My last post was three weeks ago, a fact I find sort of amazing. It’s not like I’ve done any huge things in those 21 days — you know, I didn’t get inaugurated (or forget to tell the President-elect the right words to the oath), or dance at any balls, or even explain to hostile senators the problems with my taxes so I could become Secretary of the Treasury.
What have I done? Oh, basically, I polished forty cabinet pulls to put back on the cabinets of our recently painted kitchen. And I wrote half a story, cooked some stuff, thought half-heartedly about my blog, and discovered Facebook, which might not be such a good thing, achievement-wise. Okay, so, basically, I have fallen into a post-holiday stupor.
But I’ll tell you something: Obama’s inauguration speech totally picked me up, dusted me off and set me going again. When he was done, I felt like I’d just been shown into my own oval office (in my house, it is called The Kitchen, and as I said, it is newly painted, probably a little like some of the rooms at the White House, although I have no way of knowing that for sure). Today, I am going to hit the ground running with a Plan for my Administration, because the country is in a bit of a crisis and I’m not doing a single damn thing to make it better.
It is, therefore, time for a List. You know, the stuff you are going to accomplish in your first 100 days in The Kitchen. My list of things I will do to make the country better is all about what Obama said when he mentioned that we should be helping each other out. I realized when I heard this that my biggest impediment to doing good is my fear that what I do is too small, as in They’ve already filled the Secretary of State job so, therefore, I cannot make any contribution. After Aretha Franklin got up there in her big hat and belted out My Country ‘Tis of Thee, I became officially Way Over That. In my first 100 days I am ONLY going to do small things, but I am going to do them well. I might even wear a hat to some of them. But, no matter what I wear when I do them, I will actually do them.
In fact, I already did one of them, which is take a voluntary 1 day a month furlough at work. Remember when Obama said in that speech something about how it is good when people cut their work schedules so their friends don’t lose their jobs? Well, a furlough does that.
The other three things:
1. I’ve gone through our house, packed up every single coat that hasn’t been worn since the last year of the Bush administration and I am going to give those coats away, like I wish we could give away so many of the things we were left by the Bush Administration.
2. I’m giving blood. I always say I will and then I never do. I’m O negative, a universal donor and not the fainting type. It is a shame that I don’t do this. The Alameda County Blood Bank is four blocks from my house. It is next door practically to a place where you can get a pedicure as a kind of reward for giving blood, and that pedicure place is a small business and those ladies need to be patronized. Okay, I might not do the pedicure part. But I will give blood.
3. The hardest thing, but the thing I think will be fun and the thing I happen to be completely qualified to do (unlike, say be Secretary of State) is to become a writing coach at Berkeley High School one day a week.
And when I finish those three jobs, I will think of a couple more.
In a few days, I will have a great interview to share with you. In the meantime, what are you doing in your First 100 Days?