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I have made some progress on the kitchen, even though I wasn't listening to an audiobook because my phone needed charging. I took a break to run to the grocery store, and now I'm eating dinner.

Damn, it's humid. the weather forecasters said that it was supposed to cool off today, and maybe it has (yep, 66 degrees F), but it's still freaking humid (93 percent). I've been dripping sweat all day. I'm tempted to take a shower before I go to sleep, but it might disturb my neighbors.

I want to do a few more things in the kitchen, but want to go to sleep relatively early because I want to go to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac tomorrow. And the Route 66 display in Towanda if I can find it this time.
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I did go the coffee shop. I bought a large iced chai, and read half of a book by the founder of Messies Anonymous (yes, that's really a thing) about reasons why people become "messies". She said that readers won't have all of the reasons. Guess again--I have almost ALL of them. I haven't gotten to the part of the book about how to dig out though. She has a separate book about organizing techniques.

At least part of the problem is that I get so BORED with cleaning and organizing. When I'm done here, I'm going to 1) do Pomodoro sessions on the kitchen, and 2) listen to audiobooks while I clean. (I keep wanting to say "books on tape". Yes, I'm old.)

I also went for a walk, starting in downtown Lincoln. I went to check out a park, and then kept on walking until the houses stopped and the street turned. Probably a little over a mile?

At the coffee shop, I noticed that one of the part-time workers sent me a text asking me to sign her timesheet for her. I meant to stop by work on the way home, but forgot. Said a choice word, and drove back and signed them. I was feeling a little cranky about having to go there though.

I just looked to see if there are any "messies" groups in the area, but they're all in cities.

I'm feeling a little down on myself, but don't know why. I 1) took Harlee to the vet, 2) did some personal development (reading), 3) exercised, and 4) started laundry. I guess that it's just that I feel like my entire life is two steps forward and one step back.

Sunday

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Given that the road trip blog isn't completely set up, I decided to stay home and continue cleaning. I made progress yesterday, and want to keep going.

The cats are silly about their food. Mimi was making a big fuss until I fed her. Did she finish her food? No! Zara hasn't either, but at least she doesn't fuss. Harlee finishes her food if I give her the "good stuff". I think that she's gained some weight, which is great. She's way too thin.
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I've been cleaning in spurts based on the Pomodoro Technique. Basically, you set a timer and work 25 minutes, and then take a five-minute break. After four sessions, you take a longer break. It seems to be helping, although I have to admit to watching the timer near the end of a session.

I've been tackling the office, which sorely needs it. It's kind of overwhelming.
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Apparently Mom got a late start, but she's on her way. I've already pulled myself together, and just ate lunch, so I guess that I'll clean until she gets here. I might skip clearing the bed, though, because Mimi is sleeping on it. I'm too soft-hearted....

I'm feeling better today than yesterday. I think that the tension of my boss announcing that she was leaving plus the presentation wiped me out. Another professor is resigning though (the head of Jazz Studies), which concerns me.

Resting

May. 24th, 2017 09:28 pm
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I got the bathroom cleaned, except for the floor because the towels that I use as rags to wipe up the floor are locked in my broken washer, probably molding, so I'll have to throw them out when I manage to get them out of there. I'll have to see if Goodwill has some towels that I can use as rags. I did some cleaning in Harlee's room. I also have finished a load of laundry, with another one in the dryer.

I'll need to get up early to clear off my bed (I have books and magazines piled on the side that I don't use), and change the sheets. My neighbors go to sleep early, so I need to move downstairs to clean.

I'm preheating the oven to make my pizza.

I really want to go to Ferne Clyffe State Park in Southern Illinois to hike. There's a very pretty swimming hole with a waterfall that I want to check out. (I'll embed the image in LJ, and come back here, and add the link because I don't like how Dreamwidth handles images.)



The drive is 3.5 hours, so I'd need to drive down in the afternoon, overnight, go hiking, overnight, and drive back up. I'd like to do it this summer though.

My headache has gone away, so that's good. I seem to have jacked up my bad knee though. I seem to do that whenever I travel.

Sad

May. 24th, 2017 01:28 pm
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The other day, they had a quote in the news about a woman whose daughter was missing after the bombing in Manchester. It turned out that her daughter was killed. That is so freaking sad. I wish that we lived in a world where there were no terrorist attacks, but we don't. Certainly puts my problems in perspective.
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I did a writing exercise today. I have a book of writing prompts, one for each day of the year. Today's was to start a poem with "After three glasses of wine..." I like only the beginning:

After three glasses of wine
I dissolved
Oozing onto the floor
With an inelegant plop.

Anyway, it's got me writing again. I'm sure that I'll get better as I practice.

I made the spinach and mushroom lasagna again, and it is still good. I'm letting it cool off, and then I'm going to freeze the leftovers.

I'm catching up on the dishes.

I found a missing library book.

I plan to do some cleaning, meditate, clean a little more, read a little more, and then go to bed.

Tired

Sep. 2nd, 2016 02:08 am
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Well, I'm off and running on my four-day weekend. However, I earned my pay at work today. I've always said that my unofficial job title is "problem solver," and I solved a bunch of problems at work tonight (credit card billing issues, technical issues). Tired me out though.

I also did the dishes tonight when I got home instead of leaving them until the morning. Sometimes it's the small victories.

Someone on Slate was writing about knitting as an alternative to playing with their phone. They do say that you should stop using electronics an hour before bed--not that I usually have problems falling asleep--so I ordered a knitting "starter kit". I'd rather work on a latch-hook rug, but good latch-hook rug kits are expensive. This knitting kit, OTOH, cost less than $20. I also ordered some Mediterranean Diet cookbooks.

So, progress. So, tired. I was going to get a fasting blood test done tomorrow morning, but I'm going to postpone it to Saturday. Need to sleep in.

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