You might understand I have a lot going on. I fly about 25 hours of overtime a month. Obviously, I have parrots, (Which feels like another full time job. And if you’re doing it right, it is.) and my dog Mattie which is the least of my problems. I write for BIRD TALK Magazine, I write other stuff and I maintain this blog. With my flying, I get up at five a.m. day after day.I do the majority of my own housekeeping, and with birds, you know how that is. And I seem to have endless errands to run: Credit Union, Home Depot, grocery store, Doggy Store, Dollar Store etc. Or I’m making a video, or I’m taking photos, or downloading photos; or I’m writing, thinking about writing or getting ready to write.
Flying to a foreign country day-after-day has an odd effect: For one thing you’re tired as hell. And once you get home, you want to stay home. I mean cripes, I’ve already been to Haiti and back by two p.m. So my idea of a good time is not running around for life’s necessities after work.
I consider myself lucky if my disposer, my dishwasher, my ice maker and both toilets are in working order all in the same day. I just recently had a faucet spring a leak, one of my cable boxes doesn’t work and one under-the-kitchen-cabinet light strip was out which explains the Home Depot run today.
I also have to get my Greys to the Vet, return the cable box for a replacement, get my clothes in line for the Houston Parrot Festival, including getting my gear ready for their fun “Party in Parrot-dise.”
I need a new power cable for my printer, as it only works if I run the cord under the printer to hold it “just so.” I’m out of aspirin, I need to grow sprouts for my birds and I’m due to run another load of laundry. In a week or two, I’ll have to buckle down and iron twenty or so uniform shirts. I need to shoot a video of cage set-ups for African Greys.
I’m due to return two bird toy prototypes I designed to the “Golden Cockatoo, and I have to finish some feather scarves for the Houston Parrot Festival. My car needs a bath, a good raking out and I’m due for hair cut as I’m beginning to look like Kate Gosselin with red hair…Not a good look for me:I need to wash my duvet which I hate doing because my duvet cover is such a pain in the keester to get back on the quilt. As soon as the cabinet dries out from the faucet leak in my bathroom which is now fixed, I need to clean it and put everything back. I owe somebody out there in “Cyberland” an essay, but I can’t remember who in God’s name it is and one of the Gate Agents at Fort Lauderdale wants my recipe for short ribs and I keep forgetting to get it to her. Which leads to my point; and I do have one: I need to rethink my way of doing things. On the other hand, I have a vacation coming up. Maybe I’ll just save all of my errands for when I have the time.
Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".