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Not Working 9 to 5

Photo: Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Part of the Invisible Diaries series:

Week 6 / Day 6


I try really hard to not to work every day. It doesn’t always work out, but I do try…

Today, I was a little more successful at it than usual. I took care of some emails early in the morning, but after 10 am I was done working for the day.

I caught up with a friend from grad school for about an hour. She is in Atlanta, GA and we were talking about how differently our states are dealing with the pandemic. I think it is fascinating how people in other states are watching my governor talk about the pandemic – why aren’t their governors talking about the status of their own states?

I say that knowing the answer, but there is a small part of me that is still hoping against hope that partisan shenanigans will give way to some good old-fashioned sense. (I am not holding my breath on that one).

I got a lot of maintenance work on the garden done. Some weeding, planting of seedlings, some watering. I also started hardening off some of the plants I started from seeds inside. I usually don’t have a whole lot of luck growing things from seeds, although I am also usually away from home a lot – but, this spring, I had a little more time and energy I could put towards actually taking care of them.

I have a strawberry plant that I started from a seed… and it is flourishing!

I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I started on some plant-based decorating projects I have wanted to do for a while. We have two stands outside our front door, and I wanted to find some plants to accent them. That entire side of the house sits in shade, so I was struggling to find something that needed minimal sun and would suit the space. I finally found a plant that I think would look nice there (a Coral Bell hybrid) – and the upside is that I can take it around the corner and into the sun pretty easily if I need to.

I also bought a blueberry bush (YAY!).

I am so appreciative of the outside time that I got today. The sun and the smell of our lilac trees cleansed my soul!

Photo: Lilac

Martine Kei Green-Rogers is an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz and President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Her dramaturgical credits include: The Greatest with the Louisville Orchestra; Four Women Talking about the Man under the Sheet and Silent Dancer at Salt Lake Acting Company; Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; Sweat at the Goodman; productions of King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven Guitars, The Mountaintop, Home and Porgy and Bess at Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Hairspray, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of Errors, To Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Headshot photograph by Joe Mazza.

Other photography courtesy of Martine Kei Green-Rogers.


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