Extraordinary Day, Ordinary Life

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Thanks to Rev. MLK, we are a better country now, and we enjoy a day off.

Today is also President Barack Obama‘s big day, his second inauguration was watched and celebrated by a huge crowd in DC.

Today is freezing cold in Minnesota. As I write this post at midnight, the temperature is at -17 F (-27 C).

It is an extraordinary day for many, but for me, it feels like just another ordinary day.

What did I do today? I had to think to recall what I did today.

I read Discovery 365-Day Devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah. During the week, I am often in a hurry to go to work and don’t have time to read in the morning.

I ventured out before 8 am, despite the cold, to meet with a couple of friends for breakfast. We knew each other for years, but the first time to go out together. We chatted for almost 3 hours.

I got an oil change and other maintenance work done for my car. That took over two hours.

I did some paper work. There are always so many bills, statements, and paper to deal with. As I have learned recently, not paying attention to your financial life can be a very expensive mistake and can cost you a small fortune.

I helped my son with his courses selection for the next school year. Well, he did it himself, I  just sat and watched and commented.

I made sure that my son finished laundry and dish washing. He is almost 15 and can do all the chores, but still appreciates some reminder and help. When it comes to chores, we have the odd and even day rule.  That reduces arguments.

I helped my daughter make cupcakes.

I cooked and made dinner, as I do every day.

My kids read to me in Chinese for a few minutes before bed. They don’t like to do it and don’t do it every day, but when they don’t have homework to do and when it is not too late, I make them do it.

I called a couple of friends. Through the conversation I found out that someone I know had a heart attack and an open heart surgery. How unpredictable and fragile life is! Afterwards I was telling myself, I needed to exercise more and sleep more, my belated New Year’s Resolution.

I called my parents in China to say hi. I call them at least once a week, usually more than once. When I called yesterday, they were playing Mahjong with neighbors, so we didn’t talk much. Thank God they were doing well. No bad news is great news. My parents are almost 80 year old.

I checked my emails on my iphone several times during the day. I know it’s not a good habit. I usually only write or respond to emails at night, because the iphone is too small for me to type anything meaningful.

An email message linked me to someone’s blog. I left a comment on her post. I like to leave comments with others’ posts to share my thoughts and ideas, offer some feedback and encouragement. Writers and bloggers like comments and encouragement.

I checked my Facebook, posted some comments and sent a message to a friend after reading his update.

I went through my photos taken last summer at Schloss Cecilienhof (Cecilienhof Palace) in Potsdam, Germany, selected some and posted on Facebook to brighten the day.

Schloss Cecilienhof was the location of the Potsdam Conference between 17 July and 2 August 1945. Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman met here. On 26 July 1945, Churchill and Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration defining the terms for Japanese surrender. Today Cecilienhof is a museum as well as a hotel. See Schloss Cecilienhof photos on Google.

I didn’t have time to organize and select the photos earlier. I got thousands of photos from two big trips to Europa and East Coast last year to go through. Now the weather is so cold and I am hibernating indoor during the winter months, I am going back in time and reliving the beautiful summer through the photos.

The day was over before I could do more things I wanted to do.

Time is flying by so fast, every day, I often have a hard time remembering what I did today, yesterday and the day before. Every day is so ordinary, nothing extraordinary to stick in my memory.

And I am already late to bed, and I already broke my resolution to get more sleep.

I will lose my memory and my mind if I don’t go to bed now, the Doctor inside me says, again and again.

So I have to go now.

Good-night and stay warm!

Gute Nacht!