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October 17, 2011

It seems some habits never die.

Especially the bad ones.

We may think we licked them ages ago, but no, they lie patiently dormant, just waiting for an opportunity to arise and worm their way back into our lives.  As if this isn’t frustrating enough, they never reappear in our lives in a subtle, maybe we can ignore them and they’ll go away sort of way, but always in a smug and completely irritating, AH HA!  I still gottcha sort of way.  Whatever.

So, having set the stage, I’ll just go ahead and admit that one of my many bad habits of old has reared its ugly head after laying in wait for over 25 years.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it turns out, I STILL HATE TO STUDY.  What’s more, it seems I’ll still do ANYTHING to keep from studying.  This is quite inconvenient too what with The National Board Exam looming in the not so distant future.  You’d think I’d be all buckled down with my books, flashcards, online Prep classes, etc.  Alas, not so much, even though I have everything organized, set and ready as evidenced below.


I even planned out a bit of a schedule for studying, 2-3 hours in the morning and 1-2 in the evening, leaving me plenty of time during the day to do massage, play, run errands, or whatever.   Sounds reasonable right?  Well, reasonable or not, I stuck to said schedule for exactly one half of one day.  Impressive, I know.

People who know me know that I’ll do anything to keep from cleaning house, including things like going to the dentist for a root canal.  It’s absolutely true about me throwing a dinner party from time to time just to create a situation where I will have to clean my house because it has gotten so bad even I can’t stand it any longer.  You get the idea, so you’ll appreciate the situation when you learn that I now find myself cleaning house to keep from studying.  Oh boy, am I in trouble or what?

Even as I type this, I realize I am posting to my blog so I can put off studying.  After this, I think I’m going to email my friend Sue, who is interested in my upcoming Seminars in LA and then I was thinking the dogs need a bath and the yard could stand to be raked and Dora could use a waxing, and the neighbor’s fence could be stained, and, and, and.  There is no end to how creative I can get coming up with activities that will keep me from studying.

In fact, just yesterday, I was up in Sedona rooting around in the Red Rocks looking for something to occupy my time and energy when I fell upon a grand idea.

Look at me!

And for some perspective.  The crossing of the red rocks above is the same as below at the top of the gap on the upper left.

Pretty cool, huh?

Just kidding, that’s not me.  I was out and about on a hike with the Sedona Westerners and we happened to catch some rock climbers making their “bid for the summit” of the final pillar.  Awesome.  On their way back down, this one guy jumped from the upper platform to the lower.  Crazy stuff.

Here’s our group taking a break from our highest vantage point.  That’s Bob, the leader for the day, handing out cookies he had made.  These were chocolate with walnuts.  The last time I went on one of his hikes, he had made macaroons.  Yum.  Yum.

And here’s a view from the trail further down.  That plant with the long, wavy arms is an Ocotillo in full leaf.

That’s it for now.  I’ve got to meet a friend in a few hours.  Who wants to make a bet as to the activity that will occupy my time til then?

Could it be:

A.  Studying

B.  Going to the Dentist

C. Cleaning the grout in the shower

D.  Anything but studying

Only time will tell, so stay tuned.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucinda Denton permalink
    October 17, 2011 11:50 am

    You are so clever and smart, you don’t even NEED to study. I am sure you will ace the boards!!!

  2. October 17, 2011 1:26 pm

    Feel free to clean my house any time instead of studying.

    I too am a procrastinator of many things. And hiking the Red Rocks would be top on my to-do list.

  3. Sue C. permalink
    October 19, 2011 5:42 am

    I love it, I love it! I choose “C,” cleaning out the grout in the shower. I just want to let you know that I was honored to be the recipient of your procrastination email! I enjoyed it very much.

    Boards schmoards. You don’t need to study anything but the alignment of the stars in the sky (or something like that?). I wish I were going to L.A. with you. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  4. Devin permalink
    October 19, 2011 4:01 pm

    That’s my friend! You always make me smile. I choose D. Cause I wouldn’t want to do any of those other things, either. Exactly when are your boards, pray do tell? Then I can send some positive thoughts your way. I can’t send emails from here on my personal account, so I’ll have to catch up with you later. Miss you!

    • October 19, 2011 10:18 pm

      Thanks for all the comments! I don’t know when my Board exam is since my paperwork is still “processing”. Once it’s processed, they will email me and let me know I can go ahead and set my exam date. I’ll have 90 days to do so. My plan is to take it as soon as I can once I have the go ahead…maybe that’s my problem with studying, there is no fixed date yet and the date could end up being a month away, so who wants to study now, when I can put it off til later. 🙂

  5. Li1gray permalink
    October 26, 2011 8:50 pm


    I vote D! I had to do B yesterday and that cost me $ to have some cause me PAIN. Why do that! I would always choose D when I had to study something even my promotion exams. There has to be something more fun to do! Like jump between really high rocks with no rope! Wow what a shot! Love the pictures. Thanks for all the updates, I look forward to reading your updates and looking at your wonderful pictures and wishing I were there instead of here at times. My sister-in-law is in Scottsdale till Thanksgiving and calls to tell me how warm it is there.(they are from Minnesota) I really enjoyed my Air Force assignments in New Mexico and Trips to AZ and CA. I say enjoy your freedom from the studying till you get the date!

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