The Plastic Coating on the End of a Shoestring

I ached a bit when I woke up this morning from pushing all the leaves in the backyard into what is now a still-smoldering pile of ashes.  Actually, it may have quit smoldering by now, but when I last checked late this morning, there was still some faint smoke coming from it.  Despite that, I willed myself into the regular 15 minutes on the elliptical. Work days have had a bit of a pattern of late.  Busy in the morning, slight lull in the afternoon, time-consuming phone call late in the day.  Not that I mind time-consuming phone calls, as they’re usually sales calls, but it’d be nice if people would call in time for me to get off the …