The thing about declaring something publicly is that even if nobody else remembers, I do. I’m talking about my monster list of tolerations, naturally. Those pesky little buggers that would free up so much mental clutter if I’d just hunker down and deal with them. I started bold and strong in January and since then, each consecutive month has seen a marked dwindling of productivity.
I clocked in with ZERO tolerations-busting for the month of April, but I’m okay with this. April was an especially busy month. And so far in May, I’ve only crossed off two items, but at least these were long-standing ones that I’m happy to have accomplished.
First off, I finally got new glasses. I accidentally sat on my old pair about two years ago (don’t ask) and never bothered to replace them. I’m blinder than a mole, and have been since I was a little kid. I think I read too many books in the dark, way past any acceptable bedtime. I’ve been wearing contacts for at least two decades, and I prefer them to glasses. At night though, up until two years ago, I used to wear glasses to read just before falling asleep.
Anyway. I like these and it’s nice not to have to squint while reading at night. I’ll show you a picture of what they look like on at some point, but I’m especially fond of the colorful case (Kate Spade! So fancy!). Rather stylish, no?
Also on the semi-fashiony side of things, I have at long last stretched out my beloved Cydwoq boots that I got ridiculously cheap (full story here), but due to my cankles and robust calves, I’ve been unable to zip them up. I tried various suggestions and used a broom handle to add some ease (unsuccessful), attempted to force-stretch them by wearing ’em several days in a row (painful and awful), etc. etc. Since DIY wasn’t producing any results, I dropped them off at my neighborhood cobbler and in a week they came back with roomier ankles and calves. In fact I wore them with my district 12 dress last week!
So I started out with 108 items on my tolerations list, and I’m down to 68. I’m currently working on re-organizing my sewing area and that’s a big, big one on my list. Let’s hope June is a more fruitful month. I have to say though, overall, working on these tolerations really helps. I feel a lightening, and a sense of increased freedom as I mend, purge, clean, replace, prettify or organize, albeit slowly. Ah, feels good.