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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

TGIF - "Thank God it's Friday"


There are workers who have this acronym as their mantra. To most who use it, the phrase means "I am so glad I don't have to go to work tomorrow!" Many years ago for "fasting" Roman Catholics and Episcopalians, Fridays were "fish days." Now E-mailers sometimes use "TGIF" as a way of signing off on messages.
Retirees must reassess how they feel about TGIF, because "work" for them is now something entirely new and different. It is often a rather big adjustment, for them and for their spouses. In my case my spouse retired some years before I did, so he had a head start on me.
Now we both "work some and play some" each day, with little difference except what is on television. For my partner the weekend signals some of his favorite sports will be on TV. For me it means "Book TV" on C-SPAN. Note that we have separate television sets. Our task sharing is also rather reciprocal. The unwritten rule for us is "whoever gets to it first." That goes for laundry, making the bed, clearing clutter. I do the dusting; my partner vacuums. I cook; he loads and unloads the dishwasher. Neither of us is work averse because we were both "children of the Depression," a hard-working cohort raised by hard-working parents. I am a procrastinator by my spouse is not. I am a bit of a perfectionist; he is not.
This probably a whole lot more than you wanted to know on this Friday, the last day of the work week for many of you. For us , it is clean up the house day, because we'll have dinner guests next Tuesday.
I have added a companion poll to Making Good Mondays, in the left column. Please vote for your favorite day of the week. Winners will be announced on Halloween.
Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about the upcoming election.
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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.