life by numbers

  1. Tribal dance collective soul
  2. Permaculture garden with aquaponics
  3. Publish my caring science meets info lit work and apply for PhD + scholarship
  4. Start a creative business
  5. Increase my Ipswich Urban Forest activism and tree planting

Last night I wrote a list of projects I would like to accomplish in a year. Then I used a random number generator and out popped:  #3. So that is what I’m up for!

I did this because I want to make a difference in the world but am so indecisive — the absolute definition of hot and cold — and end up spreading myself too thin and never really accomplishing anything. And weighing everything up and being logical about it all just leaves me paralysed and anxious. Bottom line is I don’t believe in order and logic, so needed a method that allows for a safe amount of chaos.

So this morning I went and planted out an eroded river bed with rushes, and tomorrow I will plant 14 gums and some native grasses at the same site … Prior commitments that I will not break. I’m giving myself till the end of October to slow the habitat work down, will limit my garden to just one more bed, and the dance to just weekly classes and practice at home … and there is a poetry class that I enrolled in months ago … you see my problem! But I promise to let it all wind down in September/October and get an conference abstract written up too … caring science & PhD, here I come!

Eucalyptus
Robert Anders. (2017). Eucalyptus. CC BY 2.0 … May the trees I plant tomorrow grow to be this magnificent!

Anticipation – going roller skating tonight

It’s a week night but I am going out after dark! To the skate rink for adults-only skating – Woot!

In a minute I will pop on a pair of stripy socks, grab my skates and dash out the door. At the rink, I will see my friend Emily who encouraged me to give roller derby a try a few years ago. That was fun (and totally worth the final exit price of one busted-but-mostly-recovered-knee). But tonight Emily and I will skate round and practice our backwards crossovers out of the view of the teenaged hockey boys and fall on our bums for sure and have a good laugh. Then we will get up and do it again 🙂

Ah – I can’t wait!

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