Sorry, Not Sorry

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Welcome to day 26 of my 30 day challenge! The current time as I sit down to write this is 8:34pm CST. I realize I should have blogged earlier. WordPress analysis says my best readership time is 3pm. But, I was asleep at 3pm. Sorry, not sorry.

-I got off work this morning, tended to my final morning of cat-sitting duties, came home, showered, and blissfully fell asleep around 8:30am. I didn’t bother to set an alarm, I simply allowed myself to sleep as long as my body needed it. I didn’t wake up until nearly 5:00pm. I actually got a full day of continuous sleep and it was glorious.
-I got to take some time to be with my boyfriend (who I’ve barely seen awake the past couple of weeks) before driving out for my final round of cat detail.
– I went grocery shopping and spent time prepping meals for the next week. I have bagged smoothies and sandwiches in the freezer and got to incorporate some bananas that would have otherwise gone bad. This is something I had been meaning to do for some days now and happy I’ve managed to get it done.

So, my readers, I do not feel bad that I’m only just now getting around to writing. I am proud of myself that I have thus far managed to post something for you every day for almost a month. I’ve probably published more posts in the last month than I had in the last 2 years. I’m also down to 139 lbs and have been doing (I feel) an amazing job sticking with this diet thing. I think I’m actually at the point now where I’m not even craving Pizza Hut anymore.

Many times I feel the need to apologize for not posting after so many days or weeks or months. The friend I’ve been cat-sitting for even made the comment that this habit is so pervasive among bloggers. I have to remind myself that this isn’t a job. I’m not, at least for now, generating any income from these posts. I simply write what is on my mind or share my thoughts or creativity with you all. There is no reason I should allow myself to feel crappy if life steals my attentions away for longer than I’d prefer. It is not easy for me, but I’m going to try not to let it bother me so much.

And as a reminder, I am hosting a live chat in Google Hangouts this coming Saturday (in 2 days!) at 3:00pm CST. More details Here

 

 

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I Need…

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Get off work. Come home. Return my mother’s phone call. Call my grandmother. Go grocery shopping. Change light bulbs. Break down recycling and bag up trash. Write a blog for today.

I need to run out to the library and pick up the DVD I have on hold that I don’t have time to watch. I need to take a shower. I need to take out the trash and fold the laundry. I need to finish tweaking this personal statement and send it my application. I need to SLEEP so I can be well rested to go back to work tonight. I need to get around to making this doll furniture and these doll clothes. I need to edit this video of Ava’s birthday. I need to create a data chart on my diet. I need to still wake up early enough this evening to spend time with the boyfriend that I’ve barely spent time with since last week.

I need a TARDIS. I need Wheezy Waiter to make me some clones. I need more hours in the day and the ability to operate on 2 hours of sleep like a teenager.

Finding Time

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I do have to say that this writing a post every day thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. While I certainly have plenty more story to write (you guys seem to really like those, at least my readership skyrockets on doll-stories), I won’t be able to get to it for a few days as I need to construct props, build scenery, and sew some new outfits so that I can take proper photos. For starters, I know that I want to show the girls all together at the pizza place where Morrigan is playing her bağlama, which I still need to finish. I will need tables and chairs, I will need little pizzas, I will need to make an outfit for the server, and if I’m really ambitious I would make a whole restaurant diorama with arcade games (or just one very important game: Aero Fighters). But now I am getting anxious trying to figure out when I will have time for all of this.

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Bağlama in progress

 

 

“But Lisa”, you say, “these things shouldn’t take long to make. I need to know what happens in the story! Where did Daniela come from? What did Istvan do? What is up with Daniela’s weird nightmare? I NEED ANSWERS!” Well, take that up with everything else that vies for my time:

  • Working 40 hours at my primary job (sometimes I work overtime hours if they need the coverage, which they do right now, so I’m currently working 6 nights a week and have signed up for on-call shifts)
  • Working as many hours as necessary to smoothly operate my second job – Remember that post I wrote? Go buy some books 😉 While I get to set my own hours for this, I still need to average a minimum of 8 hours a week to keep the stacks of books from getting too high and to get Amazon orders shipped out on time.
  • Sleep. Getting 6-8 hours a sleep during each day. And yes, I sleep during the day because I work overnight shifts at my primary job. That’s 42-56 hours a week just recharging the batteries.
  • Other odds and ends like cooking/ eating, maintaining hygiene, trying to go to the gym, and devoting some of my time to maintaining relationships (boyfriend, family, friends).

Let’s do some math. 24 hours in a day x 7 days in a week = 168 hours/ week. Subtracting 48 hours from the primary job = 120. Subtracting a minimum of 8 hours from the second job = 112. Let’s say I get a full day’s rest. Subtracting 56 hours of sleep for the week = 56 hours left. Divide that by 7 days a week and that gives me roughly 8 hours a day in which to accomplish everything else.  AND my application for grad school is due in 12 days. AND I’m wanting to try breaking into Youtube. (I know, I’m out of my mind.)

As I signed onto yahoo to check my e-mail tonight (using my break at work to write this and publish later), I saw this article talking about George R.R. Martin still not yet having the next Game of Thrones book done, missing his own deadline. I don’t know what else the guy has going on in his life, but I can’t help but feel sympathy pains. That story is pretty much one of those things I dread. Imagine the pressure to deliver and embarrassment.

TL;DR – I need more hours in the day and I’ll do my best to get Part 3 to you as soon as possible.

Productive Procrastination

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It’s the middle of the afternoon on a beautiful Sunday. I have 2 loads of clean laundry that needs to be folded and put away, my kitchen is a mess from all of the dirty dishes that have not only filled the sink, but have also piled up on the counter and stove, and one of my couches is still covered in various balls of yarn, purses and other odds and ends. I *should* be taking the time to clean this place. And I will, eventually, sometime before I go to sleep tonight. But for right now I am putting it off.

There is a lot to be said for procrastination and it isn’t necessarily all bad. Sometimes, when we put off doing one thing, we’re still being productive, we’re just not doing what we feel we are *supposed* to be doing. Walter Chen wrote a fantastic post over at 99U on this very idea. You should read it. It’s marvelous. Basically, what it boils down to is that, when you feel the urge to procrastinate, do it – but do it in such a way that you are still accomplishing something. If you’re not keen on doing your homework right now, what else needs to be done? Do that. I did a hell of a lot of that in college. For quite awhile when I was in school, my apartment was actually clean almost all the time. Why? Because I would put off finishing a term paper in favor of doing the dishes. I made a pair of denim bell bottoms, entirely hand stitched, in a matter of 3 days (less than that if you subtract sleep, work and classes) because I was putting off something else.

Of course, you still need to eventually get around to doing whatever it is you need to do. My boyfriend, who always has 5 million tasks that he has to juggle, frequently uses something called pomodoro. Basically, you work for about 25 minutes, then you break for 5 minutes, work another 25, etc.. and every 4th break is a longer one, about 15-20 minutes. I think this is great if you can get it to work for you. It apparently works for him. I haven’t been able to get it to work for me. I just don’t work that way. I generally start off at something slow, but then I get into a zone and I’m entirely focused on nothing else but what I am doing. While I was in college, this was often how I did my papers. I would agonizingly struggle with an introduction, but after that, things would flow, and I’d crank out 4-8 pages in a single night, and not even realize it was 4 AM and I’d stayed awake all night. It’s how I still do some of my artwork (although now that I work full time at a physically demanding job, I have to force myself to get some sleep, or pull most of my all-nighters when I’m off the following day). I want to note here that getting into a zone does not necessarily mean the day before a deadline. That will get you into trouble.

So, what am I doing instead of washing dishes and folding laundry? Aside from writing this post, which is in itself productive, I have been watching episodes of Fringe on Netflix while taking my seam-ripper to a vest and a jacket a friend has asked me to repair for her. Take a look at this jacket:

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As you can see, this isn’t exactly a simple repair. The back of the neck is damaged badly enough, and so close to the seam, that it has to be replaced. The cuffs too are pretty bad off. If one were interested, the other edges could be made raw and the cuff could be left as they were, and just re-fashion it to be intentionally fringed. But, I’m not going to be doing that GEhere. Instead, I will be replacing those cuffs and that back panel with sections from this vest, which my friend also gave me to use. I really like the colors and patterns in this vest and I think, if I do it right, it can look quite nice with the well-worn jacket. Now. To fold that laundry…