Keli Gwyn
One Word: Relax

What are your favorite ways to relax?

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© Frizzantine |

I like to take a nice hot bath before bed. Add some fragrant bath salts and a good book, and I’m transported to my happy place.

Reading while soaking relaxes me like nothing else. I eagerly anticipate my nightly ritual.

In fact, my tub and a certain story are calling my name right now. See ya!

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One Word: Baby

Isn’t anticipating a baby or a grandbaby fun?

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I remember well my excitement as my December 21, 1990 due date drew near.

Gwynly and I expected a Christmas baby, but our gal decided to take her time.

I finally went into labor shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

We were living in Germany at the time. Since the Germans set off lots of fireworks to mark the arrival of the New Year, the drive to the German hospital in Nürnberg was memorable.

Bottle rockets whizzed into the sky. Cherry bombs burst all around us. Smoke filled the air. We felt as though we were traveling through a war zone.

By André Karwath aka Aka

By André Karwath aka Aka

By the time we arrived at the hospital, 1991 had made her appearance. We hoped our baby would soon do the same.

Alas, my contractions ceased, and the day passed s-l-o-w-l-y.

Things changed at around ten that night. Gwynly took one look at my monitors, recognized the signs that our baby was stressed and got a nurse.

The next hour flew by as the midwife examined me, made the call for an emergency Cesarean and sent for my doctor.

Two nurses wheeled me on my rolling bed down the deserted corridors of the hospital to the operating room. The clock read 11:21 p.m.

I asked the nurses in less-than-impressive German if they thought my baby would arrive on the first. They didn’t think so.

They were wrong.

Thanks to my doctor who lived not far from the hospital and made haste getting there, Adriana Kristine Gwyn was born at 11:39 p.m.

Keli holding Adri as a baby

We didn’t get our Christmas baby as we’d expected. Instead we were blessed with a New Year’s baby.

Our gal has always loved her special birthday, and so do Gwynly and I. It’s easy to remember: 1-1-91.

Adri, on left, with her friends in France

Adri (left) celebrating with her friends in France

This year Adri celebrated her 24th birthday over in Europe. Although it was our first without her, the day was enjoyable. I did get nostalgic a time or two…or twenty.


Do you know anyone who was a New Year’s baby?

Are there any holiday birthdays in your family?

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One Word: Now

Which are you? A do it now or a  for now person?

Alarm Clock with the Word Now

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Sadly, I’m the latter. I don’t even want to think about the number of times I’ve set something down for now, fully intending to return shortly to answer it, file it, process it, shelve it, etc.

My tendency to put things off can create more work, but eventually I must tackle the backlog.

This week I’m doing just that. I’ve got financial records from the past eight months to enter into Quicken.

Yup. You read that right. I set aside eight full months’ worth of invoices, statements and receipts…for now.

Paperwork Pile

Believe it or not, I used to be a bookkeeper who prided herself of keeping a painfully clean desk.

But something happened.

I began writing.

In just a few months, my a place for everything and everything in its place mindset shifted to my present  for now default mode.

And here I am paying the price once again.

You would think I’d learn.

I want to, truly I do. That’s why I’m hiring a friend who runs an organizational business to help me assess my systems–or lack of them.

Admitting I needed help has been humbling, but it’s time to call in a pro.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions and tips on how to become a do it now person.

I’d also welcome your commiserations. Surely I’m not alone. Am I?


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