Step 1: Wake up at 6 a.m., shower, check blog, take vitamins, sip coffee and eat two pieces of toast with raspberry jam while reading the paper.
Step 2: Empty the dishwasher. Load the dishwasher.
Step 3: Head out to walk the dog but stop to conduct a 10-minute in-depth analysis of the Lincoln Street re-paving project with neighbor Darrell. (Paving starts today! Storm water planters-watch out drunk drivers!)
Step 4: Add a couple extra blocks to the walk because it’s so frickin’ gorgeous out and you could use the exercise and because January is right around the corner.
Step 6: Check Facebook. Toss off a couple witty post.
Step 9: Give your chronically underachieving, and now insect-infected, basil plants the stink-eye. Issue the following warning: "How do y'all feel about compost piles?” Mental note: Contrary to previous blog, store-bought basil isn’t THAT bad.
Step 16: Check e-mail. Delete a half-dozen messages from moveon.org, Crate and Barrel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Urban Outfitters and Sur La Table.
Step 17: Now finally realize you have a little less than 3 minutes if you really want to be at work by 8:30.
See? Frittering 101.