Ode to Putzing

For as long as I’ve known my father-in-law – a couple of decades – he’s used the phrase “I’m just putzing around” when asked what he’s been up to on a particular day. It’s classic Pappa Joe. 

I love putzing around. Humming about. Doing nothing of any importance or consequence. I’ve always loved it – I just never knew what it was called. So much of my time during the week is spent going from one efficient time block to another – it’s nice to wake up and putz around. It doesn’t mean you do nothing. No no no. It means you do stuff you want that leads to other stuff. Maybe you start a project, but you certainly don’t need to finish it. Maybe you go to a store where you need nothing and kill an hour. Or two. It’s like surfing the net – but outside in the real world. It’s passing the bagel place up the road to go to the better bagel place inconveniently located on the other side of town. It’s not about errands. It’s not about chores. It’s about a few hours of unproductive activity. 

Can you guess what I did this morning? 


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily Viner
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 14:17:03

    Putzing is the best…it always gives me an all around happy feel! Thanks for reminding me that I need to put more putzing in my life 😉

    Sent from my iPad



  2. hlthaker
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 14:51:32

    We call that, slightly more ineloquently, “farting around.” It’s the best.


  3. vicbriggs
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 17:39:36

    I have an inkling 😉


  4. Kerry's Organized Chaos
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 09:10:54

    My idea of a perfect day! Nice!


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