I was reading about the future release of a new addition to the lineup of  Apple computers this morning, and their slogan caught my eye.  It said, “Sometimes, to take a major step forward, you have to completely change directions” followed by, “Radical, yet completely logical!”  And I realized that Mr. Jobs was speaking to me from the grave…or so I’d like to think.

As I type this, I am sitting in the breakfast room of a beautiful Cape Cod on top of a hill in California.  A gorgeous pool glistens through the window behind me as the morning sun is gently feeding the flowers after their earlier drink of water.  I am still in my robe, barefoot and relaxing for a moment after already putting in 5 hours of work.  John is on a plane headed South, and I am here alone with Maddie, the big yellow dog.  (Update:  John just sent a text to say that he had landed safely.)

This is the final countdown before I jump back into graduate school, my last days to relax for a long, long time….not that I do much relaxing anyway, but the pace of my life is about to change radically and to pick up significantly.  There are a number of things I am doing to prepare myself for the onslaught of sleepless nights and copious amounts of work that go hand-in-hand with studying advanced Research Methods and Advanced Social Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University this term….oh, and my History of Rock and Roll class that I am taking independently from Rochester University.

First, I am starting each day with aerobic exercise and I plan to continue the 3-day a week, 500 calorie fast that I have been on for the last 6.5 weeks.  I am convinced that this is the way to live.  Just as the scientists said I would, I look and feel younger.  I know I am healthier, and it keeps getting better all the time.  Whether I am eating the 500 calories on the fasting days, or I am eating whatever I want on the other four days of the week, I am convinced that I must maximize my nutritional intake.  Safeway, Costco and similar chain grocery stores do not even sell anything I will eat….or very little, anyway.  These days, I am all about the fresh, organic produce and making choices that really pack a punch.  I now view food as fuel, and just like the premium fuel that I put into my Mercedes, I am now putting premium fuel into my body.  Since I have less strength on my fasting days, I plan to ride my bike to the gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving Sunday as a day for rest.  The gym and a healthful breakfast is how I plan to begin each morning.

As soon as we get back to Portland, I will finally be unpacking and setting up my new studio, Silverthorn Studios.  I will be working there a couple of hours a day, Monday through Friday.  I will also be picking up Ingrid from preschool at 4:00 three days a week, , and watching her until her mother picks her up at around 6:30.  The rest of my day will be spent studying and working on homework.  For the next month, I will be setting up this routine and getting used to it.  Then, I will be taking a trip to a place unmentionable for a few weeks, and I will have to take my show on the road while I’m away.  I plan to return home to Portland at some point in mid-November, and the rest of the term, I will be working from there.

I know it sounds like a lot…and there will be days when I will not be able to follow through…but I’m going to give it my best shot.  It will only be like this for a couple of years…(gulp).  Wish me luck! 🙂