but then I wonder what it is that I’ve really been so busy with.  I don’t saturate myself with a crazy social schedule.  In fact, I totally don’t consider myself very social at all and I love to sit on my couch in my favorite hoodie watching tv.  (Granted, this has been lessened by the fact that I have 10 channels, and we have sweet new bicycles!) 

On the other hand, maybe it’s good to have time to burn.  Why do we always have to be busy, doing something?  I think it’s sad that people’s attention spans are decreasing.  We are bombarded by emails, texts, mobile phones, tv…we have no time to think.  To observe.  To be quiet.  All this ‘noise’ can’t be good for us.  What happened to the joy in watching a beautiful sunset?  A gorgeous blue sky with perfect clouds?  

I know that doing nothing isn’t good for us, but what about all the good things we miss by trying to do everything?!  I’m thinking I should look into sailing lessons.  I should like to see myself on a boat with JP, traveling the open waters and seeing the world.  Cracking one coconut after another. 

Anywho, so that’s what’s going on in my head right now.

Markets are great.  For people watching.  For buying local produce.  For finding yummy sweets.  For participating in your community.  From Portland to West Palm, there’s sure to be a Green Market of some sorts near you.  Most Saturday’s, I’m a fixture at our West Palm Beach Green Market, which is just a few blocks from our crib.  I love coming home and unpacking all the goodies like…

sugar-monkey

–the best zucchini bread ever, and all natural granola from The Sugar Monkey.  If you’re looking for sweets in Palm Beach, look no further. 

  my-fresh-chef

–fresh hummus and barley salad (with cucumber, grapes & ginger dressing! yum!) from My Fresh Chef.  (I know, I’m guilty of posting a shameless plug for the company!)

swank-farms

–hydroponic lemon balm and red & yellow tomatoes from Swank Specialty Produce.  I just made a tomato salad!  Yum!

Dear Bad Drivers of South Florida,

I know the blue skies, tank top temperatures and palm trees can be distracting as you drive around South Florida.  So, a few notes you might want to take down:

1. That little lever to the left of your steering wheel, that’s for your blinker – use it.

2. Pay attention to the speed limit.  When the sign says 55, it doesn’t stand for the average age of drivers on the road.  Really.  It doesn’t. 

3. Is it imperative that you send a text right now?  I dnt thnk so

4. When it rains, riding the brake doesn’t help – try your windshield wipers. 

5. The left lane is for PASSING.  Not checking out the billboards on that side of the road. 

6. It’s not your fault if you’re lost.  But, it is your fault if you cruise at 15 mph looking at every sign while making everyone else slam on their brakes and bypass you.

7. Changing lanes should not be a 45-second ordeal.  Think Nike and just do it. 

Sincerely,

C

This is one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs.  Actually, the entire Violator album is amazing – if you don’t own it, I highly recommend you make that purchase.  My brother, Craig, gave me my first Depeche Mode tape (yes, tape!) – Songs of Faith & Devotion, and it was love at first listen.

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